Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Netherlands

The Netherlands, also know as Holland, is a densely populated country with nearly half of its land lying below sea level. The Netherlands is constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands comprising of total 15 provinces. The major attraction of the Netherlands is Amsterdam. The country is full with crisscrossed canals, the flat landscape and classic windmills. The country also has sandy beaches in the west and north coastline. The Netherlands is full with historical places and Museums, the architecture of buildings here offers a tourist glimpses into the past. Fifty things that you can undertake while on a tour of the Netherlands along with your family are as follows:

1. Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam is considered to be one of the most unique cities of the world, offering plenty of things to do and see. Despite the obvious presence of thousands of visitors, its life remained authentic. To observe it is enough to stroll along the canal streets or to sit for a while in one of Amsterdam many cafés. Nevertheless, there are places in the city you should not miss during your visit. It is one of the ideal tourist destinations for those seeking ultimate fun.

2. Canals of Amsterdam

One of the extremely popular tourist attractions of Netherlands is the spectacular Canals of Amsterdam. The city started constructed its popular canals during the 17th century right in the Dutch Golden Age. The three important canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht form concentric belts around the city, known as the grachtengordel. Currently you can find approximately around 100 km (60 miles) of canals and 1,500 bridges. Alongside the main canals are 1550 monumental buildings.

3. Leiden Canals

Leiden is renowned for the oldest university in the Netherlands, the birthplace of Rembrandt and its beautiful canals. It is one of the most popular attractions of Netherlands. The two branches of the Old Rhine enter Leiden on the east and unite in the city center which also includes various smaller canals. The old center of Leiden is one of the largest 17th century town centers in the Netherlands. The city offers some of the most interesting attractions to visitors.

4. Delft City Hall

The Delft City Hall is one of the major tourist attractions of Netherlands. It is indeed a Renaissance style structure to be found on the Markt square across from the Nieuwe Kerk. This beautiful city hall was actually designed by the Dutch architect Hendrick de Keyser. Later it was changed heavily over the centuries and was restored during the 20th century to its Renaissance appearance.

5. West Frisian Islands

The West Frisian Islands also popularly known as Waddeneilanden are a chain of islands located towards the North Sea off the Dutch coast. The West Frisian Islands are among the most visited tourist destinations of the country. These islands continue further east as the German East Frisian Islands. The islands separate the North Sea from the shallow Wadden Sea, with tidal mud flats. To better explore the region hire a licensed guide. On the islands cycling is the most favorable means of transport.

6. Kinderdijk

More than 1.000 old windmills still exist in the Netherlands. The largest concentration of Dutch windmills is located quite close to the village of Kinderdijk. Kinderdijk today is among the most popular tourist destinations of Netherlands. It is believed that in order to drain the glut water from the polders, which are positioned below sea-levels, 19 windmills were constructed during the year 1740. They have been well preserved still today and are now popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands.

7. Hoge Veluwe

One of the largest continuous nature reserves in the Netherlands is the attractiveHoge Veluwe National Park which includes heathlands, sand dunes, and woodlands. Within the park you will find plenty of attractions to enjoy and not to forget the magnificent Kröller-Müller Museum which has a huge collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh is also situated here. Bicycles are available for free to visitors of the Hoge Veluwe, with much of the area being inaccessible by car.

8. Keukenhof

One of the most popular tourist attractions of Netherlands is the Keukenhof flower garden. It is in fact renowned as one of the world’s largest flower garden and was constructed during the Second World War, around the year 1949. What’s interesting is the Keukenhof Flower Park is not open at any time. In one year, the flower garden is only open for three months, ie in March, April, and May. This is because a special Keukenhof tulips showing the beauty that only bloom in April. This flower garden is one of the most beautiful gardens of the world.

9. Museum Heineken

The Heineken Museum is one of the most impressive tourist attractions of Netherlands to be found in Amsterdam. You will also find at the beginning of this museum is a beer factory, one of the most popular factory in the Netherlands, that was constructed during the year 1867. Historical tourism is the main theme of this magnificent museum. The Heineken Museum has three floors and the tourists will also get to know the history of Heineken Beer Company, beer processing, and at the same time, the legendary taste of Heineken beer. This is become a unique tour model.

