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Amsterdam — By Marianne on September 6, 2009 at 7:00 am

6 Reasons to Go to Amsterdam in the Fall

Fall is a perfect time to visit Amsterdam. The autumn weather is pleasant; not too cold and not too hot. The trees in Vondelpark are radiant in their shimmering shades of deep reds, russets and gold. Wandering around reveals so much of the city’s beauty and attractions. The fall is the perfect time for sauntering and sight-seeing and finding the perfect delectable place for a bite to eat. As the cultural season gets under way, check out concert, opera and dance performances. The bulk of the tourists have returned home so the city no longer feels like an overcrowded theme park.

Autumn Colours along Brouwersgracht

Autumn Colours along Brouwersgracht

My six tips for the fall

1. Watch the world go by from one of the many heated cafe/restaurant terraces. Snuggle in the fleece blankets on offer and try some hapjes, or little snacks, and a Heineken or fruity red wine. I suggest La Terasse of Hotel de l’Europe, Nieuwe Doelenstraat and the terrace of Cafe de Jaren next door. Both are delightful places to while away the afternoon. 

2. Magna Plaza is the best place to be when the weather is disappointing. Pop inside for a few hours of sheer shopping pleasure. The Glamour Shop is sure to have that special scent to ignite your love life. Buy that wooden toy train from Pinokkio Toy Shop or select Edam from the cheese kiosk. The Swarovski Crystals Shop will satisfy your hunger for glimmer and glitter. The mall offers something for everyone.

3. On a clear sunny day you can find no better place to be than Begijnhof, and admire the 17th and 18th century houses that surround a quaint village green. This tranquil spot is my favourite  place to wind down after a hectic day. If things get too quiet Kalverstraat, Amsterdam’s most crowded shopping street, is only a few meters away. 

Houseboat in an Amsterdam canal

Houseboat in an Amsterdam canal

4. When the sun is down, the air gets chilly. It’s the perfect time to stop at one of the proeflokalen, or tasting bars for a before-dinner drink. They specialise in wine, liqueur and Dutch gin. Sip your jenever (the Dutch answer to gin) from tulip-shaped glasses filled to the brim. The Drie Fleschjes in Gravenstraat is my favourite. 

5. And while Amsterdam is definitely a walker’s city, if it gets windy and walking becomes unpleasant, you can take the canal boat, a combination of public transport and canal cruise. This is the perfect way to stay warm while sightseeing at leisure. 

6. Don’t miss Bokbierfestival (Bock Beer Festival), the largest beer festival in the Netherlands. Sample more than fifty different autumn bocks, but bear in mind that they tend to be high in alcohol volume.

Enjoy Amsterdam in the fall. Bring an umbrella and a light raincoat. October is not the wettest month of the year. Expect drizzle rather than downpours. Don’t let the weather deter you. You can always shelter in one of the museums and soak up a bit of culture at the same time.

CONCERTS OPERA AND DANCE
Theater Carre
Amstel 115 125
Box office 4pm -8pm
Trams 4, 6, 7 and 10

Muziek Theater
Waterlooplein 22
Box office 10am-6pm Mon-Sat; 11.30am-2.30pm Sun; or until start of performance.
Tram 9 – 14 or metro Waterlooplein

Concertgebouw
Concertgebouwplein 2 – 6
Box office 10am-7pm daily; until 8.15pm for that night’s concert
trams 2, 3, 5, 12, 16 and 20

FOOD AND DRINK
Hotel de l’Europe
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2 – 14

Cafe de Jaren
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20
Trams 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25

De Drie Fleschjes
Gravenstraat 18
Trams 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 21 and 24

Bokbierfestival: 30 October – 1 November
Beurs van Berlage
Damrak 277
Trams 4, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25

SHOPPING
Magna Plaza
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 182
Trams 1, 2, 5, 13, 14 and 17

MUSEUMS
Rijksmuseum
Jan Luijkenstraat 1
Trams 2 and 5

Amsterdam Historisch Museum
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 357
Kalverstraat 92
Trams 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25

Anne Frankhuis
Prinsengracht 267
Trams 13, 15 and 17

Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148
Trams 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25

Sex Museum
Damrak 18
Trams 4, 5, 9, 14, 16, 24 and 25

Museum of Bags and Purses
Herengracht 573
Trams 4 and 9

Rembrandthuis
Jodenbreestraat 4 -6
Trams 9 and 14

Museum Amstelkring
Our Lord in the Attic
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 40
Trams 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 24 and 25

photo credit:

Brouwersgracht Arthur-A @flickr, Houseboat Enrico Webers @flickr

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