While Amsterdam is the most visited and best-known city and tourist attraction in the Netherlands, there are so many exciting locations for a traveler to visit when they set foot in Holland. Visit the great museums and art galleries, see the dikes that hold back the sea and marvel at the flowers all over the land, and do not leave without cycling the capital.
Here are some interesting places you should visit when you get to Holland:
1. The Amsterdam canals
Amsterdam is the capital city of Holland. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Venice of the north’ due to its many canal channels. You can take a boat ride and tour the canals or take a stroll down small streets that line the waterways. You can also visit the small shops, cafés, and gardens.
This is also known as the garden of Europe. It lies on the outskirts of Lisse and is known for its beautiful flowers especially tulips. Keukenhof is the largest public garden in the world and covers over 70 acres.
3. The Rijksmuseum
This is also known as the Dutch national museum and is located in Amsterdam. The museum has a large collection of art, books, and antiquities. The museum also displays an impressive account of the art and cultural development in Netherlands.
4. Hoge Veluwe National Park
This park is located between Arnhem and Apeldoorn. The park boasts of dense woodlands and an impressive number of red and roe deer. Some of the activities done are bird watching, bike riding, and hiking.
5. Anne Frank Museum
If you don’t know the story of Anne Frank then you are missing out on an important part of history. Talk of a brave girl who together with her family, had to run for their lives from Frankfurt, Germany during the 2nd world war. Her diary detailing her experiences which have been published in many languages. The Anne Frank museum is where this little girl and her family took refuge and hid for their lives.
6. The windmills of Kinderdijk
These windmills were built back in the 18th century. They are found in the village of Kinderdijk along river Noord. The windmills are 19 in total and are opened for public viewing.
7. Van Gogh Museum
This museum has been ranked 35th globally and is located in Amsterdam. It is home to the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world.
8. Historic Valkenburg
This is a romantic little town located in the Geul valley. It boasts of many medieval buildings such as the 12th-century ruins of the castle on Dwingelrots, the St. Nicholas Basilica and the Valkenburg Hilltop Castle.
9. Zeeland’s spectacular dikes
Zeeland incorporates all the numerous islands and peninsula southwest of Netherlands. This area is below sea level and thus has to rely on its impressive dikes to keep the sea water at bay. This project has been declared one of the seven wonders of the world.
10. Kasteel De Haar
This is the largest fortification in the country. It is located near the old city of Utrecht. This castle was built in the 14th century by PJH Kuyper’s. It has an impressive selection of antiques, furniture, paintings, and tapestry
I hope this article has been an inspiration to visit the Netherlands. Happy travels. J