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The Dutch often enjoy a well-deserved break during autumn. It’s a particularly glorious time of year, when they can draw breath and enjoy all that nature has to offer, before getting ready for the onset of winter and the hectic party season. If you happen to be planning a visit to the Netherlands in the next couple of weeks, here are some great tips for an autumnal holiday to remember.
Take an autumn stroll in the Hoge Veluwe
If you want to witness a breath-taking display of stunning autumn colours, then a visit to the beautiful Hoge Veluwe National Park in Gelderland won’t disappoint. As well as an enchanting forest, there’s a captivating heathland, which turns a vivid purple-red and orange in the autumn. For your convenience, you’ll find complementary bicycles at every entrance to the park, which you can use to explore the Veluwe and its abundant wildlife at your leisure. And, if it looks like rain, you can always shelter in the fascinating Kröller-Müller Museum, located deep in the heart of the park.
Visit the Efteling
These days the Efteling is open all year round and although a few of its attractions are unavailable in the winter season, the famous fairy-tale Dutch theme park takes on an even more magical quality in the beautiful autumn months, making it well worth a visit. If you’re looking for holiday accommodation close by, there is a holiday park offering cost effective holiday homes and apartments, located directly next to the park. Or, if you fancy some extra pampering you can opt to stay at the luxurious Efteling hotel, where accommodation packages include unlimited access to the theme park.
Explore the Wadden Islands
The Dutch Wadden islands are the perfect destination for a romantic weekend or some rejuvenating fresh air and energetic walks. Many of the beautiful Frisian islands, including Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog, boast a number of quaint hotels and cosy cottages, most within walking distance of the sweeping beaches and captivating autumn landscapes. And nothing is more invigorating after a brisk walk, than a glass of Dutch Juttertje or Berenburg, enjoyed in a friendly local café.
Not in the Netherlands this autumn?
Don’t worry – even if you’re not in the Netherlands this year, you can still give your autumn break back home a typical Dutch flavour. Try rustling up some traditional Dutch autumn and winter dishes, such as erwtensoep (pea soup) and borenkool met rookworst (kale with smoked sausage), for example. Or warm up on those chilly days with a cup of warme chocomel (hot chocolate) and a delicious gevulde koek (almond biscuit). If it’s too cold or wet to venture outside, why not stay home and enjoy some good old fashioned, family fun with favourite Dutch board games such as ‘mens-erger-je-niet’ (a type of Ludo) or ‘Ik Hou Van Holland’? Alternatively you can always take the opportunity to prepare for the festive season, by shopping online for Sinterklaas and Christmas!