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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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.