Zaanse Schans consists of a row of old but still functioning windmills and green painted houses and barns along a river in the Dutch countryside. The historic village is free to visit and easy to reach. A day trip to Zaanse schans from Amsterdam is only about 40 minutes away by train or bus. A day trip […]
Just West of Central Station Amsterdam lay three peaceful islands. These ‘Western Islands’ are wonderful for a beautiful 1,5-hour walk. […]
Easter weekend in Amsterdam is one of the city’s busiest weekends, so if you want to visit the Anne Frank museum, Van Gogh or Rijksmuseum, try to buy tickets in advance online, so you won’t spend your time waiting in line. […]
The Dutch city of The Hague lies about an hour from Amsterdam and is a great city for an Amsterdam side trip. From Amsterdam Central Station to The Hague it takes takes 50 minutes by train. While Amsterdam is the city of republicans and commerce, The Hague is the city of royalty and aristocracy.
The Kröller-Müller Museum holds the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world. The museum is located in the midst of the quiet woodland forest of Dutch national Park Hoge Veluwe. The museum makes for a great day trip visit from Amsterdam. From Amsterdam it takes 2 hours by train and bus to get […]
The Amsterdam Sculpture Route is a free open air exhibition of monumental sculptures. The sculptures are there between 22 May and 22 September 2015. […]
Amsterdam in summer can be very busy.
Here are 5 ideas for an Amsterdam excursion in nature:
1. Boat excursion in Amsterdam Forest
The Amsterdam Forest (Amsterdamse Bos) lies just south of the city, only a short bike ride or tram ride away. During an Amsterdam summer, the forest is a wonderful area to bike or hike through. The forest has many recreational lakes to swim, canoe, fish and row. […]
A wonderful idea for an Amsterdam side trip is to visit some traditional fishermen’s villages, like the former islands of Marken and Volendam.
See interesting new and old architecture on this short 45-minute architecture Amsterdam tour from Central Station Amsterdam to Nieuwmarkt.
The port of Amsterdam is not an easy place to visit. The labyrinth-like outstretch, west of the city, along the North Sea canal, is really just a big flat plain, filled with massive mountains of black coal, monstrous industrial cranes, humming windmills and waving grass. If you’re lucking you might end up in one of […]
Going to a beach when you are visiting Amsterdam, makes for a great day out. Zandvoort beach is a beach resort near Amsterdam that can easily reached by train. One of the best beaches near Amsterdam is Wijk aan Zee, a paradise for surfers and kitesurfers. If you are looking for the best beach party […]
April and May are the perfect months to visit the bulb fields in bloom. The coloured fields and gardens full of tulips are located near the Dutch city of Lisse, between Leiden and Amsterdam. In 2013, the Tulip gardens of Keukenhof are open for visitors from March 21 until May 20. Visiting the tulip […]