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Netherlands Travel Wiki

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Travel to Netherlands

Make note that although the name “Holland” is used commonly in everyday language, the country is strictly called The Netherlands and internationally recognized as such.

Did you know that Amsterdam has more canals to explore than Venice? Or that the art museums throughout the nation have as many of the world’s masters in them as anywhere else in the world? The old towns of the Netherlands offer visitors the quiet and quaint experiences of medieval Europe, so make sure to bring your bike or rent one locally because there is no better country in the world today to explore no matter what city you choose to make your base of operations.

There are many beautiful open lands that have been protected, so outdoor adventure is just a stone’s throw away from virtually anywhere within the country. One of the best options is Hoge Veluwe National Park, where you can lose yourself in an endless swath of evergreens and wildlife. Marshes, forests, and even sand dunes are plentiful here, just waiting for you and your camera.

The Romans even made it up to the Netherlands once upon a time, creating unique underground forts that are always worth a visit. Every generation that has ever called this nation home has left their mark somewhere in the Netherlands and this means there is always a chance to find a perfect moment. You can choose to explore 2,000+ years of history, take a moment to enjoy a cocktail, or just savor the friendliness of a brown cafe. You could always come for the tulips and the windmills, but the Netherlands is so much more than these two famous options for visitors to enjoy.

Though a small country, the Netherlands have historically made huge contributions to fine art, especially painting, and international commerce. The country is remarkable for its beautiful tulip fields, picturesque windmills, and the impressive canal systems of its cities, many of which are below sea level. The Netherlands are known for the beauty of their landscapes, historic cities, and the relaxed and liberal atmosphere of the country. It’s also easy to get around as an English speaker, since most of the population speaks English well.

Rotterdam is a fantastic, modern city with amazing nightlife and a booming art and music scene. Europe’s largest port city is a great place to mingle with locals and see the latest trends in Dutch and Western European art and music. The Hague is the judicial capital of Europe, home to the International Criminal Court and over 150 other international organizations. The cosmopolitan atmosphere is complimented by modern architecture and an abundance of parks and green spaces. Utrecht has beautiful medieval architecture, an old naval fort, and museums catering to all interests.

The history buff, or the couple looking for a romantic vacation in a medieval city, will benefit from a trip to Utrecht or Maastricht. Both cities date from the medieval period and have some of the oldest standing structures in the Netherlands. Utrecht also has a museum for practically every interest. While the city has its share of traditional, fine art museums, visitors will be amazed at the breadth of museums to choose from; the city has everything from Aboriginal Art, to a railway museum, and an entire museum dedicated to cuckoo clocks!

The Hague is a beautiful, green city that can be a nice alternative to Amsterdam or Rotterdam for those looking for something a little cozier, or who want to be as close as possible to the tulip fields in the center of the country. Rotterdam has a wealth of modern buildings designed by famous architects. It’s a young, vibrant city with a thriving bar and club scene, lots of live music, great shopping and a very international ambiance which makes tourist and outsiders feel welcome.

Amsterdam itself has an endless list of attractions for visitors, from restaurants to famous museums and historical sites. Just a few of the latter include Rembrandt’s house, the Van Gogh museum (where you can see the famous starry night in person), Anne Frank’s house, the Rijksmuseum, Nation History Museum, the photography museum, and the NEMO science center, to name just a handful. Amsterdam is also a stop on the circuit for most major touring art exhibitions, with new attractions arriving at different museums every week. After a hard day of museum visits, tourists in Amsterdam can head to the Heineken brewery for a beer and a tour, then head to one of Amsterdam’s many fine restaurants. Whatever type of cuisine you are craving, Amsterdam has it. Want to take a load off? Why not go to one of Amsterdam’s 12 art-house cinemas to watch a classic film on the big screen?

Best of the Netherlands

When you think of the Netherlands, there’s a good chance that you’re thinking about Amsterdam. To be fair, Amsterdam is rightfully a top choice for the first stop on any trip to this beautiful country.

There is also much more to see here than the capital city. The Netherlands is a nation that is bursting at the seams with charm, hospitality, and culture. Every destination here is a quick day trip to enjoy.

