Cities near Amsterdam
Most people visiting The Netherlands will visit Amsterdam, because of its well-known international status. But there is a lot more to do! There are many beautiful cities near Amsterdam. You think you don’t have enough time? Don’t worry, because The Netherlands is not that big.
Most cities are only about 30 minutes by train from Amsterdam. In this article I will describe to you a few amazing Dutch cities for you to visit starting with those nearest to Amsterdam: Haarlem, Utrecht, Leiden, The Hague and Delft. Above all I will give you some background information about these cities. If you would like to know more about how to actually get to these cities, read my blog about Trains In The Netherlands.
Haarlem (only 15 minutes by train)
In Haarlem they most refined form of Dutch: the type of Dutch you’ll hear on Dutch national TV. Haarlem is very close to Amsterdam, only 15 minutes by train. It is, like many Dutch cities, similar in architecture to Amsterdam, but is much smaller. Almost everything in the centre of Haarlem is within walking distance. It’s known for great shopping, but also for its many tales of the past: stories about the Dutch resistance movement during World War II or about famous Dutch painters. For a tourist it is recommended that you take a tour to explore the city or just have a glance at TripAdvisor.