10 reasons to visit Amsterdam in autumn

Hello everybody!

Amsterdam is beautiful all year round, but in autumn…yeah, in autumn it’s moreover a bit more special. So what to do to get into that “fall mood”?

1. Drink Herfstbok

Bokbier, Bock or Bock Beer is a “seasonal beer” from The Netherlands. With its uby red colour and caramel, light sweet and warm flavour, this Dutch beer fits the Amsterdam autumn like a glove. Available only from October until February, this beer is definitely one to try when you visit Amsterdam in autumn. Named Herfstbok (Autumn bock) or just Bokbier, this lager is produced by many small and large brewers, but Amstel Bokbier is generally considered one of the best.



2. ADE

The Amsterdam Dance Event is bigger than ever. In 2017 the Amsterdam Dance Event took place from 18 to 22 October.

Over 2200 artists have performed during these 5 days. DJs and producers had amazing shows with glorious and unbelievable light effects and lasers. Crazy, right?

the stage


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Raining and windy? Go see a film. From November 15 till 26 2017, the renowned  International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) takes place. Cinemas all over the city screen the best documentaries from all over the world. Check on IDFA when ticket sale is available.



4. Swim nude at Zuiderbad

Unfortunately, the days of outdoor swimming are gone, so we have to hop back into the indoor swimming pools.

Certainly the classic Zuiderbad is a swimming pool to mention. The building was constructed in 1897 and now is a national monument. Just the interior alone is worth a visit.

Didn’t bring your swimming gear on your holiday to Amsterdam? Don’t worry, every Sunday from 16.30 till 17.30 you’re allowed to swim in the nude!

Ingenohl Zuiderbad 2


5. Stroll around Vondelpark

Vondelpark looks absolutely spectacular in autumn. Stroll around the Vondelpark, sit down on a bench, feed the ducks, have a cup of hot chocolate at one of the cafés. A must do on the list of things to do in Amsterdam.



6. Visit The Stedelijk

The Stedelijk, Amsterdam’s museum of modern art, has had a spectacular reputation ever since it opened its gates for the first time some 70 years ago. The museum had the boldness to purchase and put up controversial works of artists such as Paul Cezanne, Piet Mondriaan and Pablo Picasso. Just these works alone will make a visit to the Stedelijk museum worthwhile.



7. Eat an oliebol

The Spanish have churros, the Belgians have their waffles, the Dutch have oliebol. The oliebol, also known as Dutch Doughnut is basically a big ball of dough with raisins, deep fried in hot oil.

Oliebollen are sold in the streets of Amsterdam at mobile stalls known as oliebollenkraam at stations and squares.

The Dutch oliebol is traditionally eaten at New Years Eve, but they are available since October.



8. Go see upcoming singers-songwriters

There are many bars where singer-songwriters hop on on the stage to show their skills and bring some lively atmosphere in the Amsterdam autumn. The Amsterdam Songwriters Circle organises special nights in different venues in Amsterdam. Check out their Facebook page for the latest events.


9. Celebrate Sinterklaas

Enjoy the old bearded guy St. Nicolas, the Dutch (and original!) version of Santa Claus. The holy man and his black helpers ‘Zwarte Piet’ makes his way to the port of Amsterdam from Spain on his large vessel, bringing presents and candy for children.



10. Enjoy a beer at Rooie Nelis

Rooie Nelis is an Amsterdam bar with monumental status. The brown bar is located in the heart of the Jordaan, a former workers area of Amsterdam, now gentrified.

Ever since Rooie Nelis was opened in 1937, the bar has been frequented by famous Amsterdam folk singers. Singing, drinking and fighting was the favourite activity of the brown collar customers.

The café’s interior is typical of the renowned style of its entourage: kitsch, tacky and loud. Its remarkable present owners are Blonde Sien and Black Gerrit, both over 80 years old, but still tapping those beers like they were still in their 20’s. Blonde Sien has been serving beers at the café since she was 10 years old!

Get a beer in this typical Dutch brown café and don’t be surprised when Sien or Gerrit or one of the customers picks up a microphone…


created with the help of: whatsupwithamsterdam.com

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