Netherlands

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Netherlands is known as the land of windmills, canals and tulips which makes it picturesque place to visit. Netherlands trip offers an impressive and enriching travel experience, with most tourists attracted by the blooming flowers, the canals that meander along the city, and awe-inspiring landscapes. The country has a rich culture and lifestyle as it also offers some very interesting museums and markets. The vibrant capital of Amsterdam is filled with museums showcasing a rich heritage. Other cities offer numerous castles, cityscapes and national parks. Netherlands tourist attractions have a lot to offer to its travellers to entice them into making multiple visits.

Places to visit in Netherlands

The beautiful cities of Netherlands that must be included in your Netherlands package are:

A)Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the capital city, is one of the most popular destinations for the tourists coming to Europe as a whole. To experience the city, one needs to look beyond a standard Amsterdam package holiday. The city has a chilled-out vibe with a bustling nightlife, great shopping, canal cruises and gastronomical delights.
Amsterdam tour will be one of your most beautiful experiences.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Amsterdam is between Aprils to September.

Main Attractions in Amsterdam

  • Rijksmuseum- Spectacular Dutch National Museum which houses over 8000 art and historical artefacts including Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' and Vermeer's 'The Milkmaid'.
     
  • Van Gogh Museum- This museum is a host to numerous paintings, drawings and letters of the Dutch artist.
     
  • Vondelpark-The Park is a favorite of the locals and tourists for a little picnic, soaking up the summer sun and relaxing.
     
  • Canal Cruise- Amsterdam's canal cruises are world famous and are a beautiful way to tour the city. The cruise takes you through the heart of the city, making it a visually enchanting and learning experience. It must definitely be included in your Amsterdam tour package.
     
  • Beer Tasting-Amsterdam is known for its locally crafted beers and the beer tasting culture. Microbreweries offer a variety of beers from dark and bitter to fruity and white.
     
  • Blomenmarkt-It is the only floating flower market in the world. Floating on the southern side of the Singel, this beautiful flower market will cater to all your flowery needs.
     
  • Jordaan-It is one of the busiest districts in Amsterdam. Home to many art galleries, antique shops and fabulous bars and restaurants, a little walk through Jordaan is sure to make your day.
     
  • Dam Square-Dam Square is the most popular town square in Amsterdam. It is the site of the royal palace and hosts a number of events throughout the year.
     
  • Keizersgracht-The Keizersgracht is one of Amsterdam’s canals in between the Herengracht and Prinsengracht surrounding the city.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Amsterdam

  • Kroket- These crispy meat-filled, sausage like snacks are among the most popular fast food dishes in the country. Most krokets in the Netherlands are filled with either lamb or beef ragout.
     
  • Speculaas-Spices included are nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. These aromatic spices are mixed together with butter, flour and sugar to make speculaas batter, then cooked in a hot oven to give the cookies their distinctive, brittle texture.
     
  • Patatje Oorlog-To prepare the dish, cooks arrange a bed of crispy, Dutch-style french fries, then topped with carb-heavy base with mayonnaise, raw onions and spicy, peanut satay sauce.
     
  • Frikandel Speciaal-It consists of a long, skinless sausage served with raw onions, curry ketchup and mayonnaise. The sausage is  commonly served by itself as a quick snack or served with a portion of fries.
     
  • Bossche Bol-These are cream filled, the dessert is roughly the size of a tennis ball and is almost completely covered in brittle milk or dark chocolate. This is a must eat in your trip to Amsterdam.

 

B)Rotterdam

It is the second largest city of Netherlands and the largest port in all of Europe. It is a must visit place for its brilliant attractions and iconic modern buildings. The city is known for its splendid architecture, fine museums, shopping and nightlife. The lively atmosphere of the city and along with pleasant people makes Rotterdam a tremendous city.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Rotterdam is from April to October.

Main Attractions in Rotterdam

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beauningen- The Museum contains one of the country's finest collections of art, dating back from the Middle Ages to the contemporary times.
     
  • Erasmusbrug- One of the iconic landmarks of the city, also known as the swan, the bridge stands for the superb piece of architecture.
     
  • Diergaarde Blijdorp- The museum will get you acquainted with animals and habitats from all over the world like Bokito and silver black gorilla.
     
  • Markthal-A truly fantastic piece of modern architecture, it is a stunning building housing offices, apartments, a market and breathtaking artwork.
     
  • Euromast-A tower in the Rotterdam sky which offers some fantastic views and also great adventure activities.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Rotterdam

  • Gouda Holland- It is a semi-hard Dutch cheese produced from cow’s milk. The cheese is made in a flattened wheel shape and it's flavorful with mild, fruity, sweet, butterscotch flavors depending on the stage of maturity.
     
