View of Holland windmill

Day trips from Amsterdam

Tulips and windmills come to mind when you think of the Netherlands. There are several day trips you can take from Amsterdam.

The living museum of Zaanse Schans village offers a breath-taking view of several historic windmills and traditional green painted houses surrounded by water and fields. You get to experience life in a windmill and shop in the wooden shoe workshop, the Pewter Foundry and other cottage industries.

Madurodam is a miniature Holland of buildings and landmarks. Planes, boats, canal locks, trains are working miniatures. Believe it or not, you can get a feel of Holland, past and present, by walking the pathways of this miniature world on a 1:25 scale.

If you love flowers you won't believe the colorful display of tulips and other springtime bulbs in bloom at the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens! The unforgettable seasonal display is created by more than seven million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, spring bulbs and gorgeous trees.

Keukenhof is one of Holland's top attractions. Located in Lisse, Keukenhof is a eighty acre garden devoted to spring flowering bulbs.

The picturesque town of Delft enables you to visit one of the famous Delft blue potteries, Delftse Pauw. The blue-and-white pottery became famous as a 17th-century duplicate of Chinese porcelain.

The Hague is the official seat of government, but not the capital which is Amsterdam. Also The Hague is the home of the States-General of the Netherlands, parliament and the supreme court and government ministries, and the royal monarch is to live and work in the city. All foreign embassies reside in the city. The Hague is also the de facto judicial capital of the United Nations, being the location of its primary judicial institutions. The Hague is home to over 150 international organizations. The Hague became an “international city of peace and justice” when the world's first Peace Conference took place in The Hague. The Scottish-American millionaire Andrew Carnegie made the necessary funds available to build the Peace Palace.