11 Best Places In The Netherlands To Visit
The Netherlands might be a relatively small country but don’t let its size put you off. There are some pretty incredible and best places in the Netherlands that aren’t just the key sites like Amsterdam.
Yes, Amsterdam is pretty cool (and totally worthy of its amazing reputation), but it is easy to overlook some of the other best places in the Netherlands that are dotted all across the country.
That’s why I wanted to share some of my favourite spots that are pretty easy to visit when travelling around the Netherlands. For me, that’s the biggest draw of visiting the Netherlands, there’s always a little spot close by.
Truth be told, there’s just so much more to see of the country that isn’t just the obvious haunts. Whether it’s for a day trip from Amsterdam, a trip through the country or part of a wider road trip through Europe,
I’m almost certain you’ll find a few key spots you’ll love.
Take a look, below, at some of the best places in the Netherlands to explore. Have the best trip!
Okay, let’s start off with one of the more obvious, but nonetheless one of the best places in the Netherlands to visit. Amsterdam is easily one of the biggest cities in the Netherlands and probably the most iconic city to visit in the country.
Now, Amsterdam itself has a whole heap of amazing things to do, with a shed load of culture, bars and restaurants, heaps of history and, of course, the canals (which actually date back hundreds of years).
Once you’re here, make sure to explore the Rijksmuseum (and see the Rembrandt and Vermeer paintings) and wander around the whole of the Museum District that also includes the Van Gogh Museum.
Afterwards, hire yourself a boat for a few hours and take to the canals, it’s a great way to relax on the waterways (especially on a sunny day).
Don’t forget to visit Anne Frank’s House, see Rembrandt’s house and head for cocktails at Pllek at sunset. It’s a gorgeous, beachy spot that’s perfect on a warm summers day.
Also, if you’re feeling peckish, make sure to visit Box Social for their Yum Cha Waffles… they’re so good! For dinner, pop into De Silveren Spiegel – they have the most amazing tasting menus and is well worth splashing out for this spot.
One of my favourite hotels has to be the Lloyd Hotel which has a totally unique concept. They have rooms that cater to every type of traveller and it’s so cool. From luxury 5-star rooms to more budget-friendly dorm-style rooms, it’s a proper cool place to stay on your trip to Amsterdam.
2.) Broek in Waterland
Only around 5 km from Amsterdam itself, Broek in Waterland is easily up there as one of the best places in the Netherlands to explore. Now, it’s really easy to get here from Amsterdam, so it’s well worth popping over to visit for a few hours. Leaving Amsterdam (Centraal Station), take the 314 for around 4 stops and you’ll be there in a matter of 15-minutes.
One of the things that makes this village so special is the gorgeous Dutch houses that are just so quaint. Best of all, as a protected site, most of the village has been preserved and it’s almost like stepping back in time.
Once here, make sure to explore look out for the different coloured houses. Apparently, if you were affluent (hundreds of years ago) you would paint your house in a purplish kind of colour. Whereas, if you were not-so-well-off, then your house would typically be grey.
Honestly, a visit to Broek in Waterland is little going back in time.
Perched in between Rotterdam and The Hague, Delft is one historic city and best places in the Netherlands to visit.
Delft is a proper picturesque city that has a shed load of history, especially when it comes to art and pottery. For instance, this is the place where Delftware (Royal Delft) is actually from. Once you see it, you’ll know what I mean…it’s that famous blue and white pottery.
After getting your fill of pottery, head over to see the Renaissance-style town hall. Oh, and check out the Oude Kerk, with a tower that’s over 75m high that leans ever so slightly. It’s almost as if it’s the Netherland’s version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Afterwards, take a stroll by the canals and explore the Eastern Gate that’s well over 500 years old. If you’re feeling peckish, head to Stads-koffyhuis for lunch. It has a proper chilled-out vibe with some of the best coffee in the city.
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