Public Transportation Day Trips from Amsterdam
Holland is small so other cities can be visited on day trips from Amsterdam using local
public transportation or taking short train rides. Check with the Tourist Office for information about which trains or busses to take.
We have visited the following towns on day trips from Amsterdam:
Haarlem (Google Map) is just 12 miles from Amsterdam, just a
little farther than the US Harlem is from Manhattan, which was called New Amsterdam before it became Manhattan.
Attractions: The Frans Hals Museum
is devoted to works and life of the great portrait artist (1580-1666). The museum's website
offers virtual tours. And, St Bavo’s Church
, late Gothic (1370 – 1520), where Frans Hals is entombed, dominates Haarlem’s main
square and is worth a visit. Models of Dutch carracks (sailing ships) hang from the ceiling, donated by grateful burghers after successful
voyages. The organ which dates from 1738 was played by Mendelssohn, Handel and Mozart. Weekly organ concerts on Tuesday evenings
Naarden (Google Map)
is only 14 miles from Amsterdam. It is a beautiful town reacheable by city bus from Amsterdam. Its main
attraction is a star-shaped fort with a double moat. The fort has a museum and puts on demonstrations that illustrate how it protected
Naarden from attack from the sea. The demonstration includes cannon loading and firing by uniformed militia.
Photos Letter Tourist information
Volendam (Google Map) 12 miles from Amsterdam, is a quaint seacoast town reachable by bus from Amsterdam. Has no
website. Quote from the Holland Tourist office web site: "Volendam, the old fishing village on the IJsselmeer, boasts traditional
costumes, sports, music and, of course, fish. The harbour backs onto numerous tiny cottages. Did you know that during holidays and
on the Volendammerdijk large parts of the population still wear their traditional costumes?"