Most people recognize Amsterdam as a top place to visit in the Netherlands, but the country has so much more to offer. Its countryside is very fairy-tale-like with green lush hills, flower fields, and twirling windmills. The windmills have been a Dutch trademark for years. These were originally intended to pump out water from the fields nearby rivers. The village of Zaanse Schans is located on the banks of the Zaan River. This area had over 600 industrial windmills build for wooden factories during its golden age in the 17th century. After exploring the open-air museums of Zaanse Schans, the journey continues.
Tours usually stop in Edem. This little town offers sights of 17th-century architecture. Top attractions here include the Carillon tower, the Great Church and the town hall. Afterward, we stop for a bite at a cheese tasting, where you will be offered the worldwide known Edam cheese. Another additional tour stop can be Volendam. It is a charming fisherman village where you can encounter locals dressed in traditional clothes. The village has no shortage of shops where you can get handcrafted souvenirs. We all know, your friends and family always expect a gift upon your return from vacation, so why not get that off your to-do-list in Volendam.
But the adventure in the northern Netherlands does not have to stop here. Instead of a half-day bus tour, those wanting to make the most of their day can opt for a tour which has an extended itinerary. This way you can also see another top Dutch trademark- its delightful tulips. By visiting the astonishing Keukenhof Gardens, you have an opportunity to look around the 79 acres of the carefully arranged flower fields.
Cities are the most popular places to be in any country, especially Amsterdam when you are in the Netherlands, but it is also important to see the surrounding area. By visiting the countryside of the north, you will be able to experience the breathtaking sights usually found only on screen savers. These tours are highly recommended, especially if taken during the warmer season when everything is in fool bloom.