The Netherlands is a country where both tradition and innovation meet. Be it its tulip fields, legendary windmills, world-famous universities, art museums or its state-of-the-art architecture, modern visions and nightlife, Netherlands has it all. Let’s take a look at some of the best places to visit in Netherlands!
Amsterdam needs no introduction as a party town, with its famous red light streets and liberal cannabis laws. Beyond that, it’s popular for its many canals, bridges, architecture and art. Rijksmuseum is one of the finest art museums in the world and a fine example of what Amsterdam can offer to the world.
If you enjoy shopping, make sure to visit the Prinsengracht district.
Rotterdam is famous for its world-class architecture and contemporary urban design. It was after the World War II bombing which destroyed the city that its reconstruction began. Some of the architectural wonders to not miss in the place are Maastoren, the pair of riverside skyscrapers, Nieuwe Luxor Theatre, Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, Witte Huis, Van Nelle Factory, etc.
Texel, one of the Dutch Wadden Islands off the coast of the Netherlands is also a popular tourist attraction. Hoge Veluwe National Park is a must visit for wildlife.
Leiden, the university town, is one of the greatest cities in the Netherlands. It is famous for being the birthplace of Rembrandt, and home to the oldest and most prestigious university in the country. Scenic canals, 17th-century buildings around them and museums that are all very close to each other: Leiden.
Delft is a city that has grown to fame from its weaving and trade. It has narrow streets, lined canals, and a Market. The city is famous for its university and also for Delftware pottery.
The Delftware pottery was initially adapted from the Chinese Ming porcelain to make it available not only to the rich but to all. Later, it turned into a trademark of its own.
The Nieuwe Kerk church located at Delft Market Square is also great to visit. It’s famous in the city of Delft in the Netherlands.
Known as the flower city in the northwestern Netherlands, Haarlem is close to the Spaarne River. It’s quite popular for its museums, mainly the Frans Hals, Ten Boom and the Teylers, its medieval buildings, and architecture.
Another popular tourist attraction in this area is Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. It has some of the most beautiful sand dunes of Netherlands.
If there’s one thing that Kinderdijk has to be famous for, that’s windmills! Kinderdijk is a UNESCO world heritage site, and it has 19 windmills, with two of them being museums to get an insight into the life of the millers. The windmills are a major part of the water management system in the Netherlands.
A long walk around the area should treat you with phenomenal sights of the windmills.
Lisse sees a lot of tourists visiting the tulip flowers that blossom in the Keukenhof Gardens, which are the main attraction of the place. The city is best visited in April, at the time when the flowers are in full bloom.
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That’s it, guys! Have a great time on your trip to the best places to visit in Netherlands and make sure to check them all off your list. Let me know in the comments if you have visited any of these cities before. I would love to hear about your experiences! 🙂
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Mark Bennett is an American writer and traveler, whose major inspiration has been camping with his father ever since his childhood. He aims to visit 75 countries before he’s 30. You can also follow his adventures on his site, outdoorily.com.
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