Amsterdam in November: Places to Visit & Events 2020
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Things to Do in Amsterdam in November

Experience the Amsterdam Canal Cruise, Visit Amsterdam Light Festival, Explore Van Gogh Museum, A Day Trip to Zaanse Schans and Volendam, Enjoy at Efteling Park, Tour to Red Light District, Taste the beer at Heineken Experience, Visit Amsterdam Icebar, Explore the Rijksmuseum With Canal Cruise, Visit the Amsterdam Dungeon and many more.

Amsterdam in November commences the winter and festive season in the Dutch city. With lower temperatures and occasional rain the weather here gets colder, which means you will have to pack up on warmer clothes but apart from that, this time is actually quite great to spend your holiday here. During this time you can roam on the streets filled with snow and see them at their prettiest best. 

Also, the places to visit in Amsterdam in November like the Royal palace, the many serene canals and bridges, museums and more are a sight to behold as a layer of snow decorate the beautiful architecture of the city's best attractions. 

Moreover, it's not just the places but also the plenty of things to do in Amsterdam in November that would amuse you. As the city gets into a celebratory mood with the start of 'Sinterklaas', a traditional festival, you can see the city transform into a party. Around this time, you can take a scenic boat ride in a Dutch village and marvel at the 19th century Amsterdam, and experience Amsterdam's canal cruise while enjoying the city's mighty light shows among other things. Thus, make your winters memorable by vacationing in Amsterdam. 
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Amsterdam Weather in November

Amsterdam Weather in November
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The November month marks the beginning of the winter season in Amsterdam, and is a great time to explore the city. If you are comfortable with a pleasant chill in the air, you may look forward to spending a lovely vacation with your loved ones here. Though the peak tourist season ends in October, all the tourist places remain open in November, making it an ideal time to explore the crowdless version of the city.

The average temperature during the month usually hovers around 7 degree Celsius with the daytime temperature reaching 10 degree Celsius and the nights being as cold as 4 degree Celsius. One may also expect to encounter some rainfalls during the month.

On an average, Amsterdam gets 2 hours of sunlight in November. So if you are planning a trip to Amsterdam in November,  pack your bags keeping in mind a cold climate with frequent showers and you are good to go.
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Why to Visit Amsterdam in November

Why to Visit Amsterdam in November
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Apart from a lovely weather and romantic atmosphere, there are plenty of other good reasons to visit Amsterdam during the month of November. Before the onset of the winter season towards the end of November, Amsterdam looks absolutely stunning. The long list of places to visit in Amsterdam in November covers a variety of attractions including historical monuments, museums, and serene canals.

October is the last month of the peak tourist season in Amsterdam, so the number of tourists in the city declines as November begins. This leads to the tourist places in the city becoming less crowded, and thus, an opportunity to explore without having to worry about crowds. Furthermore, due to lower scale of tourism, the flights and hotels also become much cheaper, offering a great relief to your travel budget.

But the major factor why one should visit Amsterdam in the month of November is the numerous events that are organized here. From film festivals to comedy events and much more, there is so much to look forward to if an Amsterdam trip in November is your plan. Besides, the lineup of sports events is also equally impressive.

Things to Do in Amsterdam in November

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Amsterdam Canal Cruise | Book @ ₹ 950 Only!
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₹1,250 ₹950
About the Amsterdam Canal Cruise:
This is the canal cruise in Amsterdam ticket for the 1 Hour canal cruise ride in the wonderful city to Amsterdam.
During the Dutch Golden Age the Amsterdam canals were planned. The Dutch golden age was an era of great achievement in fields of the arts, sciences, trade, and engineering for the Netherlands. Amsterdam’s canal district is a UNESCO World Heritage. You will be mesmerized by the sights that you're gonna see. 

Witness the grand merchant houses and churches and pass under the beautiful bridges that are located on the waterways. You will pass from the Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht, the most famous canals in Amsterdam. There is a lot to see and explore. You can enjoy Amsterdam Canal Cruise with your family and friends.

Don't worry if you don't understand English, a multi-lingual GPS audio guide will help you and give commentary on the way.

