We’re all about unique and memorable experiences here at A Wanderlust For Life. And while, you may want to stay in the center of Amsterdam on your first trip to this incredible city, if you’re here for a while, I’d suggest a couple nights in the center and then try something a little different. The areas around Amsterdam, especially in the north are incredibly accessible by a quick bus ride. That’s why we’re focusing on the top airbnbs around Amsterdam (just outside the city limits), because there’s a lot of variety, they are cheaper (with more space), super easy to get to, and to rent and airbnb in Amsterdam isn’t traveling responsibly. More on that later.
For now, I want you to open your mind and get ready for some great accommodations that are unique, have amazing views, or are simply in the perfect spot.
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Airbnbs north of Amsterdam
These villages I write about are some of the prettiest villages in the Netherlands. They even rival Giethoorn…and that village is world-famous! You can get to these villages easily and quickly by taking a bus. Some buses leave from Amsterdam Centraal Station and some leave from Amsterdam Noord Metro Station (which you can get to quickly from Centraal). Staying in these characteristic villages will get you in the center in the same amount of time as it would take in certain parts of the city itself!
To ride the bus, you can purchase an Amsterdam and Region Travel Ticket, or an anonymous OV Chipkaart and top it up. Just make sure you have plenty of funds on it to get there and back. You can use 9292.nl to determine how much the trip will cost and learn more about the OV Chipkaart here. If you have any questions, the Iamsterdam store is also in the rear of the Amsterdam Centraal Station and they are happy to help.
If you are traveling light and have a bike, or rented a bike for a few days, it’s a pretty easy cycle trip as well. We’ve cycled to each of these villages ourselves and it’s just fabulous!
Broek in Waterland in town with garden (Superhost)
This Superhost will take good care of you! This space is private and separate from the main house. There’s even a lovely garden for you to hang out in after a long day in the city. It’s about a 5-minute walk from the bus stop and near the town’s church. It’s a super cool and great accommodation for anyone who wants to relax and get away from the business of the city.
Broek in Waterland countryside with access to pool/hot tub
This cozy studio with its own private space is small, but has all the basics you’ll need for some time away. There’s a garden and patio available for you, and for a small fee, you can use the hot tub or pool. If you have a car, there’s free parking, but if not, the bus is nearby and will get you to the Amsterdam Noord metro stop in about 5 minutes. This makes it super accessible for anyone visiting Amsterdam.
Watergang tiny house
If you’re looking for a place that feels in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nature, this is the place. It’s about a 12-minute bus ride from Amsterdam Centraal Station and then a lovely little walk through the village. This tiny house has what you need with simple furnishings and decor to have a quiet time with yourself or a loved one without any fuss.
Watergang 4-person loft with extras
For a longer stay with a bit more room, this is a great option. It can sleep 4 people, has a full kitchen and is in an old haystack (which has been completely renovated, of course!). Super unique experience near Amsterdam, for sure. With the balcony/terrace, you can stargaze at night or have your morning coffee outside alongside the peaceful surroundings. They offer free bikes and canoes, along with the option to rent a motorboat to explore the countryside.
Landsmeer guesthouse for 4 people
This is a great option for a family of 4 since you will share a bedroom. If you have a car, you can park for free, but it’s also accessible by bus. This is a quiet area with a garden which gives the opportunity to slow down, unwind, and relax after sightseeing. There’s a great amount of privacy and is close to Zaanse Schans.
Landsmeer apartment close to amenities
I love this one because you are in the heart of Landsmeer and it’s a cute little town. We have friends there and cycle to their place and take walks through town. This fully-equipped luxury apartment is one I could spend a week or so in, especially since the bus stop is right around the corner to take you to Amsterdam. You’d also be right by all the restaurants, grocery stores and shops. Even though the apartment is right in town, it’s also super close to a stunning lake and nature park. Plus, there’s a jacuzzi tub.
Cabin on the water
Moving toward the water now, we head to Durgerdam which is a cute fishing village just outside the boundaries of Amsterdam. Whether you’re on a bike or the bus, it’s really easy to get to. But, there’s free parking if you’re driving as well. You might think this is a summer-only kind of place, but no. It would be perfect any time of year because of its coziness.
Houseboat in Durgerdam
Want something quirky? How about staying on a fully refurbished boat? (do as the Dutch do 😉 ) This boat is in the fishing village of Durgerdam and very close to Amsterdam with easy access via bus. I love finding memorable places to stay, especially around Amsterdam because the city has so much to offer, but it just enhances your experience.
All of these properties will add to your trip to Amsterdam and give you a unique experiences that everyone else you tell with be envious that they didn’t think to do the same thing! Be a trendsetter 😉
Wishing you joy and travels!