Amsterdam is for me TOP choice to feel what is Dutch, but not completely. It is definitely worth to explore outside the Dutch capital as Netherlands is beautiful in general. Lots of greenery, beautiful houses and their gardens… you can feel the nature as well as history everywhere.
Zaanse Schans – Windmills
My recommendation for an outside-of-Amsterdam trip would be to see eight beautiful and well preserved Windmills – real icons of Netherlands, in an authentic place called Zaanse Schans, which is about 45 min by bus from Amsterdam. It is free of charge, but for some windmill to enter you may need to pay some small fee.
Why go to Amsterdam at the first place?
Spring is here, and people like to go away for just few days. since weather is nice in most of the places around the world. So, I recommend something I once did in the springtime, and that was to visit famous Amsterdam and here I will write some interesting stories about it.
The city is one of a kind and must see definitely in life. For me visiting Amsterdam and its surrounding places is the best way to catch a real Dutch beauty. I visited also some other parts of Netherlands, like central part, South-West part, and Rotterdam, and there will be some blog post about these as well one day.
I was really excited before travelling to this city to visit a friend there, but also to see what is all that fuss about the unique Amsterdam I was hearing about for a long time. I was always fond of Dutch painters looking back in history of art (like Rembrandt, Vermeer…) , and for me it was imperative to check out some of the most famous museums in Amsterdam like Van Gogh’s museum or RIJKS or even Ann Frank’s house. Architecture was another thing I was so eager to see there, as well to try delicious cheeses, see windmills, meet Dutch people and feel the free spirit there.