Set against the dramatic northern skies, autumn in Amsterdam has a charm all its own. Read on to find out where to go to see the changing colours as the leaves paint the landscape in shades of autumn
Amble along the canals
Amsterdam’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canal ring is nothing short of stunning any time of the year but in autumn it takes on a new hue as the leaves change colour. Put on your walking shoes and wander the streets and canals as you crunch dried leaves underfoot and marvel the striking colours above you. The show spills over into the canals where fallen floating leaves create patterns on the water or collect on the sodden floors of old boats. Don’t forget to walk down some of the equally alluring smaller canals where over-hanging branches create an enchanting sight.
With the majestic Rijksmuseum in the background, the view from the far end of Museumplein back is breathtaking in autumn. A small, neat planting of trees will keep fans of order happy, until winter strips their boughs.
Tucked away behind Utrechtsestraat is Amstelveld, a reasonably sized square with beautiful trees that shed their leaves to dramatic effect in autumn. There’s a playground for the kids and you can grab a take-away coffee at nearby Nes Brasserie.
This street is popular year-round for its many trees that provide a cooling canopy in summer and are sparse and gnarly in winter. But in autumn, they’ve got a wow factor that’s hard to beat.
A wander through the Vondelpark is a treat any time of the year but in autumn it comes alive. Russet reds, oranges and yellows join the blue skies and green grasses for a colourful show that’s truly spectacular.
Amsterdam’s largest park is one of the best places to catch the feast of falling of leaves. Walk along tree-lined avenues admiring autumnal hues while you breathe in fresh air and take-in the intoxicating scents of the forest.
With its picturesque riverside location, Amstelpark is a wonderful place to take in the harvest season. This large green space is covered in foliage and includes an orangery, rose garden and even a Japanese garden, which means the colours are sure to impress.
You’ll need a bike for this one as you have to venture along the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal to Diemenpolder. Riding this forested stretch of (we’ve got tree-lined a few times) bike path is a joy any time of the year but in autumn the soaring trees provide a rainbow archway overhead.
This urban park in the city’s west is always popular thanks to its open green spaces, cafés, bars, and regular events. In fall, it’s even more vibrant. Grab a delicious treat to-go from the Bakkerswinkel and stroll under the gorgeous canopy.
Tree-fringed and dotted with small sculptures, Apollolaan is a treat to amble along in autumn. This glorious wide avenue in Amsterdam-Zuid turns a brilliant shade of red as the weather starts to cool.
Learn more about Amsterdam’s best parks where the colours of autumn will also amaze.