Explore The Netherlands

Explore The Netherlands
When you think of the Netherlands, windmills and clogs might immediately come to mind. But there’s so much more to this place than winding canals and small Dutch villages. The Netherlands is the country that gave us Rembrandt and Van Gogh, and then Frans Hals and Piet Mondrian. There’s Amsterdam, with its iconic architecture, vibrant nightlife, and the somber (but must-see) Anne Frank House. But then there are also the classic towns like Groningen, Maastricht, and Den Bosch for you to explore.

Want to truly soak up a Dutch experience? Spend a day cycling around any town on a rental bike, popping into cafes and drinking wonderful coffee. Or perhaps get out to see the countryside, or the De Efteling amusement park – one of the oldest in the world. Take in the famous works on display at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Dutch national art and history museum. Or, if you prefer, see the windmills at Zaanse Schans.

Whatever you choose to do, you won’t run out of unique things to see in the Netherlands.

Places to Visit in the the Netherlands

  • Amsterdam
  • Den Haag
  • Rotterdam
  • Gouda
  • Groningen
  • Haarlem
  • Utrecht

Unique Things to See and Do in the Netherlands

  • Visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
  • Cruise the Amsterdam canals
  • See the windmills at Zaanse Schans
  • Enjoy the animals at Burgers’ Zoo
  • Visit the protected dunes at Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen
  • Smell the tulips at Keukenhof, the world’s second largest garden

The Netherlands Culture

The Dutch enjoy a unique culture that isn’t replicated anywhere else in the world (except maybe of course South Africa). The people here are very modern and liberal, and tend to be both self-reliant and ambitious. They’re also very proud of their cultural heritage, thus influencing the vibrant art and music scene. Head to any of Amsterdam’s museums, and you’ll see this culture displayed proudly.

When you greet someone in Amsterdam, give three kisses on alternating cheeks. The Dutch tend to be very open about everything, and no conversation topic is off-limits – except perhaps income. Dutch people tend to think that “big spending” is obscene, and being frugal is the way to be.

A few ways to experience Dutch culture: take a canal tour through Amsterdam, and see the windmills at Zaanse Schans. Eat herring in Volendam, or check out the cheese market in Gouda. Visit the cathedral of Den Bosch, and the Dom Tower in Utrecht. Hop on a bicycle and visit some tulip fields on your way to Giethoorn. Stop by the Anne Frank House to pay your respects to this young girl. Culture is all around!

Getting around the Netherlands

The Netherlands has a very efficient, practical public transit network. In cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, buses and trams are the easiest way to get around. Inter-city travel can also be done by bus or train, or by airport transfers (the biggest airports are in Amsterdam and Rotterdam).

For something more unconventional, why not rent a bicycle and cycle your way around the Netherlands? You can also hire a camper van, or a rental car. Because of the Netherlands’ plentiful waterways, there’s the Dutch Wadden Islands ferry services that can get you around as well.

Did you know…?

The Netherlands and Holland are actually the same place.

Did you ALSO know…?

The Dutch are the tallest people in the world.

Best time of year to travel to the Netherlands

The climate in the Netherlands is temperate, with warm summers and somewhat cold winters. The further south you go, the warmer it generally gets. The western coastal provinces are warmer in the winter but colder in the summer than the eastern provinces. Rain can happen pretty much whenever, though, so prepare accordingly.

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