Are you based in Amsterdam or are you planning to visit the city sometime soon? Well, spring is the best time to do so! There are plenty of exciting day trips from amsterdam not only to nearby towns, but also to endless tulip fields, fairy tale windmills and even other countries! Amsterdammers love day trips to Paris and Bruges, these are, without a doubt, some of the most fascinating destinations you can go for. This article will guide you through the ten best day trips from Amsterdam, around and outside of it! This article is broken down into two types of day trips from Amsterdam: Day trips to explore other parts of the Netherlands like North and South Holland and day trips to explore neighboring countries like Belgium and France.
Day Trips from Amsterdam to Explore the Netherlands
The most famous destination in spring for both locals and tourists is the tulip garden of Keukenhof in Lisse, South Holland. The so-called Garden of Europe, a 32 hectare Park, is one of the biggest in the world; about 7 million flowers are planted here each year. The iconic park of Keukenhof, themed after ‘Romance in Flowers’ has apart from tulips, rows upon rows of purple, peachy and pink hyacinths, as well as yellow daffodils.
How to get there: Keukenhof can easily be reached from Amsterdam by bus (858, 852 and 859), train and car.
Another great destination for nature lovers is Hilversum. Home to a smaller yet special in many ways botanical garden, the Pinetum Blijdenstein, has apart from a giant sequoia, a great number of conifer trees. Springtime is by far the best time to watch the rhododendrons along with other exotic flowers bloom.
How to get there: Train is the quickest way to get from Amsterdam to Hilversum, as it will take 20 minutes and cost you about $8-12.
3. Zaanse Schans (Zaandam)
Spring is the best time to discover the most photographed windmills of the Netherlands on the river banks in Zaanse Schans. A morning visit will pay you off if you are a dedicated Instagrammer; the historic village features in the most prestigious travel guides worldwide. Once captured the iconic landscape, go for a taste journey in the nearby cheese city of Edam.
How to get there: You can reach Zaanse Schans in 20 minutes from Amsterdam Centraal. The ticket costs about $4.
4. Marken & Volendam
For a traditional Dutch experience, with wooden clogs, colorful houses and local specialties visit the fishing towns Marken and Volendam in Northern Holland. What is more, you will get the chance to ride the Marken Express Boat and enjoy the majestic view on the Ijsselmeer lake while going from the one city to the other.
How to get there: There are frequent train departures from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to Volendam. The ride takes about 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can go with a bicycle! That trip will take about double the time though.
5. De Hoge Veluwe
For nature lovers, Hoge Veluwe, one of the largest National Parks in the Netherlands is a must destination. Its paths and trails are ideal for long walks and bicycle rides, while the Kröller-Müller museum will nourish your artistic soul with its rich Van Gogh collection.
How to get there: Reaching de Hoge Veluwe National Park from Amsterdam will take you about three and a half hours, so your best bet is to go with a car or a rideshare.
If you want to see the ultimate dutch Windmill listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage protected monuments, a day trip to Kinderdijk is what you need to do. Thanks to its status and the strict regulations that come with it, the countryside has kept its authentic Dutch rustic character and charm.
How to get there: Kinderdijk can easily be reached from Amsterdam via Rotterdam. From there, you can either take a train, bus or even the ferry to Kinderdijk.
Utrecht is a rightfully one of the best day trips from Amsterdam. The historic city, a place of great importance for Christianity since the early 8th century, is best known for its Medieval architecture and its beautiful gothic churches. Don’t miss the Cathedral of St. Martin in the main the Domplein square and the Dom tower, a famous spot in the heart of Utrecht.
How to get there: Utrecht is only a short train ride (20 mins) from Amsterdam Centraal. Tickets cost $10-15.
Day Trips from Amsterdam to Explore Other Countries
If you think you’ve done all there is in and around Amsterdam, why not try another country? Here are some of the best destinations you can actually do in a day:
8. Amsterdam to Antwerp
Ride a direct train from Amsterdam to Belgium and enjoy your day in Antwerp, one of the most visited destinations in Europe. The port city on River Scheldt dates back to the Middle Ages and has a great history of diamond trade, best witnessed in the Diamond District where you can find luxurious centuries-old houses. For the eager Instagrammers, the best place to get the most of Antwerp is the Grote Markt, a great piece of Flemish Renaissance architecture.
9. Amsterdam to Bruges
If you haven’t had enough from Belgium, another must destination is Bruges, the capital of West Flanders and important trade and fishing center. Best known for its port, Zeebrugge, the city has kept its medieval character, with some beautiful canals and intact 13 and 14th-century buildings.
10. Amsterdam to Paris
Only three hours away by train, a day trip from Amsterdam to Paris is not only possible but highly recommended. Enjoy the small cafes along the river Seine and get a glimpse of some of the capital’s most famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame cathedral and the Louvre Museum.