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The Netherlands’ small scale and excellent public transport system puts most of the country within easy reach. Head out of town with our recommendations for the best day trips near Amsterdam.
Broek in Waterland. Rent a bike and cycle the eight miles north to Broek in Waterland. There is little to do in this once wealthy merchants’ village, but that’s part of its charm. Admire the elegant 17th and 18th-century architecture and refuel on apple pie on a waterside terrace before peddling back to Amsterdam through fields dotted with black and white cows.
Keukenhof. Opened in 1949, the Keukenhof Gardens have blossomed into one of the Netherlands’ premier attractions. Located in Lisse, about an hour southwest of Amsterdam, the gardens are the largest of their kind in the world. For eight weeks between March and May, seven million flowering bulbs including, of course, tulips burst into magnificent display.
Kinderdijk. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, Kinderdijk can be reached in about 90 minutes from Amsterdam. Although the village’s 19 traditional windmills, build in the mid-18th century to drain the surrounding polder (reclaimed land) are the main draw, the area also offers a fascinating insight into Dutch water management.
Kröller-Müller Museum. Set amid the woodland and heathland of the Hoge Veluwe National Park about two hours from Amsterdam, the Kröller-Müller Museum is renowned for its extensive collection of 19th and 20th-century art, in particular its paintings by Vincent van Gogh. Free bicycles are available within the park for wheeled exploring.