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10 places to visit in The Netherlands

Have you ever been to the Netherlands? The country is known as one of the smallest in the world. It is also a very understated country. In this article, we would like to give you a small impression about The Netherlands by showing 10 very nice places.

I am sure you have ever heard about the country with all the mills where everyone should wear clogs, ahum, the Dutch cheese and all the fields filled with tulips.

Amsterdam

Is the capital city of the country, and also known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and a lot more. In the past, Amsterdam was founded as a fishing village around the 13th century. The village developed around a dam in the Amstel river at the end of the 12th century.

Things to do:

  • Works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum;
  • Van Gogh Museum;
  • The Anne Frank House;
  • China Town;
  • The Amsterdamse Stadium;
  • Its beautiful buildings;
  • Restaurants and bars;
  • Shopping;
  • And a lot more activities.

Amsterdam is also a good place to visit more places like Zaandam, Volendam or the sea in less than 45 minutes by car or public transport.

 

Giethoorn

A small and very touristic village in the northeastern Dutch province of Overijssel. You will not see many cars, but there are boat filled waterways, footpaths, bicycle trails and centuries-old-thatched-roof houses. Giethoorn is a section of the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, which is a very popular park in the country.

Things to do:

  • Museums like Giethoorn ‘t Olde Maat Uus and others;
  • Rent a boat;
  • Walk around and explore this beautiful area;
  • Find a lot of history in this nature area;
  • Restaurants;
  • Explore the National Park;
  • Beautiful small towns near;
  • And a lot more activities.
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Gouda

A city south of Amsterdam in the province of South Holland. You may know Gouda because of its namesake cheese and seasonal cheese market. On the square, you will find the 15th-century town hall and the 17th-century Goudse Waag, which was once a cheese-weighing station and is now the home to the Goudse Cheese Museum.

Things to do:

  • Seasonal Cheese market;
  • Museums;
  • Gift & Speciality shops;
  • Church of St. John;
  • The City Hall;
  • Plaza Market;
  • Red Lion Windmill;
  • Cheese farm;
  • Nature & Wildlife areas;
  • Tours;
  • Shopping;
  • Restaurants and bars;
  • And a lot more activities.

 

 

Leiden

A city in the province of South Holland. Mostly known for its centuries-old architecture and Leiden University, the country’s oldest which has been opened since 1575. Botanical Garden is founded in 1590. The tulip was introduced to Western Europe in this garden. Rembrandt van Rijn, the artist, was born in Leiden.

Things to do

  • Museums;
  • Gardens;
  • Polderpark Cronesteyn;
  • Burcht van Leiden;
  • Pieterskerk or Hooglandse kerk (churches);
  • Make a boat trip;
  • Visit the mill;
  • Shopping;
  • Restaurants and bars;
  • And a lot more activities.

Also a very good option is to visit Katwijk Aan Zee resort and other beautiful and cozy places like Wassenaar, Oegstgeest

 

 

Maastricht

A university city on the Southern tip of the Netherlands. In Maastrichts old townis the Gothic-style church Sint Janskerk, and the Romanesque Basilica of St. Servatius houses a significant collection of religious art. On the banks of the Maas River, bisecting the city, lies futuristic-looking Bonnefanten art museum.

Things to do:

  • Saint Servatius Bridge;
  • Maastricht Underground;
  • ‘T Bassin Marina;
  • Dominicanen Bookstore;
  • the Town Hall of Maastricht;
  • Vrijthof;
  • Helpoort, oldest still existing town gate in The Netherlands;
  • Museums;
  • Shopping;
  • Restaurants and bars;
  • And a lot more activities.
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Also Valkenburg, Belgium, Tongeren and more places are a visit worthed.

 

 

Rotterdam

A major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. Rotterdam is known as the biggest port in Europe. The 17th-century Delfshaven neighborhood is home to canalside shopping and Pilgrim Fathers Church, where pilgrims worshiped before sailing to America.

Things to do:

  • Erasmus bridge;
  • Euromast;
  • Museums;
  • Sint-Laurens church;
  • The Cube Houses;
  • Market Hall;
  • Windmills;
  • Coolsingel;
  • Zoo;
  • Delfshaven and the Pilgrims;
  • Shopping;
  • Restaurants and bars;
  • And a lot more activities.

Also Capelle aan den IJssel, Schiedam, Vlaardingen and more places are a visit worthed.

 

 

Texel

One of the Dutch Wadden Islands off the coast of the Netherlands. A lot of bird-rich Dunes of Texel National Park, sandy beaches, grass-topped dunes and forrests, on Texel you will find it all.

Things to do:

  • Ecomare: nature museum, aquarium and wildlife sanctuary for seals and birds;
  • 19th-century Texel Lighthouse;
  • Beaches;
  • Boat trips;
  • Shopping in Den Burg;
  • Discover the nature;
  • Discover the beaches;
  • Relax in De koog;
  • Have surf lessions at the beach;
  • And a lot more activities.

 

 

The Hague

A city on the North Sea coast of the western Netherlands. One of the most visited places in Den Haag is the Gothic-style Binnenhof complex. The 16th-century Noordeinde Palace is the king’s workplace. The Hague is the place to the U.N.’s International Court of Justice, headquartered in the Peace Palace, and the International Criminal Court.

Things to do:

  • Peace Palace;
  • Museums;
  • Binnenhof;
  • Madurodam;
  • Noordeinde Palace;
  • Shopping;
  • Restaurants and bars;
  • And a lot more activities.
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Also Scheveningen are worthed to visit. The pear and the beach is amazing. Sit down and relax in one of the restaurants on the boulevard.

 

Utrecht

A city in the central Netherlands with a lot of possibilities. Utrecht has been a religious center for centuries. The medieval old town, canals, Christian monuments, the venerable university and the Dom tower are a important view in the city

Things to do:

  • The Dom tower;
  • Museums;
  • Utrecht canals;
  • St Martin’s Cathedral;
  • Botanical Gardens;
  • Janskerkhof flower market;
  • Wilhelminapark;
  • Castle de Haar;
  • Domplein;
  • Shopping;
  • Restaurants and bars;
  • And a lot more activities.
Also Soest, Amersfoort, Zeist and a lot more places are worthed to visit.

 

Zwolle

The capital city and minicipality in the northeastern Netherlands province Overijssel. Zwolle was founded around 800. The name Zwolle is derived from the word Suolle, which means “hill”.  The city is also known as one of the hanseatic cities in the Northeastern Netherlands.

 

Things to do:

  • Sassenpoort;
  • Visit museums;
  • Peperbus tower;
  • Wezenlanden park;
  • Room escape games;
  • Historical buildings and properties;
  • Shopping;
  • Restaurants and bars;
  • And a lot more activities.

Also Hattem, Elburg, Kampen and more places are a visit worthed.

 



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