Netherlands:The Land of Innovative Cities and Picturesque Countryside

Photo by www.istockphoto.com

From irresistible caramel filled waffles to the lovely canal side restaurants and exquisite architecture, iconic landscapes and incredible nightlife. The Dutch are known for being incredibly creative and it shows in their cities, setting them apart from destinations in Europe.

[x] close

Netherlands:The Land of Innovative Cities and Picturesque Countryside:table of contents

1. Zaanse Schans (Zaandam)

Phoyo by www.istockphoto.com

Zaanse Schans was named after the River Zaan which was used against Spanish troops in the 18th century. Occupied by old traditional windmills and buildings, Zaanse Schans contains several museums where travelers can learn more about the history of the Netherlands.

2. Keukenhof (Lisse)

Phoyo by MarinaDa/shutterstock

Also known as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is one of the world’s largest flower gardens. Gardeners here plant seven million bulbs every season so as to maintain the gardens yearly. The land here were once used as hunting grounds in the early 15th century. The best time to visit Keukenhof is between the months of March to May when the flowers are at their peak.

3. Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam)

Phoyo by www.istockphoto.com

One of the most important museums in the Netherlands, this national museum holds over 8,000 objects relating to art and history, the largest collection of art in the country. The museum hosts numerous exhibits vividly detailing Dutch history with it's extensive collection of historic items and culturally significant objects. Apart from its vast collection of artifacts, the huge exterior of the museum is also stunning, some of the most beautiful architecture in the city.

4. Anne Frank House (Amsterdam)

Phoyo by Phillip Grobler/shutterstock

This museum is dedicated to presenting the very short life of one of the most famous victims of the Holocaust in the world, in the actual home where Anne Frank's family hid during World War II. The museum contains Ann Frank's original diary, which later became the world's best-selling book after the war, a few years after her death. A large part of the house was preserved as it was while Anne was hiding there and is an impressive monument to a tragic period of history.

5. Giethoorn

Phoyo by NiglayNik/Shutterstock

One of Giethoorn's claims to fame is the fact that this village in the northeast of the country is primarily car-free. With only bike and walking paths, in addition to the picturesque canals, there is a rare tranquility to the place that is both admirable and infectious. Giethoorn, situated an hour and a half from Amsterdam, achieves an Insta-worthy status from the countless bridges, more than 180 in fact, that dot the village at various locations. An idyllic day trip at Giethoorn comprises of a boat ride in the canals, followed by a lazy brunch at one of the waterside cafes, a quick stopover at the Museum Giethoorn ‘t Olde Maat Uus and a walk along the many footpaths to admire the thatched roof houses that give the village its vintage appeal.

6. Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)

Phoyo by commons.wikimedia.org

One of the most famous artists in the world, the museum houses a huge collection of originals from Dutch painter Van Gogh along with over 700 of his handwritten letters and other items detailing his history. The museum also allows you to compare his unique work with other famous painters from the 19th century, artists that inspired the great painter himself and other works that have been inspired in turn by his works.

7. Vondelpark (Amsterdam)

Phoyo by www.istockphoto.com

Nothing beats some quality time in a great park, whether you are dog walking, strolling listening to your music or simply lying on the grass. This green center in Amsterdam contains several attractions such as a statue of the renown poet Vondel where the park’s name comes from, a historical Pavilion and a music-themed dome. The best way to view this park is by bike, so hire your bicycle and take a tour through this park the Dutch way.

8. De Duif (Amsterdam)

De Duif is a historic church built in the year 1858 under the Roman Catholic church. The style of architecture is from centuries ago and makes for a beautiful building that sounds out among the picturesque rows of Dutch style houses. You can even rent out the church for private events such as formal dinners and weddings.

9. Delft

Phoyo by S-F/Shutterstock

Just over an hour away from the capital of Amsterdam is the beautiful town of Delft. The town is famous for its unique blue and white pottery, home to the 17th century Delftware factory where craftsmen still make intricately designed household items and showpieces. Visitors also flock to the town for its old-world charm reflected wonderfully through the market square. The square is typically the center of daily activity and houses the Town Hall and the New Church.

10. The Hague

Phoyo by Roman Boed/Flickr

A quick 45-minute train ride from Amsterdam, and bordering the North Sea, is The Hague. The city has an aura that is in complete contrast to the fast-moving and often thick atmosphere of Amsterdam. The Hague's importance on an international stage is noteworthy as the International Criminal Court, UN's International Court of Justice and the headquarters of the Peace Palace are all located here. Visitors with an interest in architecture will appreciate the Gothic building of the Dutch parliament, Binnenhof. A short distance from The Hague's town center is Madurodam, a miniature playground that depicts 1:25 scale, often moving, models of famous Dutch landmarks and cities that will impress the young and those young at heart.

Conclusion

Unlike anywhere else in Europe, the Dutch manage to maintain their distinct culture while having some of the most innovative cities in the region. In places such as Amsterdam you'll find an unrivaled nightlife scene, plenty of arts venues and museums along with sites routed in history. Outside of the cities and you'll come across beautiful landscapes and lovely quaint Dutch towns that keep visitors coming back and back.

RELATED ARTICLES

REGIONS

FEATURED ON Netherlands

MOST POPULAR ON Netherlands