There is a chill in the air and that can only mean one thing, fall has arrived in the Netherlands. That doesn’t mean you need to stay inside dreaming of spring, though. There are plenty of places to enjoy, including these ten beautiful Dutch locations.
The Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe is a Dutch national park with approximately 55 square kilometres of heathlands, sand dunes, woodlands, and nature big and small. This is also the place you’ll find the famous white bicycles and the Kröller-Möller museum.
Arboretum Trompenburg is a botanical garden located in Rotterdam. Established in 1820, it is the perfect size for an afternoon stroll. The oldest part of the garden is designed in the English landscape style.
This former Dutch Royal Family palace has beautiful outdoor spaces including the Baarnse Bos, which is adjacent to the palace. It was developed as a French landscape garden between 1733 and 1758.
If you want to visit a castle in the Netherlands, then you can’t go wrong with Kasteel De Haar, located in Utrecht. The original castle was mainly destroyed in 1482. So, the impressive Neo-Gothic buildings you will see date from 1892 and are the work of Dutch architect P.J.H. Cuypers.
Paleis Het Loo might be closed for renovation until 2021, but if you are quick, you can still get a visit in to the palace gardens. The gardens have been reconstructed to the original 17th-century design of William III and Queen Mary II.
Fall signifies the beginning of apple picking in the Netherlands. Whether you want to pick them yourself or just shop for local goods in the farm shop, Fruittuin Verbeek in Oldebroek doesn’t disappoint.
The largest of the Waddeneilanden, Texel, is famous for its sheep, having as many as it does people. But what the island itself offers in the way of seven towns, ample countryside, and nature reserves makes it a popular relaxation destination. As a bonus, head to the Texel beer brewery and enjoy a fall bock beer.
Beauty isn’t only made by nature. The GLOW light festival, held in Eindhoven every November, is excellent proof of this.
Open Air Museum (Openluchtmuseum)
Located in Arnhem, the Open Air Museum is brought to life via authentic buildings (antique houses, farms and factories from different parts of the Netherlands), true stories, and costumed re-enactors. With around 44 hectares to explore, including a heritage tram line, this is the perfect place to learn more about Dutch daily life through the ages. The museum closes/runs a limited programme over the winter months, so be sure to check the calendar if you won’t make it in the fall.
Yours or Another City
Cities always look different when the seasons change. Just because you have seen it once, doesn’t mean you have seen it fully!