Visiting Netherlands should be on every traveller’s bucket list. Once you’ve finally booked your flight to Dutchland, chances are your travel itinerary starts out in the capital city of Amsterdam. This is an amazing place to start your Dutch adventure, and not just for the stunning canals and practically legal weed. 

Amsterdam is home to tons of cultural activities like the Vincent Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House. Once you’ve seen all there is to see within the city limits, it’s time to hire a car in Amsterdam and venture outside of the city. 

There are tons of nearby attractions that call for an easy day trip before heading back to the capital for the evening. Keep reading to learn about the top 4 must-see attractions near Amsterdam.

Rotterdam

Rotterdam is often referred to as Amsterdam’s little sister, but don’t assume that it offers all of the same attractions as the capital. Even though Rotterdam is smaller than its big sister, it has no shortage of fun bars, hip restaurants, and impressive architecture. 

A trip to Rotterdam lets you experience the Netherlands in a more modern fashion. For a unique dinner experience at the end of your day trip book a table at Euromast. You can easily do a day trip here, but staying for a full weekend is a better way to experience the city. 

The Hague (Den Haag)

Take a break from Van Gogh’s artwork in Amsterdam to see the famous piece by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Vermeer is known for his oil painting titled Girl with a Pearl Earring that was completed in 1665. You can see this painting by driving about 35 minutes from Amsterdam to the Hague (also called Den Haag). 

In addition to taking in the artwork at Mauritshuis Museum, Den Haag gives you the chance to lounge around on the beach. If you’re interested in a party vibe, check out Zwarte Pad at Scheveningen where you can drink Heineken and listen to chill house music all day long. 

Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof Gardens is a great place to stop and smell the flowers, literally. It offers a colorful collection of floral displays that can brighten anyone’s day. The only downside of Keukenhof is that it is only open two months out of the year during springtime. The best time to come visit is mid-April when the flowers are in full bloom. 

Zaanse Schans

When you think of the Netherlands, what immediately comes to mind? Perhaps images of spinning windmills or clunky wooden clogs fill your brain. When you take a day trip to Zaanse Schans, this is exactly what you’ll experience. The area is technically an outdoor museum that features the country’s industrial past. 

As you stroll through this tiny Dutch town it will feel as if you time travelled back to the 18th century, wooden clogs and all. Take in the traditional culture of the past by visiting a wooden clog maker, a Dutch pancake house, or a cheesemaking shop. You can also take a tour through several windmills in the area. All of this is just a short 30-minute drive from the capital.