4Marken – the perfect place for a short day trip in the Netherlands
Marken is a village that has quite an interesting history. It was separated from the mainland by a big storm back in the 13th century. This lead to Marken being isolated for centuries, forcing its population to make a living as fishermen. Because Marken was isolated for such a long time, it allowed for authentic Dutch culture to be perfectly preserved over the centuries. Ethnographers and anthropologists would visit the village in the 19th and 20th century to study what was considered traditional Dutch culture. It was not until 1957 when the village was once again reconnected to the mainland and became a peninsula. To this day, Marken remains a popular seaside location that attracts hundreds of tourists each year.
3Broek in waterland – one of those perfect day trips from Amsterdam for cyclists
2Zaanse Schans – a very Dutch day trip for windmill lovers
1Leiden – a day trip in the Netherlands you should never miss out on
To top it all off, Leiden is also a university town that is constantly booming with life. There are multiple events happening in Leiden throughout the year, so you have a pretty good chance of attending one during your day trip. And if you’re in a shopping mood, Leiden has a whole street dedicated to that. From world-renowned brands to small local shops – you can buy anything there. And if by any chance get thirsty or hungry (because we know you will), Leiden has an impressive array of various bards, cafes, and restaurants scattered all around the town.