How to reach:
The pier is a 1 min walk from Central Station.
Location: Prins Hendrikkade 25, 1012 TM Amsterdam, Netherlands

Departure Times:
  • Summer (23 Mar-30 Oct): 9:00 am-10:00 pm, daily
  • Winter (31 Oct-22 Mar): 9:30 am-9:00 pm, daily
  • From 29 Nov 2018-20 Jan 2019, there is no cruise after 4:30 pm
  • Cruise departs every 20-30 minute
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Visit Amsterdam Light Festival

Visit Amsterdam Light Festival
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If you wish to see the streets and canals of Amsterdam at their prettiest best, Amsterdam Light Festival is your best bet. Spanning from the end of November until mid-January , this festival involves the beautification of the entire city through works of light art. As the sun goes down, the city starts to glow up with all the beautiful glittering and shining artworks in all the nooks and corners.

To soak up the lovely sights, stroll all over the city and admire these modern artworks or rent a bike to explore the city decorated like a bride. For the most outstanding experience, hop on a cruise and watch the whole city come alive at night.

The highlights of the cruise will be passing through the canals with mesmerizing art sculptures and seeing the gleaming reflections on the water. Being in Amsterdam during this light festival is sure to become a lifelong memory for you.

Location: All over the city

Price of the Cruise ride: Adults- INR 1800; Children: INR 1200

Timings: The Amsterdam Light Festival cruise can be boarded daily from Damrak Pier 5 from 17:00 to 21:30. The ride lasts for 75 minutes.
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Van Gogh Museum Tickets, Amsterdam @ Flat 20% off
  • 1D/2H
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₹2,000 ₹1,600
This package offers you the exclusive Van Gogh Museum Entry Ticket.

About the attraction:

The Van Gogh Museum reflects the history and culture of the wonderful country of the Netherland. This iconic museum is the world's largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh's artworks that made him a legendary artist of Western art.

About Van Gogh Museum Entry ticket:
The Van Gogh Museum entry ticket gives you hassle-free entry into the Van Gogh Museum. Skip the line and see Amsterdam's most famous place with ease. Get to know Vincent Van Gogh's artworks in-depth through his amazing artistry that is a symbol of his hopes, emotions, passion, and dreams. You will also be seeing the mystic paintings including Sunflowers, Almond Blossom, and his most recognizable Self Portrait among many others.

Van Gogh Museum is one of the best attractions in the city and will definitely leave you spellbound.

Opening Hours:
  • 21 Jun-1 Sep: 9:00am-7:00pm (Sunday-Thursday), 9:00am-9:00pm (Friday-Saturday)
  • 2 Sep-27 Oct: 9:00am-6:00pm (daily, except Fridays), 9:00am-9:00pm (Fridays)
  • 28 Oct-22 Dec: 9:00am-5:00pm (daily, except Fridays), 9:00am-9:00pm (Fridays)
  • 23 Dec-31 Dec: 9:00am-7:00pm (Sunday-Thursday), 9:00am-9:00pm (Friday-Saturday), except public holidays
Public Holidays
  • 25 and 31 Dec: 9:00am-5:00pm
  • 1 Jan: 11:00am-7:00pm
Address:
  • Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ, Amsterdam.
How To Get There:
  • By tram: Take line 2/5 to Van Baerlestraat stop and walk for one minute
  • By bus: Take No. 758 to Museumplein stop and walk for one minute
Note:
Children aged 0-18 can enter the venue, free of charge
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A Day Trip to Zaanse Schans and Volendam

A Day Trip to Zaanse Schans and Volendam
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Get ready to take a scenic ride back in time and visit a traditional 19th century Dutch Village. Experience the countryside like never before as you explore the fishing village, windmills, cheese factory,  Dutch culture and whatnot. Zaanse Schans is a quaint town located on the Zaan River.

Here, you may visit the museum and get to know the making of the famous wooden shoe, tour inside the windmills dating back to the 17th century. Later on, you may visit the fishing town, Volendam and stroll around the sea port and admire the beauty in its purest form.

Do not forget to try some delicious Dutch treats and try out some traditional dresses. Undoubtedly, Zaanse Schans and Volendam make it to the list of one of the best places to visit in Amsterdam.

Location:
Zaanse Schans and Volendam
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Efteling Park Tickets, Buy Now at Flat 12% off
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₹3,522 ₹3,099
The package offers the exclusive Efteling Park Ticket.

