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are planning a trip to the Netherlands, this is a country that offers a
number of unique delights. Often called Holland, especially in Europe, this familiar name
actually refers only to two of the country's 12 provinces. The Netherlands
is relatively flat. laden with canals and densely populated. The
country provides a number of interesting destinations, most noted for their
unique history and attractiveness.
of the Best Places to Visit in
the Netherlands is based on Google Maps. You can use it to route
find out the distance between locations, or how long it would take to drive
between places. In addition, using the map's "Hybrid" button you can see
satellite imagery of the country. Use the zoom bar to see a high level
of detail in Amsterdam and other areas of the Netherlands.
Geofact: When the Dutch Territories rose in rebellion
against Spain in the 16th century, they were lead by William of Orange who
helped establish the independent country we know as the Netherlands.
The original flag of the country (the Prince's Flag) had an orange stripe at
the top in his honor (although it was later changed to red). Perhaps
more interesting is the claim that local horticulturalists cultivated a
unique orange-colored carrot to honor William's House or Orange to replace the, then,
commonly grown purple carrot.
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Tourist Amsterdam includes scenic canals, world class art museums, great
shopping, the city's famed "Red Light District", trendy restaurants and
bars and a vibrant nightlife.
For more details on the attractions below and other attractions in Amsterdam, see our
detailed guide to the
best places to visit in Amsterdam.
- When in Amsterdam be sure to visit:
Anne Frank Huis where Anne Frank
was hidden from the Nazis during World War II.
- The renowned
Van Gogh Museum,
which possesses the world's largest collection of the works of this famous
painter. The museum was reopened in May 2013 after a significant renovation.
- In 2013 the amazing
reopened after a decade long renovation. The
Rijksmuseum has many treasures including Rembrandt's remarkable "Night
Watch". The museum's complete collection is now available for
viewing after a decade in which the majority of pieces were in storage.
Heineken Experience has quickly become a leading attraction and is a
great way to spend an hour or two after perusing the city's interesting
One specific Amsterdam caution: the
residents of the city commute on bicycles and do not yield the right of way
to pedestrians. Stepping into the bicycle lane
without looking can be dangerous.
Delft is one of the best-preserved,
"historic" towns in the Netherlands. It is known for its canals,
walkways, and Delft Pottery. Most visitors spend time at the Koninlijke
Porceleyne Fles (the Royal Dutch Delftware Factory). The Markt features many
shops selling pottery of various quality (beware of imitations).
- There are a number of good restaurants in Delft, so be prepared for some
real taste treats. Breakfasts can be especially wonderful.
- See both the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and Nieuwe
Kerk (with the tomb of William of Orange).
- The city's best museum is the Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenof (Municipal Museum Het Prinsenof) that
features a fine collection of Dutch decorative arts.
- You will also find the Vermeer
Trail, named after the famous artist who was born and painted in Delft
One of Europe's major ports,
Rotterdam is a working city that has been rebuilt since the
devastation of World War II. The boat tour of the harbor is popular but the
real draw is one of the Netherlands' best art museum, the
Boymans van Beuningen
Museum, in the Museumpark section of the city.
- The official tourism website of
information on tours, architecture, festivals and attractions.
Arnhem is the city described in the book and movie "A Bridge Too Far",
World War II battle for a bridge crossing the Rhine between the Netherlands
and Germany. Arnhem is linked to the World War II Operation Market
Garden and is a good location for touring this battlefield area.
In addition, Arnhem features the
Open Air Museum (Openluchtmuseum)
which replicates how the Dutch lived, farmed and built homes and windmills
in the past.
Hoge De Veluwe National Park.
You can reach this beautiful park
by bus from Appledorn's train station. The Park can be toured on white
bicycles, which you are free to use once you have paid your admission. Read
about the museum at its
Aside from the fantastic scenery,
the Park is the site of the Kröller-Müller Museum, which has a world-renowned collection of nineteenth and twentieth century art, including forty-six
paintings by Van Gogh. The museum's Sculpture Garden features
whimsical sculptures in a multi-acre outdoor setting that is a pleasant
spend an hour or two. (Admissions for the Museum and Park are separate.)
A short train ride from Amsterdam;
Haarlem makes a good day trip for those tired of the city. Haarlem's city
center is an architectural delight and the city's museums are well worth a look.
Be sure to visit the impressive St. Bavo's Cathedral and its famous Muller
organ that was played by Mozart and Handel.
A notable place in European history,
Utrecht has a pleasant "Old Town", fine canals, good quality restaurants and interesting
- Be sure to see the Domkerk featuring the highest and
oldest church tower in the country. The Dom Tower was built in the 14th
century and you can climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city
- If you are a fan of the Modern
Movement in architecture, Utrecht provides the Rietveld- Schröderhus,
designed by Gerrit Rietveld who also designed the furniture for the house.
- In addition, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht has the world's largest
collection of Rietveld, along with a fine collection of painting from the
Caravaggists (known as the Utrecht Masters) from the 16th and 17th century.
Visit the Centraal Museum's website for more
A historic university town, Leiden
has an attractive "Old Town" that hugs its main canal and a number
of small but interesting museums. Leiden is, also, the birthplace of
the famous artist Rembrandt. If you have time, take a boat trip on
Leiden's scenic canals.
To discover more about what to do
in Leiden, see the city's
tourism information website.
are in The Netherlands at the time of the Spring Bulb Festival at
, you may want to
use Leiden as your base. The Keukenhof, billed as the most beautiful spring
garden in the world, is open for touring only from mid-March through
mid-May, with April considered one of the best months for viewing.
has grown since the signing of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992 that laid the
groundwork for the adoption of the Euro. If you are driving south
through The Netherlands, this fortified medieval town is a pleasant stop; however, unless you are in the
area, there is little reason to place Maastricht on your itinerary.
- Maastricht's Old Town is the main reason to visit this city. Visit the Bonnefantenm Museum (for painting by the Dutch Masters).
Click here for the
official website of the Museum
- If you like dank and dark places, you may be interested in seeing the St. Pietersberg Caves (take a sweater) that underlay the city.
- Next, visit Fort St. Pieter and the town's casemates to see how
historical Maastricht gained the reputation as a regional stronghold.
- The local V V V tourist office provides tours of all the attractions
mentioned. You can find their informative website
The Hague has a scenic core with a well-preserved history. The city has a
slower pulse than Amsterdam and its gentrified neighborhoods make for great
touring. Den Haag (The Hague) is "Royal" Netherlands as the royal
family lives here. In addition, The Hague is the center for government
and diplomacy in the Netherlands.
The Hague has several interesting
museums, including the Municipal Museum of the Hague, which features a
significant collection of painting by Piet Mondrian. See the Museum's
official website for more
The Mauritshuis Royal Picture
Gallery is housed in a beautiful building that contains paintings by
Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other Masters. See the Museum's website for more
- Visit the city's official
for more details on visiting. However, you may, also, find
this site to be more useful.
Holland.com is the official tourism website of The
Netherlands. The site includes additional details on our recommended best
places to visit in The Netherlands, as well as information on locations and
attractions that did not make our list.
For country facts on the Netherlands, as well as travel information related to visas,
driving rules, safety, medical conditions, visas and other travel-related
information, see this page on
Netherlands Travel from the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. State
Department. Regardless of your home country, we think you will find the
information provided to be useful when planning a trip to the Netherlands.
If you need information about another travel destination, try
Destination Guide Index
or Googling ThereArePlaces.