The Netherlands, located in the north-west of Europe, is a must-do on your next trip to the continent. The country offers a wide array of attractions and activities for tourists, ranging from beautiful art and unique architecture to a fantastic food and drink scene, and from deep historically and politically significant areas to a vibrant nigh life – so no matter your budget or interests, you are bound to find something that excites the explorer in you! Without further ado, here are some of the most important cities and places to visit in Netherlands on your trip to the country.
As the capital city of the Netherlands, and the largest city, Amsterdam tops the list of must-visit places in the Netherlands. A key highlight of the city is the extensive network of canals that run through it, and taking a canal cruise is one of the best ways to experience them. Amsterdam is also the hallmark of the liberalism and openness that defines Dutch culture, and is the ultimate mix of local and international influences, making it one of the key places to visit in the Netherlands. Make sure to visit key Netherlands tourist places like the Van Gogh museum, Rijksmuseum for the largest collection of Dutch Art, the Anne Frank House for a trip back into history and Dam Square for its sheer energy and buzz.
Located in the centre of the country, Utrecht is seen by many as a cousin to Amsterdam, similar in the canals and architecture but without the hordes of tourists that flock to the capital throughout the year. If you have a few days to spare, Utrecht is one of the best places to visit in the Netherlands as well. The Dom Tower of Utrecht and Castle De Haar are some of the key tourist attractions in the city; feel free to explore the medieval old town as well and get lost in some of its old-world streets!
The second-largest city and one of the most underrated places to go in the Netherlands, Rotterdam is one of the most important port cities in the Netherlands. It has a vibrant culinary scene. One of the most important places to go to in Rotterdam is Markthal market, where you can nibble on delicious Dutch cheese or classic stroopwafels. Stock up one some local food items to take home as well! Rotterdam makes for an easy day trip from Amsterdam, and is accessible by car, train or bus.
The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government, and one of the most important Netherlands tourist places to visit, for its strong political significance in the country. It is also home to the International Court of Justice, and other global organisations. But beyond this context, The Hague is a beautiful city to visit, rich in architectural and natural beauty.
The Netherlands has so much to see and do, whether you are looking for a quick trip or have a few extra days to spare. To learn more and start planning your Netherlands trip, visit us at your local SOTC branch.