We'll be in Amsterdam in early October. Is there a way to get out of the city and see some of the countryside without renting a car and driving?
Public transportation in the Netherlands is phenomenal. Pick a good place you want to go and use the following website to research public transportation. It gives door-to-door routing anywhere in Holland.
Would you be interested in a bike ride?
“Not all those who wander are lost.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
October can be tricky but if the weather is mild and not too windy, rent bikes (with some gears!) at MacBike at Central Station and ride in the Waterland region just northeast of Amsterdam. It takes only about 20 minutes before you're out in the meadows and picturesque villages like Ransdorp, Durgerdam and Holysloot. I enjoyed yet another lovely bike ride there and some other places yesterday.
Look here in post #3 for a route description: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g188590-i60-k81050…
Or use this scenic signposting system: …nederlandfietsland.nl/en/online-cycle-route…
If the weather is less nice or too windy then take a bus to Broek in Waterland and have pancakes at De Witte Swaen, or take a bus to (touristy) Marken for example, a picturesque fishermen's town.
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