12 places in the Netherlands you should be planning a trip to

buildings and channel in amsterdam

Located in Northwestern Europe, the Netherlands or Holland, is famous for its flat landscape and long shorelines dotted with windmills and cycling routes.

The official language is Dutch but Frisian, English and Papiamento are also spoken there. One of the main appeals of this country is the canals that run through the city as most of its territory is below sea level.

If you’re planning a trip to the Netherlands, here are 12 places you can’t afford to miss for all the fun stuff they have in store.

1. Amsterdam

The capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is famous for its historical infrastructure with a picturesque cluster of canals running all over the city.

It’s the largest city in Holland with a unique blend of cosmopolitan culture and famous museums. It goes without saying that the illustrious Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, or Anne Frank House are the most famous landmarks in Amsterdam.

However, there is more to the city than that. Take long strolls around Grachtengordel with its 17th-century canal houses, take a peek into the Red Light District, and embrace the hop on, hop off canal/bus tours through the city.

There are plenty of seasonal activities for you to enjoy as well – as you’d expect from a city with such rich culture such as Amsterdam!

2. Leiden

Another city that’s famous for its museum is Leiden. The entire city is filled with lush parks, windmills and canals with astonishing natural beauty.

With a collection of science, natural history and Egyptian museums, Leiden is well worth exploring.

The world’s oldest academic observatory is in the Hortus Botanicus – a botanical garden in Leiden.

The 16th-century church of St. Peter has amazing architecture and if you’re a history buff, you can also learn about the association of American Pilgrims at the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum.

3. Rotterdam

One of the busiest ports in the world is in Rotterdam, the second-largest city in the Netherlands. This city has a commercial importance due to its ports but it’s also famous for its nightlife.

The city’s seafaring history is exhibited in the Maritime Museum’s vintage ships. Check out the Delfshaven neighbourhood for a canalside shopping experience and a view of Pilgrim Fathers Church.

There’s a rivalry between Amsterdam and Rotterdam when it comes down to a popularity contest but there is never a clear winner – you’ll just have to visit both!

4. The Hague

The Hague has a massive role to play in the judiciary world. Located on the North Sea coast of the western Netherlands, it’s home to the International Criminal Court and the UN’s International Court of Justice.

The Dutch parliament can be found in the Gothic-style Binnenhof complex. No wonder it’s been dubbed the administrative capital of the Netherlands.

Cosmopolitan, sophistication and outstanding culture – you can find the perfect balance in the Hague. The must see sights include a miniature city in Scheveningen called Madurodam, Gevangenpoort and the Binnenhof…
 

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