As the season changes from summer to fall, you want to make sure you have a guide to autumn in the Netherlands. This way you’ll make the most of this beautiful season! Here are the best things to do during fall in Holland.

Here is a guide to Autumn in The Netherlands

If you arrived in The Netherlands during the Summer, you may have been given a deceiving view point when it comes to Dutch weather. It was the best weather I have seen in The Netherlands since my arrival back in 2011. Most of the other summers were filled with a lot more rain. The point is, be prepared because the Dutch weather can be nasty and catch you blindsided! However, just because the air is becoming more crispier, the daylight is less and the leaves are falling off the trees, does not mean you can’t still enjoy life in The Netherlands. The Dutch know how to enjoy every season to the maximum. Here are some things to get you through this next season (without missing Summer too much) like the locals do.

Autumn in the Netherlands
Autumn in the Netherlands is truly beautiful

Guide to Autumn in The Netherlands: #1 Go to a Sauna and get Naked

The Netherlands have amazing wellness, sauna, spa facilities located all over the country. They are like a ‘fun’ water park for adults with all sorts of attractions to visit. Such as floating sea salt pools, saunas of varied types of temperatures, hamman, sauna shows, ice bucket showers, pools and the list goes on. On top of these awesome water attractions there are beds to sleep, a restaurant to drink wine and you can even lay outside to work on your (all over) tan! Yes, you are naked in a Dutch sauna… but to be honest, I am a real prude when it comes to nudity, but this experience is one not to be missed!

Photography: Sauna Wellness Hotel Goldener Adler Ischgl / Flickr

Guide to Autumn in The Netherlands: #2 Visit a (Dutch) Brown Cafe

There is nothing more lovely than the experience of coming from the cold street into a Brown Cafe. A brown cafe is essentially a traditional Dutch bar and is full of Dutch culture at it’s best! They are generally cosy, dark in interior and probably have a warm fire place and of course many different types of beer on tap. I would suggest you try the latest ´Herfst bok bier´ which means a specially brewed beer for the Autumn season. They are special and often a flavour of beer with a extra touch of spice- lekker!

Photo: Flickr/Jim Kelly

Guide to Autumn in The Netherlands: #3 Go to your Local Snack Bar

If you haven’t noticed yet, in your neighbourhood there is probably a local snack bar. A snack bar is the place to go to warm up your belly and enjoy some classic Dutch deep fry. I love a visit to the snack bar, the menu is quite impressive and there are many options to try. My recommendation is patatje Oorlog which literally translated means a war of fries! This amazing dish is basically consists of fries, onions, satay sauce and mayonnaise all piled up. That may sound nasty to you, but please don’t judge until you try this!

Photo: Flickr/David Huang

Guide to Autumn in The Netherlands: #4 Bike through Dutch Forests

There is no better way to experience the Dutch Autumn than to take your bike and ride through the forests. It is an array of spectacular colours and freshness. You are most likely to find many types of wild mushrooms growing and if you are lucky you may spot some local wildlife. Of course, it is no trip to the forest without visiting a traditional Dutch pancake restaurant. Please order a pancake topped with cheese, cover with as much syrup and icing sugar as you can handle. Then for desert, a Dutch delight is Apple pie served with cream- echt lekker!

Autumn in the Netherlands
Photo: Flickr/Fabi Fliervoet

Guide to Autumn in The Netherlands: #5 Cook and Eat Traditional Dutch Soup

What a better way to warm up then to cook and eat soup. While you are in The Netherlands, why not try a traditional recipe such as Erwtensoup which means traditional pea soup. This soup is also known as snert which does not sound appealing, but worth a try right?!

Guide to Autumn in The Netherlands: #6 Go Shopping

Shopping is to be enjoyed in every season, but I would suggest it to ensure you have all the right gear for the upcoming winter! After my arrival in The Netherlands, I was clueless as to what cold was coming (I’m originally from a hot place). I was silly and did things like buy a white winter coat… No, I did not realise you actually have to wear the coat everyday- everywhere! So, after about 2 weeks my white coat was brown.

The lesson has been learnt and I must pass on my hard learnt knowledge. Go shopping and get the right gear! You will need such items as: Regenpak/ Rain suit, Slofjes/ Slippers, Paraplu/ Umbrella and the list goes on. You will also need to ensure you have bike lights because before you know it the Dutch police will be pulling you over and giving you a fine! Don’t wait too late, before you know it you will be stuck in torrential rain, soaked and your make-up looking like a pile of mud on your face.

Autumn in the Netherlands
Photo: Flickr/Chris Goldberg

Guide to Autumn in The Netherlands #7 Visit a Dutch Island

If you didn’t already know, The Netherlands have some pretty cool islands located in the North. Autumn is a lovely time to visit because it is less busy and you can probably find some cheap deals for accommodation. There is also something refreshing about being at the beach when it is a bit cooler. Get a hot chocolate from the local café, go bird watching or read a book in your robe. The Dutch islands are sure not to be a disappointment during this cooler season.

So there you are, a guide to Autumn in The Netherlands. I am sure there are many other amazing things to do… Try not to let the cold get you down and enjoy, Happy Herfst!

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