The Netherlands (often called Holland) is small, but not small enough to visit everything in a short amount of time. So, if you’re strapped for time and need some tips on what not to miss, here’s a top 10 of attractions to visit whilst in the Netherlands.
1. Amsterdam. If you go to the Netherlands, Amsterdam is a must. Take a tour on one of the many canal boats, visit the Anne Frank house, various museums, Madam Tussauds, (coffee) shops and many more. There is a booming night life, from pubs to clubs, so no time to get bored.
2. Madurodam. If you don’t have a lot of time, but want to see everything, Madurodam is the ticket. This is where you’ll be able to see the Netherlands in miniature and feel like a giant doing so.
3. De Zaanse Schans. Here you’ll be able to see historic Holland in the form of windmills, tradesmen’s workshops, hump-backed bridges and charming little shops. It has events and exhibitions all year round.
4. De Keukenhof. One of Holland’s main export products is flowers. Every year the Keukenhof provides a beautiful show of blooming flowers. Beware though, the Keukenhof is only open during Spring. It does have a one weekend autumn opening, which is the Flower Bulb weekend in October. This is where bulb growers sell their finest and rarest bulbs.
5. Edam. Do you like cheese and history? If so, visit the Edam cheese markets or cheese warehouses. Or even just stroll around Edam and take in the authentic tradesmen vibe the town still emits.
6. De Efteling. This is a fairy tale theme park with attractions for both young and old. It consists of various rollercoasters, carousels, a fairy tale forest and more. It is the largest theme park in the Netherlands and one of the oldest in the world.
7. Scheveningen, Holland’s most popular seaside resort, only a 15-minute tram ride away from the centre of The Hague. With loads of attractions, restaurants and events happening there all year round, it will be a great day at the beach.
8. The zoo. The Netherlands has a variety of zoos and other animal conservations. The major zoos are Diergaarde Blijdorp in Rotterdam, Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, Artis in Amsterdam and Dierenpark Emmen. There also is a primate park in Apeldoorn, a reptile zoo in Vlissingen and even a butterfly paradise in Havelte.
9. De Veluwe. When you really want to enjoy the Dutch countryside, De Veluwe is the place for you. Here you can walk, cycle and relax in a vast area of plains and forests.
10. Paleis ‘t Loo. This is the former royal residence and has now been open to the public for a number of years. Besides the impressive building(s), it has beautifully landscaped gardens and frequently provides exhibitions.