Top 10 Things To See In The Netherlands
The Netherlands is a country in northwestern Europe and is known for its flat landscape of canals, tulip fields, windmills, and cycling routes. Its capital Amsterdam has historical significance is home to places like the Van Gogh Museum, the house where the Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid during World War II and Rijksmuseum.
Now, let us take a look at the top attractions in the charming country of Netherlands and the must visits when you are there!
1. The Hoge Veluwe National Park
Covering an area of 5,4000 hectares in the province of Gelderland, the National Park is one of the largest and most varies in the Netherlands. It is home to amazing wildlife and interesting geographical formations from rolling sand dunes to dense woodlands. There are some amazing museums in the area and one can even rent a bike to explore the vastness!
2. Keukenhof Gardens
Often referred to as “The Garden of Europe”, Keukenhof is the second largest flower garden in the whole world! The garden has more than seven million bulbs planted every year and is a spectacle of both colors and scents! Visitors can also enjoy flower shows, markets, parades and even take a bike tour, boat trip or flight around the bulb fields. There are also restaurants in the area and one can enjoy a good meal here! The best time to visit is the spring when the garden is in its full bloom.
A typical Dutch city located in the province of South Holland, Delft is world famous for its blue and white pottery that is famously called Delftware and for the hometown of Vermeer who was a famous painter who gave birth to the “Girl with the Pearl Earring”. Delft is full of cafes, bars, historical buildings, and museums! One should come here to engulf in the relaxed atmosphere and witness the preserved medieval old center and idyllic canals that fill the aura with romance!
The largest and most alluring city in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is vibrant, cosmopolitan and filled with culture. The city has amazing museums, exciting nightlife, and charming cafes. When in Amsterdam, one cannot miss out on the Van Gogh Museum, Anner Frank House and Rijksmuseum. One really cannot leave this place out of their itinerary when in the Netherlands!
5. The Old Windmills of Kinderdijk
The traditional Dutch landscapes with its windmills are a sight to behold in the Netherlands. The country is full of them but UNESCO protected 19 old windmills of Kinderdijk are the best sight of all! Designed in 1740, these windmills are preserved ever since. Tourists come to click pictures and learn about the water management system here. Kinderdijk sits in the province of South Holland, about 15 km from Rotterdam and can be made a good day’s trip out of it!
6. The Hague
The Hague is one of the most important cities in the Netherlands and is dubbed “the judicial capital of the world”. It has picturesque architecture, lovely squares, and fine arts museums on the one hand and golden beaches, posh neighborhoods and shiny skyscrapers on the other! One can even indulge in some great shopping.
7. Miffy Museum
The kid-oriented museum in Utrecht is dedicated to Miffy the Bunny but also houses other items associated with the character. This place is the perfect place for younger kids and they can even play in the indoor play area! A great blend of fun and learning.
Rotterdam’s center since 1960, Euromast is recognized as the tallest building in the city! Euromast has remained an iconic part of the city’s skyline for several years and even contains a restaurant, exclusive hotel as well as an observation deck.
Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and is the world’s largest and busiest ports. The city stands out for its gorgeous waterside setting, cutting edge architecture and high commercial significance. Rotterdam is also known for its nightlight and tourists never miss out this city whenever in the Netherlands!
10. Alkmaar Cheese Market
Held each year in Waagplein square in Alkmaar, this Cheese Market dates back to 1593 and has become a tradition in the area and a noticeable part of Dutch culture. The market kick starts on the first Friday of April and lasts until the first Friday of September. The fares, spectacles, and demonstrations take place each Friday from 10 am until 12:30 pm. With charming medieval decors and world-class Dutch cheese displays, this place just cannot be left out!
The Netherlands is a place that one just cannot leave off their travel to-do list, so apply for a visa, pack your bags and visit the beautiful places that shout of the history and culture of the country. The Netherlands is calling out to you, when are you visiting?
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