Here is the best of the Netherlands you can discover on your next holiday.

#1. Delft

If you love blue pottery, then you must take the time to visit this Renaissance town. Be sure to visit the Vermeer Center Museum during your stay as well, with some of his most famous works on display.

#2. Haarlem

The same appeal that Amsterdam offers can be found in this small city. There are fewer crowds here, which mean you have more time to explore at a pace which suits you. Think narrow streets, brick homes, and murals everywhere. Visit Jopenkerk during your stay, which is a brewery built into a 14th century cathedral.

#3. Kinderdijk

The Netherlands brings forth images of blooming flowers and iconic windmills. Visit here and you’ll be able to see 19 of these monumental windmills in action. The network of windmills had a job that was simple: to keep the soil dry to prevent flooding in the region. It has been a world heritage site since 1997.

#4. Rotterdam

Modernism is what springs to mind when thinking about this fantastic city. The beautiful cube houses are a wonderful site to behold. Some are even available as a short-term rental during the year. Be sure to visit the Market Hall and the Erasmus Bridge as you tour the city as well.

#5. Thorn

This small community is located near the Belgian border. The streets are still paved with cobblestone here. The homes and businesses are beautifully whitewashed. In the center of town, there is a stunning 10th century church to find.

#6. Zaanse Schans

You’ll find another collection of traditional homes and windmills when you make a stop here. You can also find yourself tracing a path through Dutch history as you explore. Even if you’re just passing through, a stop at the local cheese factory will be a rewarding experience.

#7. Wadden Sea

This is another one of the Netherlands’ world heritage sites that you won’t want to miss. These wetlands are the largest system of sand and mud flats of its type in the world. More than 50 islands make up this region, as do dozens of marine wildlife species. You’ll find harbor seals, harbor porpoises, and many other animals as you wander the beaches.

The best of the Netherlands takes you from shore to sea, allowing you to explore in a way that suits you best. Find a way to relax, let time begin to slow down, and you will rediscover your happiness when you make this country your destination of choice.

City Guides

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Alkmaar Travel Wiki Travel to Alkmaar Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Alkmaar This 10th century community in Northern Holland sits on an ancient sandbank, giving visitors a uniquely spectacular view thanks to the canal that could be built thanks to its low-lying status. The most popular aspect of a visit to Alkmaar is its cheese market, but there is much more to this city that a nice bite. Many...

Amsterdam, capital of Netherlands

Amsterdam Travel Wiki Travel to Amsterdam Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Amsterdam For many, Amsterdam is the ultimate location to explore the inner soul. Part of this is because of the reputation that this city has for allowing, or at least tolerating, specific liberating substances. Another part, however, is the fact that this city is so accessible and offers many exploration opportunities. Built up using a series of canals,...


Arnhem Travel Wiki Travel to Arnhem Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Arnhem Arnhem is a community that has its roots in history. A dozen grave mounds were once discovered that date back to at least 2400 BC. The city has its first mentioning in the late 9th century and Otto II officially created the city in 1233. This makes the Netherlands Open Air Museum a fascinating place to visit...


Breda Travel Wiki Travel to Breda Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Breda Breda is a city that invites you to embrace antiquity while you enjoy modern comforts. Within the city center, you’ll find moats, historic buildings, and the city harbor.  At Grote Market, you’ll find the main square where sidewalk cafes, pubs, and small shops await your arrival. Be sure to visit the Begijnhof, the Castle of Breda, and...


Delden Travel Wiki Travel to Delden Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Delden Delden offers visitors a chance to glimpse old-fashioned Europe, but in a way that isn't kitschy or pretentious. When you walk down the streets of this community, there is a certain authenticity here that you won't find anywhere else. The stone structures stand strong and true against the ravages of time and conflict. Here are some of...


Delft Travel Wiki Travel to Delft Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Delft Although Delft was originally founded in the 11tht century, much of it had to be rebuilt about 500 years later. Most cities battled fires in their history, but Delft had a gunpowder explosion that leveled much of the town. If there hadn't been a fair going on at The Hague or a market open at Schiedam,...