10. Walibi World

In the Netherlands there is a playground for the families who called Walibi World, is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Netherlands. It was earlier known as Six Flags Holland and is situated in the town of Dronten. You can also enjoy a wide variety of exciting rides at Walibi World. This tourist attraction is an ideal spot for the tourists who come with their families.

11. Delta Project

The Delta Project or Delta Works are a series of constructions constructed between the years 1950 and 1997 in the provinces of Zeeland and South Holland, with the aim of protecting huge areas of land from the sea. The works of the Delta Project includes dams, sluices, locks, dikes, and storm surge barriers. They have been affirmedas one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

12. Maastricht Vrijthof

Maastricht Vrijthof is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Netherlands. It is the well-known city square to be found in Maastricht, a city you will find towads the southern part of the coutnry. It features the massive Saint Servatius Church and Saint Jan’s Cathedral. The Vrijthof conduct huge festivals and carnivals regularly throughout the year, including autumn and winter festivals.

13. Rijksmuseum

One of the most prominent and the biggest museums of Netherlands is Rijksmuseum located in Amsterdam. It is indeed the most prestigious museum for art and history in the Netherlands. Visitors who have huge interest in the country’s history must visit this museum. It has a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age including works by Vermeer and Rembrandt. Until 2013, the museum is being completely renovated, but the major masterpieces are still on show.

14. Amsterdam canal ring

The Amsterdam Canal Ring is one of the most popular tourist spot of Amsterdam. The city old centre is formed from canal rings, which give you the feeling of space, freedom and peace. You can better explore the area by walking through these canal streets, other options are also available such as taking up a trip with a boat by boarding one of the tourist cruises or by renting the boat. Anther way to explore the Venice of the North is to take a ride on a bicycle.

15. Het Scheepvaart Museum

The Maritime Museum is anattractive place to visit, especially with children. The museum has recently gone through major renovation and after which it gained immense popularity. With a 17th C. sail ship at its quay, packed with modern multimedia attractions exhibit and rich collection of fine paintings, old maps and remarkable ship models, this colorful and enjoyable museum will give you a better understanding of the country’s rich history – a small nation which was centuries ago one of the world’s greatest sea powers.

16. Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gosh Museum of Netherlands is one of the most contemporary museums of the country to be found in Amsterdam. You can witness here some of the finest paintings and sketches showing Van Gogh in all his moods, around 200 painting and 550 sketches are to be found here . This biggest in the world collection, combined with hundreds of letters by Van Gogh, and selected works by his friends and contemporaries, form the core of the museum’s collection.

17. Begijnhof

Located right in the center of the town, you will find this charming quiet garden surrounded by old houses. The devout celibate Béguine nuns have been replaced by old ladies. The No.34 is the oldest house in Amsterdam. Entrance on Spui, just a step from the main commercial street Kalverstraat, is indicated by a carved sign. It has become one of the most popular tourist spots of Amsterdam.

18. Oude Kerk

Oude Kerk is a large old protestant church with little houses clinging to its sides remains a calm heaven right at the center of the district. The structure of the church is noteworthy and its buildings, which has been constructed in the Gothic-renaissance style octagonal bell tower, were used by sailors to get their bearings. For some adults, an evening walk in the nightlife area around the church might be interesting.

19. Magere Brug

Magere Brug is one of the popular tourist attractions of Netherlands to be found in Amsterdam. It is traditional double-leaf Dutch draw-bridge connecting sides of river Amstel. You will find thataround every 20 minutes the bridge opens, as the bridge master lets boats through. Originally it was constructed during the year 1670, but it did not change much since. Visit Magere Brug to enjoy the magic of this place; take a deep breath of fresh air brought by the river.

20. Museum Amstelkring

Museum Amstelkring is to be found right on the edge of the Red Light Districtis one of the most interesting museums of Netherlands. This amazing museum houses in the restored 17th-century canal house with two smaller houses to found at the rear. During the year 1888, the lower floors of the building became a museum. This museum offers some of the interesting collection of church silver, religious artifacts and paintings.

21. Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is one of the most prominent places of Netherlands to be found in Amsterdam. Visit the Anne frank House, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe, where the Frank family hid from the nazis during World War II.This house is located right in the center of Amsterdam and it is said that it is the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her renowned diary during the World War II. Just a few empty rooms in the hidden annex to the house will make a remarkable impression. The original of the diary is on display, as a part of the Anne Frank House’s permanent exhibition.

22. Civic Guards Gallery

The Civic Guards Gallery is one of the famous tourist attractions of Netherlands. It is one of the beautiful and naturally lit gallery filled with old paintings from the Dutch Golden Age is a must visit tourist attraction of Amsterdam. The exhibited canvas portraits of Amsterdam citizens and their wives are an exquisite document of the Dutch civilization and culture centuries ago.

23. Amsterdam Canal Cruise

One of the most famous tourist attractions of Netherlands is the Amsterdam Canal Cruise. Take a tour of Amsterdam’s world renowned canals in a canal boat, to enjoy an everlasting experience. One of the most beautiful cities of the world – Amsterdam is popular for its canals and you will find plenty of companies that offer tours of the city in Dutch canal boats. Get a different perspective on the city, and enjoy a tour that is unique to the Netherlands!

24. Vondelpark

Vondelpark is among the greatest parks of the world and a beautiful tourist attraction to visit. This “central park” of Amsterdam is considered to be the jewel of the city’s green spaces. Plenty of attraction can be enjoyed here such as sunbathing, cycling, skating, jogging, and socializing. This park offers plenty of activities for kids as well as grown ups.

25. Floating Flower Market

The Floating Flower Market of Amsterdam offers millions of beautiful flowers. it is considered to be an ideal destination to buy souvenirs and gifts, the flower market has millions of cut and potted flowers, as well as bulbs, pots, and other gardening essentials. The market is a little touristy, but it is still really cool, and locals do go there as well. It is largely visited by tourist around the world.

26. Amsterdam Zoo

The Amsterdam Zoo is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Netherlands. Visit the Amsterdam Zoo to explore numerous of plants and animals here. Inside the zoo you will also find plenty of restaurants and cafes, a planetarium, playgrounds, not to mention exotic plants and animals, the ARTIS is a great place for families and kids. The zoo is the biggest in the Netherlands and one of the most beautiful in Europe

27. Festivals of Netherlands

Several of attractive festivals can be enjoyed in Netherlands. In Amsterdam you can find that winter are long and cold. So, the Locals relish every drop of sunshine, and are great at making the most of the summer weather by putting on Festivals almost on every weekend. In Amsterdam you will find that there is a festival for every interest; Music, Dancing, Crafts, Books, Food, or even Costumes. A summer Festival is fun and overwhelming for people watching.

28. Amsterdamse Bos

This spectacular Forest inside of Amsterdam is considered a must visit tourist attraction of Netherlands. This forest that was Manmade was constructed during the year 1920, in order to provide employment through the financial crisis. Today it has transformed into the most beautiful forest, with running paths, walking paths, water activities, open fields, cafes, and playgrounds throughout. Three times larger than New York’s Central Park, it is believed that there is nothing more lovely than a picnic in Amsterdamse Bos on a sunny day.

29. Dam square

The Dam is the very centre and heart of Amsterdam, is one of the famous sights of Amsterdam. It is one of the renowned historical site and surely worth taking the time to appreciate. The Dam has seen many historical dramas unfold over the years, and was for example, the reception area for Napoleon and his troops during the 1808 take-over of the city. Visit the Amsterdam Historical Museum in order to better understand the impressive history of the square, it is is well documented and presented in this museum.

30. Jordaan

Jordaan is one of the most sought after tourist attractions of Amsterdam. The Jordaan oozes atmosphere with its narrow streets, picturesque canals, brown cafes, art galleries and unique shops. You can easily lose yourself in a pleasant promenade in through the charming streets that well connect the three major canals.

31. Haarlem

Haarlem is a city with a tremendous history attached to it; it is the capital of the North Holland. The history of Haarlem dates back to pre-medieval times. When the Antwerp fell, several artists and craftsmen migrated to Haarlem, and thus it became today a rich art heritage city. The cultural is still intact and life rotates around it. There are several museums here such as: Teylers’ Museum, the Frans Hals and the Corrie ten Boom museum.

