Whether a boat trip down a canal or a walk through an art museum are your cup of tea, you’ll surely be pleased to know that museums and attractions in the Netherlands are open once more. The weather may be cooling down in this lovely little country, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things to do in the Netherlands in September. So, make sure you celebrate the return of culture in the Netherlands in style with these suggestions of what to do in the Netherlands in September. From virtual experiences and special events with The Netherlands Awakens Week to outdoor activities, and more, we’ve rounded up 4 great things to do in the Netherlands in September 2020.
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1. Reawaken your cultural spirit with the Netherlands Awakens Week: 14 – 20 September
6 weeks, 6 countries, 100+ museums and attractions – and you! Tiqets Awakening Weeks is on a mission to celebrate the reopening of museums and attractions worldwide and one of the countries we’re celebrating in is the Netherlands.
From virtual experiences like a canal cruise through Amsterdam, or a behind-the-scenes tour of the famous high-end strip club the BonTon club with a former sex worker, to visiting these venues and more in person, there are all sorts of ways to get in on the Awakening Week action. Join in the Netherlands Awakens Week festivities by signing up for one of six virtual experiences in the week of 14-20 September or by booking safe and exciting experiences at participating museums and attractions.
2. Catch the last rays of summer and hit the beach
The Netherlands isn’t exactly known for its beaches, but any local will know that a little sunshine means a trip to some sandy surrounds. If you’re in the Netherlands in September, take advantage of any sunshine by visiting Scheveningen, Zandvoort, Zeeland or Texel, to name just a few beachy locations in the Netherlands.
3. Visit the largest art museum in the Netherlands
The Rijksmuseum is open again and it has a new exhibition for you to feast your eyes upon. Head on over to this colossal art museum to appreciate The Night Watch and take in the new exhibition: Highlights of Italian Drawing which features works by great Italian masters such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Carracci, Barocci, Canaletto, Tiepolo and Piranesi. There are also some new displays in the Asian pavilion and a music parade in the special collections section.
Coming or going to the Netherlands in September? If you’re landing at or taking off from Schiphol Airport, you’ll be pleased (and probably quite surprised) to find out that you can visit a part of the Rijksmuseum for free at the airport! Rijksmuseum Schiphol is open 24 hours a day to all passengers and is located between Lounge 2 and 3, past security at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Right now you can enjoy a Dutch masterpieces exhibition in this special outpost of the Rijksmuseum.
4. Feast your senses at an outdoor market
While many indoor events have been cancelled for the remainder of the year, there are still a number of outdoor events going on. Take advantage of one of the many outdoor markets hosted in the Netherlands during the month of September: from Amsterdam’s Pure Markt (hosted on 20 September at Amsterdamse Bos and 27 September at Park Frankendael) to the Haagse Markt in the Hague (open every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) to Haarlem’s antique and arts market (hosted on 21 September), there’s a market for everyone!