The Netherlands, a country in northwestern Europe, is known for its flat landscape, canals, tulip fields, windmills and cycling routes. At the first sight, the country may seem not that big. However, you will be surprised how many beautiful places it has! When most of the travelers choose Amsterdam, we recommend you to be creative and don't limit yourself with only one city (which is also great, in fact). We have prepared for you the guide through the most stunning locations, so before planning your trip, read our list of 5 places to visit in the Netherlands!
Keukenhof is often called "The Garden of Europe". This is one of the world's largest flower gardens, which is located in Lisse, the town in the western Netherlands. The garden covers an area of 32 hectares, and more than 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually. It is open from mid-March to mid-May, when all these flower fields (most of which consist of tulips) start blooming, making unbelievable patterns of the brightest colours and the most beautiful shapes. It became symbol of the country and is definitely a place you should visit!
2. Hoge Veluwe National Park
Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe (The Hoge Veluwe National Park) is a Dutch national park in the province of Gelderland near the cities of Ede, Wageningen, Arnhem and Apeldoorn. Its are is approximately 55 square kilometers, it consists of heathlands, sand dunes, and woodlands. The landscapes of the park were created during the Ice Age, so it has a unique flora and fauna that is attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world annually. Moreover, on its territory there are several other inportant sited, including the museum that exhibits works by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and other artists.
The Netherlands is one of not many places that are located below the sea level. Even though it is not the warmest country in the world, you still have to visit its beaches, especially during summer! Scheveningen, one of the districts of The Hague, is, probably, the most famous of them. It is known for its beautiful pier that has an event complex on it and a sixty meter high look-out-platform that even allows you to bungee jump of it! And of course, this is a great area with a lot of bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs. This is a great place for relaxation, sun bathing, swimming and having a good time!
Rotterdam is the second biggest city of The Netherlands and is located in South Holland. This is a major logistic and economic centre of the country and the largest port of Europe. It has a great vibe, dynamic environment, modern buildings and at the same time it is full of important historic and cultural sites, together with the classic Dutch architecture. It is often called "Gateway to Europe" or "Gateway to the World", so make sure, you put it on your list of places you have to visit in the Netherlands!
And of course, how not to mention beautiful Amsterdam, the capital and the most populous city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. According to some surveys and rankings, Amsterdam is one of the best places for living in Europe, and also one of the most famous touristic destinations. So what makes it such a wonderful and comfortable place for life, work and travelling, what is a secret of its success? Probably, its unique architecture, great atmosphere, friendly environment, art, culture and a lot of other things which we definitely recommend you to experience by yourself.
The Netherlands will surprise you wherever you go! Besides the famous touristic sites that we we have mentioned above, go also off the beaten path, explore its countryside with rivers and windmills, visit the places where most of the tourists do not go, and discover the hidden treasures of this beautiful country... We are wishing you to have an unforgettable trip!