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Weather in late november

I found some great deals on river cruises in November, visiting sountries such as Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Holland. Obviously, the deals are due to the cold season in Europe. I am debating if it is worth going on such a trip (3-weeks total) when the weather is bad. On one hand, Europe is Europe. On the other, will we be miserable? Can anyone offer their opinion? Thank you.

Posted by
211 posts

I've been in Europe (based in Normandy) since the beginning of January, and I have to say I can't imagine being here in the summer months, even now in May, I find it getting too crowded, so I say go for Novemeber! It won't be super cold yet, and seeing as your from NJ, you might actually find it milder then November back home.

The crowds are much thinner which is great, I remeber being at the Sofia in Madrid all alone with a giant Picasso painting, great stuff!

I've been as far north as Scotland and Denmark in February, and was perfectly fine, just remember to pack layers. There has only been one weekend where I was actually really really cold, and that was Easter Weekend. If worst comes to worst, you just go into a cafe and warm up with a yummy hot chocolate!

Posted by
12074 posts

Expect cold and rainy with occasional nicer weather.

Amsterdam rains, on average, every other day year round. Seasonal changes are more about base temperatures than whether it rains or not.

Germany seems to be really nice through September and maybe half of October then cools down a lot. Even in September, the nights are cooler and there is more rain.

I would go if the deal is right. Cruises are nice because they include your meals, lodging and transportation. River cruises usually stop right in the city center, so you can hop off and explore. In November, the crowds will be gone and you will get a better flavor of Europe. As long as you can enjoy yourselves without perfect weather, you will have a great time.

Posted by
1717 posts

Hello Stan. I would not go on a river cruise in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Holland in late November. I thought there are no passenger boats on the Rhine River in Germany in November, because the weather is bad. Go to Europe, travel in trains.

Posted by
12 posts

We were in Belgium and Amsterdam in mid November and it was cool, but not freezing. Not too different than the wether here in the Northwest.

Posted by
408 posts

My husband and I did a Christmas market tour a few years ago. We started in Prague and took the train to Vienna. We caught the riverboat on the third day and it was great! It was cold but it kept the crowds down. We are from California so it was fun to have some cold weather. We went from Vienna to Nuremburg. The riverboat was fun and we met some very nice people. We want to do it again. The average age was about 60-65. We are in our forty's so we were a bit younger, but I love it! Have fun.

Posted by
1404 posts

November weather is in eye of the beholder?

"November" by Thomas Hood
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member--
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,

"My November Guest" by Robert Frost

My Sorrow, when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.
Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise

Regards, Gary

Posted by
852 posts

Hi Stan,

... the above link has an alphabet for you to click on the initial of the place you want. You can find the historical weather situations for just about anywhere... that's what you want, right?

All the best, P