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Visit the Netherlands – Our Suggestions and Tips

The Netherlands is a country brimming with endless possibilities for every type of traveler! Whether you’re seeking cultural treasures, natural wonders, historical landmarks, or vibrant city life, this enchanting country has it all.

Immerse yourself in the rich history and artistic heritage of historical cities like: Amsterdam, Delft, Haarlem, The Hague, Utrecht, Breda, ‘s-Hertogenbosch. All these beautiful cities offer world-class museums and picturesque canals.
Explore the windmill-dotted countryside, where lush landscapes and charming villages beckon you to cycle or stroll along scenic paths.
Indulge in the vibrant food scene, sampling Dutch delicacies like stroopwafels and herring. Discover the country’s impressive architectural feats, from medieval castles to modern masterpieces.

National parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, offering natural beauty and exciting outdoor activities. Experience the thrill of a bike ride through tulip fields in spring, or revel in the festive atmosphere of King’s Day celebrations. With a wealth of museums, cultural events, festivals, and culinary delights, the Netherlands promises an unforgettable journey for every traveler.

So, start planning your Visit to the Netherlands with Our Suggestions and Tips, and get ready to travel to the captivating country of the Netherlands!

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Architecture

Architectural wonders await you when you visit the Netherlands!
A captivating heritage where each building tells a fascinating story of history and diverse influences is waiting to be explored. Marvel at magnificent castles and picturesque 17th-century cities adorned with charming canals.

Progressive modern architecture can be admired at the iconic Rietveld-Schröder House in Utrecht, showcasing the groundbreaking De Stijl movement. Aesthetics and the creativity of the architect prevails over practicality at the unconventional cube and sphere houses that push the boundaries of imagination.
Experience sustainable design in action with innovative examples like the floating houses in IJburg, Amsterdam. Cutting-edge realm of contemporary architecture has created landmarks like Rotterdam Market Hall and the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam.

The architecture of the Netherlands seamlessly blends tradition and innovation, reflecting the nation’s rich history, cultural diversity, and unwavering commitment to sustainability. Get ready to be inspired as you explore the captivating landscapes shaped by architectural brilliance.

Archeology

Archeological finds in the Netherlands tells a fascinating story of its history and diverse influences. History buffs, prepare to be transported through time as you explore the captivating archaeological sights of the Netherlands.

Venture to the province of Drenthe and marvel at the mystical Hunebedden, ancient megalithic tombs that whisper stories from prehistoric eras.  Or immerse yourself in the Middle Ages as you visit medieval castles scattered throughout the country, each with its own tales of knights, nobles, and chivalry. 

Don’t miss the chance to discover the intriguing Roman Limes along the Rhine river. The ancient border of the Roman Empire, which runs through the Dutch landscape, showcasing watchtowers, forts, and reconstructed Roman ships. In various cities, you can discover the fascinating remnants of Roman and medieval times and immerse yourself in the rich Roman past. 

Visit the Netherlands and let the coutry unveil its archaeological wonders, offering a captivating glimpse into the diverse layers of history that have shaped this enchanting land.

Art

The Netherlands has a rich artistic history and has produced numerous renowned artists. Find out what inspired them and visit the places they grew up and learned their impressive painting skills.

Begin your journey in Leiden, where you can experience the genius of Rembrandt van Rijn in his younger years. Discover how he became the remarkable painter and etcher, and get a glimpse into his younger life growing into a famous artist.

The Hoge Veluwe National Park, is where the Kröller-Müller Museum awaits. This is the second-largest collection of Vincent van Gogh, admire the mesmerizing works including his iconic “Sunflowers” and “The Potato Eaters.” Explore the picturesque park while enjoying a unique blend of nature and art. In the province of Noord-Brabant you can discover Vincent as a little boy, trying to find his way in life in mesmerizing towns like Nuenen, Etten and Zundert.

In Delft, visit the Vermeer Centrum and delve into the captivating world of Johannes Vermeer. Marvel at his exquisite use of light and meticulous attention to detail in masterpieces.
At the Mauritshuis museum in nearby The Hague you can enjoy the works “The Milkmaid” and “View of Delft.”
For a taste of abstract art in The Hague, explore the Kunstmuseum. This museum houses a significant collection of Piet Mondriaan’s groundbreaking compositions.

