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Visiting Amsterdam in October – The Definitive Guide

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Europe, due to its economic advancement and development, is one of the most popular tourist hotspots for over a century. The likes of Paris, Rome, and London have become the mainstays of a European trip. Amsterdam, on the other hand, belongs to a class of its own. The city is often not included among the premier tourist destinations of Europe. However, there is something about Amsterdam that will compel you to leave your worries behind. You could even call it the unwinding capital of Europe. The city is cozy and happening at the same time. You could experience the rich Dutch history and culture while indulging in some light-hearted fun at one of the city’s coffee shops. An trip to Amsterdam in October might be just what you need. Here's everything you must know before you go!

What makes Amsterdam in October special?


Amsterdam in October

  • Amsterdam has been experiencing a rise in yearly tourist count for a few years now. The city sees as many as 15 million yearly tourists. The high seasons can get very busy in the city. Thankfully, October falls in the shoulder season in Amsterdam. There is a considerable reduction in the crowd and the attractions in the city are more accessible.
  • The city of Amsterdam is very pretty and this visual appeal increases tenfold at the onset of the Autumn season. When the foliage changes its color, you can’t help but marvel at the city’s adorned parks and gardens. The warm tones suit the city and therefore is another reason October is one of the best times to go to Amsterdam.
  • The weather, coupled with the visual appeal brings out the festive side of the locals in October. Throughout the month, you will be entertained events like the Amsterdam Music Festival, The Dutch Art Fair, and the Carnival of the Dead.

Amsterdam Weather in October


Although it's not exactly warm in Amsterdam in October, the weather is not freezing yet. It is cold enough for the streetside cafes to pack up the patio furniture, though. You are also likely to see some rain during the month. The days are shorter and the hours of sunshine keep dwindling throughout the month.

Amsterdam in October - weather

Amsterdam in October : Things to Do


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Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Amsterdam in October


The name Venice of the North is justified for Amsterdam. In case you want to find out the reason, you should be heading for a canal cruise. The canal system in Amsterdam makes for a wonderful way to explore the city while enjoying its autumnal hues. If you are looking for a romantic activity, look no further than the Dutch Wine and Cheese Candlelight Cruise.

October Timings
Cruise timings depend on tour chosen

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Van Gogh Museum

Amsterdam in October


The world will never forget the artistic genius of Vincent Van Gogh. His works have been immortalized at one of the most important landmarks of Amsterdam. Inside the Van Gogh Museum, you will find the largest collection of his works. If you are in a hurry, you should buy a combo ticket that covers the canal cruise along with the entry to the Van Gogh Museum.

October Timings
1 - 9 October, 2022
Monday to Thursday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Friday to Sunday: 9 AM - 6 PM
10 - 21 October, 2022
Open daily from 9 AM - 6 PM

Location

Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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Amsterdam Dungeon

Amsterdam in October


Every place has a side that is far from merry. The Amsterdam Dungeon is a thrilling attraction that has been modeled to let visitors experience the dark side of the Netherlands. The attraction currently has 11 activities that target all the human senses to bring you one of the best experiences you are ever likely to encounter in a similar attraction.

October Timings
1st to 14th: 11 AM - 5 PM
16th to 30th: 11 AM - 6 PM
All Saturdays: 11 AM – 7 PM
Exceptions:
29th, Saturday: 11 AM to 12 AM & 31st, Monday: 11 AM - 8 AM

Location

The Amsterdam Dungeon, Rokin 78, 1012 KW
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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4

Anne Frank House and Walking Tour

Amsterdam in October


Europe, World War II, and Anne Frank are inseparable from each other. She has influenced the history of the continent irrevocably. Consequently, it would be a bad decision to skip the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. At the house and during the walking tour, you will be seeing the city from Anne Frank’s point of view. The story of pain and valor will lay bare before you on this tour.

