Exams are over and assignments are handed in, which means you're finally free from the library prison that has been holding you captive for the past few weeks and can once again enjoy your Sunday! But where to spend all this lovely free time? We know Amsterdam is great, however, there are plenty of other off-the-beaten-track locations which are equally as exciting for a Sunday trip. Make sure to check out our list of the best cultural discounts for students.
Here are 6 epic places for that not-so-lazy Sunday trip.
1. Go Castle Hoping
The Netherlands has some amazing medieval castles and there is even a day specifically for celebrating them—The Day of the Castle. Every year on White Monday loads of castles, country houses, and medieval ruins, open their doors to the public. Many of these towering stone walls and thick fortresses are impossible to penetrate ordinarily, however, on this day visitors are able to freely step back in time and explore the rich Dutch heritage.
2. Sunday Trip To Nature—Hoge Veluew National Park
The Hoge Veluwe National Park is in the province of Gelderland and covers approximately 55 square kilometers. Consisting of heathlands, sand dunes, and woodlands, the park is one of the largest continuous nature reserves in The Netherlands. Thus, it is a great destination for escaping the bustle of city life. At the entrance, there are free bicycles to use inside in the park. Take the weekend to relax and roam around in nature and keep your eye out for red deer, roe deer, wild boar, and mouflon!
Inside the park, there is also the Kröller-Müller Museum which houses 90 of Van Gogh's paintings and 180 of his drawings. There are also numerous works from famous artists such as Monet, Seurat, and Picasso.
3. Boekhandel Dominicanen—bookstore inside a Cathedral
Voted in 2008 by The Guardian as the most beautiful bookstore in the world, Boekhandel Dominicanen Maastricht is a delightfully beautiful tower of books held inside an 800-year-old cathedral. Spend an hour or more exploring this heaven of books in what will probably be one of the most unique bookstores you’ll ever visit. Afterwards, you can explore the rest of Maastricht which has lots to offer! It's the perfect Sunday trip.
4. Running With Cheese
This event typically happens on Friday, so for those lucky people with no class, it is worth seeing this Dutch city of cheese. The Dutch cheese market of Alkmaar is a traditional merchant cheese market as operated in the post-medieval period. During the summer months, the cheese trading is re-enacted for tourist enjoyment. It's definitely a fun Dutch experience.
5. Giethoorn—A city With No Roads
This picturesque Dutch village, known as the Venice of the North, is unique for having no roads in the old part of town; it is only accessible by boat via the canals. In fact, Giethoorn has over 180 bridges and is full of Dutch charm. In addition, you’ll find 18th and 19th-century homes hidden between lush, green trees and old wooden bridges. It's worth renting a boat and traversing the waterways to fully appreciate this town.
Become a giant and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the whole of The Netherlands. Madurodam is a miniaturized park which replicates many aspects of the country in a 1:25 scale. This includes petite windmills, a miniature railway, and even a traditional Dutch cheese market.
There you have it, 6 epic Sunday trip ideas to keep you occupied.