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 apart from 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 listing from an area (nicely, nearly an area) of the perfect issues to see within the Netherlands apart from Amsterdam.
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Massive vibrant cities within the Netherlands
Moreover Amsterdam, the Netherlands has different massive cities price visiting akin to Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.
Rotterdam is the second largest metropolis within the Netherlands. Spend a day strolling within the metropolis to see a few of the main landmarks akin to Market Corridor, Dice Homes, Witte Huis, Erasmus bridge, Metropolis Corridor and others.
Make certain to go to Oude Haven (Outdated Harbour) with its previous basin and restored boats.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 most important seaport in Europe.
Associated tour: Rotterdam: River Cruise and Euromast Entrance Ticket
The Hague metropolis isn’t 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 interior 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, outside exhibitions and actions for the entire household. Take a tram to Scheveningen – the Hague’s well-known seaside and promenade with many cafes and eating places.
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Utrecht is the fourth largest metropolis within the Netherlands and well-known for its medieval metropolis middle, previous canals and the tallest church tower within the nation – Domtoren. Stroll the previous 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 previous 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 few 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 journey from Amsterdam. Listed below are a few of the small cities within the Netherlands I’d advocate visiting.
Metropolis of Delft is legendary for its Delftware – Delft blue pottery. You may go to a Delftware manufacturing facility and study in regards to the historical past and strategy of the Delftware manufacturing. Again within the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries Delft was really one of many main cities within the Netherlands and the residence of Dutch prince of Orange.
Although these days town is small, it’s nonetheless wealthy on Dutch historical past and has many historic monuments and museums price visiting. Delft was additionally a house to the well-known Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (‘The Milkmaid’ and ‘Woman with a Pearl Earring’ are only a few of his works that you simply would possibly know).
Although Maastricht is about 2 hours away from all the key cities of the Netherlands (which is taken into account far on this small nation), I’d nonetheless advocate visiting it. Maastricht is well-known in Europe because the birthplace of the European Union and ‘euro’ forex.
Within the Netherlands it’s referred to as one of many oldest cities and locations to go for nice meals and eating places. You’ll discover 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 high-quality cafes and eating places. These are simply a few of the issues to see in Maastricht.
Haarlem is a metropolis positioned quarter-hour away from Amsterdam. It’s small and cosy and stuffed with appeal. 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 previous city. Take a look at 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. In the event you like visiting museums Leiden is a should see when travelling within the Netherlands.
- Go to the Nationwide Museum of Ethnology with exhibitions from world wide.
- 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 earth.
After visiting a museum, head to Beestenmarkt sq. to take pleasure in some meals in one of many cafes or to take a ship tour by way of the canals of Leiden.
Cheese markets within the Netherlands
One of many issues the Netherlands is most well-known for is cheese. World recognized varieties 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 most well-liked cheese markets within the Netherlands occur between April and September in Alkmaar and Gouda. Go to a cheese market to see folks wearing conventional Dutch garments, horse-drawn carts loaded with rolls of cheese and the old style method to cut price cheese value by clapping palms.
In the event you’re travelling to the Netherlands exterior 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 varied days everywhere in the Netherlands and at all times 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 tons of 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 stupendous 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 plenty of windmills. Many of the windmills in Zaanse Schans are totally 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 pair of of them have museums inside. You may discover the windmills of Kinderdijk by renting a motorbike and driving 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 few of the highest windmills on the earth then make certain 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 study windmills and their historical past within the Netherlands. These are simply a few of the windmills in Dutch cities you’ll be able to 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 lots of extra different museums.
If you’re visiting the Netherlands and plan on visiting a number of museums I’d advise shopping for Dutch Museum Card – it’s legitimate for a yr and provides you free entry to tons of of museums throughout the nation. Listed below are a few of the museums within the Netherlands I’d advocate visiting:
No matter your pursuits are and whether or not you’re travelling solo, with a bunch or with youngsters it’s completely price visiting a few of the museums the Netherlands has to supply.
Tulip fields within the Netherlands
If you’re travelling to the Netherlands in spring make certain to go to tulip fields and gardens. There are a lot of 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 lease a motorbike and cycle round to see the flower fields.
Additionally positioned at Lisse, the well-known Keukenhof is the most important tulip backyard on the earth. With tens of millions of blooming flowers and tons of of several types of tulips, it’s no shock that Keukenhof is so well-liked 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’ll discover many fields with all kinds of tulips over there. Moreover the fields you’ll be able to go to tulip gardens, akin to Pegasushof Gardens or Goldhoorn Gardens, or perhaps a tulip selecting farm – Hanneke’s Pluktuin.
One other space to go to throughout the tulip blooming season is North Holland. Space between Alkmaar and Den Helder has tons of of flower fields, and they’re normally much less crowded than fields round Lisse. There are tulip fields round Alkmaar, Nieuwe Niedorp, Schagen, Anna Paulowna and Julianadorp. You too can go to Bloemendagen (Flower Days) in Anna Paulowna or tulip selecting farm in Julianadorp.
When having fun with tulip fields within the Netherlands, please remember that selecting tulips within the fields isn’t allowed! For that you’re greater than welcome to go to one of many devoted tulip selecting farms.
I hope my listing of the perfect issues to see within the Netherlands apart from Amsterdam has impressed you to see extra of this stunning nation. You’ll discover plenty of info on travelling within the Netherlands and different international locations in my weblog – Journey By Instance.