Tours & Activities in the Surrounding of Amsterdam

day trips & excursions outside the city

There are many, many interesting locations to explore a short journey away from Amsterdam that are well worth the travel to.

Distances are short in Holland. You can explore all places mentioned below easily on a day trip by public transport or car.

Best places (12) to visit on day trip from Amsterdam

old windmills   1. Zaanse Schans


A living museum, folks live and work as they did in the 17th and 18th centuries. Zaanse Schans is only 4 stations (20 minutes) by train from Amsterdam Centraal Station in the direction of Alkmaar.

old city   2. City of Haarlem


History, Saint Bavo Church, Frans Hals Museum, shops and parks

cheese + historic city  3. Alkmaar Cheese Market


Every Friday you can see the ritualized marketing of cheese by traditionally costumed cheese bearers. A tradition since 1593!

flowers   4. Keukenhof Gardens (Lisse)


the most popular place in Holland to see tulips bloom

historic city   5. City of Leiden

history, museums and canals

museum   6. Zuiderzee Museum (Enkhuizen)

an open air exhibition of Dutch art, design and cultural legacy at the interface of land and water from the present and the past

old ship   7. Batavia Yard  (Lelystad)

VOC ship Batavia from 1628, workshops and restaurant

flowers   8. Aalsmeer Flower Auction

The world marketplace for flowers and plants

line of defence   9. Stelling van Amsterdam

Defence Line of Amsterdam surrounding Amsterdam, at a distance of about 15 kilometres from the city

old fishing village   10. former island of Marken

a picturesque village known for its wooden houses and people dressed in traditional costumes

castle   11. Muiderslot Castle (Muiden)


Beautiful castle from the 13th-century, 15 km from Amsterdam

historic town   12. Monnickendam 


An important port in earlier centuries, not far from Amsterdam. It has a picturesque, small town centre with 17th-century weigh house, bell house from 1591, 14th-century church and synagogue from 1894.

Explore more of the beautiful Holland taking a day trip from Amsterdam, all organised and escorted by a professional guide that will help you to take the most of it!

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