25 Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Groningen, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

25 Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands! The Netherlands has some extremely fascinating history and landmarks as well as beautiful scenery to enjoy. If you are a big fan of architecture, this country certainly has quite a lot to offer.

There are many cultural centres that have theatres, museums and other places that you are bound to love. The kingdom with a high quality of life offers its visitors a large number of attractive tourist sites, historical monuments, works of art and unlimited entertainment. The typical flat landscape is interwoven with watercourses, dotted with flower fields and windmills. Take a look at our 25 places in the Netherlands, which you must not miss!

Madurodam - a miniature city in Scheveningen, The Hague, the Netherlands

Madurodam – a miniature city in Scheveningen, The Hague, the Netherlands by Anna & Michal

Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

1. Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and for good reason. This city has lots of amazing attractions, including the Ann Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.

It also has an incredible nightlife scene with plenty of fun bars and clubs. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy in this city.

Amsterdam, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by alyssa BLACK

Amsterdam, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

2. Alkmaar

Alkmaar has a very rich history and lots of amazing architecture that you won’t be able to take your eyes off of. The Broeker Veiling Museum has a number of interesting exhibits that you should try to get to while you are here.

There is also the Market Square, which has some great shopping and even a Cheese Museum.

Alkmaar, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Alkmaar, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands Lucy Downey

3. Arnhem

Arnhem is a lovely town with a small town feel and some beautiful towering gothic cathedrals and other buildings. The Open Air Museum will give you the opportunity to learn all about Dutch history.

There is also the Kroller-Muller Museum, which has some incredible Van Gogh pieces on display. The city centre offers some great shopping and historic sites to visit.


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Arnhem,Kroller-Muller Museum, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Arnhem, Kroller-Muller Museum, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands bert knottenbeld

4. Breda

The city of Breda also has a lot of interesting history and amazing architecture that is very visually striking. The Gothic Grote Kerk and Breda Castle data back to the 1300s.

There are numerous museums where you can learn about the history of this area. The numerous hiking and cycling trails allow you to spend some time in nature.

Breda,Grote Kerk, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Breda,Grote Kerk, Best Places to Visit in the NetherlandsMatthew Black

5. De Biesbosch National Park

De Biesbosch National Park is a beautiful area with endless acres of incredible scenery. If you want to spend the day outside in nature, you couldn’t pick a better place than this.

There are lots of paths for hiking, walking, and cycling. You will also have three visitors centres that you can visit for a guided canoe tour.

De Biesbosch National Park,Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

De Biesbosch National Park,Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by lightstar / pixabay

6. Delft

Delft is a beautiful small town on the western side of the Netherlands that is great for a day trip or romantic week-long getaway. It is known for its unique crockery and old 13th-century buildings that have been impressively maintained over the years.

There is also the Science Center and Tobacco Museum that you can visit here.

Delft, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Delft, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by djedj / pixabay

7. Edam

The city of Edam has an old look and feel to it, which is due to the historic buildings that can be found all over the place. This town was founded in the 12th century, and there are lots of structures from the 1800s still standing today.

The Edam Museum is worth visiting, as is the Grote Kerk Cathedral.

Edam, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Edam, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands tak.wing

8. Eindhoven

Eindhoven is home to many talented artists and boasts a number of great museums. The Philips Museum and the Van Abbe museum are just a couple of places where you can go to see some magnificent works of art.

This is a great place to visit if you have a love of culture and history. There are guided walking and cycling tours as well.

Eindhoven, Van Abbe Museum, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Eindhoven, Van Abbe Museum, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands bert knottenbeld

9. Giethoorn

When you visit the city of Giethoorn, it is difficult not to feel relaxed and at peace. This city has a small town charm with beautiful canals that you can drift along for hours.

The food is excellent and there are bicycle trails that you can ride along to explore. This is a great place for a romantic weekend trip.

Giethoorn, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Giethoorn, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands piotr iłowiecki

10. Gouda

Gouda is best known for its cheese, though it does have a lot more to offer than just that. There are some very old buildings with beautiful gothic architecture.

The cheese market has also been around for a very long time, and it is one place you must visit when you are here. There are also canal cruises with wine and beer tastings.

Gouda, The cheese market, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Gouda, The cheese market, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlandsbert knottenbeld

11. Groningen

Groningen is a fun university town that can be found in the northern region of the country. It is packed with all sorts of museums and historic sites.

The Graphic Museum and Tea Museum are just a couple of great places you should think about visiting. There are also flour mills, sawmills, and water mills here.

Groningen, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Groningen, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by Artheos / Pixabay

12. Hoge Veluwe National Park

Hoge Veluwe National Park will provide you with the perfect opportunity to spend some time in nature. This park has all sorts of different animals that you could see, and there are plenty of trails for hiking and cycling.

The flora here is also quite remarkable. If you are going to visit the Netherlands, this place makes for the perfect day trip.

Hoge Veluwe National Park, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Hoge Veluwe National Park, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by edwin hoek

13. Leeuwarden

The town of Leeuwarden is not frequented by tourists like Amsterdam and other places in this country. It has a really nice historic center with some beautiful architecture and museums.

Then the Fries Museum is an interesting place to visit and displays some amazing artwork. You should also consider stopping by the National Museum of Ceramics.