About the Efteling Park:

Largest Theme Park in the Netherlands, the Efteling Theme Park in Amsterdam is a magical world with engaging stories and thrilling rides. A fairy tale world where you can have a great time with your family, and especially kids. Kids love this place as it takes them near to those TV characters with joy and excitement. Efteling Park is a place where the kids and even the adults embark on a journey with Jokie and Jet in the Carnaval Festival and the daredevils explore the gold mine of Baron 1898 at 90 km/h. You can also glide through the secret corridors and magical rooms of Symbolica. With sparkling lights, icy entertainment, and warming bonfires, this is an unmissable destination on your visit to the Netherlands.

About the Efteling Park Ticket:
This Efteling Park Ticket gives you skip the line entry inside the Efteling Park. No need to wait in those long queues, skip the line and enjoy more time in the park. A visit to this place will definitely be worth remembering.

Opening Hours:
11:00am-6:00pm, daily

Address:
Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

How To Reach:
Take the bus No. 136/205/300/301 to the 'Kaatsheuvel' stop and walk for 3 minutes

Note:
Infants aged 0-3 enter for free
Please note that children aged 4+ must pay the regular admission ticket price
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Red Light Secrets Museum Tickets @17% off
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₹1,000 ₹825
About the Red Light District Secrets Museum:
The Red Light District museum is a former 17th-century brothel situated near the oldest church in the city which dates back to 1213. It reflects the deepest and darkest secrets of the most famous and controversial profession in the history of the world. Red Light District is the only museum of prostitution in the world that will leave you with a deep understanding and immense respect for the profession of prostitution.

About Red Light District Secrets Museum ticket:

Get the tickets to Red Light District which is a one of a kind attraction and explore it at your pace. Step inside the building and get fascinated by the red striking lights, discover the hidden tales of the prostitutes of the city and see how was a day in their life. Explore the museum just as you want and witness interesting features inside like models of pleasure items used in the brothel and a wall that has written confessions from visitors from around the world.

Opening Hours:
10:00 am - 12:00 am, daily (last admission: 11:00 pm)

Address:
Museum of Prostitution, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60, 1012 DP Amsterdam, The Netherlands

How to reach:

Take Tram 4/14/24 to 'Dam' stop and walk for 5 minutes

Note:
When you book the off-peak ticket, please note that you will only be allowed entrance between 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Red Light District Secrets Museum ticket is only suitable for guests aged 18+
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Heineken Experience Tickets, Buy Now @ Flat 28% off
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₹1,774 ₹1,274
About Heineken Brewery:
Established in 1867, the Heineken Brewery has become a hallmark of beers all over the world. One of Amsterdam's most popular locations, the Heiniken old factory is located in the center of the city and has been producing Heineken beer until 1988. In 2001, it was reopened as a museum for the world. And now, you can visit this factory without having to wait in long lines with this fast track ticket from Thrillophilia.

About Heineken Experience Ticket:
You will be taken on a guided walk in the old factory and told about the history of the place in a fun and interactive way. You can watch old commercials and go on a beer tasting session. End the tour in a perfect way by having two complimentary drinks. You can also get your name engraved on a beer bottle at additional costs!

Take the Heineken Experience and explore the world of beers with the best beer manufacturer in the world.

How to reach?
Take tram number 7/10/16/24/25 to Heineken Experience stop and walk for 2 minutes
Address: Stadhouderskade Street number 78

Opening Hours:
  • Monday-Thursday: 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Friday-Sunday: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Jul-August: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm, daily
Special Opening Hours
24 and 31 Dec: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Note: 

Children aged 0-11 are free of charge
Children aged 12+ can book the Heineken experience ticket
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Visit Amsterdam Icebar

Visit Amsterdam Icebar
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As the name suggests, Amsterdam Icebar is an Ice Bar which is entirely made of ice and is the coolest place in town, literally as well as figuratively. It is divided into two parts; one is the warm area and other one is an Ice Bar where the temperature drops to -10 degree Celsius.

Have some drinks in your ice glasses while enjoying and grooving to some music in the warm area. Then head to the Icebar where you will be provided with proper clothings so that you don't feel cold. Here, everything from tables and chairs to the entire interior is made up of ice.

