Take time out of Amsterdam with Hertz

Tiptoe through tulips, discover Delftware, learn to make wooden clogs and cross into Germany to marvel at gothic Cologne Cathedral

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Groningen

The canal-ringed ‘Amsterdam of the North’ is full of old-world charm and contemporary style, from gothic churches and the 15th-century Martini tower to Amsterdam School civic buildings and the 1994 Groninger Museum, designed by Alessandro Mendini, Philippe Starck and radical design firm Coop Himmelb(l)au.

Other attractions include a largely pedestrianised city centre, the Stripmuseum (comics, not erotic dancing), a tobacco museum and Rem Koolhaas’s ‘Urinoir’ (have a guess). As a student town, it has a vibrant cultural and nightlife scene and, possibly connected, the highest density of alcohol licences in the country.

More info: toerisme.groningen.nl/en

  1. Travel time: two hours

Delft

Famous for its blue 'Delftware' pottery and as the birthplace of painter Jan Vermeer and the former home of the Dutch royal family, there’s much to enjoy around Delft’s historic centre and canals. Visit the Museum Lambert van Meerten and the two churches; Vermeer is buried in the Oude Kerk, and the royal family’s vault is in the Nieuwe Kerk.

More info: www.delft.nl

  1. Travel time: one hour

Keukenhof

Tiptoe through the tulips, a staggering 4.5 million of them, at Keukenhof (‘kitchen garden’). There are other flowers, of course – crocuses, hyacinths and narcissi from late March; lilies and roses in early summer – but the tulip is the star for eight weeks of the year.

More info: www.keukenhof.nl

  1. Travel time: one hour

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Zaanse Schans

Based in 16th and 17th-century buildings, Zaanse Schans is a musuem and a working centre of traditional crafts such as carpentry, metalworking and cheesemaking. The village boasts six windmills and a cheesery, distillery and wooden clog workshop.

More info: www.zaanseschans.nl

  1. Travel time: one hour

Cologne

It’s well worth zipping over the border to Germany for the 42 museums and over 100 galleries here, and for the massive, magnificent Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral). The city’s Belgian quarter, with independent fashion boutiques and a thriving café culture, attracts a cool crowd, while every July Cologne Pride draws over a million visitors.

More info: www.cologne.de

  1. Travel time: 150 minutes

* Travel times are approximate

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Elizabeth bate
Elizabeth bate

The whole place exudes peace and quiet, a slower pace of life - a perfect time away from all our busy-ness.

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