Leeuwarden, Fries Museum, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Leeuwarden, Fries Museum, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by Larissabakker / pixabay

14. Leiden

Leiden is an incredibly beautiful city that draws in many tourists due to its picturesque landscape. The National Museum of Antiquities and botanical gardens are just a couple of the best things you will find here.

It has some nice old historic churches, windmills, and other structures, some of which are hundreds of years old.

Leiden, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Leiden, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by Roman Boed

15. Lisse

Lisse is another popular place for tourists, and it is known for its acres of colourful tulips and numerous windmills. It is a rural area that you could spend all day driving around.

It is home to the largest flower gardens in the world. When you want to see all of the beauty that the Netherlands has to offer, you don’t want to miss this place.

Lisse, tulip fields, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Lisse, tulip fields, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by François Philipp

16. Maastricht

Maastricht is home to a university and has an interesting combination of old and new architecture. There are lots of beautiful historic landmarks to visit, including St. Peter’s Fortress.

There is also St. Peter’s Caves that you can explore. The medieval architecture in this town is really second to none. The Bonnefanten Art Museum is a wonderful place if you love art and culture.

Maastricht, Selexyz bookstore in the Dominican church, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Maastricht, Selexyz bookstore in the Dominican church, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by Bert Kaufmann

17. Middelburg

Middelburg offers a lot of interesting and beautiful architecture that is truly stunning and one of a kind. The Gothic Town Hall also has a tremendous aesthetic that is really breathtaking.

You should try to visit the Zeeuws Museum as well as the Mini Mundi amusement park. There is something for the whole family here.

Middelburg , Town Hall, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Middelburg , Town Hall, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by ReneH12 / pixabay

18. Nijmegen

Nijmegen can be found close to Germany, and it was founded over two thousand years ago. There are numerous walking tours that you can take to learn more about this incredible place.

The Marienburg Chapel has an amazing medieval architecture that will simply overwhelm you the first time you see it. This is a great place for history buffs to visit.

Nijmegen, Kronenburgerpark, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Nijmegen, Kronenburgerpark, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by Rob Oo

19. Rotterdam

The city of Rotterdam has a very modern look and feel, though some of the buildings date back over 150 years ago. Euromast offers a complete panoramic view of the city from the deck that you absolutely have to check out.

There is also Rotterdam Zoo and a forest park with rock climbing that is good fun for the entire family.

Rotterdam, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Rotterdam, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by Djedj / pixabay

20. Texel

Texel is by far the biggest Frisian island, and there are plenty of fun outdoor activities to engage in. Whether it is surfing, swimming or sailing, you are bound to find something fun to do here.

The Aviation and Wartime Museum is filled with interesting artefacts and exhibits that will help you learn about this country’s history in depth.

Texel, lighthouse, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Texel, lighthouse, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by Skitterphoto / pixabay

21. The Hague

The Hague is an impressively large building that houses parliament, the International Court of Justice, and the Dutch government. It is quite an impressive sight to behold for the very first time.

There are walking tours of this building, and the Mauritshuis Art Museum. The Duinrell Amusement Park is also nearby. There is something for everyone in this general area.

The Hague, the International Court of Justice, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

The Hague, the International Court of Justice, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by Karen Rustad Tölva

22. Utrecht

Utrecht is situated in the middle of the Netherlands, and it is a busy town with a university. There are lots of beautiful canals and old medieval buildings that make this the perfect place to spend time, especially in the spring and autumn.

The Speelklok Museum and Railway Museum are a couple of interesting places to visit if you like history. The University Botanical Garden has some beautiful flora.

Utrecht, The Speelklok Museum, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Utrecht, The Speelklok Museum, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by bert knottenbeld

23. Venlo

Venlo is located close to Germany and has some of the oldest buildings in the country. Both Romer House and City Hall were built in the early 1500s.

This city is home to the Dutch Museum of Modern Art as well as the Limburg Museum of Natural History. Anyone who has a passion for art, culture, and history will find this place amazing.

Venlo, City Hall, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Venlo, City Hall, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by Marco Verch

24. Volendam

Volendam is a smaller village that is known for its incredible tours of the beautiful scenery. If you are looking for an idyllic small town destination in the Netherlands, you simply can’t beat this city.

Its harbour is always filled with large Dutch ships and merchants plying their trades along the boardwalk. There are also some wonderful little places to eat and drink.

Volendam, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Volendam, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by PublicDomainPictures / pixabay

25. Zwolle

Zwolle saw its first settlers at the beginning of the Bronze Age, and it has 23 old towers that are still standing strong. The Museum de Fundatie offers a number of incredible modern art pieces.

There is also the Bonami Speelcomputer Museum for those who are interested in technology. You will also have no problem finding a place to get a nice meal here.

Zwolle, The Museum de Fondatie, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands

Zwolle, The Museum de Fondatie, Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands by Laservision / pixabay

There are many water canals in the country which is also characterized by windmills (you’ll find around 1300 of them here). They are driven by frequent winds from the sea. The Netherlands is also known for producing excellent cheeses. Due to the flat surface, the bicycle is a practical means of transport and they have more than 13 million bicycles there.

So which places did you choose for your next trip to the Netherlands? 🙂 Leave us a comment below so that we are well informed! 🙂

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