  • Leerdammer-The cheese has a smooth, springy, open, and creamy texture, while the flavors are mild, sweet, and nutty. It is recommended to use it in sandwiches, salads, and various cooked dishes.
     
  • Kapsalon-Kapsalon is a popular Dutch street food dish consisting of French fries topped with meat such as shawarma or kebab, various types of cheese, salad greens, and various sauces.

 

c) The Hague

The Hague is the seat of the country’s government and home to the Royal family. The city is full of history, splendid museums and art galleries and provides many entertainment opportunities. It is known for its multiple embassies, international offices and courts. Huge avenues, large roads, parks, elegant squares and attractive residential suburbs give a sense of elegance to this city.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit The Hague is from mid-April to mid-October.

Main Attractions in The Hague

  • Madurodam- A Park with miniature Dutch cities made to scale which will help you pick and choose the next destination on what your eyes like here.
     
  • Peace Palace- Home to many international law administrative buildings like The International Court of Justice and it is a must for the architecture enthusiasts.
     
  • Escher Museum- Home to the works of the famous graphic artist M.C Escher.
     
  • Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk- People who appreciates grand towers, steeples and architecture will love this building. The building is named after its high tower.
     
  • Panorama Mesdag-A museum of Panorama artworks by Hendrik Mesdag. The museum is ideal for people who take interest in art.

 

Must-Try Dishes in The Hague

  • Stroopwafel- These are freshly baked syrup filled waffles is a popular sweet dish in The Hague.
     
  • Tompouce-A cream sandwich that is made by stuffing the cream inside of two slaps of puff pastry and then topped with pink icing.
     
  • Bitterballen-These are meatballs stuffed with a meaty ragout and are deep fried.

 

d) Eindhoven

Eindhoven is a beautiful city full of museums and great cultural diversity. The city is a blend of different cultures and full of attractions. The museums in the city are home to impressive collections of contemporary art. Eindhoven offers a brilliant collection of nightclubs and bars. Eindhoven is a great destination and the atmosphere and people are sure to blow you away.

Best time to Visit

The best time to visit Eindhoven is from June to August.

Main Attractions in Eindhoven

  • Van Abbemuseum- A museum of contemporary arts, it is home to a supremely impressive collection of artwork from many famous painters like Picasso, Dumas etc.
     
  • Philips Museum-Explore the history of the world renowned electronics company with this brilliantly made museum.
     
  • St.Catharine’s Church- A grand landmark of Eindhoven which is famous for the architecture by Dutch architect P.J.H Cuypers.
     
  • Speelpark de Splinter- A famous public park and the perfect location for a wonderful and active day out.
     
  • De Blob-An eye catching and futuristic building, made fully of glass and steel and serving as the entrance to the famous Admirant Mall.

 

Must-Try Dishes in Eindhoven

  • Speculaas-Spices included are nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. These aromatic spices are mixed together with butter, flour and sugar to make speculaas batter, then cooked in a hot oven to give the cookies their distinctive, brittle texture.
     
  • Kapsalon-Kapsalon is a popular Dutch street food dish consisting of French fries topped with meat such as shawarma or kebab, various types of cheese, salad greens, and various sauces.
     
  • Bitterballen-These are meatballs stuffed with a meaty ragout and are deep fried.

 

An itinerary of Netherlands

A Netherlands itinerary for your trip to Netherland is:

Day 1: Arrival at Amsterdam. Check in to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Amsterdam.

Day 2: Take a tour of the canal cruise and explore the city. Take a walk along the Jordaan in the evening. Ensure you have an experienced Amsterdam tour guide who can give little known secrets of the city. Overnight in Amsterdam.

Day 3: City tour includes Dam Square, Rijksmuseum and more. Overnight in Amsterdam.

Day 4: Take a day trip to Zaanse Schans. Explore the famous windmills. Overnight in Amsterdam.

Day 5: Arrival at The Hague by train. Check in to the hotel. Overnight in The Hague.

Day 6: City tour includes Peace Palace, Escher Museum and more. Overnight in The Hague.

Day 7: Arrival at Rotterdam by train. Check in to the hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight in Rotterdam.

Day 8: City tour includes Museum Boijmans Van Beauningen and more. Overnight in Rotterdam.

Day 9: Arrival at Eindhoven by train. Check in to the hotel. Overnight in Eindhoven.

Day 10: City tour includes Van Abbemuseum, St. Catharine’s Church and more. Overnight in Eindhoven.

Day 11: Arrival at Amsterdam by train. Have lunch and taste the famous beer of Amsterdam. Overnight in Amsterdam.

Day 12: Breakfast. Check out of the hotel to fly back home.

 

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