Eindhoven Travel Wiki Travel to Eindhoven Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Eindhoven A city that literally means the “end of 14 hectares of land,” this city in the southern part of the Netherlands was initially settled in the early 13th century. Located where the Dommel and Gender Streams came together, the Gender was dammed in the early 1950's and no longer runs through the city. What makes this city...


Enschede Travel Wiki Travel to Enschede Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Enschede Enschede is a city that takes pride in its history. It has an independent spirit that has served it well throughout past generations. It is this pride and spirit that you’ll find as you tour along the streets, in the friendly wave of passersby, or the exhibits that tell the story of those who have walked...


Franeker Travel Wiki Travel to Franeker Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Franeker If you visit Franeker, then there's a good chance that you're planning to visit the Eisinga Planetarium. Completed in 1781, it today serves as a museum and is open to the public. At the time of its creation, the working model of the solar system that it contained was one of the most advanced in the world....


Gouda Travel Wiki Travel to Gouda Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Gouda Bearing a cheese of the same name, Gouda is also one of the best places in Holland to pick up a smoking pipe if you're so inclined. Initially founded at the start of the 12th century in a swamp, this city has grown to become an essential destination for those who wish to experience a culture...


Groningen Travel Wiki Travel to Groningen Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Groningen Even though Groningen might be a university city, with two of the universities bringing in over 50,000 students per year, there are still many opportunities to visit and enjoy many of the sites that this city has to offer. The nightlife in any university community is going to be fun, but art and culture have a...


Haarlem Travel Wiki Travel to Haarlem Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Haarlem The extra “a” is just the beginning of the differences that you'll experience from the Harlem in the USA. With a history that dates back to the Middle Ages, this city has numerous heritage sites that are preserved because they've been purchased by the government. Here are some of the experiences that are offered within the...

Hoek van Holland

Hoek van Holland Travel Wiki Travel to Hoek van Holland Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Hoek van Holland Hoek van Holland, lovingly called The Hook, is located on the North Sea. It's on a busy sea passageway for vessels that are ultimately going to Rotterdam. With ferries running every 30 minutes at times, you might not have much time to explore. If you do, then here are some...


Leiden Travel Wiki Travel to Leiden Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Leiden As home to the oldest university in the Netherlands, Leiden has always been a community that focuses on culture, education, and opportunity. With small canals intersecting throughout the city, don't miss Leidse Hout Park, a small deer park that was created by an accidental gunpowder explosion of a ship in 1807. You won't want to miss...


Maastricht Travel Wiki Travel to Maastricht Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Maastricht Located in the Netherlands, Masstricht is the capital of its province and is located along both shores of the Meuse and Jeker Rivers. The community was conquered by the Romans during the Gallic Wars and because one of the religious centers of the region, developing into a garrison city and then an early industrial city.  When...


Nijmegen Travel Wiki Travel to Nijmegen Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Nijmegen Nijmegen is the oldest city in the Netherlands and its location on the Waal River give it a very picturesque view. The Romans built a military camp here as they conquered northward in the 1st century BC and the surrounding hills to this day still offer breathtaking views. A number of ruins from this early history...


Putten Travel Wiki Travel to Putten Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Putten In 1944, Nazi Germany raided Putten and removed almost the entire population of men. More than 600 men were taken to various concentration camps. Only 48 came back after the war. Surrounded by farmland, this small community dates back to 855 and agriculture has always been a point of emphasis. The service industry has grown around this...


Raalte Travel Wiki Travel to Raalte Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Raalte Raalte may be the largest community in its region, but this Dutch community is still home to about only 20,000 people. This gives visitors a feeling of small town charm, while it is still big enough to offer some unique exploration opportunities. Agriculture is important to this region, as our some small industrial enterprises, and that is...


Rotterdam Travel Wiki Travel to Rotterdam Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Rotterdam Not only is Rotterdam one of the largest cities in the Netherlands, but it is also one of the largest ports in the world. Many don't realize that this community got its start thanks to a dam that was built in the 13th century on the Rotte River. With access to the North Sea and waterways...

s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch)

‘s-Hertogenbosch Travel Wiki Travel to ‘s-Hertogenbosch Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in ‘s-Hertogenbosch A community that is named “The Duke’s Forest” should provide visitors with plenty of green spaces, gentle streams, and iconic landmarks that will help everyone follow their path of preference. That’s exactly what you’ll find during a stay in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Often called “Den Bosch,” it is the festivals and celebrations of this community that draw visitors to...

