• Get a taste of the ‘real’ Holland by taking bus 314 or 316 from Amsterdam Central Station to Broek in Waterland, which takes around 20 minutes. Or for the more adventurous, rent a bike at Amsterdam Central Station and cycle to Broek in Waterland. This pleasant ride from the city centre takes around 40 minutes but takes you through some picturesque spots just outside the city.
  • If you want to explore the Waterland region, then these thematic bike routes take in some of the highlights of the area. This flat polder landscape throws up moments that feel lost in time, as you encounter expansive fields and old-style stolpboerderijen – farmhouses with unmistakable pyramid roofs.
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  • Broek in Waterland resembles a traditional farming village, but in the 17th and 18th centuries it was the home of wealthy merchants and seafarers. Make sure you visit the village’s pretty protestant church.
  • Visit Theetuin Overleek, a charming teahouse serving homemade delicacies, or rent an electric ‘whisper boat’ and drift silently past the wooden houses and tranquil meadows of the Waterland Nature Reserve. 
  • For a day of relaxation, stop at Fort Resort Beemster, a wellness centre and hotel located in a UNESCO-protected fort. Go to 9292 to find out the best way to get there from Amsterdam Central Station.