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Since we have 10 days in Amsterdam, we definitely want to explore outside of the city too. It seems like public transportation is easy to navigate and there’s plenty of trains per hour. Although I don’t know a single word in Dutch. I’m pretty confident I can get to where I want to. Here’s a list of possible day trip options from Amsterdam which I hope will help your pre-travel research.
Trip Option #1 Keukemhof – The famous tulip gardens
Less crowded: Before 10:30 and after 16:00. Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesdays are less crowded.
Entry: 18 euros for only entry. 30 euros for entry & bus from the city (many stations).
Although a major touristy place and the locals seem to stay away, how can one resist when this place is known as ‘The Garden of Europe’. And this year it’s 70th anniversary! According to their website, they have 1600 types of tulips and a few themed gardens. I’ve read you can also rent a bike and cycle along the many bike paths. Some are 5km and goes all the way up to 35km.
This is a 20 mile stretch between Haarlem and Leiden with tulips stretching as far as the eye can see. A very popular bike route. A lot of people rent bikes in Amsterdam, hop on the train until Leiden and bike back to Haarlem, then get on the train again. I’ve seen a few posts saying it’s a drag to rent a bike and haul it on a train. Renting a bike locally is also possible, but I’m not sure if the pick-up and drop-off location can be different. Sure would be handy if it’s like renting a car.
Somewhere along the path or near it, there’s a place to where you can pick tulips.
U-pick Tulip Field outside of Amsterdam – Annemieke’s Pluktuin
Cost: 20 cents for 1 tulip
Trip Option #2: Gouda Cheese Market
When: Thursdays 10:00-12:30
Where: Gouda, about 1hr train from Amsterdam. Trains run about every 10min
Also checkout: Cheese shops, Saint Jans church (UNESCO listed), Cheese museum, stroopwafel (the syrup waffle things. Originally from Gouda)
Until my research, I had no idea Gouda was a city in the Netherlands. Only the cheese that was weighed and sold at the cheese market in Gouda was able to be labelled as ‘Gouda Cheese’. Although the market itself is pretty small and rather touristy, as a cheese lover I feel the need to visit. Another reason to visit is the stroopwafel is originally from Gouda.
Trip option #3 Delft – home of delftware and Vermeer
A trip to Delft would be nice for pottery. Mostly want to go to check out where Vermeer used to live, check out the location where his paintings were modelled after and imagine what was going through his head as he walked the streets. Sounds like a lovely trip to me!
Trip option #4: Zane Schans
Half Day trip to see the Windmills (30min train from Amsterdam). I’d imagine the picturesque image of Holland lives here. Tulip fields, windmills, and bicycles. I added this because I do want to see some Windmills on our trip than again, I’m wondering if they are pretty common.
Trip option #5: Rotterdam
Mostly interested in the food hall and the food culture. The modern architecture.
Trip option #6: Edam cheese Market
I’m adding this because cheese. The cheese market is only from July to August and I guess it’s basically a touristy thing.