The US-based travel giant Lonely Planet has announced the world’s best regions, countries and cities that must be seen in 2022 in its latest book.
How about discovering the world in the new year, inspired by Lonely Planet’s “Best In Travel 2022” content? Get started with your travel plans with this list of the world’s top 10 countries, cities and regions, selected by experts to inspire your next adventure.
From the Cook Islands to the magnificent nature of Belize with its pristine forests and beaches with clear waters; from Norway with its dazzling fjords to Mauritius, the pearl of the Indian Ocean; From Slovenia, the greenest country in Europe, to the environmentally friendly island of Anguilla; 10 unique countries that must be seen in the world, ranging from Oman, the oldest settlement in human history, to Nepal, Egypt and Malawi.
The Cook Islands, which consists of 15 archipelagos under the New Zealand administration; While impressing its visitors with its beauties, it also opens the door to a dream-like holiday with its fairy-tale ambiance. Discovered by James Cook in the late 18th century, this fascinating archipelago; It is almost like an impressive reflection of the deserted islands mentioned in the stories with their natural beauties, untouched forests and beaches with clear waters that create fascinating landscapes…
Norway, one of the most livable and safe countries in the world, promises its visitors an unforgettable holiday with the beauties it offers all seasons. Dazzling Norway with its gabled brick houses that look like they came out of a fairy tale, natural beauties, northern lights, living standards and dazzling fjords; With its thousand-year history, it offers a fascinating experience to its visitors.
Located on the Indian Ocean, Mauritius; It opens the doors of a fascinating world to its visitors with its magnificent geography that hosts beautiful natural wonders. The pearl of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius, which was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption, is one of the unique places that brings paradise to the earth with its unexplored coves and tropical lagoons. With its undiscovered bays, unpolluted sea, unspoiled beaches, tropical lagoons, nostalgic streets, there are many places to see and discover in Mauritius. It is also possible to encounter plant and animal species that you will encounter for the first time in your life on this paradise island located on the Indian Ocean.
Belize, which is among the popular tourism destinations of North America; It borders the Caribbean Sea to the east and Mexico to the west and south. This fascinating country, which resembles a giant open-air museum; It invites its visitors to an unforgettable holiday with its dazzlingly beautiful nature, beaches with turquoise waters and its deep-rooted history dating back to the Mayans.
Slovenia, one of the greenest countries you can see in Europe, with an area of 20 thousand kilometers; It is dazzling with its lakes, rivers, waterfalls, mountains, forests, caves and many natural beauties. Being the first country in the world to have this title with the green destination certificate it received in 2016, 60 percent of Slovenia is filled with lush beauties that you have perhaps never seen before. Make sure you have your camera with you as you explore this fascinating country with its picturesque natural beauty and biodiversity, as you will want to immortalize every single shot you see.
The eco-friendly island, named after the eel Anguilla, is a part of the Caribbean Islands and is like a hidden paradise with dazzling beaches. This fascinating island, where you will be amazed by swimming in its turquoise waters and the dazzling wealth of underwater life; Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to the east, and St. Neighbors with Martin. Anguilla, which is a magnificent destination for nature lovers, has a different beauty in every season.
Oman, one of the oldest settlements in human history, is one of the unique places that still survives today with its history dating back tens of thousands of years. This mysterious country, also known as the “Mother of Fire”, due to the fact that most of its lands were formed as a result of volcanic eruptions; With its unique coastal beauties and historical structures, it is almost a paradise in the middle of the desert. From its majestic mountains to its windy deserts, from its pristine coastline to its towns that retain their traditional charm and Bedouin culture, exploring Oman will show you the modern face of Arabia. You can camp in the vast deserts of Oman, one of the oldest settlements in human history, travel with camels, explore its magnificent canyons and enjoy the sea with its white beaches. In Oman, where the tropical desert climate is dominant, the temperature does not fall below 25 °C even in winter.
In addition to history, nature and cultural tourism, Nepal, which is a frequent destination for travelers from all over the world who want to listen to their inner voice and raise their awareness, is a land of discovery with its smiling people and cows roaming everywhere. By visiting many temples in the country where Hinduism and Buddhism are peacefully blended. You may find yourself in a completely different world.
Known as one of the poorest countries in the world, Malawi; It is a geography waiting to be discovered with its rich cultural texture, different ethnic groups and dazzling natural beauties. Located in the south of Africa, Malawi is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique to the east. With its eponymous lake, reggae-loving seaside towns, mountain-top mission stations, hiking trails, and three major wildlife reserves, there is so much to see and explore in this tiny African country.
Egypt, one of the largest and richest countries with its history in the Middle East; It is one of the countries that serve as a bridge between the Middle East and North Africa, and whose ancient mysteries are still being investigated even today. Continuing to inspire humanity with its 7000 years of history, mythology and legends, the country has hosted many civilizations throughout history. Egypt fascinates not only with the pyramids of Cheops, the first of the seven wonders of the world, built during the reign of the Pharaohs, but also with its art, history and culture. This year, the centennial of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, one of the best-known Egyptian Pharaohs, will be commemorated in the country.
