Day Trips From Amsterdam
There are a lot of day trips from Amsterdam available. The Netherlands is a small country, so travel distance is relatively short. Want to know more? Keep on reading! I have made a TOP 5 of day trips from Amsterdam for you.
1. Zaanse Schans (about 30 min by public transport)
The Zaanse Schans (English: entrenchment) was named after Diederik Sony, governor of William of Orange – the founding father of the Dutch Royal Family. This entrenchment was constructed to stop Spanish forces invading Holland during the 16th century, but it is not the same place as it used to be. Established in 1961 the Zaanse Schans gives a view of the Dutch landscape around the 18th and 19th century. It is a lake with many original windmills and full of many boats. The mills are used for all kinds of purposes, for example: crafting oil paint.
2. Giethoorn (about 1 hour and 25 minutes by car)
Giethoorn is also known as the Dutch ‘Venice’. It’s a small village in the province of Overrijssel with lots of old Dutch style wooden houses, canals and a relaxing atmosphere. Most visitors take a nice tour in quiet, electric boat to have an amazing view of this typical Dutch countryside. Absolutely a must to see. Next to this Giethoorn has, like many Dutch cities or villages, a few windmills to see.
3. Volendam / Marken (about 24 minutes by public transport)
Volendam is a typical Dutch fishermen town, as there are more similar towns around the IJsselmeer (IJssel lake). Originally it was an harbour at the Zuiderzee (southern sea). But in 1932 the Dutch government constructed the Enclosing Dike and as a result the sea was transformed into a lake. The architecture in Volendam is very common in that area and different from the big cities. Marken is, like Volendam, also a Dutch fishermen village with similar architecture. Both villages are well-known for their traditional Dutch clothing. Especially relevant to know, both places are full of tourists!
4. Leiden (about 36 minutes by public transport)
Leiden is in the middle of the west of The Netherlands. Only 36 minutes by train from Amsterdam. It has the same architecture style as the Dutch capital city, but is way smaller in size. This means exploring the city centre by foot is easy instead of bike or public transport. Leiden is famous for the Pilgrim Fathers, who lived in the city for several decades before they departed to New England. Next to this the city has many interesting musea like Naturalis, Royal Museum of Ancient History and Museum Boerhaave. Last but not least, Rembrandt van Rijn – famous Dutch painter – was born and grew up in Leiden. Leiden has not yet discovered by mass tourism, which makes it a very authentic place to visit.
5. Keukenhof (about 40 minutes by car)
The Keukenhof is a Dutch famous flower park. Every year from March till May there are many types of flowers in different colors and the park gets around 236,000 visitors. The history of this park goes even back to the 15th century. Therefore if you would like to have a real Dutch experience, go to Keukenhof!
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Enjoy your stay in the Netherlands!