I am so happy my parents are getting to really enjoy themselves and travel more than they used to. They put so much effort and care into raising my brother and me that now I get this warm and happy feeling inside every time they go on a vacation.
They’re going on an incredible European river cruise at the end of the year so today I’ll be sharing some exciting things to do in Amsterdam in the fall since that’s where their cruise begins!
Because wouldn’t you know it, their cruise stops at quite a few places on my ultimate world travel bucket list! So, even though I won’t be joining them on this trip, I’ll be sharing a series of blog posts with attractions and activities for each of their stops.
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This way, you and I will both get to:
- daydream about trips to come, and
- get some planning done for the day we do get to visit these amazing cities 🙂
You can find the blog series at each of the links below (to be filled in one per month leading up to their trip in October 😉 )
- Things to do in Amsterdam, Netherlands (that’s this post lol)
- Things to do in Kinderdijk, Netherlands
- Things to do in Cologne, Germany
- Things to do in Koblenz, Germany
- Things to do in Heidelberg, Germany
- Things to do in Strasbourg, France
- Things to do in Breisach, Germany
- Things to do in Basel, Switzerland
So without further ado, we start off our cruise in Amsterdam, Netherlands!
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About Amsterdam in the Fall
To be fair, if you want to see the famous Netherlands tulips, you’ll have to visit the Keukenhof in the springtime.
Having said that, the weather is generally nicer in the fall. Plus it is less crowded so you’ll have an easier time taking gorgeous photos without a fellow tourist in the background.
Things to do in Amsterdam During the Day
There are fantastic things to do in Amsterdam – especially if you find yourself in Amsterdam in the fall!
The Waterlooplein flea market and the Albert Cuyp market look like they would be so much fun.
The bloemenmarkt (flower market) is a floating flower market located on barges on the Singel Canal is filled with a dreamy collection of plants and flowers, including the famous Dutch tulips.
De Negen Straatjes or 9 Streets is a fun shopping area in the center of Amsterdam filled with jewelers, boutiques, bars, specialty shops, cafes, and restaurants. It is the perfect place to spend a day shopping.
I love visiting museums when I’m traveling so Rijksmuseum is a must on my list when the day comes and I get the chance to visit the Netherlands. At the Rijksmuseum, you’ll spend a day exploring history and the arts, and if you use this link, you can even skip the line!
The Anne Frank Museum
This museum is housed in the building where Anne and her family lived in hiding during World War II, and I hear that it is an absolute must-see, especially if you are into history and/or WWII. You’ll get to stop at the Anne Frank House on this hop-on-hop-off tour of Amsterdam.
It’s Van Gogh. Need I say more? I’ve always had a thing for his gorgeous sunflowers and how he portrayed so much beauty in his art despite the pain in his life.
If you’re into novelty bars, then be sure to don a parka and check out Amsterdam’s Xtracold Icebar, where everything is made of ice.
And if you aren’t one to enjoy the cold, look at the bright side: at least you won’t have to deal with warm beer.
Best Neighborhoods to Explore in Amsterdam
I think one of my favorite things to do in Amsterdam would be to wander around the old Jewish quarter, Jodenbuurt, where you’ll find the Waterlooplein fleamarket, held daily, Rembrandt’s House, the Portuguese-Israelite Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum.
The New East is the old dockland area on the River Ij which run alongside Amsterdam is an up and coming area where you’ll find Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen and the museums NEMO and the Scheepvartmuseum (Dutch Maritime Museum).
Things to do in Amsterdam at Night
There are fantastic things to do in Amsterdam at night – especially Amsterdam in the fall. It gets quite cold, of course, so be sure to dress appropriately so your fun isn’t spoiled!
A candlelit cruise with cheese and wine? Oh my goodness, yes, please! Consider this a hint to my future partner planning a romantic getaway 😉
You know my writing is all about solo travel but sheesh, a girl can still be a romantic!
If you’re more into learning about life in the city you’re visiting, consider this walking tour of the Red Lights District and learn about Amsterdam’s legalization of prostitution and what it means for tourists, locals, and the women themselves.
Oh come on, I couldn’t write up an article of things to do in Amsterdam in the fall without including a second evening canal cruise, just for good measure. You know I’m a total softie for romance!
I’m so getting so excited for them – and for myself when the day comes for me to visit Amsterdam! Have you been to the Netherlands? Out of all the things to do in Amsterdam in the fall, what’s your favorite?
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With all my love,