Seealpsee Lake in Switzerland impresses
The entire Appenzell region in the north-east of Switzerland has magnificent mountains, lakes and small villages. And the most beautiful lake of this region is Seealpsee…
Seealpsee Lake, famous for its magnificent view, has a surface area of 34 decares.
The lake, whose deepest point is 15 meters, is fed by snow waters from the surrounding Alpine mountains, and its water, which sometimes turns turquoise, is very clear.
The lake can be reached on foot from Wasserauen or Ebenalp.
Visitors of Seealpsee, which is a popular tourism center, can enjoy the beautiful scenery with the tents they set up around it, and can also take boat tours.
It is an unforgettable experience to watch the beautiful view of the lake and its surroundings from the Berggasthaus Forelle am Seealpsee viewing point, which overlooks the western end of the lake with a large outdoor terrace.
The most welcoming countries of 2022
Amsterdam Fox Travel has listed the hospitable countries that offer the best experience to its visitors in 2022. According to Arton Capital data, the most hospitable countries in the world were determined.
Among the most interesting features of the countries visited is undoubtedly how hospitable they are. In addition to its historical texture, interesting features, food cultures, and living standards, being hospitable has a great share in attracting visitors. In 2022, the hospitable countries that offer the best experience to their visitors have been announced.
The most hospitable countries in the world
Bolivia, Angola, Djibouti, Guinea, Maldives, Comoros, Somalia, East Timor, Malawi, Qatar, Micronesia, Burundi, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria, Tuvalu, Samoa, Gabon, Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Cambodia, Ethiopia
Myanmar (Burma), Sudan, Algeria, Bhutan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan are among the countries that are at the bottom of the list of the most hospitable countries in the world.
Amsterdam Travel Guide 2023
The first thing that comes to mind when Amsterdam is mentioned is entertainment culture and nightlife. In addition to these, it really fascinates itself with its channels, museums and parks. What can you do in Amsterdam, a complete cycling paradise? Here we will present various information about the Amsterdam travel guide.
When to Arrive in Amsterdam?
Since winter and autumn are very cold in Amsterdam, the best time is between April and October.
If you have the opportunity, it would be great to capture the atmosphere during King’s Day (April 27) or Pride (August 1-6).
How Much Time Should You Spend in Amsterdam?
You won’t get bored if you stay in Amsterdam for 4-5 days, but 2 days is enough time to understand the general feel and rhythm of Amsterdam, to visit the important places, and to hang out a little locally.
Where to Stay in Amsterdam?
There is an accommodation option for every budget in Amsterdam. In addition, it is more common to own a house than a hotel throughout the city. Especially if you are a team of 4-6 people, there are very nice and affordable options.
Waldorf Astoria: Located on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Herengracht, Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is a 5-star luxury hotel consisting of 6 canal-view mansions from the 17th century.
The Dylan: The Dylan is a boutique hotel located on the banks of the Keizersgracht Canal. The on-site restaurant, Vinkeles, has a Michelin star.
Houseboat Amsterdam: Houseboat Amsterdam is an opportunity to experience accommodation in Amsterdam’s famous houseboats. All boathouses have a kitchenette, air conditioning and private bathroom.
Jo’s: A bed and breakfast establishment close to Rembrandtplein, consisting of rooms for up to two people, with their own bathroom and kitchen.
Is it necessary to rent a car?
Amsterdam has a very nice tram and bus network, you can easily reach where you want in a short time, so you will not need to rent a car. You can also consider renting a bike, like the locals of the city, instead of a car.
Useful Information to Help You Before You Come to Amsterdam
There are different cards that will make your transportation and museum entrances more affordable in Amsterdam. Depending on how many days you go or the places you want to visit, it would be logical to choose the card that suits you and use it.
I Amsterdam City Card
I Amsterdam is an all-encompassing city card that you can use for 1-5 days. The biggest pluses are that the city public transportation is free, it includes a canal tour, it covers more than 70 museum entrances, including the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Hermitage Museum and the Rembrant House. You can also get discounts in some places. You can buy the card online and then pick it up from the tourist information office at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the I Amsterdam shop in Amsterdam Central Station or the tourist information office there.
GVB Daily Cards
A card that covers tram, metro and bus journeys of the GVB company inside GVB Amsterdam. Unfortunately, the bus from the airport is not included. It only includes public transport under the name of GVB, but if you haven’t rented a bike, it might be a good idea to buy it. There are trams everywhere in the city and it is quite simple and practical to go from one place to another. The more days you stay, the more days you can get. Think on an hourly basis, like 1 day 24 hours, 2 days 48 hours. In other words, the number of days you bought from the first minute you use it, the more hours it is valid. You can get this card from ticket machines at metro stations, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Dutch Tourist Offices and some hotels. It is sold in many other places.
