Most beautiful cities to visit in the Netherlands: discover some destinations that will surely enhance your itinerary in the Netherlands
capital of the Netherlands, amsterdam It is very famous for its beautiful canals, Keukenhof garden, bicycles everywhere, century-old houses and famous names such as Anne Frank and Van Gogh. But the city has a lot more to offer than a visitor can imagine when they set foot there for the first time.
With more than 100 kilometers of canals, the tourist cannot, under any circumstances, fail to take a boat trip. In addition to being a great way to get used to the city's atmosphere, it's an alternative to seeing the sights from a different angle. Important information is that the Herengracht, Singel, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht canals form the famous canal belt of Amsterdam, which in 2010 became UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Following the itinerary of tours in the midst of nature, the Vondelpark, one of the best known in the region, is the right destination, especially for those who travel in the summer and want to see the Dutch routine up close. The sun just comes out for the residents to grab their picnic baskets and spend the afternoons drinking good wine and reading a book there. The park also has other attractions, such as an open-air theater, restaurants and cafes, making it the right destination for anyone looking for something to do in the city.
Those who like history and culture need to know two postcards of the capital of Holland: the Van Gogh Museum – which tells the story of the painter, his change of style over the years and houses the largest collection of his works – and the Anne Frank Museum – the house where the teenager hid from the Nazis in World War II and where she wrote her famous diary.
Amsterdam is full of attractions of all kinds, but the must-see is the bustling Red Light, where women stand in shop windows to offer their services. But anyone who thinks that the neighborhood lives only on prostitution is wrong. None of that! There are several museums, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, among other things.
To make the experience in the city even better, nothing better than tasting its typical foods. Those who travel to Holland, especially to the country's capital, cannot fail to try the stroopwafel, a waffle filled with molasses that can be found practically anywhere in the city.
Full of charm, the fourth largest holland city it is a university stronghold that exceeds the expectations of those who venture to know it. The tree-lined streets contrast with the constant bustle of the cycle paths and leave the region with unique characteristics.
Located in the heart of the country, the region is also crossed by several canals and owner of historic buildings, in this way, it is the destination chosen by those who yearn to know beyond the big European cities. The Oudegracht canal is the oldest in the Netherlands and is surrounded by bars, castles and restaurants, so it is the first choice of tour for those arriving in the city. But the main attraction is the Dom Tower, which offers an incredible view of the whole of Utrecht. Nearby, the Speelklok Museum stands out for its collection with music boxes, pianolas, a variety of organs, among other musical instruments that make it, without a doubt, the most musical museum in the world.
At cities in the Netherlands can be summed up in beautiful canals, windmills and people cycling through the streets, right? Wrong! Rotterdam completely escapes this pattern and is a place that breathes modernity and style. Of course, in practically all European cities, there are also some centenary buildings, but the difference is that most of the constructions are unusual, with very different structures and unique architecture, so the scenario is extremely surprising.
As Rotterdam is not a very touristy city, most attractions are concentrated close to each other, which makes it easy for travelers who can do everything in the city on foot. And the tour cannot start anywhere other than the Laurenskerk church, the only medieval building left in the city after the bombings of the Second World War.
Then, the tourist needs to know the modern points of the city. Rotterdam's central market, the Markthal, is the best option for those looking to try delicious and typical Dutch things and, consequently, enjoy an incredible view, as the building – which is the size of a football field – has a very different and striking design, so much so that it became known as the “Dutch Sistine Chapel” – because of the beautiful ceiling decoration.
Another attraction of the city that exudes modernity are the cubic houses. A curiosity about the project is that, despite the construction being crooked, its interior is all level and the tourist can check this out when visiting or staying there, since part of the construction works as a hostel.
One of the things that all tourists worry about when they disembark to discover a new destination are photos of the trip, after all, it is necessary to choose the perfect scenario to make the click. The Erasmus Bridge is probably the most photographed place in the city for its imposing structure. From there it is also possible to observe the Wilhelmina Pier, a place that houses several architectural structures, including the Maastoren, which is considered the largest building in the country.
If the postcards of Rotterdam were not enough to convince the traveler to put the destination on the list of “next places to visit”, the cuisine was certainly what was needed to convince. The most outstanding flavors of the city are those of Oude Rotterdam cheese and sweet poffertjes, two typical foods that are worth trying.
Being a typically university city, Leida has a young, relaxed and multicultural atmosphere, after all, many foreigners live in the city. With many canals, old houses made of bricks, bridges, cobbled streets and a mill in the center, the region's scenery looks like it came out of the movie screens.
The Molen de Valk can be seen from anywhere in the city and is one of its great attractions. Created in the 17th century, the facility is not just a mill, but also a museum that showcases its inner workings. In addition, the construction also has a circular observation platform at the base of the tower for those who want to observe the local landscape from another angle.
One of the country's monuments, Morspoort is more than a gateway to Leiden, but a great place for anyone who wants to experience the flavors of the region. On warmer days, the most sought after place – by travelers and Dutch alike – to have a good meal is the Burcht van Leiden, a public park that was once used as a defense against invaders and also for military purposes, but where today it is possible to enjoy a day at restaurants or simply listening to music. It is one of the few places where you can get a complete view of the city.
