1. Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From Amsterdam canals to world-famous Amsterdam museums and historical Amsterdam sights, it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Canal cruises are a popular way to see the city from the perspective of its canals.Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: rich culture, lively Amsterdam nightlife, international restaurants, good transport – but is quiet, and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has a little road traffic. In this city your destination is never far away, but get a bike for an authentic local experience. And if you are staying for longer, consider a daytrip from Amsterdam to see also the surrounding towns and villages. They are full of attractions. Popular times to visit are during tulip season (mid-Mar–early May), summer (Jun–Aug) when the weather is mild and warm, and fall (Sep–Oct). Key events include King’s Day (Apr), celebrated with flea markets, outdoor concerts and an abundance of orange, the national color. Gay Pride (Aug) is a citywide street party with a parade of boats down Amsterdam’s canals. Winters are cold and damp.
  2. The Hague is a city on the North Sea coast of the western Netherlands. Its Gothic-style Binnenhof (or Inner Court) complex is the seat of the Dutch parliament, and 16th-century Noordeinde Palace is the king’s workplace. The city is also home to the U.N.’s International Court of Justice, headquartered in the Peace Palace, and the International Criminal Court.The Mauritshuis museum, in a 17th-century mansion, displays Golden Age art masterpieces including Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” Gemeentemuseum Den Haag houses Delftware ceramics and work by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. There’s a museum of graphic artist M. C. Escher’s work in the 18th-century Lange Voorhout Palace. The 19th-century Panorama Mesdag is a 360-degree painting of Scheveningen beach resort, set in its own museum. Wood-lined ‘brown’ cafes line the cobbled streets and canals around Denneweg, and the Hofkwartier has upscale shops and restaurants. Madurodam park contains miniature models of famous Dutch buildings.Peak travel is summer (May–Aug), when the weather’s mild. Rainfall is common year-round. There’s a fair, markets and street parties held for Koningsdag (King’s Day, Apr 27). The long-running Tong Tong Fair (May–Jun) is an Asian festival incorporating dance, theater, food and fashion. Parkpop (Jun) is a free outdoor festival attracting tens of thousands of music fans to Zuiderpark. Festivities around Prinsjesdag (Sep), when the monarch addresses parliament, includes royal and military parades, plus a children’s festival.
  3. The Dutch city of Leiden Holland (Leyden in Dutch) is a picturesque community located in the tulip-growing district in the Netherlands. Home to the oldest university in the country, Leiden features many interesting tourist attractions and a variety of museums and art galleries. Leiden is located south of Amsterdam and a short distance from The Hague.There are many good hotels and inexpensive tourist accommodation available in this university town. Tourists can enjoy its picturesque canals, parks and gardens or do a little shopping in the local shops.The weather in Leiden Netherlands and throughout South Holland is mild throughout the year. Many tourists visit Leiden during the tulip season which runs from March to May. (View video.)Visitors arriving at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport can catch a train directly from the airport to Leiden station. Many hotels are available near the airport and also in nearby cities such as Den Haag (The Hague).A common time to visit is spring to early fall (Apr–Oct), when the weather is temperate. The Leidse Lakenfeesten (Jun) includes dragon-boat races, a beer festival and music. The Leidens Ontzet (Relief of Leiden, Oct 3) commemorates the Spanish siege and relief of the city in 1574. On and around that day, Leiden hosts a parade, fair, market, concerts and fireworks. Traditional dishes are eaten during this celebration, especially herring and hutspot carrot stew. Winters are chilly, and rain occurs year-round.
  4. Delft, a canal-ringed city in the western Netherlands, is known as the manufacturing base for Delftware, hand-painted blue-and-white pottery. In its old town, the medieval Oude Kerk is the burial site of native son and Dutch Master painter Johannes Vermeer. Once the seat of the royal House of Orange, the 15th-century Nieuwe Kerk houses the family’s tombs and overlooks Delft’s lively market square.Delft has been officially a city since 1246 when the Dutch Earl William II granted it a city franchise. The new city began to grow and by 1355 grew to the size it would maintain until the 19th century.Delft has long been associated with the House of Orange, and during the Eighty Years’ War, the city served as a headquarters for the Dutch resistance. When William of Orange was shot dead by Balthazar Gerards, in 1584, the family chose to bury him in Delft due to the fact that the Spanish occupied their traditional burial place. Due to this burial, the House of Orange began a new tradition and Delft has become the official burial place for the family.Popular times to visit include Apr–Aug & Oct–Nov. The maritime climate is marked by mild summers and winters, with significant annual rainfall. Annual events include the Blues Festival (Feb), the Delft Fringe performing-arts festival (Jun) and the Chamber Music Festival (Jul–Aug).
