Glorious countryside near Amsterdam

If starting a trip from Amsterdam’s city centre, travel south along the River Amstel. As soon as it begins to weave and bend, watch as the buildings fade away, replaced by swaying reeds, green meadows and historic villages – such as Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, dating from the 12th century. In the Golden Age, famous artists would retreat to De Ronde Hoep polder to capture its wild nature. And as you continue southbound on or alongside the river, you’ll encounter grand artifacts from the Defence Line of Amsterdam, such as the Fort aan de Drecht, just outside Uithoorn.