Amsterdam is great for a short city-break and there are plenty of things to see and do. If you are here a bit longer then you should consider getting away from the Amsterdam tourist trail and seeing other parts of the Netherlands - something which many visitors miss out on. From historic cities and towns, cycling in national parks to exploring the coastline.
The other Randstad cities of Rotterdam, Den Haag (The Hague) and Utrecht can be easily reached by train within an hour as can the smaller cities Leiden, Gouda, Haarlem and Delft. You could check out the fishing villages of Volendam and Enkhuizen, go to the beach at Zandvoort or Bloemendaal, take a drive across the 32km Afsluitdijk ("Closing Dike") or head to the Hoge Veluwe National Park.
Further afield you could visit the northern city of Groningen or Maastricht in the south. Even Antwerp in Belgium and Cologne or Dusseldorf in Germany could be done as a day trip.
|Amsterdam Day Trips:|
|Waterland area near Amsterdam|
|Historic fishing villages and picturesque green polders close to Amsterdam.|
|Amsterdam beaches - Zandvoort, Bloemendaal & Ijmuiden|
|There are some fine beaches within 30 minutes of Amsterdam.|
|Zaanse Schans - Dutch village / windmills|
|Traditional Dutch village with working windmills near Amsterdam.|
|Keukenhof - spring flower garden|
|The popular landscaped flower garden open only 2 months of the year.|
|A guide to Haarlem|
|Spend a day in the historic city of Haarlem.|
|A day trip to Leiden|
|Lively university city not far from Amsterdam.|
|Excursions around Netherlands:|
|A brief guide to this chic city in the southern province of Limburg.|
|Middelburg / Zeeland|
|A look at the coastal province and its main town.|