Best time to visit The Netherlands

Netherlands is a year long destination but the best time to visit is during Spring (April-June) and Summer (July-September).

Famous for its Tulips , Canals, Bicycles and Windmills, The Netherlands is home to some wonderful monuments, cities, world class museums, culture and many many more.The country is well known for it’s beautiful and breath taking landscape, thanks to the fact that The Netherlands is a flat country. The highest point is only about 300 metres above sea level ( roughly about the size of Eiffel tower).

The Netherlands is located in Western Europe bordering Germany and Belgium .The population of the country is just 17 million and size-wise a very small country roughly about the size of Taiwan.

 

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital and the most populated city in The Netherlands and home to about 850000 inhabitants. Amsterdam offers the perfect blend of European charm and a modern city vibe. The city is one of the hip capitals of Europe, home to multiple restaurants, bars, museums, and clubs. Although a city you can also enjoy greenery in Amsterdam thanks to multiple parks spread out throughout the city and kids friendly infrastructure like animal farms.

Amsterdam was home to one of the world’s largest port during the 17th century and the city was a leading center for finance and diamonds. The famous canals of Amsterdam were dug during this time. Known for its picturesque canals the city is also famous for its bicycles. Like any other place in The Netherlands, the city has dedicated track for bicycles and considered as the bi-cycle friendly capital city of the world. The city is home to around 900000 bicycles.

Amsterdam is an ideal place to start your trip to Europe. Amsterdam airport is well connected to all major destinations worldwide and to major European destinations by flights and trains.

Attractions : 

Walk around some of the city’s famous canals including Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht. Negenstraatje (9 streets) is a picturesque part of Amsterdam full of small shops and cafes. Visit many of city’s famous museums including Rijks museum or Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank Museum or rent a bicycle and explore the city and make sure to stay in the bicycle lane.

Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands.Home of one of world’s largest port. It is a modern city which was almost completely rebuilt after the World war II
bombardment. Rotterdam is such strong contrast to Amsterdam with tall modern structures, modern bridges that make the landscape of Rotterdam.

Attractions :

Markthal is a stunning piece of architecture and contains a huge array of shops, stalls, restaurants, and bars.  Cube house, a bizarre housing block, and  Local farmers market are some of the attractions. A boat tour in Rotterdam is a great way to see the ports and harbour of Rotterdam.

The Hague

The Hague is a diplomatic city and is home to the Dutch parliament and the Supreme court. The embassies and consulate offices from all over the world are located here and so is the International court of justice and the International supreme court. The city is famous for its palaces Noordiende Palace and Huis ten Bosch Palace, both part of the official residence of the current King.

Museum lovers can visit Mauritshuis , Gemeente museum and Panaroma Mesdag.

 

Utrecht

Utrecht is famous for its canals, buildings, and structures that date back to the High middle ages. The city is less touristic compared to Amsterdam and charming with local of cafe, bar, restaurants located in and around the city canals.

Delft

Delft famous for Delft Blue retains a large number of monumental buildings, while in many streets there are canals of which the banks are connected by typical bridges, altogether making this city a notable tourist destination.

Giethoorn

Giethoorn is a surreal village famous for its exclusive access only by boat. The village is connected by over 170 wooden bridges and home to several thatched roof houses.

Volendam

This old fishing village is famous for its splendid harbour, fishing trade, characteristic, authentic houses, and traditional clothing. Marken located just a boat ride away from Volendam, famous for its wooden houses can be visited after Volendam.

Veluwe

Veluwe is an ideal spot for nature lovers and is home to  national parks such as Hoge Veluwe and Veluwezoom. The park offers free bicycles for it’s visitors to explore it’s surrounding.

The Kröller-Müller Museum located here is one of the popular attraction is home to some of the finest painting of Dutch artists including Van Gogh.

Tulip Garden :

Tulips are the first thing that comes to our mind when we think of The Netherlands. Tulips are generally grown for a very short period of time from 3rd week of April to 2nd week of May. You can visit the tulip fields only during this time of the year. Apart from tulip fields, the flowers are present throughout the country in Parks, Roads and they are widely sold in all the flower shops and markets.

Keukenhof nicknamed the Garden of Europe is the most visited place to witness the tulips. It is one world largest flower garden and home to 7 million tulip flowers during the season. The garden is only open during the tulip season. Each year there is a special theme and the flowers are planted around the theme.

Lisse: Lisse is the village where the famous Keukenhof garden is located. However, Lisse is also famous for large rows of tulip fields in several colours that we see in most of the photos.

