In Netherlands, the most obvious destination is Amsterdam - Fun filled, tourist friendly and full of museums, canals and sights.

But your trip is not complete without visiting some of the sights in the countryside. Here is a suggested trip to visit some of the major attractions in Holland - Harbours ,Dykes , Windmills , Architecture ( ALL IN A DAY !!!)

And that too, by public transport, without  costly guided tours...So  get started.

Buy a day travel (Rail) card  ( around Eur 41 per person per day) - This will entitle you to travel by train anywhere in Netherlands for one day. In addition by a Public Transport Day Card for Eur 5/- which will enable use of public  transport in Amsterdam & Rotterdam ( Just check with the tourism office / GVB office in Amsterdam which is conveniently located outside the Centraal Station in Amsterdam.

 1st Attraction : Zuiderzee Museum + Ride on the Dyke

8.00am : Take a train from Amsterdam to Lelystad Central ( 1 hour ride, train leaves Amsterdam every half hour). Travel north-east through plains and marsh lands towards Zuiderzee - which was all sea once and now reclaimed.

9:00am: From Lelystaad, catch bus 150 to Enkhuizen. Just outstide Lelystad, you will ride on a Dyke with sea on both sides, an interesting experience.

9:30 am: Reach Enkhuizen. Hop off to the tourist center. The town itself is very beautiful and hostoric. Have a breakfast and a coffee and hop off to the tourist centre for a brochure. The major attrations are Ships-in-bottle museum and the Zuiderzee Museum park ( http://www.zuiderzeemuseum.nl[ Museum opening times 10:00 - 17:00]

The museum also has good souvenier and cheese shops

12:30 am: Catch train back to Amsterdam. You can catch a train directly from Enkkhuizen to Amsterdam . You will reach by 13:30 .

2nd Attraction : Madurodam 

 Change for a train to The Hague Central (Den Haag Centraal)

14:15 : Get down at De Haag Central station, catch Tram No 9 and in 15-20 minutes get down at Madurodam Stop, outside the Madurodam Park. Visit the wonderful Madurodam Park ( www.madurodam.nl)

Spend 2 hours and be back in Central Station by 17:00  [ and Try to catch a quick snack at the station]

 3rd Attraction : Rotterdam - Windmills at Kinderdijk 

17:30  Catch train to Rotterdam Centraal ( very frequent ). Change to Metro ( blue line) and go to station "Zuidplein".

18:00 From Zuidplein catch bus 90 to Kinderdijk (40 min ride). Kinderdijk has one of the largest collections of windmills in single place (19 windmills). You can spend an hour cycling or just walking around.

If you can reach the place before 17:00 hours, you can even see the windmills on a boat and visit a windmill ( open till 17:30 hrs)

Way back 

19:30 Catch bus 90 back to Rotterdam - Zuidplein station

4th Attraction : Rotterdam - Euromast

From Zuidplein, catch Bus No 44 ( Destination Amsterdam Centraal). Get Down at "Euromast" stop.

Euro mast is 185 meters tall tower and the EuroScope is great fun - offers you 360 degree view of Rotterdam City and Airport. Euromast is open til; 22:00. The whole visit will last no more than 30 minutes. But great fun though. [ www.euromast.nl ]

On your way back to Rotterdam Centraal, take Tram 8  towards Centraal (at a roundabout just near the euromast, ask somone if required ). This tram takes you through the best areas of Rotterdam. You might even get down for a while at Parkhaven Stop and enjoy a view of Parkhaven bridge and the skyscrappers alongside. Hop back in tram8 and get to Rotterdam Centraal

Back to Amsterdam 

Trains back to Amsterdam are very frequent ( 1 hour duration). If you would like to explore the nightlife of Rotterdam, you could take a night train back, they leave every hour, starting from 1:02 am. The duration will be 1 hour and 10 mins.

 Ideal would be to have a dinner + a well earned drink at Amsterdam - Leidseplein before retiring for the night.

 HAVE A NICE TRIP