Amsterdam Day Trips by Global Correspondent Paul Bachant

By @ 05/13/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Bachant, Travel
Amsterdam in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine


ManAboutWorld global correspondent Paul Bachant (below) visited Amsterdam, exploring beyond the Netherlands’ most visited city to bring you these easy-to-get-to but off-the-radar Amsterdam day trips.

If you are in Amsterdam and want to take a deeper dive into Dutch culture, a day trip is the perfect way to see more of the delights that Holland has to offer. There are a variety of destinations less than two hours away by train or car. We recently ventured out for a self-guided tour of the surrounding countryside where we saw windmills, quaint villages, tulip gardens and eclectic museums. This is the Holland of everyone’s imagination.

The first stop on our journey was Zaanse Schans, located just 30 minutes north of the city. The region of Zaandam was an important industrial center during the 18th and 19th centuries which led to the construction of the iconic windmills that dot the landscape. The well-preserved warehouses and workshops recall another era. You can easily get there by train from Amsterdam Central Station and a convenient ferry service runs during the summer.

Amsterdam in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Moving on and ready for lunch, we headed further north to the charming village of De Rijp. Here, colorful cottages line languid canals, which are crossed by wooden drawbridges traditional to the area. The village boasts several brick buildings from the Golden Age, a towering church with famous stained-glass windows, plus some great restaurants and shops.

Next, we headed south to the Keukenhof Gardens, where for a few weeks in the spring you can ogle the ornate flower beds in their multi-hued splendor. Surrounding the structured gardens are the vast fields of vivid tulips for which Holland is so famous. Don’t be alarmed by the overwhelming crowds at the entrance. Once inside you will be able to stroll along pathways and soak in the beauty in relative peace.

Amsterdam in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

If you are not here during flower season, a stop in Haarlem is an excellent alternative to Keuekenhof. Aside from the historic center, this beautiful city has two fascinating museums worth visiting: the Frans Hals Museum which houses the works of one of the greatest painters of the Golden Age and the Teylers Museum, one of the oldest in Europe, which showcases art, natural history and science in its collection of books, scientific instruments, drawings, painting and fossils. Haarlem is only 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam Central Station.

For more information about Amsterdam day trips and dozens of other must-go gay-popular destinations around the world, download ManAboutWorld for your iPhone, iPad or Android device.

Paul Bachant, Amsterdam in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Paul Bachant

Paul Bachant founded Insider Voyages to share his passion and expertise with those on a journey of discovery. Connect with Paul on Facebook, Instagram or at He also took the three Amsterdam photos above.

Please share


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *