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Amsterdam areas

Once you’ve seen all the sights in the big city, get to know the surrounding metropolitan area. Less than half an hour from Amsterdam you’ll find beaches, lakes, dunes, windmills and miles of green countryside. Browse our guide below for some of the best day trips from Amsterdam. 

 

Areas of Amsterdam

Old Holland

With its countless windmills, churches and old-fashioned farmhouses, stepping out into Old Holland can feel like being in a Golden Age painting.

Amsterdam Beach

When the temperatures soar in Amsterdam, sun-seekers flock to the Dutch coast and the beaches at Bloemendaal and Zandvoort to bask on the sands and so...

Castles & Gardens

Delve into the fascinating history of the Dutch Golden Age by exploring the ancient castles that were once the homes of wealthy merchants. Many of th...

Flowers of Amsterdam

If you're lucky enough to visit Amsterdam in spring, don't miss a visit to the nearby flower growing region. See the flower strip or 'Bollenstreek' bu...

Haarlem

A city of remarkable history and culture, Haarlem is just a short hop from Amsterdam but packs a unique punch. With spectacular monuments dating back ...

New Land

Although famous for its historic city centre, the Amsterdam region is always evolving as new immigrants and diverse cultures make their mark on many n...

Amsterdam area highlights

Zaanse Schans

Located just north of Amsterdam, the Zaanse Schans offers a perfectly preserved glimpse into the Netherlands' industrial past with its traditional hou...

Volendam

For a fantastic trip back into ‘Old Holland’, head for Volendam, a picturesque town on the shores of the IJsselmeer, just 20 km north of Amsterdam.

Bloemendaal

Colourful hippy hangouts, regular beach parties and a trendy young sun-worshipping crowd make this coastal gem one of Amsterdam's most popular summert...

Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot

Herengracht 1
1398 AA MUIDEN
Located in Muiden to the east of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot’s legacy dates all the way back to 1280 when Count Floris ...

Keukenhof Gardens

Stationsweg 166a
2161 AM LISSE
Each spring, the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse come alive with blooming flowers in every colour of the rainbow. Come tip-toe through ...

Hofjes in Haarlem

Diverse locaties / various locations
2011 HB HAARLEM
With 21 unique examples, Haarlem is truly a city of ‘hofjes’. These courtyards surrounded by almshouses (charitable housing) hark ...

Almere

Almere, still considered the youngest city in the Netherlands, is located just across the IJmeer from Amsterdam. Its modernity makes it a feast for fa...