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These are the Best Day Trips from Amsterdam

A visit to Amsterdam might leave you believing that the Netherlands is all picture-perfect canals, impeccably preserved 17th-century buildings, and swarms of bicycles. But there are plenty of other sides to this compact country: Head to Haarlem to experience the quieter version of Dutch city life, or futuristic Rotterdam to see a perfect contrast to the capital city’s quaint charms. In fact, there are countless, easily accessible destinations just a short distance from Amsterdam (trains leave several times an hour from Centraal Station). Here are three of our favorite day trips.

Frans Hals Museum:
The oldest art museum in the Netherlands, the Frans Hals Museum spans two historic locations: The Hof building, which dates back to 1609 and houses a collection of works by the 17th-century painter himself; and The Hal, a former butcher’s market hall, which dates back to the same era, and is chock full of modern and contemporary art. Read more…

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