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Amsterdam Area

To truly experience Amsterdam, be sure to head out beyond the borders of the city centre and explore the wider Amsterdam Area with these top day trip ideas.

Things to do and see in the Amsterdam Area

In less than 30 minutes from Amsterdam, you’ll find excellent shopping cities like Haarlem, the majestic windmills at Zaanse Schans, the famous tulip fields in and around the Keukenhof, and historic towns like Edam and Volendam. The Amsterdam Area is easy to explore by public transport, with most destinations being accessible by train or bus (or a combination of the two) - within half an hour from Amsterdam. If you're planning to head out into the Amsterdam Area during your trip to Amsterdam, it makes sense to use the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket - a special public transport pass valid on bus, tram, metro and train in Amsterdam and the entire region. The ticket is valid for 1, 2 or 3 days and comes with a useful public transport guide for the Amsterdam Area filled with sightseeing tips.  



Discover the region with the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket

Top day trips from Amsterdam

The Flower Strip

Each spring this region bursts into colour as millions of flowers bloom, creating one of the world's most unique sights.


Haarlem Grote Markt Hans Guldemond
A city of remarkable history and culture, Haarlem is just a short hop from Amsterdam but packs a unique punch.

Castles and Gardens

Muiderslot Mike Bink
Discover a land of fairy tale castles and Golden Age country estates in the lush countryside of Noord-Holland.

Old Holland

Zaanse Schans windmills Cris Toala Olivares
With its windmills and quaint villages, stepping out into Old Holland can feel like being in a Golden Age painting.

Amsterdam Beach

Amsterdam Beach visitor Hans Guldemond
Bask on the sands and soak up the nightlife at the Dutch coast and the beaches at Bloemendaal and Zandvoort.

New Land

Explore polder land reclaimed from the sea, giving birth to new cities and acclaimed architecture and design.

Popular destinations

Visiting the Flower Strip

The Flower Strip is one of the most popular and unique attractions in the Netherlands. Find out how to get there and the best time of year to visit.


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.

Zaanse Schans

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

Keukenhof Gardens

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Each spring, the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse come alive with blooming flowers in every colour of the rainbow.


Naarden is a small town located to the east of Amsterdam, in the Gooi and Vecht region. Famous for its ‘star fort’ grid which resembles a giant snowf...


Marken is a former island in the Markermeer. This peninsula remains a popular seaside getaway that’s reachable via a long causeway or a reliable fleet...


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 ...


Cheese is the first thing that springs to mind when most people think of Edam. This small town, which sits on the bank of the Markermeer, north of Ams...


Zandvoort is a popular beach destination located near to Amsterdam, with clean sandy beaches, trendy beach bars and family activities. Zandvoort boast...


The fortified town of Muiden sits near the IJmeer, just east of Amsterdam. It dates back to the 10th century and is now known for its peaceful streets...


Lying just to the south east of Amsterdam near Muiden and Naarden, Weesp is a quaint town famed for its historical buildings. The town dates back to t...


The Oostvaardersplassen is a unique nature reserve located between Lelystad and Almere. It’s comprised of 56 km2 of protected marshlands and fields, s...

Amsterdam Area: Get inspired!

Castles & Gardens itineraries

Whether you have a full day to spend or just half, here's a selection of suggested itineraries for taking in the best sights and experiences of Castle...

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