Travel resources

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Ajax Amsterdam Football Club

The famous Ajax shirt is a symbol of success, inventive football and Amsterdam. The invention, Total Football came from Ajax in the 1970s and Johan Cruyff. Ajax is historically one of the most successful clubs in the world; according to the IFFHS, Ajax were the seventh-most successful European club of the 20th century Matches at Ajax Arena is often packed to capacity 52.000 If you want to watch a match you can buy tickets through the website. Adress and contact Amsterdam ArenA ArenA Boulevard 1 1101 Amsterdam Website

Amsterdam. A Great Small Capital

Top class Travel TV.  Interesting history and good travel ideas delivered to you in professional short travel tv clips presented and narrated by Rick Steves. Europe has many beautiful tourist destinations. However, it is absolutely undeniable that by far, Amsterdam is one of the best. The population of 735000 is proud of this ‘greatest of small cities in the world’. There is the world famous canal system to explore and the fantastic personification of tolerance and diversity that is synonymous with the...

Biggest City Holland

Facts about Netherlands, Biggest city What are the name of the biggest city Netherlands, and how big are city by population. Easy overview of the informations in the sortable table below. Please note that the informations comes from various sources,if you are using the informations professional you should get confirmation that the figures are actual. Last update august 2017

Geography and facts, Netherlands

Netherlands, geography and facts explained Geography, facts, local customs and foodie guide. All explained in videos 8 to 15 minutes, very good, informative and funny videos that will ensure you see the videos to the end. The videos are produced by Geography now, thanks for the videos and keep up the good work.

Going Dutch, All About Holland, Image Film

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Money Netherlands, Local Currency, Euro

Money in Netherlands (notes and coins) Netherlands legal tender is called Euro (EUR). 1 Euro = 100 cent. Coins in circulation: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cent €1 and €2 Notes in circulation: €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. European Central Bank

National Tourist Information Holland

Traveladvisor in Holland: Are you going on a vacation you can get lots of free and professional help, traveladvice and information from the National Tourism Organisation. Discover the country and the cities getting the most out of your vacation with the professional help from the people who knows their country and their culture the best. Make note that although the name "Holland" is used commonly in everyday language, the country is strictly called The Netherlands and internationally recognized as such. Holland Tourism...

Netherlands Holidays

Netherlands Public Holidays See the calendars for national Netherlands holidays year by year. Find and just click on the year you for which you need more information about Netherlands holidays, and the calendar for the year will open. When is the non working days for the year. Public / national days, see the calendar for the country here.

VR City tour in Amersfoort

What to see in Amersfoort, Netherlands ? VR guided tour. Amersfoort There are many cultures in the world, and many places which you can visit that contain new and interesting pieces of information for you, as well as different cultures. However, a visit to a place such as the Netherlands is something that can easily be called a once in a life time experience. The Netherlands is a place that is so seeped in culture and tradition that it would be...

VR City tour in Amsterdam

What to see in Amsterdam, Netherlands ? VR guided tour through this wonderful city, and take you to all the highlights including Dam square, Anne Frank house, the red light district, Vondelpark, a coffeeshop and much more.When we talk about Amsterdam, Netherlands, it is very hard not to imagine misty cafes and scantily clothed women moving provocatively in windows with red lights. Many of the travelers from across the world return to this ultimate city of “sin” because of these...

Official holidays

When are holidays and no working days in the country ?

1 JanuaryNew Year's DayNieuwjaarsdag
27 AprilKing's DayKoningsdag
5 MayLiberation DayBevrijdingsdag
VariableAscension DayHemelvaartsdag
25 DecemberChristmasKerstmis
26 DecemberChristmasKerstmis
Good Friday and Saint Nicholas Evening (December 5) is widely celebrated, but is not official holiday,
In Southern part of the Netherlands Carnival is widely celebrated and many people take a week off in order to celebrate.

Which are the largest cities ?

Listing of the most important and largest cities in the country

3The Hague515,076