Best places to visit in Netherlands

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, one 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.

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Rotterdam at night


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.

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Leiden windmill, in Netherlands, Western Europe


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.

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Delft in Netherlands, Western Europe


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.

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Haarlem, one of the best places to visit in 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.

Kinderdijk, one of the best places to visit in 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.

Tulip field in Lisse, one of the best places to visit in Netherlands


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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10 Thoughts to “Best places to visit in Netherlands”

  1. We visited Amsterdam and Rotterdam many years ago but did not have to travel to Delft and Haarlem. These two cities would be next on our travel plans to the Netherlands – the history, the architecture! Anything medieval gets my attention! I did not know Kinderdijk was a UNESCO world heritage site, but I remember loving all the windmills. It’s like stepping in a fairytale!

  2. I have always wanted to visit the Netherlalnds. I think my favorite would be Lisse and the Tulip festival. I love seeing all the flowers.

  3. Of course, we have been to Amsterdam! I didn’t know about all these other beautiful cities!

  4. I don’t know why we still haven’t made it to Amsterdam. It is definitely going on our itinerary next year and this post will be really helpful!

  5. Rhonda Albom

    I have only been able to make it to Haarlem but I did like the vibe of this country. I would like to visit Amsterdam as it is what I visualize as the classic Netherlands.

  6. We only had one night in Amsterdam to visit with friends and we so want to go back and explore more of the country. This list includes some places I didn’t know much about. Added some new places to my list!

  7. I love a good visit to the Netherlands. 😉 Thanks for the insight on so many towns to visit. I think I will file away Leiden for my next visit. I love a good college town and have been to most of the others you listed.

  8. I have never been to Amsterdam but hear so many great things. I’m not much of a party person, so someplace that is calm like Lisse would be my to-go. I always wondered where those tulips photos all over IG were being taken. Now I know 🙂

  9. The Holidaymaker

    This is a great list of destinations to visit, thank you for sharing. I have been to Maastrickt and it was lovely. What I instantly recognized about this country was their love of gardens. Every home had immaculate gardens. Netherlands is a country that I do want to explore more of, so this overview was helpful in inspiring other destinations other than Amsterdam.

  10. What a great roundup of places to see in the Netherlands. Lisse sounds peaceful and wonderful, but we simply have to go visit Leiden … a university town and home to Rembrandt? That just spells vibrant, culture, and artistic.

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