See the highlights of Holland and experience the country’s rich culture and history. This day tour from Amsterdam takes you to the home of Gouda cheese, the town with the largest collection of windmills, and a city with a long silversmithing tradition.
What to Expect
You’ll be picked-up at your Amsterdam accommodation for the drive to Oudewater, an old Dutch city with an interesting past. The most interesting and important attraction in Oudewater is the Witches Weighing House.
In the 16th century, this house was known throughout Europe for providing persons accused of witchcraft with an official certificate that they were not a witch. But they had to pass the weighing test first!
On this full-day tour that’s priced for up to 4 persons you’ll continue on to Gouda, a city situated between Utrecht and Rotterdam that’s most famous for Gouda cheese and the 15th-century city hall, believed to be the most beautiful Gothic city hall in Holland. The world famous Gouda cheese is not actually made in the city itself but in the surrounding region, and derives its name from being traded in Gouda.
Next you’ll visit Kinderdijk, a village located about 15 kilometers east of Rotterdam, in a polder at the confluence of the Lek and Noord rivers. To drain this polder, a system of 19 windmills was built in around 1740. The group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lastly, you’ll come to Schoonhoven, a small city dating back to the 13th century and renowned for its silver, hence it is nickname Zilverstad, or Silver City. Since the 17th century silversmiths have worked in Schoonhoven.
You’ll have the opportunity to see and perhaps buy some authentic Dutch silver. The city is home to the Nederlands Zilvermuseum (Dutch Silver Museum) and the International Silver School.
After your time in Schoonhoven, you’ll be transferred back to your accommodation in Amsterdam.
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Private tour guide/driver
- Bottled water
- Umbrellas (if needed)
What's Not Included
- Gratuities (optional)
- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks