There's even more to discover outside of Amsterdam like the Keukenhof gardens, the Zaanse Schans and the Muiderslot castle. We have selected a few highlights for you.
The most beautiful spring gardens in the world! The Keukenhof opens for nine weeks in the spring every year. A dazzling display of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other spring flowers can be admired in the park which is in the middle of the Bollenstreek – the bulb producing region of the Netherlands.
There just isn’t a more typical Dutch landscape. Six hundred windmills used to be here. There are only ten left now but they still turn ferociously in the wind. Among the traditional Dutch crafts practised here are clog and cheese making.
The Muiderslot is sometimes called ‘Amsterdam Castle’. It is the best preserved castle in the Netherlands dating from the Middle Ages. You can imagine yourself seven centuries back in time. The castle has a beautiful garden and it is well-situated on the IJmeer lake.
The picturesque fishing town of Volendam, the cheese city of Edam and the Marken peninsula are to the north of Amsterdam. These towns exemplify a typically Dutch feel, authentic little houses and traditional dress.
A typical old city for the region of Holland where you can easily enjoy yourself for a day. Visit the Frans Hals museum or an outdoor café or go shopping.
Let your hair down on the ‘beaches of Amsterdam’, Zandvoort and Bloemendaal. Both resorts are about half an hour away from Amsterdam. Relax in a fashionable beach bar or go for a long walk.