Top ten reasons to travel to Holland this Autumn

September 22, 2022

If you’re searching for an amazing autumn getaway, look no further than Holland! With its charming villages, stunning scenery and abundance of activities to enjoy, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Here are our top ten reasons why you should travel to Holland this autumn.

Escape the crowds

As the summer holidays come to an end, it’s the perfect time for savvy travellers to start their adventure! No more worrying about crowds and making reservations – the whole atmosphere changes and you can really enjoy your trip!

With quieter crowds, it’s also the perfect opportunity to take an Amsterdam hotel short break. With two nights onboard and 1 to 2 nights in a carefully selected hotel, you will have plenty of time to explore the dynamic city and the vibrant nightlife. 

Late summer weather

With milder weather, Autumn is the perfect time to explore Holland without getting hot and sticky. The Netherlands is relatively flat, so it’s easy to pedal around, and there are plenty of scenic routes to take in the autumn foliage. And what could be more charming than wandering the streets of a Dutch city in the autumn light?

Zuid-Kennemerland National Park

Only a 40 minute drive from Amsterdam, Zuid Kennemerland National Park stretches out from Zandvoort to IJmuiden. The park itself is a mixture of coastal beaches, high dune tops and magical forests, home to many animals including fallow deer and red foxes and West European hedgehogs. In the Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes you can also take scenic walks, spot wildlife or join a special autumn tour by horse and carriage.


Kinderdijk is a small village in The Netherlands that has some of the most beautiful views you will ever see. It’s home to 19 historic windmills built between 1739 and 1740, which are still working today! The picturesque setting makes it an ideal destination for anyone who wants peace with their nature while they enjoy Dutch culture at its finest.

Autumn Sweet Treats

Of course, no trip to Amsterdam would be complete without indulging in some of the region’s renowned cuisine. From caramel stroopwafels to sweet speculoos cookies, there are plenty of delicious Dutch delights to discover.

Explore Utrecht

Utrecht has a unique atmosphere that you can’t find anywhere else. This beautiful city was built around its historic 14th Century Dom tower and has two main canals running through the city centre. It’s now a vibrant area, full of cafés, bars and restaurants to dine and explore. Why not try the Bockbier Festival in Utrecht and sample some autumn bock – a bock beer that is brewed especially for autumn.

Museums for a rainy hideout

Make the most of those odd rainy days, by exploring some of Amsterdam’s most popular museums. Discover artefacts in Rijkmuseum, step into another world at the Van Gogh Museum or explore the Rembrandt House Museum.

Dutch breweries

There is something special about the beer brewed in the Netherlands. Maybe it’s the centuries of experience that Dutch brewers have? Whatever the reason, Dutch beer has a reputation for being clean, crisp, and refreshing. If you’re looking to discover some new breweries, Holland is a great place to start. From light lagers to rich stouts, there’s a Dutch beer for everyone. There are even certain beers brewed only in the autumn months, including the popular Herfstbok. And with so many breweries to choose from, you’re sure to find one that you love – cheers!

Visit The Hague

The Hague is a beautiful city in Holland that is definitely worth a visit during autumn. The weather is cool and crisp, and the leaves on the trees turn a stunning array of colours. There are also plenty of things to do in The Hague, from visiting museums and art galleries to exploring the city’s many parks and gardens. If you’re looking for a destination that has it all, be sure to add The Hague to your list!

The golden glow of autumn

There’s something magical about Holland in the autumn. There’s the late summer breeze and the leaves are just starting to turn. But what makes Holland truly special during this time of year is the golden hour. Just before the sun sets, the light takes on a warm, golden hue, illuminating the canals and houses in a way that feels like something out of a fairytale. If you’re looking for an enchanting travel destination, Holland in the autumn is definitely worth a visit. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

So there you have it! If you’re looking for an excuse to travel this season, these ten reasons are why Holland should be at the top of your list. Click here to read more about booking your next trip with DFDS – we can’t wait to welcome you onboard!

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