If you are not for the clichéd places in Amsterdam, take a day trip from the city to the quaint villages and towns situated on the outskirts of the Dutch capital to experience the medieval charm of Old Holland. Reaching to villages such as Edam, Marken, and Volendam only takes around half an hour from Amsterdam Central train station, and that makes the countryside an ideal destination for a daytime trip. Below are 5 attractions you must not miss when on the tour.
The windmills of Zaanse Schans are world-famous, so much so that those who tour Amsterdam make it a point to visit them alongside the landmarks in the Dutch capital city. In fact, the magazines and travelogues have always included these landmarks when they were to paint a medieval picture about the Netherlands.
When touring the area, you also get to experience a glimpse of life around the Dutch countryside with a stunning backdrop of huge windmills. It is also home to Jisper House, which is billed as a fisherman’s cottage, and “In de Gecroonde Duyvekater”, the bakery museum.
The term “polder” refers to a tract of land reclaimed from the ocean. Building a polder is an engineering marvel that natives have mastered throughout the Dutch history. The best way to experience the polder in Old Holland is to do that on a bicycle. Pedal around the area to experience it in all its 17th Century beauty. With mansions lined up along the canals, and the farmhouse named “De Eenhoorn”, the UNESCO World Heritage site is worth a trip for sure.
Broek in Waterland
This pristine Netherlands town was a holiday village for the sea captains in the 17th Century. Much of that village ambience still remains very much a part of the “cleanest town in Old Holland” and can be experienced to the fullest by sailing through the waterways to nearby villages or lakes. While at it, you can see waterside houses that look as beautiful as in a Dutch Golden Age painting.
This is an ideal location for an outdoor picnic with kids. You need a bike to reach the area, which stretches from Amsterdam’s northern side, to enjoy leisure activities. Here, you can experience picnicking along the waterways, a relaxing boat ride, and even eco-camping.
Marken is full of traditional buildings and wooden houses that can transport you to the Netherlands of yesteryear. Once an island and now a Dutch peninsula, this part of Old Holland can be reached via a road from the mainland and explored by foot in a day’s time. Its 19th Century highlights include an old townhouse named “Het Paard van Marken”, and many more.