No trip to Holland can be considered complete without a stop along the canals. The Rapenburg canal is the most beautiful in the region and the best option for those looking for a pleasant and calm ride is to explore the region through a walk along its waters.
For those who want to know the “traditional holland“, Delft needs to be part of the script. The region brings together a little of the best in the country and, at first glance, it seems that time has stopped. Those who visit the city guarantee that it is a trip unlike anything you can imagine.
Near the train station, which is in the city center, most of Delft's attractions are concentrated. To immerse yourself in the Dutch tradition, there is nothing better than a visit to the Markt to see the largest street market in the region, where tourists can find everything in the various stalls (food, drinks, blue ceramic porcelain that are the hallmark of the place, among other things) and in the shops around.
Did you know that there is a church whose tower is leaning? This is not only what impresses the Oude Kerk church, which is a real treasure of the country, but also the fact that it is a Gothic-style building, something that is not very common in Holland.
The most important museum in Delft is the Stedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, located in the former convent where William I, a great promoter of the country's independence, was murdered by a Catholic fanatic. Despite not being very large, its collection is admirable and a true history lesson for those who want to know everything about the Eighty Years' War, the famous conflict between Holland and Spain. But the attractions don't stop there: next to the building there is a garden whose beauty is so extraordinary that it cannot be ignored.
To live a day in the city like an ordinary Dutchman, tourists can rent a bicycle to explore the region and its canals on two wheels. In fact, the canals that cut through Delft are responsible for all the special charm of the streets. Those looking for green areas during their walks cannot miss the botanical garden, part of the Technical University of Delft. Despite being a bit out of the way, it's worth taking an afternoon to go there and simply relax.
Located in the north of Holland, Haarlem is one of the oldest cities and famous for the production of tulips. Needless to say, it's a must-see destination in spring, right? In addition, the place is also well known for its beer production and even has a church turned bar! There is no shortage of attractions to visit there.
The Grote Markt, the main square in the region, is considered by many to be the most beautiful square in the country. Surrounded by historic buildings, including the Gothic Saint Bavao cathedral and the Hoofdwacht building (an old building that once functioned as a jail), those who stroll through it discover some curiosities about the history of Haarlem. On weekends, the square gains a totally different atmosphere with the street fair, a great option to try typical foods and buy souvenirs to take home. In fact, Haarlem was voted the best shopping destination in the country, so you can find everything there!
One of the highlights of the city is the Molen de Adriaan, a mill located on the edge of a canal that works as a museum (which explains how it works). Travelers who want can climb the tower to have a panoramic view of the entire city, which owns a stunning landscape!
As Haarlem is the brewery center of the Netherlands, many tourists travel to the place to see the more than 100 micro breweries scattered throughout it, especially the Jopenkerk brewery, as the place was for a long time the Jopen church. The coolest thing is that the tanks in which the drinks are produced are exposed, so those who visit the house can even smell the preparation. But in addition to a brewery and bar, the establishment also works as a restaurant, that is, it can be the perfect place to warm up before going out to enjoy the Dutch night.
Known locally as “Den Bosch”, 's-Hertogenbosch is a historically important city in the Netherlands, with many cultural attractions and stunning natural landscapes, so it has become a fascinating destination for tourists. The animation is on account of the lively cafes and exclusive restaurants.
to St. John's Cathedral, a beautiful example of a European Gothic cathedral, is one of the postcards of the region. Located in the center of the city, its construction began in the 13th century, but was only completed in the 16th century. So much dedication made the structure gigantic and, currently, it is the largest Catholic church in the entire country. With so much magnitude and importance, it is a must for those who like to know important buildings. The tip for those who put the visit on the itinerary is to climb the church tower to have a privileged view of the surroundings.
One of the most famous names in 's-Hertogenbosch is Jheronimus Bosch, a Dutch painter who lived in the region and is so important to the city that he has a statue in the historic center. Alongside Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Vermeer, the figure is one of the most important in the country, but it is in the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center, a church that features a unique collection by the artist, that visitors can better understand this influence.
During your stay in 's-Hertogenbosch, you can't miss the bossche bol (also called sjekladebol), a chocolate covered cake filled with whipped cream that is a specialty of the region. Whether in a cafe or restaurant, it is very easy to find this delicacy that is one of the reasons for the pride of the city.
As one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Zutphen's main highlights are historical and cultural. But in the midst of so much medieval beauty, there is a modern place with many things to do. It really is a place full of surprises.
Nature lovers must visit the beautiful Warnsveld, a village full of castles and lush forest. To see all the details of the landscape, nothing better than a bike ride, which is the best way to get around the city streets. And those who like to relax in the middle of nature need to know one of the most popular activities in Zutphen, which is to take boats along the city's canals to explore all the secrets of the place.
When it comes to culture and history, the two points that cannot be left out of the itinerary are the Henriette Polak museum (full of modern visual arts) and the Stedelijk museum (with some of the oldest archaeological finds). Another very interesting tourist spot in the city is called Broederenkerk: from the outside, the place looks like a simple church, but inside it's a library! The space is very modern (wi-fi is available) with areas for visitors to work, study or simply read without being disturbed.
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