Day Trips From Amsterdam
There are a lot of day trips from Amsterdam available. Since The Netherlands is only a small country, 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. To be more precise it is lake surrounded by many original windmills and is full of many boats. The mills were used for all kinds of purposes, for example: crafting oil paint.
2. Giethoorn (about 1 hour and 25 minutes by car)
Giethoorn is called the Dutch ‘Venice’. It’s a small village located in the province of Overrijssel with lots of beautiful, wooden houses surrounded by 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 located around the IJsselmeer (IJssel lake). Orginally it was an harbour located 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. But be aware, both places are full of tourists!
The sea was transformed into a lake
4. Leiden (about 36 minutes by public transport)
Leiden is right in the middle of the urbanized part 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 known 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 raised 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 parc. Every year from March till May many types of flowers are showed in different colors and the parc gets around 236,000 visitors. The history of this parc goes even back to the 15th century. So if you would like to have a real Dutch experience, go to Keukenhof!
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Enjoy your stay in the Netherlands!