Amazed by historical sites, windmills, art, facades, and local foods? Let’s go to Amsterdam!
The Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam, is home for artistic heritage, historical sites and museums, narrow houses, and gouda cheese. Amsterdam is also rich in culture and architecture which gives a distinct identity to its origin.
Let’s take a look around to the most popular day-trip sites in Amsterdam.
Take a tour in the world’s largest flower park, Keukenhof
If you are going to visit Amsterdam in Spring, make sure to drop by at Keukenhof, the world’s largest garden. The garden is known for its Dutch Tulips, and other flowers as well, which is an attraction during the spring season. The garden has a measure of 32 hectares and 15 kilometers footpath filled with colors and blooming flowers. There are over seven million flower bulbs planted yearly. It also showcases other flower collections including tulips, hyacinths, lilies, roses, daffodils, orchids, irises, carnations, and alike. The flower park is open every day from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm. If you like to wake up with flowers outside your window, a wide range of hotels are available in the area.
Visit culture and heritage in Zaanse Schans & Edam
Take a tour in the small, historic village full of famous windmills here in Zaanse Schans. If you would like to visit what 18th and 19th century looked like, this is your chance to explore the cultural heritage brought by this village. You can also enjoy freshly baked cookies in their bakery museum and don’t forget to visit its cheese museum in Edam. The village is full of wooden houses, windmills, barns, and workshops. You can also enjoy the village by cycling and sailing trips.
Take a look at architectural sites in Rotterdam
The Netherlands’ second-largest city, Rotterdam is a home for breathtaking architectural designs and picturesque cityscapes. For architectural sites, visit Markthal Rotterdam (both market place and office building), Erasmus bridge, Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, Kinderdijk’s Windmills, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Witte Huis, and Cube House. Also, take a hike in Euromast tower to see the scenic view of the city.
Be tipsy in Bruges with their local beer
Aside from its beautiful architecture, famous churches, canals, and historical buildings, it is also famous for its local beer. It is also a must-see is the famous Michelangelo’s sculpture, The Madonna of Bruges. Chocolate is also a must-try in Bruges, visit the well-known brand of chocolate, Chocolatier Dumon. You also don’t want to miss the Lovers Bridge and Lake of Love, as well as the Torture Museum.
Tour Giethoorn town using gondola
Experience the Venice of Netherlands and explore the village and its museum by boat. A stereotyped image of the Netherlands, meet the Giethoorn. It is a carless village in the Netherlands and it is filled with historical canals. The village is also surrounded by one of the largest national parks in the country covering 100 square kilometers of land.
Visit the Netherlands’ historical fortress, Bourtange
One of the oldest structures in the country, Bourtange was built in the 1500s in the shape of a star. It has withstood months of siege by an invading army. The construction was ordered by King of England, William the I of Orange.
Inspire with the beauty of pots in Delft City
If you have passion or interest in pottery, Delft City is the day trip out of Amsterdam you must take. The city is known for its handmade white and blue pottery. Also, you can see the art masterpiece of the Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer, in the Vermeer Center. Aside from this, you can also see the tomb of William of Orange, king of England, in the Nieuwe Kerk.
Take a look at The Hague
Hague is a city in the Netherlands where the international court of the UN can be found. Aside from being the seat of the government of the Netherlands, the city is rich in history, culture, and arts. This is also a home for the Dutch royal family.
Explore masterpieces of Van Gogh in Kröller-Müller Museum
In this museum, you will find the second-largest collection of the Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh, with almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings. It also houses some of the masterpieces of greatest painters like Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Piet Mondriaan. A lot of sculptures are also showcased in this museum with their vast sculpture garden.
Visit the home of the ingenious system of windmills in Kinderdijk
Kinderdijk has been declared by UNESCO as one of its world heritages since 1997. It is one of the must-visits in the Netherlands where you can see the ingenious system of windmills and pumping stations.
Bring your fashion taste and shop at Batavia Stad
Feast your eyes to the fashion gem of Netherlands at Batavia Stad with over 250 brands in 150 stores. Aside from fashion, the place is also filled with cultural and historical museums. Restaurants and cafes are also visible in the area.
Bring out your love of cheese when you visit Gouda
Your trip in Amsterdam will never be completed if you miss out on Gouda, home of the Gouda cheese. Gouda traditional cheese market is hosted every Thursday morning in Market Square.
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