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Discover the Ultimate Guide of the Coolest and Most Unusual Things to Do in The Netherlands, the Most Incredible & Best Things to do in The Netherlands.
From a Canal Cruise in Amsterdam to an explosion of colours and fragrances in Keukenhof, they are the Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in The Netherlands, The Best Things to do In Netherlands with Kids or Teens as well as the Funniest Things to Do in The Netherlands.
Explore the windmills, stroll with your children in the Efteling theme park, enjoy a romantic cruise on the Giethoorn or float the Amsterdam canals.
Need more inspiration? Discover the Most Scenic Places in The Netherlands, The Best Secret Spots in The Netherlands, The Most Dramatic Castles in The Netherlands, the Most Magical Sandy Beaches in The Netherlands as well as the Most Beautiful Christmas Markets in The Netherlands.
1. Amsterdam Canal Cruise
A Canal Cruise in Amsterdam is one of the Best Things to Do in The Netherlands.
We offer dozens of thematic cruises on the canals of Amsterdam: Pizza Cruise, Cruise Candlelight, Cheese & Wine Cruise, Luxury canal cruise and even a Cruise Hamburger.
You choose! In all cases you will enjoy this activity top-rated among the Coolest Things to Do in The Netherlands.
Where to stay: "Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam". We love its trendy and chic decor and its perfect location.
2. Keukenhof Tulips Exhibition
Keukenhof is a paradise for flower lovers and especially for tulip fans and one of the Top Things to See and Do in The Netherlands.
Tulip growers come from all over the country to exhibit their best creations in this park located in Lisse, a 40-minute drive from Amsterdam (1 hour by train).
Visit this garden, this is one of the Coolest and Most Unusual Things to Do in The Netherlands and benefit from a direct transfer from Amsterdam as well as skip-the-line entrances to give yourself plenty of time to admire more than 7 million tulips in bloom.
Where to stay: "Hotel The Bird" is one of our bestsellers in Amsterdam.
3. Day trip to Giethoorn
Giethoorn is one of the best hidden gems in the Netherlands and one of the Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in The Netherlands.
Its canals, nowadays so romantic, were originally dug by man to extract peat used as fuel to heat homes. The name "Giethoorn" comes from the Dutch word gietenhoorns meaning goats’horn. Many horns were found there probably because they grazed there a few centuries ago.
You can get to Giethoorn, either by car (1h30) or by train (2h). You can also book a day trip to Giethoorn from Amsterdam and discover the Venice of the Netherlands in complete tranquillity.
Your guide will tell you the most incredible stories about this village as you photograph the pretty Giethoorn thatched roof houses. This is one of the Best Things to do with Kids in The Netherlands.
Where to stay: The holiday house "Dorpsgracht" has 3 bedrooms and a bathroom and is one of the top rated properties in Giethoorn.
4. Madurodam Mini World
Are you still undecided on which city to visit during your stay in the Netherlands or which are the must-see monuments? Should you add castle De Haar ranked among the most beautiful castles in the Netherlands to your to- do list? One of the must have and one of the Best Things to do with Kids in The Netherlands is undoubtedly a trip to Madurodam Mini World.
As its name suggests you will find not only the most important monuments and cities of the Netherlands in miniatures but also many other cities of the world.
Some miniature parks can be disappointing but Madurodam Mini World is the best of its kind. The settings are amazingly realistic and you will feel like a giant walking in the most famous places in the world.
Opening hours: The park is open every day from 9h to 18h.
How to get there: Book your flights to The Hague. Madurodam is located 40 a minute walk from the center of The Hague, 10 minutes by public transport.
Where to stay: "The Indigo Hotel The Hague - Noordeinde Palace" is a 4-star boutique hotel in a perfect location.
5. Zaanse Schans Windmills Cruise
Located a 30-minute drive or train ride from the centre of Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans is a breath of fresh air just a few kilometers from one of Europe's most incredible capitals and one of the Best Things to Do in The Netherlands Beside Amsterdam.
This small village is famous for its wooden houses, canals and windmills but also for its cheese factory and wooden clogs.
Book your flights to Amsterdam and your accommodation at the best price and enjoy a river cruise with audio guide. If you want to enjoy the beauty of these landscapes without having to organize anything, book your visit to Zaanse Schans with transfer from Amsterdam, this is one of the Best Things to Do in The Netherlands with Teens.
Where to stay: Book your room in one of the most incredible hotels in Europe, the "Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam".
6. Efteling Theme Park
Just an hour's drive from Amsterdam (1h20 by train), Efteling is a fairy-tale amusement park for young and old alike and one of the Best Things to do with Kids in The Netherlands.
It was created almost a century ago and is the oldest leisure park in Europe. The park offers attractions for young children as well as sensational rides and magical shows.
Ranked among the best theme parks in Europe it is also one of the cheapest, which is good news for a family outing.
Opening hours: open every day from 10h to 18h.
How to get there: Book your flights to Amsterdam, avoid the queue and get a cheaper price at checkout by buying your tickets online. Efteling is located in Kaatsheuvel (1h15 by car from Amsterdam or 1h50 by train).
Where to stay: "Efteling Loonsche Land Hotel", located 200 meters from the theme park.
7. A Ferris Wheel Ride in Scheveningen
Scheveningen is a district of the city of The Hague. This beautiful seaside destination also boasts one of the most beautiful piers in Europe and a few years ago the city acquired one of the most beautiful Ferris wheels in Europe.
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, one of the Coolest Things to Do in The Netherlands.
Opening hours: The Ferris wheel is open every day from 9am to 8pm.
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.
8. Veluwezoom Park
By bike, on foot, on horseback, it's up to you how you want to discover the oldest and most beautiful national park in the Netherlands.
This haven of peace has been a protected area since 1931. Let the fauna and flora take all your worries away and discover one of the Most Incredible & Best Things to Do in The Netherlands.
Open your eyes wide and spot wild boars and deer roaming freely. The purple heather and mist form an incredible backdrop for unforgettable walks.
The best time to see the heather in bloom is... all year long as this beautiful plant has several successive blooms.
How to get there: Book your flights to Amsterdam-Schiphol or Rotterdam-The Hague and drive to Rheden (2 hours by car).
Where to stay: "Buitenplaats Beekhuizen" set in the middle of the National Park Veluwezoom.
9. A day trip in Leiden
A Visit to Leiden is one of the Best Things to do with Kids in The Netherlands. 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.
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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