Best Day trips from Amsterdam

Best Day Trips from Amsterdam

Best Day trips from Amsterdam

Taking a cruise along historic canals, Amsterdam is one of the most popular destinations Europe. Complete with its universities, academies, and research institutes, along with more than 40 museums, numerous theatres, and entertainment venues, Amsterdam today stands as the pioneer in the cultural front. Though the city of canals is a beauty in itself you would not want to leave, however for a full fledged Netherlands experience, it is mandatory to visit the beautiful places around the distance. So here is the index of the best day trips and best excursions in Amsterdam for one day:

1. Keukenhof Gardens & Tulip fields

A common feature in all the lists of best day trips around Amsterdam, Keukenhof Gardens is the world’s largest flower garden, located near the small town of Lisse. Acting beehive to around 8 lakhs tourists annually, these are an 80-acre complex of remarkable gardens that are designed in various themes such as the English Garden, Japanese Garden and Historical Garden. Planted with over seven million flower bulbs annually, this garden is a beauty in every season. Open year round and hosting various events like festivals, music concerts and medieval fairs, pack a picnic and set on the trail to eat among a beautiful collection of colours and flowers. The most preferred mode of transport among people is the bus, taking a total travelling time of 1.25 hours. Another alternative is hiring a taxi or driving the way, costing you about 50 minutes of your time.

2. Zaanse Schans

Take a step back into the Dutch history with a simple excursion to the Zaanse Schans, located 20 minutes from Amsterdam in the city of Zaanstad. A living outdoor museum containing a wide variety of collection of historic windmills and also holding various demonstrations such as cheese-processing, coffee-grinding and clog-making, Zaanse Schans is one of the best places on the list. Sit down and eat the deliciously wonderful pancakes in an authentic Dutch restaurant. Zaanse Schans is also the best place to buy souvenirs like cheeses, clogs and miniature Zaanse houses. The best experience that the place has to offer to you is thitse scenic ferry ride. Placed at a distance of 21kms from Amsterdam, one of the most preferred options is to hire a car and drive the way costing you barely half an hour. Other options involve taking a bus taking around 40 minutes for the same commutation.

3. Bruges

The aptly well-preserved medieval town in the northern region of Belgium surrounded by beautiful canals and old city walls, Bruges is one of the most photogenic destinations in the Euro continent. To experience the well--liked civil life, you must meander along the cobblestone paths of the city centre, explore the historic walls and gates and ride in a horse-driven carriage around the old city. While visiting the market, savour free samples of delicious Belgian chocolate at the Chocó-Story Museum. A day trip from Amsterdam to Bruges is an absolute must-do when travelling across this face of Europe, as missing this place will cut out a huge chunk of excitement from your trip! Located at a distance of 255kms from Central Amsterdam, the preferred way of commutation is driving your way through. Other options include taking a bus or Thalys rails.

4. Giethoorn

Boats and bikes are what define the jaw-dropping beautiful Nether village of Giethoorn. Rightfully nicknamed as the ‘Venice of the North’ or the ‘Village with no roads’, this village is too cute for words! Infinite canal cruises and vendors rent you boats. But whether you rent one or take a tour, DO NOT miss this omnipresent ride. The best thing about this day tour would be- you do not have to run here and there to explore touristy spots. The whole village is a giant tourist attraction! You may actually get tired of clicking photographs; everything is so picturesque here! For an exciting day trip from Amsterdam, take a train to Giethoorn save time and reach Giethoorn in 2.25 hours.

5. Volendam

A bustling harbour replete with colourful boats and an authentic Dutch heritage lays just a 30 minute travel away, towards the north of Amsterdam in Volendam. A former fishing port turned into an unashamedly tacky tourist trap, Volendam today is certainly a quaint little place, boasting its rows of wooden houses and locals who don traditional dresses for church and festive events. With the harbour awash with kitschy souvenir shops, dress-up-in-Dutch-traditional-costume photo booths, a virtual-reality walk through old Volendam a walk down the small lanes, will get you an insight into the Dutch culture you wouldn't have before. To reach Volendam, there are two choices including a bus ride with the travelling time of 45 minutes and driving the way, taking around half an hour for the same journey.