Best time to visit The Netherlands
The Netherlands is a year-long destination and the best time to visit is during Spring (April-June) and Summer (July-September).
The Netherlands, is a perfect wonderland with a mix of Centuries-Old Canals, Unique Dutch Brick houses, World-class Museums and Breathtaking Landscapes. Famous for its Tulip Gardens, Bicycles and Windmills, The Netherlands is home to some wonderful Cities, Monuments and Experiences.
Walk along the Amsterdam or Utrecht Canals, enjoy a Boat ride in a rural landscape, get a taste of the local Cheese, or explore one of many historic cities. The vibrancy and history of this country will keep you busy for weeks.
The capital city of The Netherlands, Amsterdam oﬀers the perfect blend of Old World charm and a modern city vibe. A historic city, dating back to the 12th Century, Amsterdam is one of Europe’s iconic city since The Dutch Golden Age.
Amsterdam is home to over 100 canals including the Herengracht, Keizersgracht, and Prinsengracht. Negenstraatje (9 streets) is a picturesque part of Amsterdam, full of boutique shops and cafes. Visit the World-class museums including the Rijks Museum, Van Gogh Museum, or the Anne Frank Museum or rent a bicycle and explore the city.
High rise buildings, Modern grand bridges, State of the art transport system.The Rotterdam cityscape, filled with modern architecture, is a sharp contrast to Amsterdam.
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 a Local farmers market are all located within a walking distance. Home to the largest port in Europe, a boat tour in Rotterdam is a great way to see the ports and harbour of Rotterdam.
The diplomatic city of The Hague is home to the Dutch Parliament and the Supreme court. The Hague is home to embassies from all over the world is also home to the International Court of Justice. The city is famous for Noordiende Palace, and Huis ten Bosch Palace, both part of the oﬃcial residence of the current King.
Museum-lovers have plenty of reason to rejoice, as the city is home to Mauritshuis, which houses the famous ‘Girl with the Pearl earring’. Kunst Museum and Panorama Mesdag (Largest painting in Europe) are equally popular with art lovers.
Built around the famous Dom Tower, the postcard-perfect city center of Utrecht can be easily mistaken for Amsterdam, going by the description. Canals, Cobbled streets, Speeding bicyclists, Packed Restaurants and bars are a common scene in the city center.
Walk around the city or take a boat ride. Visit Olivier, a Belgian beer cafe located in a former church, or visit a cafe or restaurant located in a Vaulted cellar close to the canals.
A Dutch Golden age city, Delft is synonymous with Blue Pottery. Delft retains a large number of Monumental buildings and narrow Canals, connected by typical bridges, altogether making it a notable tourist destination.
Delft is home to over 600 historic monuments and buildings, including the city hall and the weighing house. A Delft Blue tile workshop is a must at the Royal Delft Blue factory, located within the city.
Tulip Garden & Fields :
Tulips are the most loved flowers of The Netherlands.The tulips are synonymous with the country and are generally grown for a very short period of time, from Mid April to Early May. The tulip gardens and tulip fields can only be visited during this time of the year. Apart from tulip ﬁelds, during the season,the ﬂowers can be seen throughout the country in Parks, along the streets and widely sold in all the ﬂower shops and open markets.
Keukenhof nicknamed the ‘Garden of Europe’, is the most visited place to witness the beautiful tulips. The garden comes alive with vibrant colours of Tulips. It is one of the world largest ﬂower garden and home to 7 million tulip ﬂowers during the season. Each year the garden has a special theme which is also be visible in the showing gardens in the park. Keukenhof 2020’s theme will be ‘A World of Colours’.
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 can be explored with guided tours and you can rent a bike and bicycle around some of the tulip fields.
Traditional Windmills are one of the biggest attractions in The Netherlands. The country is home to over 1100 windmills spread out throughout the country. Windmills are used for all kinds of work, from pumping water to grinding corn. The best places to see windmills are Kinderdijk, a UNESCO Heritage Site and home to 19 windmills build around the year 1740. Zaanse Schans is one of the most visted sites in The Netherlands, was once home to over 800 windmills but now a handful of windmills still stand. One can spot windmills throughout the country. There are windmills which are now a restaurant or even ‘Bed and Breakfast’.
The Postcard-perfect village of Giethoorn is famous for its 170 wooden bridges and several thatched roof houses. These houses are surrounded by water making it a picturesque sight. The best way to explore the village and the surrounding places is by renting a boat.
Volendam / EDAM
Visit the former fishing villages of Volendam, Edam and the Island of Marken. You will come across the old harbour full of old Dutch ships, beautiful Dutch village houses, and picturesque streets. Enjoy a boat ride from Volendam to Marken, famous for wooden houses.
Edam is famous for its cheese and the cheese trading dates back to the 12th century.
Most of the world renowned painters are from The Netherlands. Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vermeer, Mondrian, all hail from The Netherlands. It is only natural that the country is home to some of the well-known museums in the world. Art lovers have plenty of reasons to be excited, since the country has museums all across the country.
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 to over 1 million paintings and objects including the ‘The Night Watch’, a famous painting by Rembrandt.
Van Gogh Museum
Home to the largest collection of the painting by Van Gogh, one of the world’s most renowned artist, Van Gogh Museum is the most visited museum in The Netherlands.
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.
A cycle tour is a must when you are in The Netherlands. Reason?
The Netherlands is home to over 20 million bicycles.
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.
The best way to explore the country is by renting a bicycle. Enjoy a bicycle ride in the city or the countryside, which has plenty of scenic cycle routes.
Veluwe is an ideal spot for nature lovers and is home to the country’s famous national parks such as Hoge Veluwe and Veluwezoom. The park offers free bicycles for its visitors to explore its surrounding.
The ‘Kröller-Müller Museum’, located here is one of the popular attractions and is home to some of the finest paintings of Dutch artists including Van Gogh.
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 and Flee markets, organised all around the country. Most of the locals wear clothes and accessories in colour Orange to symbolise the colour of the country.
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. Kids along with their family 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.
Paleis het loo
Located in the heart of The Netherlands, the ‘Palace Het Loo’ is more than 300 years old and was once home to many Dutch Royal families. The Palace (under renovation) also houses one of the largest parks and is an excellent location for nature lovers.
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 now open for visitors.
Located in The Hague, The Noordeinde Palace is the official place of work for the King.The palace can be viewed during 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 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.