To do

Activities in the surroundings of Amsterdam

There are plenty of things to do on your day out from Amsterdam. There’s a wide variety of activities and day trips you can do.

You probably know that the biggest element in our country is water? Enjoy it and make a boat cruise through the old city centre of one of the cities we’ve mentioned. Or hire a sloop for yourself only. There are docks anywhere to have a break and visit a terrace or a sight. You can also rent a boat and explore the countryside or hire a whisper boat. We’ll inform you how and where to arrange this all.

Our country has a huge cycling network, so maybe a bicycle ride would fit. A ride in town or through the bulb fields perhaps or maybe through our beautiful landscapes. Bikes can be hired everywhere. We’ll show you, see the tours below.

 Within a range of an upmost ‘1 hour travel’ distance from Amsterdam we introduce 12 Dutch cities to you. These historical cities have a lot of culture to offer, and they are easy to explore by foot. If you want, do a guided city walk. 

Shopping is fun. We made a selection and present you the best shopping cities.

Want to visit a Dutch market? What kind of markets you like? We give some suggestions.

Hire a car and make a trip. We designed four very nice car routes

Go to the beach and have a great day! We show you the way to some nearby seaside towns and things to do there.

If you like city parks or natural parks you’re on the right site. We mention them here.

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Amsterdam Tourist Ferry Day Trip

4 - 5 hours
Discover this gem just under the shadow of Amsterdam. Sail on the open water and set foot on one of the 2 Unesco World Heritage sites. Discover Fortress Island Pampus near Amsterdam, or head towards Muiderslot Castle, one of the most famous castles in the region. Both destinations are part of the Unesco World Heritage fortress […]
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With good weather a cruise on the open boat of the Water taxi is a great experience. It's lovely to see the city from a different view and meanwhile the skipper tells you all about the city.

Watertaxi Hoorn

10 - 60 minutes
Water taxi Hoorn organizes guided taxi rides and round trips by boat, they also rents out sloops and a whisper boat without a skipper. The skipper is not only a good mate but also an excellent guide with lots of stories to tell about the city and its harbour. You can always have a drink […]
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Smidtje canal cruises

50 minutes
Discover the beautiful historic city center of Haarlem during this fun cruise of 50 minutes. You sail past many sights including; mill de Adriaan, the house of Barnaart; the first mayor of the city, the Patronaat and the city theater. The boats are heated during the winter months. With the hop on hop off you […]
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Cycle along the winding river Vlist on the way to Holland's Silver Capital: Discover Schoonhoven and the historic town of Nieuwpoort.

Green Cow Bike Tours

2 to 8 hrs
Green Cow Bike Tours accompanies you to the beautiful parts of Holland in a very Dutch way! Enjoy the Green Heart of Holland at its best, spot birds, windmills and visit a cheese farm! Our goal is to show you the most beautiful parts of Holland in a most personal way. All of our bike […]
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Polder landscape near Broek in Waterland. Blue sky, sheep in the medow

Waterland route

This Route of 50 kilometers leads you through a wetland area beneath sea- level and protected by dikes. It takes you to old fishing villages, along winding dike roads, endless grasslands, ponds and brooks with charming little bridges. Grazing cows and dairy farms dominate the scenery. Behind the dikes you’ll find little fens due to […]
This route leads you through traditional Dutch polder land. Mills, dikes and farm roads with wood quays and reed beds mark the landscape.

Green heart route

The Green Heart (Dutch: Het Groene Hart) is a relatively thinly populated area in the middle of the country. The major Dutch cities lie around it. The green heart is characterized by its rural scenery which contrasts the urban areas around it. Agriculture, nature and recreation are the primary activities here. Mills, dikes and Dutch […]
Driving through the beautiful landscape, it brings you to small towns and castles

Castle route south

Driving in the beautiful countryside It takes you to castles and small towns. Since the very beginning of history the charming river The Vecht determines the landscape in this area. You’ll see pasture, heath, fenland marshes and woodlands. In between the cows in the fields, waterfowls and woodland birds find their way of living. In […]
This picture is made in Muiden, at the border of the city where the former Zuiderzee used to be

Castle route north

It leads you through a beautiful area with little lakes, ponds and fens and along the romantic river The Vecht. The land consists of pasture, orchards, heath and woodlands. You’ll also find fenland marshes. There are many castles here. Beautiful fortified villages like Muiden and Weesp and castle villages like Loenen aan de Vecht arose […]


30 min - 2 hrs
Zaanferry organizes ferry services from Amsterdam Central station towards Zaandam, The Zaanse Schans and Wormerveer. They have 3 ships that operate the regular service from Thursday to Sunday. Free Wi-Fi is available on board the ships. During the cruise you can use your smartphone to listen to an audio tour (app) about the industrial history of the […]
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