Explore the diverse attractions of the surrounding area

Spy Windmills and Beaches

If you have some time to spare during your visit to Amsterdam, take a trip further afield to rolling fields, golden beaches and, of course, windmills. At Bloemendaal aan Zee and Zandvoort aan Zee, you can rest and relax on the sandy beaches with dunes that span as far as the eye can see. And, for windmills, you can’t go past Zaanse Schans which is a quaint neighbourhood that lines up several windmills on the river bank. At the Zaans Museum, you can view traditional Dutch costumes, miniature windmills and hands-on exhibitions on the art of making chocolate. Several workshops in the area display artisanal crafts such as wooden clog carving and barrel making.