Averages for Amsterdam in November

What's the weather like in Amsterdam in November

November can be wet and chilly in Amsterdam, but it can also still be a very good time of the year to visit.

Rainfall

Visitors will need to bring layers and a waterproof jacket because November is the wettest month of the year, averaging 90mm of rain. Much of this falls as a light, liquid drizzle, but there is also the chance of seeing a few light flurries, ...

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  • Temperature Temperature 7°C 44°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 9°C 48°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 4°C 40°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 2 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 90 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 7 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 12°C 53°F

What's the weather like in Amsterdam in November

November can be wet and chilly in Amsterdam, but it can also still be a very good time of the year to visit.

Rainfall

Visitors will need to bring layers and a waterproof jacket because November is the wettest month of the year, averaging 90mm of rain. Much of this falls as a light, liquid drizzle, but there is also the chance of seeing a few light flurries, especially toward the end of the month when the temperatures begin to rapidly fall. However, any white stuff on the ground is typically short lived.

Sunshine Hours

With a lot of rain during the month, sun can be hard to come by and only averages approximately three hours per day. Checking the weather forecast will tell you whether to bring your umbrella or not!

Temperature

Afternoon highs in November have dropped significantly since October and average 9°C (48° F) with average overnight lows around 4°C (39° F).  With temperatures such as these, winter is definitely beginning to set in, but it is still not as cold as it will get later in the season.

Amsterdam Hotels for November

There are numerous hotels to stay in while enjoying the sites and sounds of Amsterdam and prices in November will be low.

Many of the best places to stay in the city include those in the converted canal houses. These tall, narrow houses were originally built for merchants, but are now completely restored. One of the best examples is The Estherea which houses a 17th century building located next to Amsterdam's oldest canal.

Also at the very top of the spectrum is Seven One Seven Hotel. It is located in an old world canal-side building, complete with luxurious amenities which will satisfy any traveler's needs.

Those looking for a hotel which seamlessly blends the old world and the new may want to look into the Canal House which uses a combination of contemporary design with old world decorations.  

Visitors who desire to leave the old behind and settle into contemporary digs have the choice of several hotels. One of the more popular contemporary hotels in Amsterdam is The College. Other favorites include The Conservatorium as well as the Conscious Hotel Vondelpark with totally modern designs.

Bars and Restaurants

If visitors don't mind spending a little more for a beverage, then the Okura Hotel bar is worth the price. The service and the sophistication are both unparalleled even though your wallet will be a lot lighter. Located on the 23rd floor, this upscale bar offers panoramic views of Amsterdam that are unmatched.

For something with a little more flair and food, try Herengracht Food Drinks Art. With exposed brick and striped velour walls, this restaurant/lounge/bar/art gallery has a vibe all to its own. The food is modern Dutch with hints of Japanese and Italian accents.

And if you are just looking for a sandwich, make it different with Hagelslag. These sprinkles come in a wide variety of flavors with chocolate being among the most popular.

Things to do in Amsterdam in November

First opened in 1655, the Royal Palace is a must stop for any tourist. This work of art complete with marble and a floor inlaid with maps of the world contains rooms holding paintings, clocks and chandeliers that are museum worthy. A free audio tour is available at the front desk and will explain everything as visitors explore the palace.

Tour Amsterdam's oldest surviving building and check out the stunning Muller organ located inside. Built in 1306, it stands near the active Red Light District, but is actually a church. In addition to the organ, the church also contains 15th century carvings on the choir stalls, and the tomb of Rembrandt's wife. A guided tour is available to climb the tower.  Named Oude Kerk, prices are reasonable and it is easily accessible.

Important Dates

There are plenty of big events taking place in Amsterdam in the month of November and they start with the first Saturday and Museum Night. Amsterdam has numerous wonderful museums, but visitors can get a slightly different take on this weekend by visiting them at night. From 7pm to 2am, approximately 40 of Amsterdam's museums open their doors to throw a party. One ticket will get visitors into every museum and they go on sale in mid-October. This is a very big night for both tourists and locals, so it is important to get in line early.

The middle of the month is the time for the arrival of Saint Nicholas. The holiday season officially begins with the arrival of Saint Nicholas by boat to the Amsterdam Harbor.  Along with St. Nick's arrival is a parade and ceremony where he is officially welcomed back to town by Amsterdam's mayor.

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