A regular question posted on the Amsterdam Mamas Facebook group is “Where do you recommend for a short trip from Amsterdam?” And here a few recommendations, in no particular order.
If raw, natural beauty is what you are looking for, then head to one of the five Dutch islands in the North Sea. Wind-swept beaches, natural woods, endless dunes, cycling and fresh air are abundant. Texel is the closest and most easily accessible. But the further you go, the more remote and natural it gets.
Easy to get to by train, this area is recommended for its beautiful scenery and shopping; if the weather isn't great it's the ideal weekend location. Maastricht is full of bars, cafes and restaurants and boasts a great culinary culture; Thermal 2000 isn't too far either. There is also a cave system to explore if you have any kids in tow.
To get your dose of Belgian chocolate, waffles, beer and mussels, head to Antwerp and you won’t be disappointed. Belgians are super friendly and love kids. The city also has a nice zoo, beautiful aquarium; even the restaurants are child friendly. Paula (an Amsterdam Mama) recommends SensUnik Restaurant, a restaurant where the children can play upstairs!
This UNESCO world heritage site is undoubtedly one of the prettiest towns in Belgium. If you're at all interested in WW1, the nearby battlefields and related museums are very moving.
Merely 2 hours 45 minutes from Amsterdam, Cologne is a fun, short trip. The city has big carnival celebrations in February if you are travelling without children.
Catch the Thalys from Amsterdam Centraal and be in Paris in 4 hours. Get your fix of Parisian chic, visit some great places with children, and enjoy lots of croissants and macarons. You can check out our Paris guide for more tips.
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This article has been compiled from the recommendations of our members on the Amsterdam Mamas Facebook group.