32. Royal Palace, Amsterdam

The Royal Palace is located on the Dam Amsterdam; it was formerly the town hall. It is one of the impressive central points of Amsterdam. Now it has been made the Queen’s residence when she arrives in the city. The construction of this building began on 20 January 1648. The architect if the building is Jacob van Campen who inspired the architecture of Ancient Rome to build this. The exterior of building are classical and the interior is magnificently furnished.The insidesof the building are ornamented with abundance of reliefs, ornamentation and marble sculpture by the Flemish sculptors Artus Quellinus and Rombout Verhulst. It has awesome ceilings that were painted by Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck. This building is existed for about 200 and it is one of the greatest works of the 17th Century.

33. Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum

The Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum islocated about 1km (0.75m) south of the Central Station, in Rotterdam. This Museum wasbuilt in 1935 which is home to a magnificent collection of sculpture,pictures, applied and decorative art which includesSpanish, Persian, Italian and Dutch glass, majolica, porcelain, silver, pewter, furniture, drawings,lace and prints. The collections of the Museum are assembled by F. J. O. Boijmans during 1847). It has paintings and works from some of the great artistes dating back to 14th century. Some of the artists include Hubert and Jan van Eyck,Quentin Matsys, Geertgen tot St Jans, , Virgines, Hieronymus Bosch, Hans MemlingLucas van Leyden, Pieter Bruegel the Elder,Jan van Scorel etc.

34. Utrecht

Utrecht is the capital of the Utrecht province and it is the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. The city is located at the northeast corner of “Randstad Holland” on the Kromme Rijn. It is the seat of the provincial administration and has a famous university that was founded in 1636. Utrecht is also an important religious center. It is the seat of the Oecumenical Council, the supreme Roman Catholic authority of the Netherlands. There are several research institutes within the centuries old university. It is picturesque old town with historic buildings, surrounded and intersected by grachten and canals. There are several old buildings that are worth visitin in Utrecht.

35. Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments

It is located at Buurkerkhof 10, Utrecht and has a collection of mechanical musical instruments dating back to the 18th century to the present day. The collection includes domestic instruments like dance organs,musical boxes, street organs, fair organs, player pianos and orchestrions. The barrel-organ has tremendous popularity in the Netherlands due to the fact that local firms hire out organs as well as guarantee to maintain and service them.

36. Buurkerk Church

The Buurkerk is one of the oldest parish churches in Utrecht that traces back to 12th Century. However it was rebuilt during 13th century as a fire has destroyed it. It is a cruciform basilica with a massive brick tower. Some parts of the older building are still present in the present church, which got twice rebuilt since then. The choir of the church was pulled down in 1586; and occupied now by Choorstraat.

37. Delft

It is a small picturesque town located in the South of The Holland. The town is famous for its association with the Dutch royal family, the famous being the House of Orange-Nassau. Delft is considered to be one of the best kept historic towns in the Netherlands. In Delft you can be delighted with peaceful walkways, thecharming canals, the Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk (and the tomb of William of Orange), the Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsen.

38. Mariaplaats Square

On a further stretch of Zadelstraat is located Mariaplaats. It is a square which is home to the House of Arts and Sciences called Gebouw voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen that was built in 1840and has a music school and halls for theatrical performances and lectures. Locatedat the southwest corner of the building is the Romanesque cloister of St Maria- remains of a church that was founded by King Henry IV during 11th century.There is also a large office block now used by the Netherlands Railways.

39. Hoog Catharijne Shopping Center

It is located in the northwest of Mariaplaats and stretches up to Vredenburg; it is one of the largest indoor shopping centers in Netherlands as well as Europe. This fabulous complex is home to180 shops and has a total carpet area of 250,000 sq.m. It offers shoppers a wide variety of merchandise to purchase. The complex has good facilities for refreshment that include restaurants, cafes, bars, it alsogood theaters.

