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13 places you should definitely see in the Netherlands

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An amazing and full of mystery country in the Northwest part of Europe, the Netherlands is mostly below sea level. The Netherlands (or Holland), is famous for its picturesque wilderness, scattered everywhere windmills, bright flowering fields and lively streets of modern cities.

And here’s our selection of 13 of the most beautiful places you must see in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the places you must see in the Netherlands

This will be trite, but Amsterdam is an amazing place! Here you’ll be amazed by fields of gorgeous tulips, narrow canals over the Amstel River, and hospitable residents.

The largest and most attractive city in the country delights visitors to the Dutch capital with magnificent historical museums, vibrant nightlife and unique cuisine.

Amsterdam is one of the beautiful cities you must see in the Netherlands

Amsterdam is also called the bicycle capital of the world. According to the number of abandoned bikes on the city streets, Amsterdam leads all over the world.

For a better introduction to the country, we suggest you visit the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, the Hermitage on the Amstel and of course the City Museum. A trip to the controversial Red Light District – once famous for its cannabis coffeeshops and neon-lit brothel windows – might be interesting. Now it’s a concentration of gathering places for creators of modern art: tattoo parlors, art coffeehouses, art studios.

The headquarters of the world’s largest companies and corporations are also located in Amsterdam, such as the headquarters of Greenpeace, Philips and ING Groep.

De Hooge Veluwe National Park

Hoge Veluwe National Park is one of the must see places in The Netherlands

If you love the outdoors, amidst wild but scenic nature, Hoge Veluwe National Park is the right place for you. It covers 5,400 hectares in the province of Gelderland and is the largest nature reserve in the country.

Hoge Veluwe can be considered a great example of what can happen when sport, art and culture meet unruly nature.

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De Hoge Veluwe National Park

Highlights of the national park include:

  • The Kröller-Müller Museum, which houses Van Gogh’s largest private collection of paintings;
  • The Underground Museum, one of the finest sculpture gardens in the world;
  • Jachthuis Sint Hubertus hunting lodge.

Kröller Muller Museum

For convenience, the park administration provides guests with almost 2,000 free snow-white bicycles and an audio-guide who gives a tour in different languages. There are only 3 bicycle routes, each of which goes through magnificent corners of the park. The road is asphalted and equipped with signs and markings.

Did you know that the Netherlands is on our list of safest countries for tourists to visit?

Köckenhof

Köckenhof Royal Flower Park is one of the places you must see in the Netherlands

The main pride of the state is the Keukenhof Gardens, also called the “Garden of Europe” or the “Royal Park”. It is located in the tiny town of Lisse, between Amsterdam and The Hague. This park is the second largest natural flower garden in the world after the Dubai Miracle Garden. The park is open from the end of March until the end of May, except for days coinciding with European holidays. This is when all 32 hectares of the park are filled with bright colors and exciting aromas.

Köckenhof

However, in addition to admiring the beauty of nature, tourists can visit various flower exhibitions, fairs and master classes in floristry. The local open-air cafes and restaurants offer excellent light meals and refreshments.

The park is divided into three greenhouses, each with a different collection of plants.

Rotterdam

Rotterdam

The main competitor of Amsterdam in the struggle for tourists is Rotterdam. This is the second city of the country by population.

Here you will see many amazing buildings, such as cube houses, Rotterdam Covered Market, 185-meter Euromast tower and others. This is where the largest mosque in Europe was opened in 2010. The cultural life of the city unfolds mainly in the midst of the summer tourist season. The main event is the Zomercarnaval, a Caribbean-style summer carnival.

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Covered Market

In the photo: indoor market Rotterdam.

One of the most dynamic cities in Europe, Rotterdam makes its famous nightclubs and car-parties. And the port of Rotterdam is one of the ten largest ports in the world.

Delft

Delft

A typical small Dutch town between Rotterdam and The Hague. Delft is the main center of industrial and technical development in the country. The largest educational institutions and laboratories of the Netherlands are concentrated here.

Delft

World famous for its blue and white earthenware (Delftware), Delft is still a stronghold of crafts of the country.

Delftware

Many monasteries, chapels and palaces have long been open to tourists. Excursion tours are quite cheap and interesting. See the local city museum, park flowers and the State Armory Museum should every guest Delft.

The charm of Delft, lies in its relaxed atmosphere of romance.

Maastricht

Maastricht

The administrative center of the province of Limburg, the town of Maastricht is located in the southeastern part of the country, almost on the border with Belgium and Germany. The city owes its name to the Maas River, flowing through the Netherlands, France and Belgium.

Maastricht

The city has long been famous for combining old and new art, scientific progress and picturesque nature. Discover the rich culture and history of the country will help you visit the local history museum, as well as local libraries. The old town, with its cobblestone squares, parks, stylized restaurants and cafes is a great place to spend a weekend.

