The Netherlands is an attractive tourist destination in Europe. There are many options of fascinating tourist attractions that you can visit in Netherlands. This small nation boasts a wealth of cultural heritage and is famous for its painters, windmills, clogs and notoriously flat lands. The Netherlands are located in the area that is lower than sea level. The country was built by making dam to stem the sea water. That is why Holland called the Netherlands or “the Low Country” because it is located at below sea level.
There are many places to go throughout the year in the Netherlands such as Keukenhof Gardens, an awe-inspiring display of varied colors of seven million tulips and other bulbs in bloom, Madurodam which is a display of a miniature Holland, and many more.
Here are the famous tourist attractions in Netherlands:
1. Canals of Amsterdam
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. it is the country’s largest city and its financial, cultural, and creative centre. Amsterdam is colloquially known as Venice of the North, because of its lovely canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. The three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht form concentric belts around the city, known as the grachtengordel. Today there are over 100 km (60 miles) of canals. Alongside the main canals are 1550 monumental buildings.
2. Royal Palace in Amsterdam
The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is known as Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam or Paleis op de Dam. The palace was built to serve as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age back in 17th century. Marble was the chosen material for its interior design. It was said that 13,659 wooden piles was use to build this place which amounts to 8.5 million gulden. The Royal Palace is located in the west side of the Dam Square which is in the center of Amsterdam.
Rijksmuseum is located on the Museumplein in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was established back in nineteenth century. It was initially created in The Hague and was later transferred to Amsterdam. Rijksmuseum has a large collection of different paintings from the Golden Age of the Dutch in seventeenth century together with other valuable artifacts from different parts of the world, including Asia. Even the works of Jacob van Ruysdael, Frans Hals, Rambrandt and Johannes Vermeer can be seen in this place. Museumplein also has three other museums that serves as additional attractions.
4. Keukenhof Gardens
One of the tourist attractions in the Netherlands you must visit is keukenhof garden. Keukenhof Garden is also known as Garden of Europe. It is known to be the world’s largest flower garden for the past fifty years. Keukenhof is located in South Holland between the towns of Hillegom and Lisse. Keukenhof is over 70 acres and surrounded by many different kinds of flowers. At one end of the garden you can see a large windmill. They have numerous greenhouses as well. Tulips are not the only spring flowers that bloom in Keukenhof garden. You will see daffodils, narcissi’s and hyacinths growing everywhere. If you’re hungry and tired, they have several cafes and snack bars inside so you can sit and watch the other fantastic flowers around.
Madurodam is known to be the smallest city in Holland. It is said that this place is both a war monument and a charity foundation. A variety of architectural styles can be found at this place. From the Gothic St. Jan Basilica to modern dwellings, bridges, and houses reside along the river. The architectural designs will never fail to amaze the tourists.
6. The Hague
The Hague is the seat of the Dutch parliament and government, and the residence of Queen Beatrix. The Hague lies on the North Sea and is home to Scheveningen, the most popular seaside resort of the Netherlands, as well as the smaller resort of Kijkduin. The Hague offers great architecture, from the picturesque government complex of the Binnenhof, to the grand and stately mansions on Lange Voorhout. Museums like the Mauritshuis rank among the best in the country. For food aficionados, The Hague offers some of the country’s best Indonesian cuisine, due to large-scale immigration from this former Dutch colony. The city also offers good opportunities for outings, such as extensive green spaces for walking and bicycling as well as dunes and seaside recreation areas just a few tram stops away from the city centre.
7. Zaanse Schans
Zaanse Schans is a village in the Netherlands who represents the Dutch like the 16th century. Zaanse Schans authenticity is very well preserved with it’s old windmill. Interesting view of a row of windmills on the river banks and small houses are arranged beautifully. Inside the windmill there is information about how the windmills work and different function. In addition to the windmill, Zaanse Schans also has several interesting museums to visit. Small houses are arranged in beautiful even serve as a mini museum. The atmosphere is so calm and romantic. Small houses with beautiful gardens, which is in front of a small river flowing through the canal complete with a tiny bridge become an unforgettable sight.
8. Maastricht Vrijthof
The Vrijthof is city square in Maastricht, a city in the southern most part of the Netherlands. In the Vrijthof you will find 2 churches of St. Jan’s Cathedral and the spectacular St. Servaas church. It’s here that most festivals take place so if you happen to visit around the time when the city holds its carnival before lent, then you’re in for a real treat. If you like shopping, you can visit the Markt on Wednesdays and Saturdays, when vendors from all around gather to give you the best of the local handicrafts and produce.
9. Leiden Canals
Leiden is known for the oldest university in the Netherlands, the birthplace of Rembrandt and its beautiful canals. The old center of Leiden is one of the largest 17th century town centers in the Netherlands, second only to Amsterdam. There are a number of small annual music and films festivals that are held in Leiden Netherlands each year so if you’re lucky to find one happening around the time of your visit, you should make it a point to see what the hustle and bustle is all about.
Volendam is a famous tourist attraction in the Netherlands, popular for its old fishing boats and the traditional clothing still worn by some residents. The women’s costume of Volendam, with its high, pointed bonnet, is one of the most recognizable of the Dutch traditional costumes, and is often featured on tourist postcards and posters (although there are believed to be fewer than 50 women now wearing the costume as part of their daily lives, most of them elderly). Volendam also features a small museum about its history and clothing style, and visitors can have their pictures taken in traditional Dutch costumes