Drive Through Monnickendam
Like many other smaller settlements in North Holland, life in Monnickendam centred around fishing and shipping until relatively recently. There are still many landmarks spread throughout the village that reflect this history, such as Monnickendam’s 17th-century weigh house and picturesque harbour. A great place to stop off on the drive around Amsterdam.
Visit Broek in Waterland
This rustic Dutch village lies around ten kilometres due north from Amsterdam and has plenty to offer curious travelers stopping off on their trip. There are dozens of national heritage sites inside Broek in Waterland, including around eighty pastel-coloured, wooden houses and a 17th-century church dedicated to Saint Nicolas.
Amsterdam City Centre
Not one to be missed on any Netherlands trip, Amsterdam’s historic city centre revolves around a series on concentric canals that were mainly built during the 17th century. There are hundreds of other important cultural sites dotted alongside these waterways including Westerkerk, FOAM and the city’s floating flower market.
Coffee at Cafe Louis
Take a well deserved pit-stop on Amsterdam’s historic canal belt at this charming hangout on Singel. Besides excellent coffee, Café Louis also serves many lunchtime staples like toasted sandwiches, salads and burgers. While there’s plenty of room inside, Café Louis also has a small canal-side terrace.
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, 11am– 1am. Friday – Saturday, 11am– 2am. Sunday, 11am–11pm.
Visit at FOAM Fotografiemuseum
As FOAM collaborates with established and emerging photographers, there’s always a remarkable range of artwork on display inside the museum. Since launching in 2001, FOAM has worked alongside many groundbreaking contemporary artists including Ai Weiwei, Ren Hang and Helen Levitt.
Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday, 10am–6pm. Thursday – Friday, 10am–9pm. Saturday – Sunday, 10am–6pm.
Zaanse Schans and its Windmills
This popular neighbourhood in northern Zaandam features eight monumental windmills that date back to the 16th century. These colourful machines were originally located elsewhere in the Netherlands, but were moved to their current whereabouts around fifty years ago in order to create an awesome open-air museum. This truly unique and quintessentially Dutch landmark is the perfect end on your drive out of Amsterdam.
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