The colorful lighting in the room keeps changing and the appearance of ice keeps changing with the lights and looks spectacular. A visit to Amsterdam Icebar is definitely going to be the highlight of your trip and is one of the best Amsterdam things to do in November.

Location:
Amstel 194 – 196, Amsterdam

Price:
INR 1800

Timings: 
11:45 AM to 12:00 AM
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Rijksmuseum Tickets with Canal Cruise, Flat 10% off
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₹2,555 ₹2,299
About the Rijksmuseum:
A journey through over 800 years of Dutch art, culture, and history is what it is like to visit the Rijksmuseum. This museum has over 8000 artifacts from the history of The Netherlands.Great artworks such as Rembrandt’s The Night Watch are displayed in the museum and tourists can see many masterpieces of art from the Dutch Golden Age.

About 
Rijksmuseum Ticket:
The ticket gives the right to skip the line and enter the museum without any waiting. 
After a visit to the museum, witness the Amsterdam Canal District which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience the famous Amsterdam Canal Cruise. You will also get an audio guide that tells you the history of the city in 18 languages. 

Get this amazing package and enjoy your tour to Amsterdam.

Opening Hours:
Rijksmuseum: 9:00am-5:00pm, daily
Amsterdam Canal Cruise: Departs daily from 9:30 am-9:00 pm, every 15-20 minutes

Address:
Rijksmuseum: Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Amsterdam Canal Cruise: Lovers Canal Cruises, Central Station West.

How To Get There:
Rijksmuseum: 1 min walk from Rijksmuseum Station
Amsterdam Canal Cruise: 1 min walk from Amsterdam Central Station

Note:
Children aged 4-12 years can book the child Rijksmuseum ticket.
Free admission for infants aged 0-3
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Amsterdam Dungeon

Owned by a UK-based entertainment company - Merlin Entertainments, Amsterdam Dungeon is a popular place to acquire information about the history of the Netherlands. It follows the same format to the other Dungeons of London, Berlin, Hamburg, York. You will find several rides and performances of some amusing actors that cultivate the barren history of the Netherlands. The performances generally include the archival scenes of the Medieval torture, the Plague and Rembrandt workshop.

For the visitors, who want to have a lot of fun while learning about Dutch history at the same time, this place is a perfect amalgam of these two. People can experience a total of 11 shows on the dark side of the 500 years of Dutch history. The performances by the actors are on true stories and claimed to offer a unique interactive melodramatic experience. Some of the well-received attractions of the Amsterdam Dungeon are Torture Chamber, The Great Plague, Council of Blood and many more.

Every portrayal by the actors in each tour from the entrance till the last stop brings minor harmless scares to the visitors using sudden popped up objects and loud banging sounds. The journey through the tour is accompanied by jokes with black humour made by the actors, and offers some great laugh-out-loud moments during the visit. Special credit goes to the brilliant actors who inhabit the characters like mortician’s assistant, scabrous witch hunter and make this place in demand across the region.

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Anne Frank House

One of the most popular destinations in Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House, displays the hardship that Anne Frank, her family, and four other Jews went through during World War II. It lies on the Prinsengracht canal in central Amsterdam, Netherlands, and is famous as the building used by Anne Frank and her family to hide from Nazis during wartime. It is believed that they stayed there in the Secret Annex for more than two years.

The Secret Annex was in the rear of the building and the entrance to the secret place was concealed by a movable bookcase. All of the eight occupants stayed there in constant fear and followed a restricted and well-planned schedule to keep themselves hidden from Nazis. Anne Frank penned down all her fears, experiences, and schedules in a diary that was gifted to her just a few weeks before the attacks started on Jews. On the fateful day of 4 August 1944, they were located and sent to various concentration camps. Anne's father, Mr. Otto Frank was the only survivor of them and decided to publish Anne Frank's wartime diary in 1947 in memory of his late daughter.

This diary is now one of the most selling bestsellers worldwide. He maintained the building as a memorial until it was transformed into a museum in 1960. The Secret Annex was preserved as it is, and still has the belongings of Anne and other members hiding there. The museum has in-display all-important and authentic documents along with photographs, images and personal belongings of all those who stayed there or helped them in isolation. The biggest attractions of this museum are Anne’s original red and white diary and other notebooks that she wrote during her stay in secret annex.

