It is easy to rent a car, go by public transport or even cycle outside of Amsterdam. We can help you plan your trip and you can also book a private tour with us! Here are some of our top places to visit outside of Amsterdam.
Known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. In the spring, the gardens bloom with an impressive rainbow of flowers (7 million flower bulbs over 79 acres), including our own iconic tulips. Located in the small town of Lisse in the south of Holland, Keukenhof is open annually from mid-March to mid-May.
The best time to see the tulips is typically mid-April, depending on the weather.
This historic canal-ringed city in the west of the Netherlands is known for manufacturing Delftware, the hand-painted blue-and-white pottery that has become one of the country’s most recognized motifs. In Delft’s old town, you’ll find the medieval Oude Kerk (old church), the burial site of Dutch Master painter Johannes Vermeer. The Nieuwe Kerk (new church), built in the 15th century for the royal House of Orange, overlooks Delft’s lively market square.
The south most city in the Netherlands and the capital of the province of Limburg, Maastricht is known for its rich history, medieval architecture, cobbled old town, and vibrant culture. You can visit the Gothic-style church Sint Janskerk or the Romanesque Basilica of St. Servatius, located on two of the town’s squares. From its Spanish and Roman ruins to its French and Belgian twists, I think any trip to the Netherlands should include a visit to Maastricht.
Haarlem is the capital of the province of North Holland and another classic Dutch city with cobbled streets, historic buildings, grand churches, and museums. Haarlem has a lively cultural scene and a great atmosphere. I like Haarlem for shopping; its shopping streets are lined with little boutiques and cozy restaurants and cafés for when you’re all shopped out. Best of all, it’s only a 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam.
This picturesque Dutch fishing village is located on the Markermeer Lake, northeast of Amsterdam. A visit to Volendam should include a stroll down the town’s main harbor strip, De Dijk. Here you can still find fishing boats and traditional wooden buildings and homes. If you’re a fan of seafood, you can sample the catch of the day and other fresh fish from outdoor vendors. If cheese is more to your taste, Volendam’s Cheese Factory is one of the town’s attractions.
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