Amsterdam, being the capital of Netherlands is among the top tourist destinations in Europe. It is well known for the considerable measure of attractions including historical museums and numerous sights and attractions that will blow your mind. There is so much more to this small country than its capital city. Think rows of windmills, fields of tulips, and cities bursting with culture and charm. Luckily for you, it's all just a short drive or train ride away from that main city hub. Here's a list to get you started.
The national museum as it literally translates to is one of the most famous and extraordinary attractions in the city. It constitutes of history tracing back to the 17th century and boasts collections from legends like Van Gogh and Rembrandt. This is the best place to experience Dutch history and art. Around the museum, one can find the most famous iAmsterdam sign along with a nice park to relax by.
One of the most scenic ways of discovering the city of Amsterdam, these cruises take you through the center and help discover the history of the city. They offer variety of cruises to select from and indeed it is one of the most gorgeous scenarios to experience. Tickets to this experience can be bought at multiple outlets all around the Amsterdam central station.
The Koninklijk Paleis as it is known in Dutch, is located on the Dam square. The royal family uses this palace for multiple occasions and ceremonies. From it being regarded as the city hall of Amsterdam to being conquered by the French and eventually becoming the house to Royals, this palace has a long and interesting history. This palace is open to public visits otherwise and is a must see.
Vincent Van Gogh, one of finest Dutch artist has his massive collection being displayed at this museum. Apart from his breath-taking work, this museum also displays interesting stories about his personal life.
Tulip fields are one of the most well known scenic features of the Netherlands along with the Dutch windmills and canals. The Keukenhof garden is situated in a town called Lisse. It boasts a grand collection of tulips in all colours one can imagine under the sky. Keukenhof is home to the largest flower garden in the world and is a must visit in Spring and summer.
To experience the most breathtaking and modern architecture, one should spend some time in the city of Rotterdam. Completely different from the other Dutch cities, this southern city offers a magnificent vibe in terms of culture and art. The market hall for some insanely delicious food items, or the Look-cube houses and its questionable design, Euromast to get the best view of the city or Kinderdijk to connect with the traditional Dutch windmills- this city offers a range of attractions with a contemporary outlook.
To leave the hustle-bustle of the city of Amsterdam and yet experience a traditional Dutch city, the city of Utrecht is the best alternative. An endlessly running canal through the city center with a wide variety of restaurants on both sides of it, this city offers the most pleasing setting to have a relaxing evening. Along with the food, one can also rent a boat or a kayak through these canals to discover the little “canal-alleys” of this city. Shopping needs are also best sufficed by this city with a huge mall right at the Utrecht Central station.
The city of Den Haag or The Hague as it is known internationally, is the city where all the State related matters of the country are discussed. Along with this, it also holds the United Nations institution of the International court of Justice and the International Criminal court. Apart from this, one can also discover the beautiful beach of Scheveningen and spend a relaxing evening here or take a nice day out to the museum of Madurodam- a miniature version of Holland at its best.