Jul 23 2013
Enjoy a traditional Dutch town close to Amsterdam as a day trip
Amsterdam as the biggest city of the Netherlands shows you a lot of Dutch culture and dutch life.
Amsterdam is a metropolis and caused sensations for everyone.
In terms of history, culture, kitchen and nightlife Amsterdam does not leave any wish open.
Still it could be nice to escape once from this big city and explore what is happening around Amsterdam.
What we recommend is to go the country side of Amsterdam.
What sounds very boring is in reality a relaxing and interesting trip.
As you already know the Dutch belong to one of the best cheese producers.
Wouldn't it be interesting to find out how they are produced naturally?
Especially when you are with your kids it is nice to spend some hours out of the big city.
Voldendam is at the coast of the former Zuiderezee which is now called Ijselmeer.
Close to this town you will find a lot of cheese farmers who you can visit.
In additional the town is known for its old fishing boats and traditional clothing.
On some pictures of the Netherlands you can see women in traditional clothes.
These are usually women from Voldendam.
There is also a small museum about Voldendam where you can find the traditonal clothes and you can try them.
Furthermore you can find a small ferry station in Voldendam taking you to a half island called Marten.
You will arrive in Marten with the ferry within 20 minutes.
This small town is well known for its traditional wood houses.
But the city you really have to visit is Zaanse Schans. It is reflecting the Dutch symbols for tourists the best.
In this town you find the famous shoe maker and a lot of windmills.
All these typical Dutch things will find there.
Take bus 91 from Amsterdam Central station to get to Zaanse Schans. It costs just 5 euro return. The buses leave at 25 and 56 minutes pevery hour from 9 till 16 and the trip takes 50 minutes.