Netherlands Tourism is a must for all travelers, that go again and again to visit this spectacular country so full of attractions in culture, museums, food and all kind of entertainment.
The Netherlands, also known as Holland, is a densely populated country on lands mostly regained from the sea, since half of its territory lies below sea level. This country is not only Amsterdam, it offers many more places of interest, that we are going to try to mention here.
We came to Amsterdam for the first time in 1961, and have been back many times, always discovering something new.
Amsterdam Canals are the main attraction of this City
Many of the most famous attractions of Amsterdam can be accessed by taxi, bus or boats. Like Venice in Italy this city is built around canals. Walking through the small streets bordering the canals is by itself an experience.
One such neighborhood is Grachtengordel with its many small bridges and quaint 17th-century homes. Explore the 400 years old streets with many examples of amazing architecture, cafes, shops and small boutiques and of course, many small gardens.
Known as the Garden of Europe, this is where your thoughts about the flowers of the Netherlands come to life. It is located on the outskirts of Lisse, in what is known as the “Bulb Belt”.
Enjoy this, the largest public garden in the world featuring more than 70 acres. Enjoy the visit and visit the many restaurants, sunny patios and exhibitions.
Anne Frank Museum
Anne Frank’s family, refugees from Frankfurt, hid for much of WWII in this home. This outstanding Jewish girl wrote her famous diary. Unfortunately, she died just two months before the war ended, but her legacy lives through her writings, that have been translated to more than 50 languages. This house is now a museum and monument to this sad portion of world history.
Windmills of Kinderdijk
This UNESCO Heritage Site is about 19 windmills, built between 1722 and 1761. This is the largest surviving group of windmills in the Netherlands. They were used to drain the fenlands.
Visit is allowed between April and October, including special Mill Days when the sails are set in motion.
The Rijksmuseum also known as the Dutch national Museum
Also known as the Dutch National Museum in Amsterdam has been collecting pieces of art since the beginning of the 1800s and now reaches about seven million works of art, including 5,000 paintings throughout 250 rooms. It also contains an important library with 35,000 books.
Be prepared to spend the full day exploring the endless number of treasures displayed in this museum.
It features a huge collection of art from the Golden Ages including art by Vermeer and Rembrandt.
Hoge Veluwe National Park in the Netherlands
Hoge Veluwe National Park
The visitor is surprised to learn that being the Netherlands such as small country, it boasts one of the world's most diverse national park programs.
The largest is Hoge Veluwe National Park located between Arnhem and Apeldoorn. It is a popular day destination for locals and visitors alike, with dense woodlands, a sculpture park. It is popular among bird-watchers, hikers and bikers. By the way, bicycles are available for free when visiting this awesome park.
This is a typical medieval town in the picturesque Geul Valley with the country’s only hilltop castle.
It features some spa facilities at Thermae 2000, one of the largest in Holland. Ruins of the 12th century castle on Dwingelrots, and the 14th century St Nicolaaskerk Basilica.
There is a number of islands on the southern section of the Netherlands. They consist of the most recent land formations where much of the area is below sea level and reliant only of impressive dikes and the most sophisticated flood prevention techniques.
Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
Van Gogh Museum
This museum is ranked 35th among all famous art museums in the world, attracting almost 1.5 million visitors a year.
It is home to the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh paintings, many of them donated by the artist’s family.
This impressive museum was built to exhibit the more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 letters in this vast and impressive collection.
If your time allows for only one museum of art in the Netherlands, makes this one your choice.
Kasteel De Haar near Utrecht Netherlands
Kasteel De Haar
Located near the lovely city of Utrecht, this is the largest fortification of the country. This spectacular castle sits on a 250-acre park and the entire village of Haarzuilens had to be relocated to accommodate it. The castle was originally built in the 14th century, but the newer structure dates to 1892. Inside the visitor will find an impressive collection of antiques, furniture, paintings, and tapestries, but it's the gardens that really call the attention of the crowds.
The Delta Project or Delta Works are a series of constructions built between 1950 and 1997 in the provinces of Zeeland and South Holland to protect large areas of land from the sea. The works consist of dams, sluices, locks, dikes, and storm surge barriers. They have been declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The main train station in Rotterdam Holland
According to the New York Times, "Rotterdam is to architecture what Paris is to fashion, or Los Angeles to entertainment."
Much of the city was destroyed in World War II creating the space for modern architecture such as the 1980s Cube Houses, the Erasmus Bridge, the Kunsthal Museum, and since 2014, Market Hall (called Markthal, the strikingly curvaceous marketplace with an 11,000 Sq meter mural ceiling over a mix of grocery stalls, restaurants and bars.
The Vrijthof is the best known town square in Maastricht, a city located in the south of Holland. Here you’ll see the massive Saint Servatius Church and Saint Jan’s Cathedral.
Markt Square in the charming city of Haarlem
In the middle of the Tulip region and very close to Amsterdam is this charming city. Sipping a coffee in Makt Square while watching the amazing 17th century architecture, is by itself a whole experience.
Imagine this city in the
Golden Age. It was a powerful place, an important commercial center and an inspiration for artists. It is the tulip capital and a great producer of beer.
Founded by the Romans in 48 AD, it has been the religious center of the country since the 8th century, with its main landmark the Gothic Dom Tower dating more than 700 years.
A stroll along the curved old canal called Oudegracht and a stop for a drink at a converted cellar café will complete your visit.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rietveld Schröder House manifesting De Stijl, or the Style Art Movement of the 1920s.
The Hague is the seat of the Dutch Government
The Hague or Den Haag is the seat of the Dutch government and home to the Dutch Royal family. This is a fancy city with many palaces, wonderful restaurants and cafes, luxury hotels and shops and many museums.
Do not miss the Plein and Grokte Markt Square, the Het Binnenhof home of the Dutch parliament since 1446. For those art loovers, visit the world’s largest Mondrian collection in the Art Deco buildings of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag or Municipal Museum) as well as a selection of Golden Age masterpieces in the Mauritshuis museum.
credits for images of netherlands tourism
keukenhof by anonymous
anne frank by gabriele herta maria
kinderdijk by lucas hirschegger
rijksmuseum by beatriz busaniche
hogie velevieu by hank monster
valkenburg by ben bender
zealand dikes by martin terber
van gogh n/a
rotterdam by andre engels
den hag n/a
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