Journey to medieval Den Bosch, to experience the surreal and imaginative works of Hieronymus Bosch at the Noordbrabants Museum.
At Haarlem, the Frans Hals Museum invites you to admire the lively and vibrant portraits by Frans Hals, capturing the spirit of the Dutch Golden Age.

These are just a few of the many talented artists who have emerged from the Netherlands throughout history. Each artist has made significant contributions to the art world and continues to inspire generations of artists today. Get ready to embark on an artistic adventure when you visit the Netherlands!

Castles

Scatered over the Netherlands, you can find about 700 castles, most of them from the Middle Ages. Embark on a magical journey through history and discover enchanting fortresses scattered across the picturesque countryside. Get ready to explore majestic moats, soaring towers, and captivating gardens. Feel like royalty as you step inside these magnificent structures, where tales of knights and princesses come alive.

From the stunning Muiderslot Castle, guarding the shores of the IJsselmeer, to the fairytale-like De Haar Castle, adorned with turrets and drawbridges, each castle has its own unique charm. Don’t miss the medieval fortress of Slot Loevestein, with its fascinating tales of daring escapes.

Experience the Netherlands like never before as you immerse yourself in the splendor of these architectural wonders. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty and history that awaits you in the Dutch castles.

Cities

The Netherlands, is a country filled with enchanting cities waiting to be explored!

  • Take Haarlem, a picturesque city boasting historic architecture, charming canals, and vibrant markets.
  • Delft is often called the sweet little sister of Amsterdam, where you can immerse yourself in the iconic blue-and-white pottery.
  • Utrecht has a rich cultural heritage to discover and a stunning medieval center and iconic Dom Tower.
  • A delightful blend of medieval charm and culinary delights can be found in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (or Den Bosch for short).
  • Explore the preserved Hanseatic city of Kampen, known for its cobbled streets and elegant merchant houses.
  • Breda, a city with a regal past, invites you to wander its historic streets and relax in beautiful parks.
  • Nestled in the midst of nature is Arnhem. A captivating city for visitors with its scenic beauty and rich World War II history.
  • Eindhoven, a vibrant hub of innovation and design, beckons with its cutting-edge technology and creative energy.
  • A modern metropolis is Rotterdam. This city will dazzle you with its futuristic skyline and cutting-edge architecture.

Your visit of the Netherlands will be a treasure trove of diverse and captivating cities. You’ll leave with an unforgettable experience.

Dutch Drinks

A delightful array of beverages that will quench your thirst and tantalize your taste buds, can be found when you visit the Netherlands.
Experience the creamy goodness of fresh milk, straight from our happy Dutch cows, a wholesome and refreshing treat. Dive into the world of beer, where you can choose from a wide variety of flavors, from the famous Heineken to a local craft brewery.

Indulge in the traditional Dutch spirit, jenever, a smooth and aromatic juniper-flavored liquor that has been enjoyed for centuries.
Did you know there are over 250 small picturesque vineyards, which offer a taste of the Dutch terroir.
Perhaps a little old fashioned, but still loved by many is advocaat, a velvety and indulgent liqueur made from eggs, sugar, and brandy, often served with a dollop of whipped cream.

Need a pick-me-up? Dutch coffee, known for its strong and flavorful brew, will awaken your senses. And for a comforting treat, savor a cup of chocomelk, a rich and creamy hot chocolate that will warm your soul.

Get ready to raise your glass and immerse yourself in the delightful world of Dutch beverages!

Flowers

The Netherlands, a country known for its stunning flowers and vibrant landscapes!
As an international visitor, you’re in for a treat. Don’t miss the bustling Aalsmeer Flower Auction, where you can witness the excitement of the largest flower auction in the world. Explore the breathtaking tulip fields in Noordoostpolder, where millions of colorful tulips create a mesmerizing sight.

Immerse yourself in the world of flower growers, learning about their craft and passion for blooms. If you visit in August, make sure to attend the Dahlia Festival, where you can marvel at the spectacular parades of these captivating flowers.

Visit the Netherlands in summer, when it comes alive with fragrant roses, lush hydrangeas, enchanting wisteria, and charming hollyhocks, adding a splash of beauty to every corner. Get ready to experience a floral paradise like no other!

