The 6 best day trips from Amsterdam

Encompassing everything from Den Haag's standout museums, Zandvoort's sandy beaches and Zaanse Schans's working windmills, these are six of the best day trips within an hour of Amsterdam.

1. Delft

Fanning out around Delft's monumental market square, the city’s enchanting, canal-woven core has scarcely changed since Johannes Vermeer (of Girl with a Pearl Earring fame) lived and painted here during the Golden Age. Although the city doesn't have any original works, reproductions are displayed at the Vermeer Centrum Delft. You can also see the painter's final resting place inside the 13th-century Oude Kerk church, nicknamed 'Scheve Jan' ('Leaning John') due to its sloping tower. In contrast, the city's 'new church', the Nieuwe Kerk, was built between 1381 and 1655 – climbing its tower's 376 steps rewards with spectacular views. Read the full travel article here.