What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the name the Netherlands? In the most likelihood, eight out of ten people would say windmills, or castles. And rightly so, a trip to the Netherlands isn’t really complete without a drive past a windmill farm!
One of the easiest to get to from Amsterdam is Zaanse Schans. This place has been recreated for an authentic Dutch experience dating back to the 17th and 18th century and is a popular tourist destination. If you're visiting Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans makes for a perfect day trip if you want to discover the picturesque Dutch countryside. The best part is that visiting this town is free and you only have to be pay a nominal entry fee if you choose to take a tour of windmill farms.
There are several tour companies available which can arrange a day trip from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans for visitors. All you need to do is show up at the designated time and everything else is taken care of. You can easily do this trip on your own as well at a lesser cost. You can leisurely visit the neighbouring towns of Zaandaam, Edam and Volendam and make it a perfect day trip from Amsterdam. While trains and buses are available as well to take you from one town to another, hiring a cab provides the most flexibility.
Read below to know in detail how to plan a perfect day trip from Amsterdam to the northern towns of the Netherlands.