Noordoostpolder, a town located in the state of Flevoland, Noordwjkerhout are some of the other places famous for tulip fields. The fields are better explored with guided tours and they are bicycle friendly.

Windmills :

Traditional Windmills are one of the biggest attractions in The Netherlands. The country is home to over 1100 windmills spread out throughout the country. There are different types of windmills and each serves a different purpose. The best places to see windmills are Kinderdijk, home to around 19 windmills build around the year 1740, Zaanse Schans once home to over 800 windmills now a handful. Apart from the above sites, you can spot windmills throughout the country. Some of the windmills have now become restaurants or even bed and breakfast.

MUSEUMS

The Netherlands is home to some of the well-known museums in the world. Art lovers have plenty of reasons to be excited, thanks to the countless museums located all over the country.

Rijks Museum

Rijks Museum is the largest and the most popular museum in the country. Located in Amsterdam, the museum was first opened in its current building during 1885 and was renovated in 2013 and home over 1 million objects.

Van Gogh Museum

Home to the largest collection of the painting by Van Gogh, one of the world’s renowned artist, Van Gogh Museum is the most visited museum in The Netherlands.

Stedelijk Museum

Located in Amsterdam and dedicated to Modern art, Stedelijk museum is home to both classic and modern art.

Kröller Müller Museum

Home to the second largest Van Gogh collection, the museum is located in the Hoge Veluwe national park. The museum also houses painting from Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet among others.

ANNE FRANK HOUSE

The Anne Frank House is the famous hideout place for Anne Frank, a Jewish girl from Germany during the Nazi regime, who escaped the country and moved to Amsterdam. Anne Frank along with her family hid in the annex on this house for over 2 years. The house is now a museum and is open to visitors. Anne Frank wrote her famous diary from this house which made her famous worldwide.

Kings day :

Each year on the 27th of April, the birthday of the current King ‘Willem Alexander, ‘ is celebrated as ‘Kings Day’ throughout the Netherlands. The whole country turns into a party town with Parties, Concerts, Events, Flee markets organised all around the country. Most of the locals wear clothes and accessories in Orange to symbolise the colour of the country.

Sinterklaas :

Sinterklaas, primarily a festival for children is Celebrated during 5th of December and is a legendary figure based on Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children. Sinterklaas is the primary source of the popular Christmas icon Santa Claus. Although it is celebrated on 5th of December, his arrival date (normally the first Saturday after 11th November) is more fun when Sinterklaas arrives in The Netherlands. Kids and families line up in the streets to greet Sinterklaas, who comes in a white horse and accompanied by his helpers ‘Zwartepiet’.

Amsterdam Gay Pride :

Gay Pride, Amsterdam’s most famous festival is held annually at the city centre of Amsterdam. The event happens usually around end of July / Early August. The whole event lasts for 2 weeks, however the highlight of the event is the Canal Parade.The event is conducted to celebrate freedom and diversity.

Bicycle tours

A cycle tour is a must when you in The Netherlands. Reason?

The Netherlands is home to over 20 million bicycles. 36% of Dutch list Bicycle as their preferred mode of transport.

This high frequency of bicycle travel is enabled by excellent cycling infrastructure such as cycle paths, cycle tracks, protected intersections, ample bicycle parking and by making cycling routes shorter, quicker and more direct than car routes.

One-fourth of the country’s road has a parallel road suitable for bicycles. The best way to explore the country is by renting a bicycle, city or countryside. There are plenty of scenic cycle routes.

Paleis het loo

Located in the heart of The Netherlands, the Palace is more than 300 years old and was home to many Dutch Royal families. The Palace (under renovation) also houses one of the largest parks and is an excellent location to plan a walking tour.

Amsterdam Royal palace

Located in the city center of Amsterdam Royal Palace is the official reception palace for the current King. The palace was built during the Dutch Golden age (17th century) and is open for visitors.

Noordeinde Palace

Located in The Hague, The Noordeinde Palace is the official place of work for the King. The palace can be viewed as a part of the Hague city tour.

De Haar Castle

De Haar is the largest castle in The Netherlands. Located near Utrecht, one of the largest cities in the Netherlands, the Castle is famous for its rich history and lovely garden.

Muiderslot castle

Muiderslot is the oldest castle in The Netherlands and over 7 centuries old. The picturesque castle is located quite close to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Gateway to Europe

Amsterdam is an ideal place to start your trip to Europe. Amsterdam airport is well connected to all major destinations worldwide and to major European destinations by flights and trains.

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