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Dutch Countryside & Windmills in Amsterdam

Explore the scenic rural surroundings around Amsterdam: its windmill villages, fishing harbours, and local family farms

Best time: mid-April–late October

Dutch Countryside & Windmills
Dutch Countryside & Windmills
Dutch Countryside & Windmills
Dutch Countryside & Windmills
Dutch Countryside & Windmills
Dutch Countryside & Windmills
Dutch Countryside & Windmills

Holland is known for its scenic countrysides, and some of the best spots are found around its capital city. The number-one rural location to check out must be Zaanse Schans known primarily for its iconic windmills. Once it used to be western Europe’s first industrial area, and today it's just a beautiful historical area with well-preserved buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

Another area to be checked is the village of Volendam. Once a bustling fishing village turned into a silent picturesque harbour popular among tourists. Its visitors are charmed with neat fishermen houses lining along the harbour, narrow alleyways in between these lovely huts, and authentic Dutch cheese produced in the region. At last, it's a never-ending pleasure to watch the vessels coming to and from the harbour.

Both Zaanse Schans and Volendam are located just around 20 kilometres from Amsterdam. Though these two are the most famous villages, there're other less known settlements around worth visiting, such as Monnickendam, Broek in Waterland, and Edam. The latter might be not widely known, however, Edam cheese is known and loved worldwide.

All these villages are on the list of most Dutch Countryside Tours offered in Amsterdam. Provided that you choose a tour, you're provided with a guided transportation, visits to cheese farms, authentic food tasting, and also a workshop on traditional wooden clogs making in Zaanse Schans.

Tours to Dutch countryside operate mostly in the summer season which is mid-April to late October. Even if you decide to wander on your own, the best time to explore the rural area is when it's the most vibrant which is definitely summertime.

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What are the famous locations to visit in Amsterdam's countryside?

The most famous location in Amsterdam's countryside is Zaanse Schans, which is renowned for its windmills and 18th-century buildings. Another popular rural destination is Volendam, where visitors can see a silent harbour, fishermen's houses, narrow alleyways, and taste authentic Dutch cheese. Monnickendam, Broek in Waterland, and Edam are other towns that are worth seeing, with their unique characteristics and traditional architecture. Show more

What is special about Zaanse Schans and Volendam?

Zaanse Schans and Volendam are two rural destinations that visitors should see in Amsterdam's countryside. Zaanse Schans is famous for its well-preserved windmills and historic buildings from the 1800s, while Volendam offers stunning views of the harbour, fishermen's quarters, narrow paths, and traditional Dutch cheese. Both places offer insights into Dutch culture and history, and they attract thousands of tourists annually. Show more

What are the lesser-known villages surrounding Amsterdam that are worth visiting?

Although lesser-known, Monnickendam, Broek in Waterland, and Edam are charming villages worth visiting for their natural beauty and traditional Dutch architecture. Edam is the birthplace of Edam cheese, while Monnickendam and Broek in Waterland provide stunning scenic views and peaceful settings. These villages offer a break from the city's bustle and a chance to experience Dutch culture in its raw form. Show more

What are the activities included in Dutch Countryside Tours offered in Amsterdam?

In Amsterdam, Dutch Countryside Tours offer visitors guided tours of surrounding villages, cheese farms, and traditional wooden clog-making workshops. These tours also include demos and food tastings of genuine Dutch cuisine. Dutch Countryside Tours provides an opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in Dutch culture and history while exploring the natural habitat of the region. It's a memorable experience that visitors can enjoy. Show more

When is the best time to explore the rural area surrounding Amsterdam?

The best time to explore the rural area surrounding Amsterdam is during the summer season, which runs from April to late October. During this period, the fields turn lush green, and there are clear blue skies across the countryside. Dutch Countryside Tours operate mainly during the summer season, giving visitors a chance to appreciate all that the area has to offer while creating unforgettable memories. Show more

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