Historical cities to visit in the Netherlands
There's plenty of information on Amsterdam and Leiden elsewhere on this website.
Leiden, relatively unknown, but a city fabulously rich in history and museums.
Although other Dutch cities are becoming increasingly popular, most visitors still choose Amsterdam as main destination.
Therefore, I will mention historical towns within easy reach from Amsterdam.
Mind you, this being a small country, in the perception of most foreign visitors, all of the Netherlands is nearby. It will not be easy to find a destination that takes more than 3 hours to reach.
Towns below have historical centres and/or museums making it certainly worth the trip. All have a train station in or within walking distance of the centre.
Approx travel times by intercity train from Amsterdam Centraal station.
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About ¼ hour : Haarlem,
About ½ hour : Alkmaar, Amersfoort, Hoorn, Leiden, Utrecht,
About 1 hour : Arnhem, Delft, Enkhuizen, Gouda, The Hague, Zwolle,
About 1 ¼ hour : Rotterdam,
About 1 ½ hours : Nijmegen,
For the full picture, in Belgium. Train times from Amsterdam also :
Antwerp : 2 to 2½ hours (with Thalys international high-speed train 1¼ hour)
Brussels : 2½ to 3 hours (with Thalys international high-speed train 2 hours)
Ghent : 3 to 3½ hours (with Thalys international high-speed train 2½ hours)
Bruges : 3 to 4 hours.
As in 1914, World War I started, plenty of commemorations these years.
For your information : Flanders Battle Fields in Belgium are quite a journey away from Amsterdam. The train ride to Ypres takes 4 to 5 hours. And then you will want to visit the surroundings.
Driving there, or organized travel may be an option. Or staying around there longer, of course.
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