Top 4 places to visit in the Netherlands

| December 3, 2019

Although a small country, the Netherlands is bursting with amazing places to visit. It’s the ideal destination to plan a long weekend or perhaps even think about embarking on a road trip. With a brilliant public transport network, it’s not hard to get around, or you could consider hiring a car. While Amsterdam is always top of the list, there are other areas well worth exploring in this beautiful country! Not sure where to start? Check out these five top places to visit in the Netherlands

 

Amsterdam

A well-deserved spot on the list, Amsterdam is a postcard-perfect city that never gets boring. It’s a great starting point for your trip to the Netherlands and you’ll soon understand the hype. The picturesque canals, rows of wonky townhouses, fantastic museums, amazing nightlife and green spaces make this a popular destination for tourists of all ages.

 

Don’t miss the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank’s house or the Van Gogh museum. Looking for open spaces? Hire a bike and enjoy an afternoon in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark, pack yourself a picnic and enjoy your serene setting. There are tonnes of hotels in Amsterdam to choose from, whether you’re looking for canal-side luxury or a hostel on a budget.

 

Delft

This charming city is located between The Hague and Rotterdam, and should definitely be on your Netherlands bucket list. You may be familiar with its famous blue and white pottery, Delftware. From cosy cafes to museums and parks, Delft offers plenty to keep you occupied. If you’re a foodie, you’re in the right place.

 

Delft is brimming with bakeries, brasseries and of course, breweries! Café culture is strong in Delft, thanks to its high student population, so expect to stroll across plenty of quirky interiors and plant-based eateries. Thanks to the compact size, the city is easily accessible via foot or bike and you’ll find minimal traffic as residents prefer to cycle. Just make sure you’re aware of the road rules and wear a helmet!

 

Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the Netherland’s second-largest city and regularly compared to Amsterdam. It may not appear quite as beautiful as Amsterdam on the surface, but Rotterdam has plenty to offer visitors. Be sure to visit the 17th-century Delfshaven neighbourhood, featuring canal-side shopping and the Pilgrim Fathers Church. Hungry? Amarone will provide a wonderful fine dining experience in a beautiful setting. If you’re looking for a casual dining affair, Backyard is a great option and cooks up wonderful food with the added bonus of Instagram worthy interiors.

 

The Hague

If you’re looking for outstanding architecture, fine art, brilliant shopping and delicious food, you may want to book a trip to The Hague. Dubbed the most important city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam and Rotterdam, The Hague is renowned for its cosmopolitan vibe and swanky neighbourhoods. There are even golden beaches! If you’re seeking a laidback vibe with fewer tourists than the likes of Amsterdam, The Hague is perfect. Add a canal boat tour, the Prison Gate Museum, Chinatown, and Scheveningen Boulevard to your itinerary. Shopping is also impressive in The Hague, with an array of small, interesting boutiques. Hofkwartier is where you’ll find stylish garments and luxurious brands!

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