Places to Visit in Netherlands
With wonderful canals and largest flower gardens, Netherlands is a traveler’s dream come true
With country’s vibrant capital, great museums and art galleries, Netherlands has many charming villages and towns to explore. Crisscrossed with canals, its landscape is perfect for cycling with classic windmills, historic town centers and other tourist spots sprinkled across sandy beaches. It is world’s first country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001. However, visitors who choose to visit Netherlands are guaranteed great time in one of friendliest and liberal cultures in Europe. With candlelit cafes, artistic masterpieces, windmills, phenomenal nightlife and cutting-edge design, many tourists come to visit Amsterdam only, but it has plenty to offer apart from capital. Below given is rundown of places to visit in Netherlands:
- Anne Frank Museum
Located on canal called Prinsengracht, Anne Frank Museum is dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. It was writer’s home where she and her family hid from Nazi during World War II and is the vary place where this remarkable girl wrote her diary. Though she died two months before war ended, but her legacy lives through her words, which have been translated into 51 languages. The back of the house where Frank family hid has been kept in its original state as much possible.
- Keukenhof Gardens
Keukenhof Garden is the largest public garden in the world which is spread in more than 70 acres. There is no better place than this to enjoy rich floral beauty than at Keukenhof and is known as Garden of Europe. More than seven million flower bulbs blossom annually in the park with daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and other spring flowers. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Netherlands and is open from last week in March to mid-May.
- Canals of Amsterdam
Like Venice, Amsterdam is also famous for its wonderful canals. The city began building its famous canals in 17th century during Dutch Golden Age. There are three main canals Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht and Herengracht, which forms belts around the city known as grachtengordel. Today there are more than 100 KM of canals and 1,500 bridges. The best tourist attractions here can be accessed by water taxi or boat tour. Visitors will be rewarded by beautiful architecture, cafes, hotels, small boutique shops and colorful gardens.
- Hoge Veluwe National Park
Hoge Veluwe National Park is a largest national park between Apeldoorn and Arnhem. Spanned in more than 13,800 acres, it is largest continuous nature reserve in the Netherlands. Featuring dense woodlands in north and fascinating sculpture park, the area was once hunting reserve and country estate. The best preserved part of the park has an area of dramatic dunes. It is also popular area for bird-watching, biking and hiking. Bicycles are available for free for visitors of Hoge Veluwe as much of the area is inaccessible by car.
Rijksmuseum is the largest and prestigious museum for history and art in Netherlands. The museum has been collecting rare art and antiquities since 1809. Its collection amounts to seven million works of art, including 5,000 paintings in more than 250 rooms and vast library with 35,000 books. The museum has some masterpieces by Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer, and also has small Asian collection which is on display in Asian pavilion.
- Windmills of Kinderdijk
Netherlands has more than 1,000 old windmills which still exist and largest concentration of Dutch windmills can be found near Kinderdijk. The windmills here are from 18th century and are well preserved. Used to drain fenlands, these majestic buildings have 92-foot sails and are open to public from April to October, including special Mill Days. It has been considered as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Additionally, the mills are listed as national monuments and entire area is protected village view.
Valkenburg is located in picturesque Geul Valley which boasts country’s only hilltop castle. The town’s major draws are its caves and spa facilities at Thermae 2000, one of the largest establishments in Netherlands. There are ruins of 12th century castle on Dwingelrots, 14th century St. Nicolaaskerk Basilica. Another major highlight is town’s famous Christmas Market held in Velvet Caves from mid-November to December 23rd.