The Netherlands is an attractive and fascinating country to visit, combining close to two thousand years of history and cutting-edge architecture with endless picturesque waterways and canals topped with an enthusiastic modern vibe. Some ancient towns in Holland like Breda, Middelburg, and Maastricht have been in existence for over a thousand years. If you are a lover of flowers, you can plan your visit to the Netherlands for spring or during early summer when the tulips exhibit their spectacular colorful show. The country has a beautiful art and culture scene, and there are varieties of art galleries and museums that will suit your taste.
Top 4 cities to visit in the Netherlands:
The origin of this town can be traced back to 900AD, and it is an exciting destination for anyone who is interested in knowing about Dutch history and architecture. At a particular period, Alkmaar was a significant agricultural hub because farmers used to come from far away to sell their produce in an auction house- the Broeker Veiling Museum, which is a must-visit on your itinerary. Some other attractions here include the Piet windmill- one of the original ten windmills along the walls of the town, National Beer Museum, the Weighing House and the Cheese Museum.
This is not only the cultural heart of Holland but also one of the top-rated cities you have to explore in Europe. If you are an art lover, you can just knock yourself out with some beautiful displays in the varieties of museums available, such as the Rambrandt House Museum, the Hermitage Museum, the Van Gogh Museum and the modern Stedelijk Museum. For kids and lovers of science, the Nemo Science Museum will awe you. If you want to see the famous narrow houses in the city, you can take a boat tour. Amsterdam is really easy to navigate by boat, bicycle or even public transport.
This is a pleasant old town situated on the site of a former Roman settlement. Arnhem provides a trigger to explore the Gelderland province, and it has so much history for you to learn. You can start by visiting the most interesting museums like the Netherlands Open Air Museum to learn Dutch history, the Kroller Muller Museum, the Airborne Museum Hartenstein and the famous Wine Museum. You can also visit the National Park de Hoge Veluwe.
Breda is situated in the North Brabant province. It is a fascinating old city that every visitor must see. Some of the well-preserved historic centers in this city include the Breda Castle, the Begijnhof, the Gothic Grote Kerk and the Spaniard’s Hole. There are also some museums that are really interesting like the Begijnhof Museum and the Breda Museum located in a 17th-century Meat Hall. If you need some fresh air, you can go hiking, walking or cycling in Mastbos- a beautiful woodland close to the Bouvigne Castle. There are many fun and educational activities for adults and kids here.