October Timings
Open daily from 9 AM - 10 PM
Closed on 5th October (Yom Kippur)

Location

Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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A Day Trip to Zaanse Schans and Volendam

Amsterdam in October


Although you won’t be overwhelmed with the crowd in October, it is still recommended that you get out of Amsterdam to visit a few other places that are near Amsterdam. Zaanse Schans is one of the places you should be heading to if you want to know what a typical Dutch pastoral lifestyle looks like. Volendam, on the other hand, is a popular fishing village towards the northeast of Amsterdam. Both these places are in close proximity to the city and are worth the commute.

October Timings
Depends on the chosen tour

Location

Zaanse Schans, Zaandam
Netherlands
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Heineken Brewery

Amsterdam in October


If you are in Amsterdam, it is likely that you are interested in alcohol. Either way, the Heineken Experience is one of the most unique experiences that Amsterdam has to offer. Head to the brewery that was once churning out all the Heineken products that existed. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the setup and end your day by drafting your own beer and sampling a few.

October Timings
Sunday to Thursday: 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday, Saturday: 10:30 AM - 9 PM

Location

Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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Amsterdam Icebar

Amsterdam in October


The name of the place keeps no secret. This is an unusual bar in Amsterdam that is made of ice. The place is also known for its vivacious nightlife. Amsterdam Icebar is visually stunning and now you can experience a 3D ride through the icy landscape of the place. You can experience all of this with complimentary drinks in your hand if you can grab hold of a combo ticket.

October Timings
Sunday to Thursday: 2:40 PM - 10 PM
Friday, Saturday: 1:45 PM -11 PM

Location

Amstel 194, 1017 AG Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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8

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Amsterdam in October


Madame Tussauds Amsterdam is a historic museum as it was the first of its kind in mainland Europe when it was founded in 1970. The institution is known for its amazing collection of wax statues of well-known figures and celebrities. The Amsterdam establishment also has a number of Dutch historical figures, which makes this museum worth a visit.

October Timings
Daily, 10 AM – 6 PM

Location

Dam 20, 1012 KW Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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9

ARTIS Royal Zoo

Amsterdam in October


Wildlife is something that every tourist destination in the world is proud to showcase. ARTIS Royal Zoo holds an astonishing variety of flora and fauna in Amsterdam. If you are in the city with your kids, you can head to the zoo during feeding time and see the animals up close. There are a number of aquatic species at the zoo as well.

October Timings
Daily, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location

Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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10

Red Light District

Amsterdam in October


Only in Amsterdam will a longstanding taboo become a center of tourist interest. The Red Light District in Amsterdam is unlike any other in the world. It is not a hotbed of shady activity but a very safe and legitimate place to visit on your trip. As long as you follow the basic rules, you can visit the bars in the area and end up having a wonderful night of unadulterated fun.

October Timings
Tours start every hour from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Location

De Wallen, Amsterdam,
Netherlands
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Amsterdam in October : Events to Look Out For


Amsterdam in October

Amsterdam Music Festival

October 22, 2022
The Amsterdam Music Festival is the world’s largest indoor festival. It is attended by people from all over the world. Some of the biggest names of the International music scene play at this festival every year. This year’s lineup includes the likes of Tiësto, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Brennan Heart and more.

Amsterdam in October

Cinekid

October 15 - 30, 2022
Cinekid is a great opportunity for children to explore new media and meet the creators behind their favorite productions. In addition to films, television, and games, there are also interactive art installations, workshops, and apps available for kids to enjoy. Cinekid for Professionals is an event you won't want to miss, it is a great opportunity to network and learn from your peers.

Amsterdam in October

Affordable Art Fair

October 26 to 30, 2022
The Affordable Art Fair is an interesting event for all art aficionados. The five-day event that will take place at the de Kromhouthal features more than 1000 contemporary artworks at affordable prices, under €7,500. The event will feature booths of 50 international and 150 Dutch artists. Visitors can take a walk around, talk to the artists and take home some if they would like to give it a home!

Amsterdam in October

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE)

October 20, 2022
The ADE is one of the biggest and most important events in the electronic music calendar. ADE covers everything from techno and house to dubstep and drum & bass, so you’ll find something to enjoy. There are also plenty of opportunities to discover new music, with the festival showcasing up-and-coming artists from all over the world. The conference side of ADE is aimed at industry professionals - to get an insight into the inner workings of the electronic music industry.

