Amsterdam through British eyes

Should you stay outside of Amsterdam?

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For many people, booking a hotel in Amsterdam is expensive and it can be so frustrating trying to find somewhere good within your price range. But have you thought about staying outside of Amsterdam and commuting in? This can sometimes be cheaper, especially during the peak season.

I went to The Hague, Volendam and Zaandam to see what there was to do there, so if you decide to commute in to Amsterdam, you’re not stuck for things to do when you get back in the evening (especially for dinner). You could also opt to spend the day in each of these places and you wouldn’t get bored.

The Hague
There is so much to do and see in the Hague, but while I was there I went to the recently refurbished Mauritshuis gallery, and then to dinner at ‘t Goude Hooft. I can highly recommend a trip to the Mauritshuis Gallery, as Rembrandt’s The Anatomy lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp is there. It completely captivated me, and I can’t wait to go back.

Stuff to do

  • Gaze at Rembrandt’s painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp in the Mauritshuis

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• Check out the Mesdag Panorama

• See Palace Noordeinde

Stay: Park Hotel, a four-star hotel situated in the middle of the “Hofkwartier” a really nice area close to the Great Church, the Palace Gardens and Palace Noordeinde.
Eat at: ‘t Goude Hooft which is the oldest inn in the city, and Café Juni if you’re looking for something delicious for lunch.

Volendam
Volendam surprised me. While I stayed here I got to go on a guided tour by a man dressed in a traditional Volendam fisherman outfit. There’s a lot to do in the surrounding areas too, and I would recommend them.

Stuff to do:

• Afternoon tea at Theetiun overleek

 

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• Boat ride in an environmentally friendly boat from Theetuin Overleek

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• Go on a cheese workshop at Beemsterbeleving in Beemster

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Stay: Art Hotel Spaander

Eat: Restaurant Zalen, which is the hotel’s restaurant.

Zaandam
Zaandam is so close to Amsterdam Centraal station, that you can be there within 15 minutes and it’s perfectly located to go to Zaanse Schans, an outdoor museum with working windmills.

Stuff to do

• Go to the Zaanse Schans

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• Take a Cessna Flight over Flevoland

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• Explore the Hembrugterrein

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Stay: Inntel hotel.
Eat: De Hoop op d’Swarte Walvis, which is located in the Zaanse Schans, and translates to something like the hope on the black whale.

I hope I’ve given you a little inspiration of other places to stay – so many people are fixated on staying in Amsterdam, but you don’t have to. A huge thankyou to holland.com who organised my stay in the Hague, and to Amsterdam Marketing who organised my stays in Volendam and Zaandam. As always, my opinions are my own.

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