November Weather Averages for Amsterdam

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.


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 ...

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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.


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!


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. Luxurious Seven One Seven Hotel is located in an old world canal-side building, complete with amazing amenities which will satisfy any traveler's needs. The spectacular range of rooms provide something for every customer, although expensive, very worth it. Ideally located on the canal, Seven One Seven provides lovely views and is only a short walk from landmarks and museums.

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. There are 23 bedrooms, some surviving the original features that have been restored. For a comfy and atmospheric stay book any of the hotels marvelous rooms. Treat yourself to a wine, beer or classic cocktail at the Keizrsgracht bar overlooking the canal. Other advantages of the hotel are the garden that features a delightful summer house and its perfect location near landmarks, restaurants, bars and coffee shops.

Conscious Hotel Vondelpark is an eco-friendly hotel with stylish, sustainable rooms just 250 metres from Vondelpark. Hire a bike from the hotel, check out the bar, park your car and have a magnificent stay in one of the many rooms. Interestingly, the rooms feature energy saving LED lamps, desks made from recycled yogurt cups, organic towels in the bathroom and water saving showerheads! Free WiFi in all rooms and 100% organic continental breakfast is served each morning.

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 unbeatable. 

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. You will not regret visiting this unique place and will surely revisit in the future. 

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.

November events in Amsterdam

Da Bounce Urban Film Festival (DBUFF)

1st November 2018 to 5th November 2018

This film festival provides an international platform for urban film lovers and the film industry. Da Bounce Urban Film Festival takes place in Amsterdam every autumn.


IDFA: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

14th November 2018 to 25th November 2018

Each November, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) transforms Amsterdam's city centre into a paradise for documentary film fans.



Museum Night Amsterdam

3rd November 2018

On the first Saturday in November every year, Museum Night Amsterdam sees around 50 museums in the city open their doors from 19:00 to 02:00 and organise special events, including workshops, concerts, special tours and performances. Tasty food and drink is also on hand to help keep your energy levels up. Welcome to Museum Night Amsterdam, or, as Amsterdammers simply know it, the 'n8'!


Turn on the Lights

15th November 2018

With Turn on the Lights, Amsterdam's luxury department store de Bijenkorf opens the festive season in brilliant spectacle and festive cheer every November.


Dancing on the Edge

8th November 2018 to 12th November 2018

Dancing on the Edge Festival stimulates artistic exchange with the Middle East and North Africa. Every two years, Dancing on the Edge presents a festival focusing on high quality dance, theater and art installations from or in collaboration with the Middle East in different Dutch cities. In Amsterdam the events take place in Frascati and Podium Mozaiek.


PAN Amsterdam

18th November 2018 to 25th November 2018

Enjoy art of lasting beauty and affordable quality at PAN Amsterdam, taking place at Amsterdam RAI each November. Since it was established in 1987, this annual art fair has garnered a reputation for its friendly atmosphere and opportunities to meet the best art dealers, as well as looking at and comparing the works of art that appeal to you and learning about them without any obligation.



Arrival of Sinterklaas

19th November 2018

He might look similar to Father Christmas or Santa Claus, but ‘Sinterklaas’ (Saint Nicholas) is a very Dutch character loved by children and adults alike. His arrival in Amsterdam in mid November each year traditionally marks the official start of the city's festive season.



Amsterdam Art Weekend

23rd November 2018 to 26th November 2018

Amsterdam Art Weekend returns to the city every November offering art enthusiasts the chance to delve into Amsterdam’s vibrant contemporary art scene.


Welcome to the Future Indoor Day Festival

24th November 2018

A major summer festival in the Amsterdam Area, Welcome to the Future is ready to help you warm up in winter with a spectacular indoor edition. The feast of dance music fun takes place at Warehouse Elementenstraat.


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