Every year, on the last Sunday of October, and again on the last Sunday in March, the clock goes through a time warp.

What exactly happens on the last Sunday of October, and why does this change occur?

Daylight Saving Time in The Netherlands

The last Sunday of October marks the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) in The Netherlands. This annual ritual, known locally as ‘Wintertijd’, involves setting the clocks back one hour on October 29th, from 3 am to 2 am, effectively gaining an extra hour of sleep.

Preparing for the Clock change

As the last Sunday of October approaches, it’s essential to prepare for the clock change to minimize any disruption to your daily routine. Here are a few tips for navigating this transition.

Update your clocks

Make sure to adjust all your clocks, including those on household appliances and your car.

Enjoy an extra hour of sleep

The end of DST gives you an extra hour of sleep, so take advantage of it and catch up on your rest.

Be mindful of the earlier sunsets

As the days get shorter, you’ll notice that the sun sets earlier in the evening.

Embrace the coziness

The Dutch have a term, ‘gezelligheid’, which roughly translates to ‘coziness.’ Embrace the opportunity to create a cozy atmosphere in your home with candles, blankets, and warm beverages to combat the darkness.


How do you create a cozy atmosphere in your home?