Day trip from Amsterdam

We love Amsterdam, it’s a lovely city to spend time and you don’t have feel bored as there’s so much to see and do. Though we hope that you don’t forget that The Netherlands is more than just Amsterdam. If you have the time we really recommend taking a day trip from Amsterdam! Get off the beaten track and you’ll be rewarded by all that The Netherlands has to offer besides Amsterdam. In only one day, you can visit one of our recommended places in The Netherlands below.

The number of tourists coming to Amsterdam has exponentially grown over the past two decades. An estimated 9 million tourists come to Amsterdam every year, compared to only 4,5 million visitors in the year 2000. For a fairly small city with just over 800.000 inhabitants, this doesn’t go unnoticed. Especially in high season at some point you could feel a bit like walking in a crowded, big theme park. So after a few days of sightseeing in Amsterdam, you might feel the need to discover some places away from the big mass.

The best thing is that there are hidden secrets of Amsterdam within reach. The Netherlands is a small country and thus you don’t have to travel far. Just a few kilometres from Amsterdam you’ll find cities and places that are definitely worth visiting. Tiny villages such as Weesp or Muiden that feel like time has stood still. But also other bigger cities like Utrecht or Rotterdam are only an hour away by public transport.

So if you feel like taking a day trip from Amsterdam stay tuned and check out our recommendations and pick your day trip of choice.

Villages worth visiting in The Netherlands

Need a break from the busy city? You should definitely go and discover these authentic Dutch villages! For some, only half a day is enough to get there and wander around as they’re under an hour away. You’ll be surprised by the rich history, beautiful landscapes, and monumental buildings. If you ask us, these towns make a perfect day trip from Amsterdam. The villages near Amsterdam can easily be visited by bike, but can also be reached easily by public transport.

Weesp - Kom van Weesp


Discover the ancient city of Weesp with its monumental buildings and many bridges. Weesp is just 15 minutes away from Amsterdam but will give you a whole new view on The Netherlands!

Muiden - sluice


Travel back in time in Muiden. See the Amsterdam castle and wander through the tiny streets. This ancient village is really close to Amsterdam and has a very rich history!

Giethoorn water village


This water village known as Venice of The Netherlands is quite far from Amsterdam, but makes up for an unforgettable experience!

Naarden Vesting


Naarden is a true hidden secret fairly close to Amsterdam. This historical fortress village is a very interesting place to visit, due to its rich history and beautifully preserved star-shaped design with double walls.

Zaanse Schans

Zaanse Schans windmill village

Zaanse Schans is a bit touristy, but with a good reason; it’s home to some of the prettiest historical windmills that the Netherlands has to offer. Besides, you will also find museums on typical Dutch things such as wooden shoes, cheese and stroopwafels.

Cobra Museum Amstelveen


Amstelveen is a rather quiet town near Amsterdam it’s home to a lot of commuters. It’s a great choice if you want to escape the big crowds in Amsterdam to do some shopping for instance. Amstelveen is also interesting to admirers of modern and contemporary arts, as you will find the Cobra Museum and Jan van der Togt museum there.

City trips from Amsterdam

Not all people are aware of the fact that The Netherlands is very compact, tiny country. There’s so much more to see in The Netherlands than just Amsterdam! We definitely recommend people visiting Amsterdam to have at least one day for visiting another city in Holland. Other major cities are never far away in The Netherlands; even when traveling by public transport most other cities are reached within an hour. Other major cities in The Netherlands haven’t been discovered by the big crowds and thus less touristy! Check out our selection of cities that are definitely worth visiting.

Utrecht terrace canal


In the very center of the Netherlands, you’ll find Utrecht; an old city with pretty canals just like Amsterdam. The city center makes a great place for shopping and is full of inviting terraces.

Amsterdamse Poort, Haarlem


If you have little time, Haarlem is a perfect option! Under twenty minutes away from Amsterdam Central Station, but a completely different atmosphere. The well-known Harlem area in New York is named after this beautiful city.

Huis Ten Bosch The Hague

The Hague

The Netherland’s is the only country in the world where the government is not based in the capital. It is based in the beautiful historic city The Hague, close to the sea. Make sure not this miss it!

Leiden, Netherlands


Visit the Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, a historic city known for its university. You can enjoy a canal cruise or stroll through the flowers at Hortus Botanicus, the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands.

eastern gate Delft


Delft is a wonderful historic mid-sized town with a history that dates back over 750 years. Undiscovered by the big crowds, peaceful but lively!

cheese market Alkmaar


One hour North of Amsterdam you’ll find Alkmaar, a wonderful city known for its cosy cheese market surrounded by terraces. Go shopping and wander through the laid-back historic city center.

Palace Het Loo Apeldoorn


Apeldoorn is a great undiscovered destination in The Netherlands. It is home to the former royal palace “Paleis Het Loo”, various museums and offers cool things to do with kids.

Cube Houses, Rotterdam


Rotterdam can be seen as the Berlin of the Netherlands; modern, industrial and a bit underground. Highly recommended to those who admire modern architecture!

Sint Servaasbasiliek Maastricht


For those who are willing to travel a bit; Maastricht is lovely destination in the far South of the Netherlands. This ancient city has a rich, interesting history and the architecture is completely different from Amsterdam.

Seaside day trips

Are you lucky enough to be in Amsterdam with good weather? Than you might be interested in a day trip to the seaside. A little break from the chaotic city. Have nice long walk along the beach or maybe even a swim in the sea. Most beaches are surrounded by dunes which make an excellent landscape for a romantic walk.


Looking for a quick seaside break? Zandvoort is the place! Only thirty minutes from Amsterdam.


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Scheveningen is one of most popular beaches in The Netherlands. Combine it with a trip to The Hague!


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The beach in IJmuiden is the scene for wind and kite surfing. Have a nice walk or go see the lighthouses.