15 Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

The Netherlands may be small but it’s big on amazing destinations.  If you can picture tulip fields, historic windmills, cellar bars, beautiful countryside, wildlife, and world-famous art collections then you’re just scratching the surface of this incredible country.

And there is so much more than just Amsterdam to discover. Roughly the size of the state of Maryland in the United States, The Netherlands lies mostly at or below sea level. Now completely urbanized and densely populated it’s a unique and distinct country. With wide blue skies, unchanged villages, beautiful church spires, and lovely canals, The Netherlands is, indeed, a remarkable country.

Lets explore the best things to do in the Netherlands:

1. Rotterdam

Rotterdam

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Rotterdam

Once little more than a fishing village dating from the 13th century, Rotterdam is now a thoroughly modern city. Largely destroyed during WWII, architecture has become a thriving form of expression since reconstruction began. Check out the Erasmus Bridge, the Cube Houses, and Kunsthal Museum for some interesting examples. And for something truly unique, visit Market Hall with its 11,00o square meter ceiling-mural that covers the farmer’s stalls.  In the summer enjoy the International Film Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival. And if you’re in the mood for history, Delfshaven district, which lies near the harbour, is the place that the pilgrims launched from in 1620. The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen includes Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Dali, and more, in its permanent collection.

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15 Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands:

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  • Rotterdam, the Netherlands: flickr
  • Binnenhof, The Hague, the Netherlands: flickr
  • Leiden, the Netherlands: flickr
  • Haarlem, the Netherlands: rdvs
  • Kinderdijk, the Netherlands: flickr
  • Amsterdam, the Netherlands: flickr
  • Utrecht, the Netherlands: flickr
  • Maastricht, the Netherlands: flickr
  • Hoge Veluwe: flickr
  • Nijmegen, the Netherlands: flickr
  • Delft, the Netherlands: flickr
  • Terschelling, the Netherlands: flickr
  • Gouda, the Netherlands: flickr
  • Groningen, the Netherlands: flickr
  • Friesland in Winter: flickr