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Amsterdam — By Marianne on October 1, 2009 at 4:00 pm

October in Amsterdam: Weather and Events

October heralds the end of the high season. It means that queues at popular tourist attractions are shorter. Grab the opportunity and visit Anne Frankhuis and Van Goghmuseum. This month the cultural season starts. Touring bands play at Melkweg and Paradiso. Stand-up comedians perform in English at Boom Chicago.


Carry an umbrella because October is quite wet (but not the wettest month). If you can actually use your umbrella, depends on the wind. October is famous for its gusty winds. They are what is left over from the Caribbean hurricanes.

Temperatures are a cool, average high: 14°C (58°F)  average low:  6.5°C (44°F)
Average precipitation: 74 mm (2.9 in)

The days are getting shorter but there is still sufficient day time to enjoy your Amsterdam visit. Sunrise and sunset on 1 October is at 7:42 a.m. / 7:19 p.m, on 31 October at 7:35 a.m. / 5:14 p.m.

Central European Summer Time ends on the last Sunday in October. Set back your clocks, watches and other time pieces one hour on Sunday morning 25 October.

The official time to set back the clock is 2 am on 25 October. This is only important if you are travelling on a night train or bus.

amsterdam houseboat canal



WHAT: Amsterdam Marathon
WHEN: 18 October
WHERE: Olympisch Station

42 km course around Amsterdam starts and finishes at The Olympic stadium, Stadionplein 20. The marathon runners wind their way through Vondelpark and scenic streets in Amsterdam centre. Good spots to cheer on the runners are near Rijksmuseum, in Vondelpark and along the Amstel River.

WHAT: Amsterdam Dance Event
WHEN: 21, 22, 23 and 24 October
WHERE: various locations

Annual gathering of electronic and dance music professionals. DJs and acts in 40 different venues. 50,000 visitors are expected.

WHAT:  Bokbier Festival
WHEN: 30 October 5 pm – 11 pm, 31 October noon – 11 pm, and 1 November noon – 7 pm
WHERE: Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 277 (between Centraal Station and Dam Square)
Annual three-day festival for bock beer lovers. Taste over 50 varieties of this slightly sweet, usually dark beer.

photo credit: Quintana family @flickr

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