Day trips from Amsterdam
While in Amsterdam we recommend a day trip to nearby towns and villages. Hague being more modern and exciting because of its role as the seat of Dutch parliament and many european institutions. Delft and Bruges are lovely historic canal towns great for evening walks and picture taking, while Zaanse Schans and Volendam are idilic cheese and fishing villages. Bruges and Zaanse Schans are also listed as World Heritage Sites of UNESCO so don't miss this opportunity to see them.
De Zaanse Schans is a reconstructed museum village with a difference: people actually live in it. The Zaan district was noted for industrial windmills that powered the manufacture of paint, flower and lumber. Here you can buy mustard, produced in one of the five local mills. Amid the gabled homes -mostly green with white trim- are an old Albert Heijn grocery store and a cheese house. Boat trips on the Zaan river provide another perspective on the village.
A feast for the eye. Only 2 months a year (mid-March to mid-May) the millions of tulips and other bulb flowers are in bloom. A fantastic experience for people of all ages and a wonderful spectacle to photograph! An overwhelming display of colour in a beautiful setting covering an area of 32 hectares (16,500 acres) that incorporates elements of traditional and modern landscape gardening. The flower shows in the pavilions are unique. Surprising and inspiring, brimming with ideas, trends and features that you can apply in your own garden.
The most famous cheese market is in Alkmaar, a synonym for the cheese trade for over 700 years. The cheese market, which runs every Friday from 10 am to noon between mid-April until mid-September, is as much a ritual for tourists as it is for the cheese porters guild. Dressed in white uniforms and straw hats, with colored ribbons denoting the competing guilds, the porters weigh the cheese and carry them on wooden trays hung from their shoulders.
Filled to the brim with historical sites, old churches, courts and some incredible shopping opportunities, Bruges is everything but boring. A magnificent place to find out more about what makes Belgium itself so special and an even better chance to experience and explore one of their most popular historical city
With streets lined with cafes and shops all offering some of the world’s best chocolates and beers paired with a rich history and beautiful architecture, how could you go possibly go wrong while touring Belgium?
Being able to wander about the world’s largest harbour in Rotterdam, the 17th century preserved city of Delft and the famous Hague and the tiny town of Madurodam, you will realize just how beautiful Holland outside Amsterdam truly is.
From the history alone to the incredible architecture that fills the streets and alleyways of the town, it is without a doubt one part of Holland that you are guaranteed to have a time filled with plenty of fun and excitement from start to finish. Being able to wander about the biggest port city in Europe that is in constant development makes the trip all the more worthwhile and intriguing.
Delft, a historic city close to The Hague, was founded in 1100, and the city grew rich off weaving and trade in the 13th and 14th century. When on a day trip to Delft, you'll find narrow canals and picturesque houses. Delft is know for it's distinctive blue and white pottery from Delft, know as Delftware.