Get on your chunky sweaters, big boots, and thick as blanket scarves- Autumn is here! Leaves are changing their color, and the advertisements of freshly baked appeltaart and cold medicine are everywhere you look. Fall is the perfect time to play tourist in the Netherlands. Lines are much shorter at amusement parks or attractions, and things seem to slow down and you can take time to smell the spices. Here are some great activities which you can do during this wonderful season.
1. Apple Picking
Expats (especially from North America) may find themselves with the urge to go pumpkin picking, but unfortunately that just simply isn’t a thing here. If you want to pick a pumpkin to carve, your best bet in finding one is at a tuincentrum (garden center i.e. Intratuin). But if you want to get outside and bring something home to bake, make into a cider, or preserve, check out Olmenhorst, a bit outside of Amsterdam. Olmenhorst is an organic orchard dating back to 1880, which grows not only delicious apples (40,000 trees), but also conference pears (10,000 trees) and plums (12 trees, recent addition)! You’ll get to walk between rows of thousands of fresh fruit ready to be picked, with sheep “baa-ing” in the background. Picking times are on Wednesdays and Fridays from 13:00 – 17:00 and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 – 17:00.
2. Dance Dance Dance
The worlds biggest club festival happens annually in Amsterdam, and it’s growing bigger and bigger every year. There are 450+ events and more than 2000 international artists will take over the city from October 18 – 22 to entertain 350,000+ dance lovers. The Amsterdam Dance Event has been around since 1996, and they have held the awards ceremony of the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll, in 2013/14 Hardwell was number 1, last year Dmitir Vegas & Like Mike took the award home- who do you think will win this year? You can be there for all of the action; check out the website for the programs, tickets, artists, and more.
3. Night at the Museum(s)
Why go to a club on a Friday night, when you can walk about in the Rijksmuseum, Artis Royal Zoo, and Hermitage? These are just some of the bigger museums that will be open on the 5th of November from 19:00 – 2:00. There are hundreds of activities to choose from, street food to warm you up, and music and lights to create an unforgettable atmosphere and evening. It’s €18,50 for a ticket to access as many museums as you wish, and if there was anything you missed, they will give you 1 extra free ticket valid until December 31st for the museums: You can find all of the programs here.
4. Sinterklaas and Christmas Markets
Autumn may feel like it ends in November, but technically goes on until the 21st of December, which includes Sinterklaas, as well as many Christmas markets all over Europe. Sinterklaas is an important tradition in Dutch culture and has been around for hundreds on years, your can learn more about Sinterklaas on this dedicated blog. These are just a few great activities you can do during this wonderful season!
What will you be getting into? Is there a market you’re itching to go to, or a special Dutch treat which only comes out during this time that make your mouth water at the thought of? Have a wonderful Autumn everyone!