Despite being such a small country located rather close to big and famous countries like Germany and France, Netherlands never fails to amaze its visitors with its versatile views, culture, cuisine as well as the Dutchies’ open and ‘straightforward’ lifestyle. We may already have heard of the Netherlands for its gorgeous tulips that bloom splendidly during Easter, but there are still so much more of this country to discover. Here are some remarkable cities of the country not to be missed!
1. AmsterdamAmsterdam is definitely one of the best cities in Europe to enjoy nightlife, as this capital of the Netherlands never seems to sleep when the sun goes down. Nevertheless, even during daytime, travelers would not run out of ideas to enjoy this city. You can always rent a bike to cycle throughout the streets in the center, take a boat across the canals, or wander around lots of restaurants, food stands, coffee shops and street markets. Must-see places are Dam Square, Royal Palace and Albert Cyup Market.
2. RotterdamRotterdam, located in the South of Holland and approximately 2 hours by train from Amsterdam, is a way more modern-looking city in comparison with the rest of Holland. Here you can get very splendid and futuristic scenes of the skyscrapers, Erasmus bridge and Cube house. It is also easy to take a boat (also known as water bus) to Kinderdijk village that is about 15km in the east of Rotterdam. Check out the famous windmills of the Netherlands by taking a tour inside throughout different check points or simple walking around the area.
3. The HagueThe Hague, also known as Den Haag, lies between Amsterdam and Rotterdam, next to the seaside. If you are looking for a getaway from the hectic vibe of Amsterdam or Rotterdam, then Den Haag is definitely the place to chill. Imagine lying on the beach or enjoying a coffee while watching the sea waves. Other must-see sights of the Hague are the centre square and the Peace Palace. The city is quite small and it’s possible to check out the most important places on foot within one day.
4. GroningenGroningen is known as one of the the youngest cities in the North of the Netherlands with the number of students accounting for about 25 percent of the local population. Unsurprisingly, it also has the highest percentage of students in the Netherlands. It is certainly a paradise for young people with vibrant atmosphere and active nightlife. You can go out almost every night as students’ organizations organize events and themed parties every now and then. During the day, you can also enjoy Groningen by visiting the splendid Martini tower in the center square, Prinsentuin garden located in the North just behind the tower, and the beautiful colorful buildings Reitdiephaven in the North-Western part of Groningen.
And there is way much more to see
The Netherlands is definitely more than just Amsterdam’s famous Red Light district and coffee shops. There is so much more to discover, especially regarding Dutch cuisine, culture and people. Besides the listed cities above, you should also definitely check out Utrecht, Eindhoven, Zwolle, etc, as these are the big cities that usually capture attraction from travelers. And you never know what surprises Netherlands may bring!
Get Trip101 in your inbox