3 Day Trips from Amsterdam
Amsterdam steals the spotlight as the city to visit in the Netherlands. But there are other Dutch cities worth exploring, which are only a short train ride away. These day trips from Amsterdam are for people who like to go off the beaten path, experience what quintessential Dutch cities are like, and see what else the Netherlands has to offer.
Day trips from Amsterdam
If you want to get a feel for a true Dutch city, Utrecht is the place to go. Unlike Amsterdam, which is quite international with tourist and expats, Utrecht is Dutch inside and out. It’s a great place to shop and eat all day long with its many boutiques, cafés, and restaurants which uniquely line the canals on two levels in the city center. These canals are considered to be among the most beautiful canals in all of the Netherlands.
How to get there: Take the Intercity train from Amsterdam Centraal to Utrecht Centraal. It only takes 27 minutes!
Must see: Walk along the Oudegracht to enjoy the sights of the two-level canals. Along the way, stop by Restaurant Oudaen to get a taste of their locally brewed beers.
Insider tip: The best time to take in the city without crowds is Sunday before 9 a.m. when everyone is still asleep.
Maastricht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. The white and pale blue cobblestone streets in the city center create a charming and romantic ambiance. Although it’s a university city and relatively small in comparison to Amsterdam, there’s still lots to do. Situated by the borders of Germany and Belgium, you can also experience a taste of two other cultures.
How to get there: Take the direct Intercity train from Amsterdam Centraal to Maastricht. It takes about 2.5 hours.
Must see: Head to the Boekhandel Dominicanen to see a modern bookstore that has been built inside a 700 year old church. Some say it’s the most beautiful bookstore in the world.
Insider tip: Walk 15 minutes south of Maastricht, then stop at St Peter’s Fort for a scenic viewpoint of the city.
Tilburg is home to three universities, a concert venue, restaurants, shops, and more. It’s a small city with about 200,000 inhabitants. If you love live music, then 013 Poppodium is the place to go for clear sound and an intimate concert setting. Before a night out, the restaurants and bars on Heuvel street come alive with people hanging out on the terraces and enjoying good food and drinks.
How to get there: Take the Intercity train from Amsterdam Centraal to Tilburg Centraal. It takes about 1.5 hours.
Must see: Head to the Koningshoeven brewery right outside the city where they brew La Trappe Trappist beer. Reserve a tour at 2 p.m. to see the brewery and enjoy a beer tasting.
Insider tip: The public bus to the brewery only comes every half hour. Make sure to take its schedule into account when visiting, or reserve a bike a few days in advance at the train station.
With so many Dutch cities only a short train ride away, there’s plenty of places to go for day trips from Amsterdam. However, if exploring more of the Netherlands doesn’t fit into your timeframe, and you still want more of an off the beaten path trip, check out these different neighborhoods in Amsterdam.