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 places that interest me, and hopefully it’ll help with your research too.
Trip Option #1 Keukemhof – The famous tulip gardens
Less crowded: Before 10:30 and after 16:00. Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesdays less crowded.
Entry: 18 euros for only the entry. 30 euros for entry & bus from the city (many stations). Check here for public transportation.
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.
The Flower Strip
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.
U-pick Tulip Field outside of Amsterdam – Annemieke’s Pluktuin
Cost: 20 cents for 1 tulip
Somewhere along the path or near it, there’s a place you can pick tulips.
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)
Trip option #3 Delft – home of delftware and Vermeer
A trip to Delft would be nice for pottery. Personally, I’m interested to see where Vermeer lived.
Trip option #4: Zane Schans
Half Day trip to see the Windmills (30min train from Amsterdam)
Trip option #5: Rotterdam day trip
The food hall and food culture looks very impressive. Also the modern architecture.
Trip option #6: Edam cheese Market
The cheese market is only from July to August, and we won’t be there this time around. I thought it’s still worth adding to the list because, cheese.