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Day Trips from Amsterdam

By Viator, May 2015

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There is plenty to see in laid-back Amsterdam, from world-class museums to vintage markets and more canals than Venice. And if that is not enough, any of the suggestions below make a diverting day trip from the city of cool.

Keukenhof Gardens

If you’re visiting Amsterdam in spring, a day trip to Keukenhof Gardens near Lisse is an absolute must. They only open for a couple of months a year – in 2013 from March 21 to May 20 – and every year produce a miraculous psychedelic carpet of color from the seven million bulbs planted here, with some 100 varieties of tulip as well as daffodils and hyacinths. The gardens are under an hour from Amsterdam and there is a direct bus from Schiphol Airport Plaza.

Kinderdijk

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk consists of 19 wooden windmills – once there were 150 – and pumping stations dating from the 18th century, built to drain water from the polders as land was reclaimed from the North Sea. Well below sea level, the mills march towards the horizon on either side of the dyke. One mill is open to the public, comprising a small museum revealing the cramped living quarters, primitive kitchen, pumping equipment. Boat trips and walks around Kinderdijk produce a mass of photo opportunities on a great day trip from Amsterdam.

Holland in One Day

The opportunity to explore Delft, Rotterdam, and The Hague in a packed day includes a visit to the world-famous blue-and-white pottery Delftse Pauw factory in Delft and a trip up the 700-ft (185m) Euromast for panoramas over the striking contemporary architecture of Rotterdam city center. The whistle-stop trip from Amsterdam takes in a drive past The Hague’s major sights, including the Peace Palace and Houses of Parliament and a final stop visiting the Madurodam to admire the major attractions of the Netherlands in miniature.

Brussels and Antwerp

Antwerp is the hub of funky designers and diamond traders, cobbled squares, gabled medieval buildings, and Europe’s largest harbor as well as Baroque churches designed by Peter Paul Rubens and the innovative Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS). For a day trip it’s easy to combine Antwerp and Brussels from Amsterdam, with it medieval center, Art Nouveau mansions, and flamboyant Royal Quarter, which contrast with the glittering skyscrapers of the EU headquarters.

Bruges

Time has stood still in miniature Bruges, over the border in Belgium and crammed with ancient churches, a smattering of museums, and palaces looming over canals. The two great central squares of Markt – dominated by the 260-foot (80-meter) belfry of the 13th-century Belfort – and Burg offer some of the best medieval architecture in Belgium. Boat trips explore the canals, and there are plenty of restaurants in which to enjoy moules-frites washed down with Belgian beer.

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Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam

4 star rating: Recommended 1425 Reviews

Leave Amsterdam behind for a few hours and discover the surrounding Dutch countryside and its wonderful windmills! Drive through idyllic landscapes ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 5.5 or 6.5 hours

From USD $51.23

Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam

4 star rating: Recommended 561 Reviews

Discover Bruges – one of the most captivating cities in Belgium – on this day trip from Amsterdam. After traveling to Bruges by coach, you will receive a brief ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $91.07

Amsterdam Super Saver: Zaanse Schans Windmills, Delft and The Hague Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 569 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the charm of the Netherlands with this combination of two best-selling tours at a discounted price. Take a morning tour from Amsterdam to ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.07

Private Tour: Brussels Day Trip from Amsterdam

4.5 star rating: Recommended 200 Reviews

Want to get a taste of Belgium while you're in Amsterdam? This private tour takes you to Brussels for a full day in the country’s wonderful capital city to ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $191.89

Holland in One Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 392 Reviews

Experience the best of the Netherlands in one day on this sightseeing tour from Amsterdam! Visit the city of Rotterdam, admire famous Delft pottery in Delft, ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.69

Dutch Windmills and Countryside Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Cheese Tasting in Edam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 79 Reviews

Historic windmills, charming fishing villages, picturesque canals, a delectable lunch and cheese tastings – this day trip from Amsterdam shows you the best of ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.99

Amsterdam Super Saver 3: City Tour, Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Marken Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 429 Reviews

See the best of Amsterdam and windmills galore on this tour that combines two best-selling tours at one low price. Tour top Amsterdam attractions, then travel ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

From USD $68.30

Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Madurodam Visit

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

See three of Holland’s most important cities on a full-day sightseeing tour from Amsterdam. Start with a boat cruise in Rotterdam, home to one of the world’s ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.66

Brussels and Antwerp Day Trip from Amsterdam

4 star rating: Recommended 207 Reviews

Want to get a taste of Belgium while you're in Amsterdam? You'll visit Belgium's two treasures, Antwerp and Brussels, on this full-day trip and discover ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.38

Bruges Day Trip from Amsterdam Including Bruges Walking Tour and Canal Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Admire the charms of Bruges on a full-day tour from Amsterdam that includes a guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medieval city center and ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.63

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