Tens of millions of vacationers come to the Netherlands yearly, and most of them restrict their go to to Amsterdam and maybe Keukenhof tulip backyard. However there are such a lot of issues to see within the Netherlands moreover Amsterdam!
I’ve lived within the Netherlands for 3 years and travelled lots across the nation throughout this time. There are such a lot of issues to see and expertise within the Netherlands. Its cities, quite a few museums and galleries, castles, parks, meals, structure, tulips, windmills, canals and boats.
So when you have a couple of days to spend within the Netherlands, right here is the checklist from an area (effectively, nearly an area) of the very best issues to see within the Netherlands moreover Amsterdam.
Massive vibrant cities within the Netherlands
Apart from Amsterdam, the Netherlands has different massive cities value visiting reminiscent of Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.
Rotterdam is the second largest metropolis within the Netherlands. Spend a day strolling within the metropolis to see a number of the main landmarks reminiscent of Market Corridor, Dice Homes, Witte Huis, Erasmus bridge, Metropolis Corridor and others.
Make certain to go to Oude Haven (Outdated Harbour) with its outdated basin and restored boats. Get to the viewing platform of Euromast – the tallest constructing within the Netherlands. Take a ship tour to see town from the water and to take a look at Europort – the biggest seaport in Europe.
Associated tour: Rotterdam: River Cruise and Euromast Entrance Ticket
The Hague metropolis is just not solely the house of the United Nations’ Worldwide Courtroom of Justice, but in addition the house of Dutch authorities and Dutch royal household. When within the Hague, take a look at the Dutch parliament constructing complicated – Binnenhof – with its internal yard and big pond in entrance of the complicated.
See work by the world well-known artists in Mauritshuis museum. Go to Madurodam – a park of miniatures with replicas of Dutch cities and landmarks, out of doors exhibitions and actions for the entire household. Take a tram to Scheveningen – the Hague’s well-known seashore and promenade with many cafes and eating places.
See additionally: Things to Do in The Hague: A Local’s Guide
Utrecht is the fourth largest metropolis within the Netherlands and well-known for its medieval metropolis heart, outdated canals and the tallest church tower within the nation – Domtoren. Stroll the outdated streets of Utrecht downtown, stroll alongside the Oudegracht and dine in one of many many eating places by the water.
Admire cathedral tower of Domtoren, gothic-style cathedral of Domkerk and cosy outdated backyard of Pandhof. Go to museum Speelklok with its massive assortment of self-playing musical devices or Spoorwegmuseum – an superior railway museum, particularly if travelling with youngsters.
Small cosy cities to go to within the Netherlands
Don’t underestimate the smaller cities within the Netherlands. Small Dutch cities have a number of the most fascinating points of interest within the nation. As a result of they’re small and compact, it’s simple to go to the smaller cities as a day trip from Amsterdam. Listed here are a number of the small cities within the Netherlands I might suggest visiting.
Metropolis of Delft is legendary for its Delftware – Delft blue pottery. You possibly can visit a Delftware factory and study concerning the historical past and strategy of the Delftware manufacturing. Again within the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries Delft was truly one of many main cities within the Netherlands and the residence of Dutch prince of Orange.
Regardless that these days town is small, it’s nonetheless wealthy on Dutch historical past and has many historic monuments and museums value visiting. Delft was additionally a house to the well-known Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (‘The Milkmaid’ and ‘Lady with a Pearl Earring’ are just some of his works that you just would possibly know).
Although Maastricht is about 2 hours away from all the most important cities of the Netherlands (which is taken into account far on this small nation), I might nonetheless suggest visiting it. Maastricht is well-known in Europe because the birthplace of the European Union and ‘euro’ foreign money.
Within the Netherlands it’s generally known as one of many oldest cities and locations to go for excellent meals and eating places. You will see right here the oldest bridge and the oldest metropolis gate within the Netherlands. An iconic bookshop – Dominicanenkerk – positioned within the historic constructing of the thirteenth century church. Historic squares with many tremendous cafes and eating places. These are simply a number of the issues to see in Maastricht.
Haarlem is a metropolis positioned quarter-hour away from Amsterdam. It’s small and cosy and filled with allure. Stroll to Grote Markt – central metropolis sq. and admire the gothic-style Cathedral of St. Bavo. Go to a few of Haarlem’s Hofjes – small enclosed courtyard gardens with good inexperienced areas. Discover slim streets of Haarlem’s outdated city. Try Windmill De Adriaan – a museum positioned within the 18th-century windmill.
Associated tour: Haarlem: 50-Minute Sightseeing Canal Cruise
Leiden is a small Dutch city positioned between Amsterdam and The Hague. When you like visiting museums Leiden is a should see when travelling within the Netherlands.
- Go to the Nationwide Museum of Ethnology with exhibitions from around the globe.
- Nationwide Museum of Antiquities – an archaeology museum with stunning collections of Egyptian, Greek & Roman artefacts.
- Naturalis Biodiversity Heart – a pure historical past museum with one of many largest pure historical past collections on the planet.
After visiting a museum, head to Beestenmarkt sq. to get pleasure from some meals in one of many cafes or to take a ship tour by means of the canals of Leiden.