40. Rietveld-Schröderhuis building

Rietveld-Schröderhuis is located at Prins-Hendrik-Laan 50; it is a modern architectural miracle in the Netherlands and listed among world heritage monuments. During the De Stijl movement, it was built for Mr T. Schröder-Schräder by Gerrit Rietveld in 1924. This building is considered as an icon of the Modern Movement. The building attracts visitors and open on particular time, check out the timing before going there

41. Groningen

It is another city of the Holland that is worth a visit. It is famous for its 50, 000 students, its rich History life and culture. In this city you can enjoy walking or renting a bike and moving around the historical city. There are few good places to visit around the city that include: The Tobacco Museum, the Groninger Museum of contemporary art and the Synagogue and many other places of importance.

42. Central Station

One of the most important railway stations of Europe Central Station is linked to Hoog Catharijne to the west. It is considered the most important junction in the national as well as international rail network of the Netherlands. The station is worth giving a visit and it has on the Southwest are the Jaarbeurs congress center, with the Trade Fair grounds, and also the head office of the Rabo-Bank.

43. Huis Oudaen

Huis Oudaenis located on the left of the picturesque Oude Gracht at No. 99; the structure is a fortress-like patrician that was built during 14th century with a fine doorway of 1680. The house is witness to the treaty of Utrecht signed in 1713 which ended the War of the Spanish Succession that was signed in this building. It has been now converted into a popular restaurant.

44. Coolsingel, Rotterdam

Coolsingel is located at the central area of Rotterdam on the right bank of the Maas. It is a famous place around which there are several places to be seen. There is a town hall that was built during 194-1920 situated at on the left of this street. The construction is in the Dutch Renaissance style and has a beautiful tower with a richly decorated interior. There is a statue of international lawyer Hugo Grotiusin front of the Town hall;he was Grand Pensionary of Rotterdam from 1576 to 1586. There is also a war memorial – Stadhuisplein, which was designed by Mari Andriessen. There is also a sculpture of 85ft (26m) constructed in 1957, known as “the Thing” in local language. There is also the World Trade Center located near Coolsingel.

45. Show-Cube, Rotterdam

The Show-Cube is located at near the Overblaak, it is a wonderful; example of modern architecture by Piet Blom, the Kijk-Kubus. The Show-Cube is a block of houses with cube-shaped upper stories. There are still a few houses there that can be visited by the tourists which are still fully furnished. The construction is explained and illustrated by photographs, videos and other illustrative material.

46. Municipal Museum, Utrecht

The Municipal Museum is located at the south end of Lange Nieuwestraat. It was earlier the Agnietenklooster, a convent of Augustinian nuns. Along with the adjoining Artillery Stables these have now become the Municipal Museum and the provincial archaeological collections. Works of painters from Utrecht of 15th century are displayed here. The museum is also home to a collection of costume from the 18th century to the present day of painters and other prominent personalities. The rooms furnished in the old style.

47. Zoos

The Netherlands is full with plenty of Zoos animal conservations. These Zoos have variety of animals that you would like to see and show to your children. Some of major zoos of the Netherlands includes: Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, Diergaarde Blijdorp in Rotterdam, Artis in Amsterdam and Dierenpark Emmen. Where as Apeldoorn is home to a primate park in, and a reptile zoo can be found in Vlissingen and there is also a butterfly paradise in Havelte.

48. The Hague

It is the residence of the Queen and also the seat of the Netherlands government and also the ‘judicial capital of the world’, as popular among political groups. Its architecture is marvelous and has buildings from medieval times with modern constructions. In this place you can go on a stroll through the mesmerizing parks or take a bike to Scheveningen. There are so many historical important places to be found here.

49. Harlingen

Harlingen is located in the North of the country, on the shores of the Wadden Sea. It is place where fishing and shipping is major source of income. The best activities that a tourist can undertake here include: sleeping on a lifeboat, in the lighthouse or in a harbor crane. Near by places here include: Franeker which is home to some unusual wooden planetarium and Makkum.

50. De Efteling

Efteling is located in the town of Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands. Efteling Nature Park Foundation is a fairy tale theme park which has attractions for both young and old. The park is home to different types of roller coasters, carousels, a fairy tale forest and much, much more. It also the largest theme park in Holland and one of the oldest in the world.

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