The Netherlands is a small country that has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to visit the Amsterdam coffee shops, see tulips in bloom or experience some of the best museums in Europe, there’s just something for everybody! In this blog post, we will explore 5 incredible places to visit in the Netherlands and give you tips on how to make your time there unforgettable.
Visit the Amsterdam coffee shops
At The Netherlands coffee shop you can indulge in a variety of specialty drinks, serve yourself a sandwich, chips or even an all-day breakfast, and enjoy fresh-baked scones with jams and whipped cream. And it’s not only in Amsterdam. There’s coffee shops in Utrecht, Haarlem, Gouda, and more. Try the popular Magnum Java coffee and remember that an easy way to test the quality of the coffee is by enjoying a shot of espresso or cappuccino at home in advance. (Duh, right?!) Photo credit: DutchCoffeeShop.com Ride on the famous Gouda cheese-tour Some of the best handcrafted cheese in the world is made in Gouda, and it’s a popular tourist attraction in The Netherlands.
Experience tulips in bloom
Amsterdam is famous for tulips, which are grown everywhere in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is often called the ‘Tulip capital of the world’ because this region is the most important place for the tulips in Europe. Many Dutch flower shops have been established in Amsterdam and offer guided tours of the flower fields. You can also choose to visit the famous flower market to see the tulips freshly cut. If you prefer an experience without the crowds, head out to the Keukenhof Gardens. Take a canal cruise in Amsterdam While Amsterdam is a beautiful city itself, it is easily forgettable if you only visit it. In the city centre, many canals run between the buildings, so it is easy to find a canal cruise. Many of these cruise ships are also open to the public.
See the best museums in Europe
From buildings like the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum to galleries like the Van Gogh Institute and the Stedelijk Museum, the Netherlands is overflowing with museums showcasing world-class artwork. Make sure you set aside some time to see them all! Enjoy the fresh air The Holland Festival is a week-long celebration of music, theatre and dance that takes place in the summer in the medieval city of Utrecht. Music lovers will love the concert series featuring top artists like Björk, Sting, Ewerton, Rudimental and the Kronos Quartet. For classical music fans, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw is one of the top venues in Europe, hosting everything from major international orchestras to major classical acts.
Explore the natural beauty of the Netherlands with these 10 incredible places
The Netherlands has some of the best surfing beaches in Europe, which you can enjoy along the Atlantic coast, at beaches such as Brouwershaven, Oostende and Den Helder. Some of the most impressive surfers on the world will be competing for these titles in the annual Billabong XXL Invitational World Surf League event at the famous Peyback Beach in Den Helder. Vierkleurve beach in Den Helder is a favorite of surfers and is also a museum of surfing history. The star attraction of the museum is a custom-made bodysurfer called ‘Oasis’. Visitors can sit on the custom-made board and enjoy an authentic wave ride. At the other end of the country, Gelderse Heuvelrug is a long stretch of stunning sand dunes with rolling fields of wild flowers and a long pier.
Tips on what to do when you visit
There are several things you should do when you visit the Netherlands. The first is to embrace all that Amsterdam has to offer. Do you like cycling? Amsterdam has tons of cycle lanes, so you can rent bikes and cycle around the city. Want to see a movie in one of Amsterdam’s dozens of movie theatres? Visit Le Palais Cinema, with it’s restored art deco interior and seating for just 150 people. What about visiting museums? Amsterdam is home to some of the best museums in the world, so you can spend a lot of time browsing through museums and cultural institutions, from the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Van Gogh House. In addition, you can see the graffiti works that make the Rijksmuseum one of the most visited museums in the world.
It’s only a couple of days ago that my wife and I finally made it to the Netherlands. As you can see, it’s quite a long list of places we saw, so we think there is plenty more to see! If you’re curious about the nature, architecture, culture and the vast array of different events taking place there, you can find everything in this post.