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Amsterdam Weather in October

The chill is just about noticeable in the air in October even though it is technically still Autumn. The average low temperature in Amsterdam in October is 7°C while the average high is around 14°C. It could rain for up to 10 days in October. The average daylight hours per day is around six.

Where to Stay in Amsterdam during October

Amsterdam is used to the high seasons. It has plenty of hotels, hostels, and lodges for you to pick from. If you know the places you want to visit during your trip, you should pick the hotels accordingly as October generally sees many hotels go empty. Here are some of the top hotels categorized according to budget:

What to Pack for Visiting Amsterdam in October

The weather in Amsterdam can be notoriously unpredictable. You would be well advised to make every effort to shield yourself from October weather in Amsterdam. Pack plenty of warm clothing. Do not discount the wind chill that is occasionally freezing. If you want to leave after sunset, you must have enough layers on yourself. Waterproof jackets and boots might also come in handy. You will also need a chapstick as the air can get dry in October.

Getting Around Amsterdam in October

Amsterdam has a commendable transport network spread all across the city. Even though Amsterdam has a reputation for being on the expensive side, it is fairly cheap to commute around the city. First things first, when you are in the Venice of the North, you must try out the water transport options in the city. They are a scenic way to get from one place to another. The most reliable means of transport are trams. They are slow, but given that you will be in the city in Autumn, a slow ride through the city is a blessing in disguise. Biking is a viable means of traveling as well. If you are heading outside the city limits, you are better off opting for the metro.

Amsterdam in October - Must-Try Delicacies


Amsterdam in October - what to eat
Thick Dutch Fries

Fries are loved by people all over the world. The Dutch have their own way of preparing fries. Thick Dutch Fries are served in a cone with a selection of toppings that give the snack its unique taste. The authentic Dutch taste comes from the patatje oorlog or patat speciaal sauce, which you can request. Head to Frietboutique to have the best Thick Dutch Fries.

Amsterdam in October - what to eat
Raw Herring

It might be a bit terrifying to read the name of this dish but fret not. It is way more appetising than it sounds. Street food is the sure-shot way of understanding the culinary heritage of any place, and this dish proves the same for Amsterdam. Head to any herring cart and ask for broodje haring, which is a fish sandwich. You can go to Frens Haringhandel to taste one of the best Raw Herring in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam in October - what to eat
Bitterballen

As the mercury dips in October, booze cruises tend to become more and more tantalizing. And for a truly great night of partying, you need a pub essential to keep you going. When in Amsterdam, there is nothing better to have than Bitterballen. You should give the Bitterballen at De Ballenbar a try at least once.

Amsterdam in October - what to eat
Tompouce

Not many dishes in the world have a history as interesting as this. Tompouce is named after a performing dwarf who was called Tom Pouce. Not much is known about this character but once you taste the namesake dish, you are bound to remember it. It consists of a rectangular piece of pastry topped with pink icing. Taste Tompouce at Stefs Bakery.

Amsterdam in October - what to eat
Stroopwafel

Stroopwafel is a Dutch classic and you must not pass up on a chance to have it on your October trip. Stroopwafel basically consists of two waffles stuck together with sweet syrup. The best way to have it is when it’s still hot and gooey. Original Stroopwafels offers great Stroopwafels in Amsterdam.

Tips to visit Amsterdam in October


  • Look out for deals on flights as October sees a considerable fall in the tourist crowd in Amsterdam.
  • Keep off the bike lanes. With the weather getting colder, you are likely to see more and more locals on bikes.
  • Enjoy the Denim Days event in the city as Amsterdam celebrates the revolutionary invention.
  • Take a walk around the city’s parks and gardens to witness the true natural gifts of Amsterdam.
  • Book your hotels early to get attractive discounts during the shoulder season.
  • Do not try to click photos or engage in conversation with the workers without any purpose on your trip to the Red Light District.

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