  5. Utrecht is a city in the central Netherlands that has been a religious center for centuries. It has a medieval old town, canals, Christian monuments and a venerable university. With a medieval city center small enough to explore on foot. Large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops and interesting museums. Since Roman times it is at the crossroads of just about everything, a hub for new meaningful ideas and talent. With a population that is the youngest of any Dutch city. Utrecht provides a vibrant, creative, inspirational environment for leading innovations. The city is developing from a medium-sized provincial city into a regional capital of European importance. Utrecht is the fastest growing city and the most healthy city of The Netherlands. On top of that, Utrecht is one of the most happy cities in the world according to the United Nations.Altogether, the historical locations in the old city centre form the vibrant part of Utrecht. Many of the majestic city castles have been rebuilt into hotels and restaurants and the old storage areas along the wharf are now the place to be for cosy cafés, trendy retail concepts and restaurants offering the cuisine of the world.But if you look a bit further, you’ll actually note that Utrecht is just full of special places. For example, you can drink the best coffee in the city in the modern Voorstraat, find all your exotic groceries in the multicultural Lombok and taste and feel the city’s archaeological history at Castellum Hogewoerd. Ready to start discovering all of this? We’ve made a list of all our favourite places for you.
  6. Rotterdam is a major port city in the Dutch province of South Holland. The Maritime Museum’s vintage ships and exhibits trace the city’s seafaring history. The 17th-century Delfshaven neighborhood is home to canalside shopping and Pilgrim Fathers Church, where pilgrims worshiped before sailing to America. After being almost completely reconstructed following WWII, the city is now known for bold, modern architecture.Rotterdam is a city of many faces: a tough port city, a trendy nightlife city, a sophisticated shopping city, and a hip artistic city. Above all, Rotterdam is the architecture city of Holland that stimulates innovation. Its skyline is always changing. There are many things to do amid Rotterdam’s skyscrapers. You can go on a shopping spree, enjoy some excellent food, and visit a range of museums and attractions in and around the city centre.The easiest way to explore Rotterdam is to do a tour. There are different options to tour around Rotterdam such as the the hop-on hop-off bus, the Spido’s tour boats, the historic tram line 10 and the amphibious SplashTours. by doing a tour you will see Rotterdam’s main attractions such as the Euromast, steam ship Rotterdam, and Blijdorp Zoo, but also along the most famous sights of Rotterdam such as the Wilhelmina Pier and Delfshaven. Culture lovers can visit one of the museums in Rotterdam such as leading museums like Boijmans – Van Beuningen, the Wereldmuseum, the Kunsthal exhibition center and many other museums.
  7. Maastricht, a university city on the southern tip of the Netherlands, is distinguished by its medieval-era architecture and vibrant cultural scene. In its cobbled old town, is the Gothic-style church Sint Janskerk, and the Romanesque Basilica of St. Servatius houses a significant collection of religious art. On the banks of the Maas River, bisecting the city, lies futuristic-looking Bonnefanten art museum.Connecting Maastricht’s riverside districts is the 13th-century St. Servatius Bridge. West bank highlights include the shopping destination Markt square and Helpoort, imposing towers remaining from Maastricht’s medieval walls. From nearby Onze Lieve Vrouweplein, one of old town’s cafe-lined squares, radiate attractions like the Romanesque Basilica of Our Lady. Beyond the old town rest the extensive tunnels and caves of the 18th-century Fort Sint Pieter, and the boutique shops and bars of the student-centric Jekerkwartier district. Throughout Maastricht, restaurants serve cuisine inspired by neighboring Belgium and Germany.By way of antiquities, human remains have been found in the area believed to date anywhere from 8,000 to 25,000 years old.The city has had a truly multicultural influence throughout its history, and as a result has many different languages spoken there throughout time.During WWII, the city quickly fell to the German forces, but was one of the first cities liberated by the Allies. During the last part of the 20th Century, the city saw a shift in the economy from industry to service. Maastricht University was founded there in 1972 and there are now many different European institutions of learning with locations within the city. This has lead to fast growing student population and a truly international demographic.


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