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Taste acclaimed cheeses, wear wooden shoes and cycle beside canals past quaint villages in this traditional treasure in the heart of Europe.

The Netherlands has a modern capital city in the midst of charming villages and a flat countryside. Endless tulip fields, traditional farmsteads and pretty canals have inspired some of the most iconic painters for centuries. On the northern coast, relax on the beaches and clamber up the dunes.

Among the world’s most progressive and liberal cities, Amsterdam is known for marijuana cafés, legal prostitution and a cycling culture. Take a boat along the labyrinthine canals that meander beneath cobbled lanes and bridges. Go to the Anne Frank House, where a young Jewish girl wrote her famous diary while hiding from the Nazis during World War II.

Visit the Red Light District in the De Wallen neighborhood to see the streets of window displays containing male, female and transgender prostitutes. Learn about the history and culture of the city around the grassy plaza of Museumplein, where you will find some of the city’s best museums. Admire the classic works of art by Rembrandt and van Gogh among other masters in the Rijks Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum.

The Hague is the seat of government, with fancy palaces and the majestic Binnenhof or Inner Court. Wander through the pleasant seaside city and view some of the Netherlands’ most important sights. Nearby Rotterdam has a vast river harbor and a thriving nightlife scene. Take a cruise through the port and visit the modern art galleries.

Travel north to the quaint historic town of Zaanse Schans for some of Holland’s most traditional customs. It has windmills, wooden houses, cheese workshops and a clog factory. Notice the charming farms that continue to thrive following old Dutch traditions. A little east is Edam, where you can taste its iconic cheese.

The country lies in the central northern part of mainland Europe, between Germany and Belgium. Fly to the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and get around by rail or car.

The Netherlands is an enchanting country where quaint traditions continue to influence today’s society.

Popular cities in Netherlands

Amsterdam featuring street scenes, heritage architecture and night scenes
Amsterdam
Known for Museums, Biking and Boating

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Reasons to visit

  • Heineken Experience
    Heineken Experience
  • Anne Frank House
    Anne Frank House
  • Van Gogh Museum
    Van Gogh Museum
Scheveningen Beach
The Hague
Known for Dining, Business and Family-friendly

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Reasons to visit

  • Peace Palace
    Peace Palace
  • Scheveningen Beach
    Scheveningen Beach
  • Scheveningen Pier
    Scheveningen Pier
Basilica of Our Lady showing a church or cathedral, interior views and religious elements
Maastricht
Known for Culture, Cafés and Cathedrals

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Reasons to visit

  • Vrijthof
    Vrijthof
  • Market
    Market
  • Bonnefanten Museum
    Bonnefanten Museum
Rotterdam which includes cycling, street scenes and a city
Rotterdam
Known for Shopping, Business and Museums

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Reasons to visit

  • Erasmus Bridge
    Erasmus Bridge
  • Euromast
    Euromast

Popular places to visit in Netherlands

Rijksmuseum
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Rijksmuseum

This palatial building full of Dutch paintings and international artifacts is the country’s largest public-funded museum.

Anne Frank House
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Anne Frank House

See where this brave and famous Jewish teenager hid from the Nazis during World War II and recorded her world-famous diary.

Van Gogh Museum
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Van Gogh Museum

This modern museum houses the world’s largest collection of the legendary Dutch master painter who led a troubled life and never saw his work become famous.

Dam Square
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Dam Square

Amsterdam’s iconic square, with its cobbled stones and grand historical buildings, is a lively gathering place and venue for protests and celebrations.

Heineken Experience
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Heineken Experience

Learn how a well-known Dutch beer is made, then drink a sample at this famous former brewery.

Leidseplein
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Leidseplein

This lively square in the heart of Amsterdam’s cultural district offers dining and entertainment, with an array of theater, movie, music, comedy and street performances.