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Best places to visit in the Netherlands

Best Places to visit in the Netherlands

Traveling to the Netherlands but still undecided on where to stay? Find inspiration from a selection of the best places to visit in the Netherlands, the most beautiful beaches, the most beautiful castles or the best hidden gems in the Netherlands.

 

You will be amazed by the architectural richness of Delft, the Valkenburg Christmas Market, The Hague's Ferris wheel and the charming city of Leiden, which has nothing to envy Amsterdam.

 

Discover the most beautiful destinations in the Netherlands and share your trip with us on social networks.

 

Book your flights, accommodation and tours at the best price and discover the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands.

 


Best places to visit in the Netherlands - Nijmegen - Copyright Intonijmegen - European Best Destinations
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Nijmegen

Nijmegen is the oldest city of the Netherlands with a city center full of important historical locations. And it’s not just a rich cultural history that Nijmegen has to offer. A large number of students, numerous events and festivals, unique hot spots and cozy restaurants all add up to an unprecedented liveliness in our city. Just put your feet in the sand at our city beach next to the river Waal, or relax at one of the numerous sidewalk cafes.

 

A large array of both chain stores and small and unique specialty stores will complete your Nijmegen experience, whether you’re here for a day or for the entire weekend. And don’t forget to have a drink and a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and cafes.

 

“Het Rijk van Nijmegen” has a very rich history, surrounded by hilly fields. Go for example on a relaxing tour past the vineyards and hills of Groesbeek. Berg en Dal is also an attractive destination with impressive sights, a rich cultural history and a remarkable viniculture. The many differences in altitude, which inspired the town’s name (roughly translated: “Hill and Valley”), result in impressive vistas.

 

Book your flights to Eindhoven or Amsterdam Airport (1h30 by public transport) as well as your accommodation at the best price in Nijmegen.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Eindhoven or Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and reach the city center in 1h30 minutes by train.

 

Where to stay: "Hotel Credible" Situated in the best rated area in Nijmegen.

 


Best places to visit in the Netherlands - Amsterdam - Copyright Comaniciu Dan - European Best Destinations
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Amsterdam

 We all agree that you cannot travel to the Netherlands without discovering its capital, Amsterdam. Amsterdam is both what you imagine and so much more. Amsterdam is above all a cultural destination with museums such as the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.

 

Amsterdam is obviously a perfect destination for shopping with its Magna Plaza shopping center, one of the most beautiful shopping centers in Europe, as well as incredible shopping streets such as "Kalverstraat", "Nieuwendijk" and "PC Hoofstraat" which are among the biggest shopping streets in Europe.  Never mind the clichés and discover Amsterdam by bike, a gentle and ecological way to explore the city. 

 

Book your flights to Amsterdam and your accommodation at the best price and your tours in Amsterdam such as a Canal boat cruise.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and reach the city center in 20 minutes by train.

 

Where to stay: "Eden Hotel Amsterdam" situated in the heart of the city center.

 


Best places to visit in the Netherlands - Zaanse Schans - Copyright Dmitry Kalinovsky - European Best Destinations
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Zaanse Schans

Zaanstad

Zaanse Schans is certainly the most beautiful village in the Netherlands. Located 20 minutes from the historic centre of Amsterdam you can reach this village from the station Sloterdijk Amsterdam. Walk, take a boat or go by bike in this little corner of paradise. A perfect destination for a getaway out of town.

 

Book your flights to Amsterdam as well as your accommodation at the best price and your tours in Amsterdam, such as the "Half Day Tour of Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam". 

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Amsterdam and reach Zaanse Schans by train or car (20 min). 

 

Where to stay: "Zaanhof Luxurious Amsterdam Zaanse Schans Loft Apartment". It offers an outdoor fitness and a hot tub.

 


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Maastricht

Surrounded by Belgium and Germany, Maastricht is a pleasant cosmopolitan city, one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands.

 

Maastricht is a perfect destination for shopping with friends or family. You can visit its religious monuments, its basements or simply around and be tempted by an ice cream.  For an unforgettable trip, visit the Christmas Market in Maastricht, one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe. 

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Maastricht Airport (15 minutes from downtown by car, 40 minutes by public transport). 

 

Where to stay: One of Maastricht's favorite hotels is "Dutch Maastricht". We love its decor and location in the Wyck neighbourhood.

 


Best destinations to visit in the Netherlands - Giethoorn copyright Maurizio De Mattei - European Best Destinations
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Giethoorn

Steenwijkerland

Located 1h30 from Amsterdam by car (2h by train) Giethoorn is one of the best hidden gems in the Netherlands. This pretty little town is so romantic with its thatched roofs, canals and flower gardens. The canals were dug by men to extract peat.

 

The name "Giethoorn" comes from the Dutch "Geitenhoorns" in Dutch and refers to the goats’ horn which were found in the fields. If you come by train from Amsterdam Central Station, take the first train to Amersfoort and a second train to Steenwijk (then take bus number 70). It is longer than a car drive but more ecological. You can also book online your tours in the Netherlands, such as a "From Amsterdam: Day trip to Giethoorn by bus and boat".

