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Netherlands

Travel Guide
Holland Casino which includes a city, a ferry and a river or creek

The beauty of this flat country, with its quilt-like cover of farmland, canals and flower fields, inspired painters centuries ago and still draws in the crowds.

Experience the contrasting mix of medieval and modern architecture, traditional and liberal culture, dunes and meadows in the Netherlands. The country still offers familiar images of tulips, coffee shops, windmills, clogs and cheeses, but there are also many other charms to discover in the country’s 12 different provinces.

Despite its small size, 17 million people call the Netherlands home. To see the sights, catch public transport or do as the Dutch do and cycle everywhere. Make the most of the tens of thousands of kilometers of designated cycling paths to explore pastoral areas, pockets of forest, historic river cities and tiny North Sea islands.

Start with the marvels of the multicultural capital Amsterdam, where central Dam Square, the anything-goes red light district of De Wallen, and the Anne Frank House are just some of the highlights. Take a cruise of the picturesque canal district with cobblestone streets and leaning gabled houses. Visit Museumplein to see works by Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh and other masters at the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum.

Take the train north to Zaanse Schans, a conserved historic town, to see windmills, a cheese and klompen (clogs) factory and wooden houses with thatched roofs. Some northern Dutch farmers here still live in a traditional way.

Don’t miss the seat of government, The Hague, a stylish city with royal palaces, an impressive parliament square and fun seaside boulevard. Taste typical Dutch cheeses in Gouda or Edam, two fine historic cities. After a cruise through the massive port of Rotterdam, see its modern art museums and eclectic contemporary architecture or visit a trendy nightclub. End your tour in the south, in the medieval city of Maastricht, and explore the Saint Pietersberg Caves.

From anywhere in the Netherlands, it’s only a short trip to Belgium and Germany. With Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam being the gateway to the rest of Europe, you can fly to any other European country in just a few hours.

Popular cities in Netherlands

Amsterdam featuring heritage architecture, night scenes and a city
Amsterdam
Known for Museums, Biking and Boating
Wander around a fairy-tale lattice of canals and captivating neighborhoods, where old-world charm is fused with modern luxury and world-famous nightlife.

Reasons to visit

  • Anne Frank House
  • Dam Square
  • Heineken Experience
Beestenmarkt which includes a river or creek and a small town or village as well as a large group of people
The Hague
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business
Enjoy stately mansions, palaces and art museums, historic city parks and a long sandy beach in the attractive city that is the seat of the Dutch government.

Reasons to visit

  • Peace Palace
  • Kunstmuseum Den Haag
  • Scheveningen Beach
Maastricht which includes a city, a river or creek and a bridge
Maastricht
Known for Live Music, Cathedrals and Churches
Filled with ancient fortifications, historic merchant houses, acclaimed restaurants, shops and student bars, this Dutch river city cherishes the past and celebrates the present. 

Reasons to visit

  • Vrijthof
  • Market
  • Bonnefanten Museum
Rotterdam featuring a city, street scenes and shopping
Rotterdam
Known for Shopping, Business and Museums
Modernist buildings, fashionable nightlife, river views and many museums and galleries make the Netherlands’ second-biggest city an exciting and lively destination.

Reasons to visit

  • Erasmus Bridge
Utrecht featuring a house, a small town or village and a river or creek
Utrecht
Known for Dining, Shopping and Business
Get away to romantic Utrecht! Enjoy the museums, local cuisine, and festivals.

Reasons to visit

  • Dom Church
Nijmegen
Nijmegen
Known for Romantic, Museums and Monuments
Get away to romantic Nijmegen! Enjoy the monuments, cathedral, and culture.

Popular places to visit in Netherlands

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