The fourth day in Amsterdam we had to get up very early because we wanted to see 4 villages near Amsterdam, in that are in the northeast of the city. In this entry we want to explain what we saw in this villages in detail.
Villages near Amsterdam: Broek in Waterland
Our first stop was Broek in Waterland, a town 20 minutes away from Amsterdam. At first, we hadn’t considered this village in our itinerary. We ended up going because we saw it in a blog. We read that it was on the way to other towns such as Marken, Edam or Volendam and that despite not being so well known had its own charm.
We do not know if it is because it was early in the morning, but it was a really quiet village. There were almost no people in the streets. However, we found a truck unloading that generated tail and, unlike in our country, people left the cars and began to read the newspaper to wait. This is unimaginable in Barcelona or many other places, but as we saw a very different culture in Amsterdam.
Most of Broek in Waterland houses are painted in light colors with a more or less large garden. This makes it a very beautiful village with a lot of charm, we recommend you to visit it.
Villages near Amsterdam: Marken
There are two ways to get to this town: by road or by sea. We did it by road, since we had a ticket that we had unlimited bus trips for a day, but if we return we will surely try to go by sea.
The road to arrive is built over the sea, it is like a dam. It is a different feeling to go by bus and look out the window and see water and more water on both sides of the road.
Marken is a fishing village that does not have a lot of things to do. It is a town that faces the sea and the houses are green or dark blue. It is also a tourist town and we can find terraces for a drink.
Villages near Amsterdam: Volendam
After visiting Marken we took the bus to Volendam. If Marken is touristy, I would say that Volendam is even more. It has a walk to the seashore full of restaurants, souvenir shops…
We were in Volendam at lunch time so we decided to eat in one of those restaurants that were near the sea. The truth is that we ate very well and at a reasonable price.
The houses in Volendam combine brick facades with green or blue wood facades. They are like a combination between the Marken houses and those we would find in the next town, Edam.
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Villages near Amsterdam: Edam
Very close to Volendam is Edam. This Dutch town is well known for its cheeses, they are very good! We wanted to see the cheese market but we did not arrive on time.
After visiting this beautiful town, we returned to Amsterdam to take advantage of the last hours we had left in the city, which for us is one of the most beautiful in Europe.