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Dam Square

Dam square is one of the most famous destinations in the city center of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. This place is the heartbeat of the city, it stays lively for most of the time during the whole day and will always be hosting some event for your entertainment. Being one of the most popular tourist spots you can just follow the crowd of tourists from Amsterdam Central station to the Damrak that leads you to Dam Square.

The square street connects the main artery streets Damrak and Rokin and provides passage to the main shopping streets of Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk. You can also hop on to a tram line as most of them traverse the Dam Square. Dam square is a wide boulevard that is having Royal Palace of Amsterdam on one side and the National Monument on the other. It also provides several shopping facilities, food stores, restaurants, and souvenir stores.

Take a walk across the Dam square and you will find a lot of fun things to watch like comedy shows, fire shows, live music, dance shows and lots of other activities that will keep you occupied throughout the evening.

You can also opt for a bicycle ride. The prices of the things here will be on the higher side, so make sure to dig a hole in your pockets on your visit to the square. It’s advisable to carry an international debit/ credit card like MasterCard, American Express, etc. so that you don’t face any trouble while paying bills.

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Attend the PAN Amsterdam Art Fair

Attend the PAN Amsterdam Art Fair
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PAN Amsterdam Art Fair is a renowned event, best known for being the most prestigious modern art and antique fair in Netherlands. Whether you are an avid collector of contemporary art, modern art or love to collect archeological artifacts, this fair has a very extensive range of objects.

Authentic Antique jewellery, furniture, sculptures dating back to the 17th century, oil paintings, oriental carpets and rugs, maps and whatnot. Even if you are not a collector, you can visit this fair to see some of the finest artworks by many famous artists. Without a doubt exploring this fair is one of the best Amsterdam things to do in November.

Location:
RAI Amsterdam

Price:
INR 1200

Timings: 
22 November to 29 November 2020
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Dancing on the Edge Festival

Dancing on the Edge Festival
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Every two years, Dancing on the Edge Festival gives a perfect platform to showcase dance, art, music and theatre in Amsterdam. This festival encourages the artistic exchange of ideas and culture between the Middle East and North Africa.

It celebrates artists from different parts of the world with all their distinctive art and also helps them to connect with other creative minds. This perfect exchange of art and creative thought process makes it a fun festival in November you shouldn't miss out on your visit in Amsterdam.

Location:
Henny Jurriens Studio, Amsterdam

Price:
Free entry

Timings:
from 10th to 12th November 2020 
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Attend the International Documentary Film Festival

International Documentary Film Festival(IDFA) is one of the greatest films festivals, bringing together some of the greatest works by the filmmakers and great stories at a single platform. Extraordinary stories and great film-making with many different creative perspectives and touching every genre possible come together to make it a dream come true for the fans of documentary genres across the globe.

Since the year 1988, this film festival is held annually in November and is one of the reasons to visit Amsterdam in November. The films are showcased all over the city and over 300 films are shown during this festival.

Location:
Amsterdam

Price:
Tickets start from INR 3000

Timings:
In the month of November
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  1. Is November a good time to visit Amsterdam?

    Yes, November is a good time to visit Amsterdam as long as you don’t mind a little chill and frequent rains. The inflow of the tourists is usually low so you can have the place all for yourself, and the flights and hotels are comparatively cheaper. Also, Amsterdam experiences its first snowfall in November. If you love cold weather and less tourists, then November is the perfect time for you to visit Amsterdam.
  2. Is it cold in Amsterdam in November?

    Yes, it gets cold in Amsterdam in November. The temperature varies from 10 degree Celsius during the daytime to 4 degree Celsius at night. During this month, Amsterdam receives rainfalls frequently and it may also snow towards the end of the month.
  3. Are there tulips in Amsterdam in November?

    November onsets the winter season, so there won't be any tulips in Amsterdam. The spring season is the best time to visit Amsterdam for tulips.
  4. What clothes to take to Amsterdam in November?

    November features a chilly and rainy climate, so you must pack your bags accordingly. Clothes to pack for a November trip to Amsterdam:

    1. Rain coats

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    Jackets

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    Warm thermals

    4.
    Woolen socks

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    Waterproof shoes

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    Umbrella

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    Trousers

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    Sweaters/sweatshirts

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