Guys…I just. I just can’t with this place. I grew up on a mountain in Virginia and never, ever saw myself living in a city. Though my heart belongs to the city of Amsterdam, I will always feel most relaxed, most comfortable, and happiest when surrounded by greenery and water. Waterland is the perfect area in Holland for a quick escape for someone like me! Even with an area full of great day-trips, this is one that really slows my pulse.
When given the chance to take a boat ride through Broek in Waterland (still in North Holland!) I was so excited. This small town is a ridiculously close 30 min by bike from Amsterdam and you will walk through (or boat through) while asking yourself so many questions.
You’ll wonder how it’s possible to live in a place as beautiful as this. Or how does it stay so unspoiled? Maybe you’ll even ask what I did…”Can I have a weekend house here?”
We live in a time where everything wants your attention. Think of the device you’re on now…how many alerts have you gotten in the last 5 minutes? Broek in Waterland is that place where all worries, and responsibilities somehow melt away.
I don’t get it. I don’t need to. It makes me happy.
Getting to Broek in Waterland
Even if you’re not keen on grabbing a bike to make the trek. Worry not. Just grab a bus from Amsterdam Centraal Station–head to the back of the station and go up the stairs. Buses 312, 314, 315, 316 all get you there in about 25 minutes. These aren’t Amsterdam city buses, so an anonymous OV chipkaart (travel card) is best since your blue paper GVB passes will not work on these buses, whereas the reloadable OV cards will.
To get around, you could definitely explore on foot…or you can rent a boat and feel a little bit more Dutch. We got our boat from Broeker Bootverhuur. They have quiet boats and super quiet boats. What I mean is, there are quiet motor boats and there are arm-powered boats (canoes!).
I’m going to stop rambling now because really, I don’t need to say anything else when these photos can speak for me! Of course, the sky was a little bit moody, so I give you some moody photos.
Have you ever seen a place so pretty? If you have, definitely share the name in the comments!
Wishing you love and travels!