Maastricht

Among the great number of churches and chapels in Maastricht, St. Servatius Cathedral and the Basilica of the Virgin Mary stand out. All of these structures have hardly changed their appearance over the many hundreds of years of their existence.

Windmills Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk

In the province of South Holland, approximately 15 kilometers east of Rotterdam, lies the small village of Kinderdijk. It is easily accessible by car, train or bus. And in the high tourist season sightseeing groups are brought here by boat.

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Kinderdijk Windmills

There are many places that highlight the unique characteristics of the Netherlands. These include beautiful Dutch landscapes with old windmills. The 19 mills of the village of Kinderdijk are protected by UNESCO and are very popular to visit in the area.

Kinderlake

These mills were designed and constructed back in 1740 to prevent flooding and are still perfectly preserved today. These days thousands of tourists come here every year to enjoy this special rustic scenery and learn a lot about brilliant Dutch water management.

Haarlem

Haarlem

20 kilometers west of Amsterdam on the banks of the River Sparne, lies the city of Haarlem, the capital of North Holland, which has the largest concentration of museums in the country.

Haarlem is one of the must-see places in the Netherlands

The central market square Grote Markt impresses with its City Hall, butcher’s market, souvenir shops and the huge St. Bavon’s Church. Many cathedrals of different religions, public libraries, museums and parks are sure to please all history and culture lovers.

The Hague

The Hague

The third largest city of the Netherlands is located in the west of the country on the shores of the North Sea.

Hague is tacitly called the “Judicial place”, because it is here that the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court and Arbitration Courts are located.

The Hague

This place attracts with its outstanding architecture, beautiful squares and museums of fine arts, incredible modern skyscrapers, golden beaches and hundreds of stores and shopping areas for shopping.

The Hague is one of the places you must see in Netherlands

Major tourist attractions in The Hague:

  • Madurodam Park of Miniatures;
  • Prison Exit Museum (Gevangenpoort);
  • Cheveningen’s chic beach resort.

TheBiggest highly recommends a visit to the Royal Mauritshuis Picture Gallery and the famous and imposing Binnenhof government building complex.

Cheese market in Alkmaar

Cheese Market in Alkmaar

Held every year at Woegplein Square in Alkmaar, this cheese market is one of the main venues and events in the Netherlands. Because of its long history, which dates back to 1593, the market has become an important part of Dutch culture.

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Cheese Market

Usually, the season of the Alkmaar Cheese Market begins on the first Friday in April and lasts until the first Friday in September. The tolls and displays are from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Alkmaar

Combining the charm of medieval scenery and world-class Dutch cheese tastings and vendors in traditional costumes, a tour here will be like an amazing trip through all of Dutch culture.

Efteling Theme Park

Efteling

This place in the small town of Katsgeofele in the southern part of the country is considered one of the most visited in the Netherlands. Efteling, founded in 1952, is the oldest and largest theme park in the world. It is larger than the famous Disneyland almost twice!

Efteling amusement park is one of the places you must see in the Netherlands

On the photo: Efteling Park. Photo by: Irina Chimina / wikipedia.org.

The park is divided into five different zones. Each with its own theme and has many attractions to keep the whole family entertained. You’ll find everything from wide open green areas, to concert and theater venues.

There are six roller coasters and over 40 other attractions. Children will be entertained by animators dressed as their favorite cartoon characters and local legends.

New Dutch water line

The New Dutch Water Line is one of the places you must see in the Netherlands

The Dutch have always been known for their fierce fight against the country’s greatest enemy – sea water. A great help in this endeavor was the New Dutch Water Line, a colossal fortification 135 kilometers long.

The breathtaking scenery here is full of delightful villages, beautiful lakes and rivers, museums and castles. Stone forts – towers made of sturdy brick masonry, still stand strong and reliable guard of the country.

There are no centralized excursions, but the place is not closed for hiking and biking.

Waddenzee Nature Reserve (Watt Sea)

Waddenzee

The Watt Sea is the most specific and important nature reserve, which is located on the border of the Netherlands and Germany. Millions of birds, many different species of fish, and colonies of seals conveniently nestled on the shores exist here beautifully. Biologists estimate that at some points the number of migratory birds in the Watt Sea is up to 20 million.

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The Waddenzee Sea is one of the places you must see in the Netherlands

The image is based on an image by the author Uberprutser.

Since 2009, the park is on the list of unique sites protected by UNESCO. Natural processes take place here without human intervention.

Located in the province of Groningen, on the Dutch coast, this area is the only natural habitat of many endemic living creatures. It covers an area of almost 2,500 km².

The inhabitants of nearby settlements organize popular walks in the shallow waters for tourists. These walks are considered by some Dutch as a separate sport.

To conclude

13 places you must see in the Netherlands

Here we are acquainted with the main sights that you should definitely see in the Netherlands. As you can see it is a wonderful country with amazing places, fascinating culture, interesting traditions, beautiful architecture and rich history. And what are your favorite places in the Netherlands? We are waiting for your comments.

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