Cheese markets within the Netherlands
One of many issues the Netherlands is most well-known for is cheese. World identified kinds of cheese – Gouda and Edam – originate from the Netherlands.
So, the place else if not on this nation to expertise cheese markets, retailers and cheese-related occasions?
The preferred cheese markets within the Netherlands occur between April and September in Alkmaar and Gouda. Go to a cheese market to see individuals wearing conventional Dutch garments, horse-drawn carts loaded with rolls of cheese and the old school method to cut price cheese value by clapping palms.
When you’re travelling to the Netherlands outdoors of the season for cheese markets, don’t fear – there are nonetheless some ways to expertise Dutch cheese making and promoting traditions. Go to a cheese museum in Amsterdam, Alkmaar or Gouda. Go to a farmers market – they occur on numerous days everywhere in the Netherlands and all the time have cheese stalls with a wide selection of Dutch cheese so that you can style and/or purchase. Or just pop into one of many many cheese shops within the nation.
Windmills within the Netherlands
One other factor the Netherlands is legendary for is its Windmills. There are a whole bunch of windmills within the Netherlands and you’re certain to see at the least few of them. Many windmills are nonetheless operational, a few of them are open to the general public and a few had been transformed into museums.
There are a number of locations to see windmills up shut within the Netherlands.
A lovely Dutch village of Zaanse Schans is positioned solely half an hour away from Amsterdam. Zaanse Schans has typical 18th-Nineteenth century Dutch wood homes, workshops and many windmills. A lot of the windmills in Zaanse Schans are absolutely operational and open for guests. There’s a windmill for making oil, a wooden noticed windmill, a windmill to mill flour and spices, and even a windmill for making paint!
Associated tour: From Amsterdam: Zaanse Schans Windmills Half-Day Tour
Kinderdijk is an iconic Dutch village with 18th-century windmills positioned not removed from Rotterdam. There are 19 windmills in Kinderdijk, and a couple of of them have museums inside. You possibly can discover the windmills of Kinderdijk by renting a motorbike and using round, or alternatively by taking a ship tour (or a water taxi from Rotterdam).
Associated tour: Rotterdam: Kinderdijk Windmill Village Entry Ticket
Windmills within the cities
There are additionally many windmills in Dutch cities everywhere in the nation. Take a free tour of Molen de Ster in Utrecht – a working windmill that’s open to the general public each Saturday afternoon.
Go to Molen De Put in Leiden and purchase flour made proper there on the windmill; or additionally in Leiden go to Molen De Valk – the 18th century windmill that’s now a museum.
If you wish to see a number of the highest windmills on the planet then be certain that to go to Schiedam close to Rotterdam, it has not one however 8 windmills within the metropolis. Go to a windmill-museum Molen de Adriaan in Haarlem to find out about windmills and their historical past within the Netherlands. These are simply a number of the windmills in Dutch cities you may go to.
Museums within the Netherlands
The Netherlands has many museums of various varieties. There are artwork and historical past museums, science museums, cheese museums, museums in former windmills, tulip museums and plenty of extra different museums.
In case you are visiting the Netherlands and plan on visiting a number of museums I might advise shopping for Dutch Museum Card – it’s legitimate for a yr and provides you free entry to a whole bunch of museums throughout the nation. Listed here are a number of the museums within the Netherlands I’d suggest visiting:
No matter your pursuits are and whether or not you’re travelling solo, with a bunch or with youngsters it’s completely value visiting a number of the museums the Netherlands has to supply.
Tulip fields within the Netherlands
In case you are travelling to the Netherlands in spring be certain that to go to tulip fields and gardens. There are various locations to see blooming flowers within the Netherlands.
Lisse is the preferred place to see blooming tulips within the Netherlands. There are fairly a couple of fields of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils round Lisse. Finest method to expertise it’s to hire a motorbike and cycle round to see the flower fields.
Additionally positioned at Lisse, the well-known Keukenhof is the biggest tulip backyard on the planet. With thousands and thousands of blooming flowers and a whole bunch of several types of tulips, it’s no shock that Keukenhof is so common with not solely vacationers however locals too.
The largest space of the tulip bulbs business within the Netherlands is Noordoostpolder, the province of Flevoland. You will see many fields with all types of tulips over there. Apart from the fields you may go to tulip gardens, reminiscent of Pegasushof Gardens or Goldhoorn Gardens, or perhaps a tulip selecting farm – Hanneke’s Pluktuin.
One other space to go to through the tulip blooming season is North Holland. Space between Alkmaar and Den Helder has a whole bunch of flower fields, and they’re often much less crowded than fields round Lisse. There are tulip fields round Alkmaar, Nieuwe Niedorp, Schagen, Anna Paulowna and Julianadorp. You can even go to Bloemendagen (Flower Days) in Anna Paulowna or tulip selecting farm in Julianadorp.
When having fun with tulip fields within the Netherlands, please understand that selecting tulips within the fields is just not allowed! For that you’re greater than welcome to go to one of many devoted tulip selecting farms.
I hope my checklist of the very best issues to see within the Netherlands moreover Amsterdam has impressed you to see extra of this stunning nation. You will see plenty of data on travelling within the Netherlands and different international locations in my weblog – Travel By Example.