Local Foods

Embark on a delicious journey through the vibrant streets when you visit the Netherlands! Discover the heart of our culture through mouthwatering street food.

At any week market, you can find a stand selling the irresistible warm stroopwafel, a sweet and chewy caramel-filled delight. If you are more of a savory person, try the tangy herrings with onions and pickles, a traditional Dutch favorite that will tickle your taste buds.
A treat for New Years are the oliebollen, delightful deep-fried dough balls dusted with powdered sugar. For the celebration of Sinterklaas, you ‘need to get yourself some pepernoten, small spiced cookies that bring joy during the festive season.
And let’s not forget the iconic bitterballen, crispy golden bites filled with rich, savory goodness.

Looking for healthier treats? Get the freshest fruits in season, bursting with flavor and served with a dash of Dutch charm. If you are traveling in Spring, don’t miss the white asparagus, with small potatoes, ham, egg and a butter gravy.

Get ready to experience the essence of Dutch culture, one delicious bite at a time! 

Gardens

All through the Netherlands, and in every season you can discover an abundance of breathtaking gardens!

The most famous garden in Spring is Keukenhof Gardens. Marvel at millions of tulips, daffodils, and other gorgeous flowers. Step back in time at Historische Tuin Aalsmeer, a historic garden showcasing traditional Dutch horticulture. Lose yourself in the enchanting Botanische Tuin Utrecht, where rare and exotic plants transport you to a botanical paradise. Feel like royalty as you explore the castle gardens of ‘t Loo, De Haar, and Arcen, with their meticulously manicured landscapes and grandeur.

Get inspired at the Gardens of Appeltern, featuring over 200 model gardens, each a work of art. Only open a few weeks a year is the beautiful Japanese Gardens of Clingendael, where you can experience the tranquility of Zen. Seek serenity at Trompenburg Tuinen & Arboretum, where tranquil ponds and diverse plant collections create a peaceful atmosphere.

Come and witness the natural beauty that awaits you during your visit of the Netherlands’ splendid gardens!

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

To be selected, a World Heritage Site is nominated by their host country and determined by the international committee to be a unique landmark which is geographically and historically identifiable and having a special cultural or physical significance.

These are the UNESCO World Heritage sights to Visit in the Netherlands:

  • The Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium, Franeker (2023)
  • The Lower German Limes (2021, jointly with Germany)
  • Colonies of Benevolence (2021, jointly with Belgium)
  • The New Dutch Water Line (2021), as an extension to the Defence Line of Amsterdam (1996)
  • The Van Nelle Factory, Rotterdam (2014)
  • The Amsterdam Canal District (2010)
  • The Wadden Sea (2009, jointly with Germany and Denmark)
  • The Rietveld-Schröder House, Utrecht (2000)
  • Beemster Polder, Noord-Holland (1999)
  • The D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station, near Lemmer (1998)
  • The Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout (1997)
  • Schokland and Surroundings (1995)
  • Historic Willemstad, Curaçao (1997)
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World War II

The Netherlands, though a neutral country during World War I, bears the scars and memories of the conflict through various poignant sights.

One such place is the famous Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis in a concealed annex. It can be hard (read: impossible) to get tickets. An interesting alternative in Amsterdam is the Resistance Museum.
Another hiding place was the house and bedroom of Corrie ten Boom. Located in Haarlem, this tells the story of a brave resistance woman.

Throughout the country are WWII museums like the Freedom museum in Groesbeek, near Nijmegen. This museum offers a comprehensive perspective on the war, focusing on the liberation of the Netherlands and the impact on daily life. Almost next door is the Canadian cemetery, containing 2,610 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, and nine war graves of other nationalities.
The American Cemetery in Margraten is a solemn resting place for thousands of American soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the liberation of the Netherlands.

The traces of war can also be found in the historic city of Arnhem, known for the ill-fated Operation Market Garden and the Atlantik Wall, remnants of the coastal defense system built by the Germans during the war.

When you visit the Netherlands don’t miss these WWII sights, which provides a profound opportunity to reflect on the human cost of war and the importance of preserving the lessons learned from such a tumultuous period in history.

Written by: Manon van Schagen – Visiting the Dutch countryside.