I recently took a short city-break to Amsterdam between Christmas and New Year with my family. We quickly blitzed the main sights in Amsterdam and wanted to get out into the countryside for a bit of relaxing time seeing as the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam was crazy in the run up to New Year’s Eve.

We had one day left in The Netherlands and didn’t know how to spend it. A friend recommended the Volendam, Marken & Windmills tour as a great way to see a selection of the Dutch countryside very easily in the space of a few hours.

I love to get a feel for the country I’m in outside of the main cities. Don’t get me wrong, Amsterdam is amazing, but it’s always nice to see what else a country has to offer! It’s also very nice to sit on a bus for a few hours after a few days of hardcore walking and exploring! My feet were very happy to partake in this day trip!

The main stops on the tour are:

  • Zaanse Schans: famous for it’s beautiful Windmills where you are able to visit a working windmill and climb to the top.
  • Marken: a former island where you will visit a clog making factory and have a demonstration on how they are made.
  • A 30 minute ferry ride from Marken to Volendam
  • Volendam: A picturesque fishing village well known for it’s seafood,  where you also get the opportunity to visit a cheese factory and taste a variety of Dutch cheeses.

The Dutch countryside is truly beautiful and easily accessible from the popular tourist destination of Amsterdam so it’s well worth a visit! Plus, who wouldn’t want to experience everything Dutch? Windmills, cheese and clogs, couldn’t get any more Dutch!

I’d love to see more of what the Netherlands has to offer, where have you loved?

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[…] I visited Amsterdam between Christmas and New Year’s Eve and it was absolutely heaving with people. On our last day in the city, we thought it would be nice to see what the countryside has to offer. I’m informed by friends who have lived in the Netherlands that there are some great places to explore (especially if you rent a car!). As we were short for time, we opted for an organised day trip that you can read all about here. […]

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