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Amsterdam and book your day trip to Giethoorn by bus and boat. 

 

Where to stay: "Bed & Breakfast Giethoorn" features river views. 

 


Best destinations to visit in the Netherlands - Utrecht copyright Olena Z  - European Best Destinations
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Utrecht

Located only 1 hour from Amsterdam, Utrecht is the 4th largest city in the Netherlands. Utrecht is known worldwide for the De Haar Castle ranked among the most beautiful castles in the Netherlands. You will fall in love with the romantic canals, botanical gardens and cathedral. 

 

Book your flights to Amsterdam as well as your hotel, apartments, or B&B at the best price in Utrecht. 

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and travel to Utrecht by public transport (30 min) or by car (50 min). 

 

Where to stay: For an unforgettable stay, book your room at the "Grand Hotel Karel V" located in the historic heart of Utrecht.

 


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Delft

You will fall in love with Delft, one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands. With romantic canals like Amsterdam, Delft is known worldwide for its ‘faience’ tiles and objects in white and blue, the symbol of this city. You know more than you think about Delft. Have you seen the movie "The Girl with the Pearl Earring"? It was inspired by an oil painting by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer,

 

What are you waiting for? Delft is only 15 minutes away by car or bus from the airport.

 

Book your flights to Rotterdam airport as well as your accommodation at the best price in Rotterdam or Delft and your tours and activities in Delft, such as a "Guided walking tour in Delft".

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Rotterdam-The Hague Airport (15 min by car or bus).

 

Where to stay: "Hotel Johannes Vermeer Delft" situated in the city centre of Delft. 

 


Best places to visit in the Netherlands - The Hague  - Copyright Z. Jacobs - European Best Destinations
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The Hague

The Netherlands offer a great diversity of landscapes and truly unique cities. The Hague, known worldwide for its International Tribunal, is an amazing city. If you are visiting with your family, make sure you visit the "Madurodam" park with its miniature versions of the most beautiful cities and the most beautiful monuments of Holland. 

 

Art lovers will want to visit the "Mauritshuis" to view some of the greatest 17th century masterpieces such as the Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer’s paintings. At the end of the day, hop aboard the big-wheel located on the seaside in the district of Scheveningen. 

 

Book your flights to Rotterdam-The Hague Airport as well as your accommodation at the best price and your tours in The Hague, such as your entrance ticket for Madurodam Mini World.

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Rotterdam-The Hague Airport and travel to the city centre by car (30 min) or by public transport (1h).

 

Where to stay:  "Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde", a four-star boutique hotel located in a bank building.

 


Best places to visit in the Netherlands - Rotterdam - Copyrignt Brian S  - European Best Destinations
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Rotterdam

Rotterdam is one of the most important port cities in Europe but also one of the most amazing and beautiful cities in the Netherlands. Its port, still very much active, has become one of the favourite attractions for travellers to Rotterdam. You can also treat yourself to a "Port of Rotterdam 2-hour bike tour".  For architecture enthusiasts, book today your "Rotterdam Architecture Walking tour". 

 

Book your flights to Rotterdam now, as well as your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in Rotterdam. 

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Rotterdam-The Hague Airport and travel to the city centre by car (15 min) or public transport (20 min). 

 

Where to stay: "Stayokay Rotterdam" situated in the heart of Rotterdam.

 


Best places to visit in the Netherlands - Keukenhof - copyright Nikolay Antonov - European Best Destinations
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Keukenhof

Lisse

Located just 45 minutes from Amsterdam (by car or train), the city of Lisse has managed to make itself known to the world through a unique event in the world. From mid-March to mid-May you can discover hundreds of thousands of tulips in the Keukenhof Park.

 

You will find an incredible number of different varieties and colours of tulips. Each year, the best tulip makers in the Netherlands come to plant the bulbs of their most beautiful varieties in the park to show the public as well as buyers, their know-how and their catalog of tulips. 

 

Book your flights to Amsterdam as well as your accommodation at the best price and activities in the Netherlands, such as a "From Amsterdam: Keukenhof entry ticket and transfers".

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Amsterdam and your transfer to Keukenhof.

 

Where to stay: "NH Collection Amsterdam Doelen". Get pampered like a star in this mythical 5-star hotel.

 


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Leiden

Located only 30 minutes by public transport from Amsterdam, Leiden is one of the most beautiful cities in the Netherlands. Leiden is a perfect destination for families: you can hike, walk along the canals or discover the beautiful Leiden Botanical Garden.

 

Leiden is a car-free city, so one more reason to go! You can park in one of the car parks surrounding the city and reach the city center by bus. 

 

Book your flights to Amsterdam as well as your accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in the Netherlands, such as a "Leiden 2-hour walking tour". 

 

How to get there: Book your flights to Amsterdam and get to Leiden by car (20 min) or by train (15 min).

 

Where to stay: "Boutique Hotel Steenhof Suites" for its spacious rooms and excellent location.

 


 

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