Netherlands is a remarkable country. Its windmills and channels create a unique landscape. There are lots of places to visit many of them very close to Amsterdam, making a good choice for Amsterdam day trips.
There is such a huge difference between the hustle and bustle of big cities and the life in a picturesque place in the Netherlands countryside, with its authentic villages and canals, windmills and all the other beautiful attractions.
When you visit Netherlands include on your list a few Amsterdam day trip to some of these countryside villages.
Some of these wonderful villages are really close to Amsterdam and are very accessible by bus or by trains. This is why you should book accommodation in Amsterdam and from there take daily trips to the nearby villages.
We booked accommodation to Crown Plaza Amsterdam because it is located very close to a metro station and have one of the best quality-price ratio in Amsterdam.
We reserved an entire day to visit 3 beautiful villages around Amsterdam: Volendam, Edam and Marken.
These three places are representative of the Netherlands countryside, in my opinion.
We reached them by bus from Amsterdam in less than an hour, making them a good option for Amsterdam day trips.
If you stay longer in Amsterdam and plan to visit more villages around, renting a car might be a very good option. A car gives you the freedom to move, it is way comfortable than public transport and you don’t have to stick to a strict scheduler.
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We chose to use public transport as we did not plan anything in advance and the car prices at the airport desk was really high. Book in advance to get a good price! Don’t do like us!
But, let’s get back to our day trip from Amsterdam to the great area called the Netherlands countryside!
Traditional houses with beautiful flowers at windows along the narrow streets or near the channels or the sea, a calm atmosphere dominating the place were the right ingredients which fascinated us and made us like the places very much.
We first visited Edam, a small village crossed by channels. It is a very small and nice village with calm and smiling people everywhere. Oh! I have almost forgotten! We bought some very good local cheese from a local shop!
In our Amsterdam day trips our next stop was Volendam.
Volendam is a fishing village with a nice old harbour full with old local ships. Near the water, there are lots of small restaurants where you can eat fish and chips while you enjoy the view over the North Sea.
From Volendam port, you can take a boat ride to Marken. It is much faster and certainly more beautiful than the bus ride. Marken is, in my opinion, the smallest village we visited. It is displayed along the water. I compared the Netherlands countryside villages with a one from a fairy tale.
We really enjoyed our escapes for Netherlands day trips! After that day we felt more relaxed and helped us disconnect from big-city stress! Amsterdam day trips are a great way to experience Netherlands countryside!