Our Favourite Autumn Things To Do
The autumn months brings some of the most beautiful sceneries to the city. The canals and wide array of parks are transformed by a sea of golden leaves, the bars and restaurants turn to candle-lit romantic spots and the theatre season is in full swing. Read on to find out what our favourite autumn activities are.
The city centre of Amsterdam holds over 400,000 trees and come autumn the metropole turns into a Van Gogh painting with its canals and parks lined by vibrant clouds of orange and red leafs. The air is pure and this beautiful sight is best taken in by boat, foot or bicycle. Even though it may rain sometimes in autumn, all must-sees are within walking distance and can easily be located.
Explore new music talent at ADE
The Netherlands always had a strong connection with electronic dance music, and in October the capital turns into the Dance capital of the world during the annual Amsterdam Dance Event. Whether you are a music professional, a music aficionado or simply just love to dance – all options are available for you. During a luxurious stay at the Conservatorium, you are sure you attend all events fully rested. After your partying, book your ‘Recovery Treatments’ at our spa Akasha. Book our ‘Ready to Party’ Package here.
Amsterdam’s famous apple pie
Dutch summer has welcomed comfortable temperatures and visiting the Amsterdam beaches and waterfronts is great, but autumn gives you the chance to curl up next to each other in a cosy bar and eat Amsterdam’s famous apple pie at Winkel 43. Located at the Noordermarkt, the spot is perfect to watch the market visitors on Monday and Saturday go by. On Mondays you can find some of Amsterdam’s finest antiques and on Saturday the area turns into an organic farmer’s market where you can try out Dutch snacks or try a variety of oysters opened on the spot.
Culture everywhere you look
During the annual Uitmarkt, the new cultural season is kicked off and you are welcomed with a sneak preview of the plethora of shows. Countless museum shows, concerts or theatre plays to choose from, the wide array of events makes it hard to decide where to go. Here is a selection of our top picks by our concierge.
World-famous museums by night
Every November, the Amsterdam museums open their doors to the public at night so you have the chance to explore their unique collections after closing hours. Be prepared for an exciting program with interesting surprises along the way. Over 50 museums participate in this unique event, in which they schedule unique workshops, concerts and talks for you to enjoy in a candle-lit setting. Get your tickets here.
Golden Age sky
The autumn sun introduces unique sceneries to the already epic Dutch skies, creating live Golden Age paintings that a contemporary Rembrandt could have created. If you are a photography enthusiast, this season is perfect to stroll past the countless Amsterdam canals and capture the most beautiful sceneries to show the home front.
Film festival season
This is the season for film festivals of all shapes and sizes, for the youngest film fans to the oldest. The youngest are welcomed at Cinekid Festival which focuses on films for the kids. The adults are invited to thought-provoking documentaries at the International Documentary Film Festival and anime lovers are welcomed at KLIK.
Next to the Dutch tradition of going door to door singing songs for candy or fruit on Saint Martin’s Day, Halloween is becoming more and more popular. Night clubs organize Halloween-themed parties and families go trick-or-treating in their neighbourhood. Check out all events here.
Taiko New Year
Every September on Taiko New Year, Taiko Restaurant celebrates its birthday. Inspired by the rotation of Zodiac signs at Chinese New Year, Executive chef Schilo van Coevorden chooses a new ingredient each year which surprises and adds a new dimension to the award-winning Taiko menu. Experience Taiko’s new ingredient of the year from 18 September.
Run the marathon through the Rijksmuseum
Considered one of the most iconic marathons in the world, the Amsterdam Marathon takes place every October. The route starts at the Olympic Stadium, through the Rijksmuseum, along the Amstel river and through the quintessential Vondelpark.