To see

Sights and 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.

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 with 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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Things to see
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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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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