With its intricate canal system, iconic architecture, and vibrant culture, Amsterdam offers no shortage of sights to explore. While wandering the city by foot allows you to take everything in at a leisurely pace, an Amsterdam coach hire is ideal for covering all the top attractions efficiently. Hopping aboard these spacious buses with panoramic windows makes getting around Amsterdam easy while an informative guide enriches the experience. Here are some of the best things to see on an Amsterdam coach tour.
Cruise Along the UNESCO-Listed Canals
Gliding through Amsterdam by boat is one of the best ways to admire the more than 100 kilometers of canals spanning the city. Most coach tours incorporate a canal cruise, treating you to views of the city’s Golden Age buildings illuminated by the sun’s rays dancing across the water. Feel the breeze in your hair as you pass by attractions like the Anne Frank House, blooming houseboats, and the iconic Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge).
Explore the Rijksmuseum’s Dutch Masterpieces
No trip to Amsterdam is complete without visiting the Netherlands’ most popular museum. The Rijksmuseum houses over a million objects chronicling 800 years of Dutch history, including an expansive collection of art by famous Dutch painters like Rembrandt and Vermeer. Your coach tour ticket gains you easy access into the museum to see these world-renowned masterpieces. Don’t leave without catching a glimpse of Rembrandt’s dramatic Night Watch painting.
Walk among the Flowers at Keukenhof Gardens
What started as a castle herb garden in the 15th century has now become one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Every spring, Keukenhof Gardens near Lisse opens its gates, welcoming visitors to meander around its 80 acres of vibrant floral arrangements. Go during tulip season to catch more than seven million tulips in full bloom as well as daffodils, roses, carnations and more. Tickets to Keukenhof can easily be added onto most full-day coach tours from Amsterdam.
Sample Iconic Dutch Cheese at a Farm
The Netherlands produces over two billion pounds of cheese each year. What better way to taste some iconic Dutch cheese like Gouda and Edam than visiting a cheese farm? Many half-day coach tours from Amsterdam incorporate a stop at farms outside the city. Take a short walking tour around the barns and production facilities to observe how cheese wheels are crafted the traditional way. Then dig into an entire cheeseboard for tasting different ages, flavors, and textures with a complimentary glass of wine or beer.
Step Back in Time at the Zaanse Schans Windmills
The windmills at Zaanse Schans seem frozen in time, channeling the area’s 17th and 18th century heyday as a prominent industrial mill district. Just a short ride north of Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans offers visitors the chance to get an inside look at operating windmills and workshops producing traditional Dutch wares like clogs, cheese, and chocolates. Its collection of windmills is the largest in the world, with several you can even step into. Between shops and sights, the quaint riverside cottages and green fields of the Zaanse Schans are ideal for whimsical photos to remember your coach trip.
With expert guides transporting you to Amsterdam’s most famous sites and hidden gems, coach tours eliminate the hassle out of navigating the city. Whether a full or half-day, make sure to book your own coach tour to experience old Amsterdam from the comfort of these spacious modern buses.