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Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is more than windmills. On a luxury Netherlands tour, experience Anne Frank’s world, delve into Van Gogh’s masterpieces, or ride heritage steam trains through tulip fields. Bicycles outnumber residents, facilitating eco-friendly exploration via extensive cycling routes, blending seamlessly with local life. Beyond renowned museums, enjoy vibrant street art, modern creativity, and a lively dance scene. As well as this, some of the best places to visit in the Netherlands are in nature, with sandy beaches, dunes, lush forests teeming with wildlife, and purple heathlands beckoning all travelers. Whether urban or natural, the Netherlands offers diverse delights at every corner, promising an enriching journey for all ages.


Where to Visit in the Netherlands

Here is a summary of some of the best and most popular areas to visit.

Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands Amsterdam


Just getting lost among the maze of narrow streets, strolling alongside picturesque canals and the famously tall and skinny colorful homes in Amsterdam can make for an enjoyable afternoon. Safe and highly walkable or bikeable, it’s home to world-class museums with so many you could easily plan an entire visit around them. That includes Rijksmuseum, the largest art and history museum in the country. It displays some of the most famous works of Dutch art, including highlights from the Golden Age (1620-1680). Some of the more notable are the Rembrandt portrait, The Night Watch, and The Milkmaid by Vermeer, among over 8,000 paintings and various objets d’art. Then there’s the Van Gogh Museum focused on the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries, the Anne Frank House, the Stedelijk Museum, and countless others. A boat tour is a great way to explore the canal and admire the sights from the water.

Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands Hauge

The Hauge

Tucked into the heart of the Netherlands, The Hague offers an ideal mix of nature, history, and art. Many come to enjoy its impressive array of galleries and museums like the Mauritshuis Museum, home to Vermeer’s famous Girl with a Pearl Earring. For more contemporary works one can explore the extensive collection at the Gemeentemuseum, including works by Piet Mondrian. The whole family is sure to enjoy the Escher in Het Paleis for an interactive adventure through optical illusions. Before or after you might head to one of the beautiful beaches like sandy Scheveningen. A variety of water sports can be enjoyed, or you might come to marvel at a colorful sunset over the North Sea. It’s the perfect balance to exploring the city’s many cultural attractions. After it all, you can delve into a thriving and diverse culinary scene with everything from charming cafes serving Dutch delights to Michelin-star dining at seaside.

Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands Rotterdam


Rotterdam is one of the most modern cities in the Netherlands with working ports and rivers instead of row houses and canals. While there is some historic architecture that can be found in places like the Delfshaven district, due to the extensive bombing damage during the Second World War, most buildings are contemporary, often with bold designs. Take a stroll along the Meuse riverfront to see De Rotterdam, a nearly 300-foot-tall skyscraper described as a “vertical city” with a unique, eye-catching form that looks like offset stacks. The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has a vast art collection with everything from paintings by masters like Rembrandt to contemporary works by Pipilotti Rist. There’s lots of outstanding street art to be found throughout the city too. Combined boat and walking tours will take you through the city to see places like Theatre Square, the concert hall, the Old Harbour, and many modern sculptures. 

Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands Utrecht


Utrecht is incredibly picturesque and more laid-back than the capital. A big city with a small-town vibe, it features beautiful canal-lined streets, parks, fascinating museums, historical buildings, and a lively food scene. The city center is small enough that it’s easily explored on foot yet there’s enough to keep you entertained for days. For a fun and active way to see sights like the historic canal homes built in traditional Dutch style, you can paddle through the canals in a canoe. Along the way, there is even a drive-thru coffeehouse and bar for fueling up with coffee or enjoying a refreshing beer. If you want to explore the museums, the Centraal Museum which showcases the world’s largest Rietveld collection. Families with children are sure to enjoy the Nijintje Museum, centered around the city’s famous protagonist Nijintje (known as Miffy outside of the Netherlands) from the series of children’s series of books.

Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands Hoorn


Located along the northwestern shore of the Netherlands’ second-largest freshwater lake, Markermeer, Hoorn was named for its horn-shaped harbor and once served as a base for the Dutch East India Company. The harbor area is home to many historical ships along the waterfront and a replica of the Dutch East India Company ship De Halve Maen. On Hoorn’s central square, there’s an imposing statue of the company’s founder, Jan Peterzoon Coen. But the architecture is worth the visit to this charming 17th-century town alone with its step-gabled rooflines and brick facades adorned with interesting doorways, signs, and small vignettes. The town also hosts several notable museums like the Museum of the 20th Century revealing life during the period through hundreds of objects, set within an old prison. The Westfries Museum showcases the Golden Age with 25 furnished rooms that tell the story of the most dynamic period in the country’s history. 

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