$ – 100 Euro (Accommodation (22-35 Euro) : In the guest house / Hostel, Food: supermarket or street food (15 Euro), Transportation: public transport (6-7 Euro), Entertainment: museum or event (11-17) Euro) )
$$ – 100-200 Euros (Accommodation: at the hotel (125 Euros), Meals: in restaurants (30 Euros), Transportation: guided tour (10-15 Euros), Arts and Entertainment: show or concert (40 Euros) )
$$$ – Over 200 Euros (Accommodation: At a 4-Star Hotel (230 Euros), Food: Fine Dining Restaurants (50 Euros), Transportation: Taxi (20 Euros), Entertainment: Canal Tour or Cabaret/Shows 50-90 Euros)
Things to do in Amsterdam
1. Rent a Bike
If there is a place in the world that is synonymous with cycling, it is Amsterdam. There is even jargon called “Amsterdam bike”. The Netherlands is flat and 25% is below sea level. It was originally supposed to be submerged by now, but thanks to the intervention of engineers, it continues to exist and is the ideal place for cycling. The highest point in the entire country is 322.7 meters! Cycling is so easy here; Amsterdam bikes don’t even have many gears. Most of the time you get off without sweating. Therefore, stylish ladies with heels and men in suits are also very common sights. Everyone from 7 to 70 prefers bicycles for transportation. There are separate bicycle paths, traffic lights and parking spaces for cyclists.
Even if you do not ride a bicycle, it is necessary to pay attention to the bicycle paths and lights as a pedestrian.
There is nothing more enjoyable than cycling the canals of Amsterdam in fine weather. You can both explore the city faster than walking, and enjoy cycling with pleasure. It is possible to find many reliable bike rental companies, as cycling in Amsterdam is very comfortable and preferred for tourists as well as locals.
Where to rent bicycles in Amsterdam?
If you don’t want to deal with renting, you can join a 3-hour bike tour of Amsterdam.
2. The Most Pleasant Way to Visit Amsterdam’s Canals: Rent a Boat
Let’s come to the favorite activity of tourists in Amsterdam. The first image that comes to mind when Amsterdam is mentioned is usually the canals. It is unthinkable to return without visiting the canals. Of course, we do not mean touristic boat tours that depart as if they are full. Not much is known, but there are actually small electric boats like Taka that you can rent hourly or daily. Criteria such as maritime knowledge and experience are not sought. You’re going so slow that you can’t even compete with a duck because it’s already battery powered. Your only problem is to bring the boat back in the maze-like channels. You will only need one navigation. With your drink and your music, you can tour the wonderful canals of Amsterdam. You don’t even need food and water, because you’re in the city on the canals. When you need something, you can get off the boat and come back.
Where to rent sandals?
Canal Motorboats – Tel: +31 20 422 7007, open between 10.00-22.00. Click for website.
Boaty – Tel: +31 6 27149493, open between 9.00-21.30. Click for website.
MokumBoot – Tel: +31 20 210 5700, open between 9.00-22.00. Click for website.
3. Join the King’s Day Fever
Arguably the best time to go to the Netherlands is King’s Day (Koningsdag, if your wallet doesn’t mind the skyrocketing prices). King’s Day, which receives visitors from many parts of Europe every year, is one of the most entertaining days in the Netherlands and one of the biggest city festivals in Europe.
Every year, King’s Day starts the night before April 27, and there are hundreds of events under the name of King’s Night in many nightclubs, bars, parks and streets. Tickets are sold out long beforehand, so if your trip coincides with King’s Day, it is imperative that you make many reservations and plans in advance, not just a party. Because the streets and venues of Amsterdam are the scene of a terrible flood of people on April 26-27.
4. Watch Ajax Legend from the Stand
You can watch the legendary football team of the Netherlands, Ajax, in his home Amsterdam. For a football lover, watching a match from the stands of Ajax is one of the greatest football pleasures one can experience. The football club, which was opened in 1900, is one of the most rooted and prominent clubs in world football. In fact, it is the seventh most successful club of the 20th century according to international football statistics institutions. They have seen the UEFA Champions League trophy 4 times and they are also the winners of many awards in the Netherlands and the world. In addition, since they have won the UEFA Champions League 3 times in a row, they have earned the right to be one of the 5 teams around the world that can keep the trophy in their museum. That’s why if you’re going for more than a day or two and if you happen to come across a good match when you go, you should experience that atmosphere.
5. Sip Beer at Their Breweries
Dutch beers are very famous. It is very pleasant to take a break at the brewhouses that make their own beer and mingle with the locals here. The Brouwerij’t IJ brewery is known more to Amsterdammers than to tourists.
Brouwerij’t IJ: A former bathhouse built under a windmill, a brewery that everyone loves. They brew their own beers. At the same time, there are also parts where you can sit, that is, part of it is a pub. There are foods that you can snack on with beer rather than regular meals. Average prices of beers are no more than 4-5€. It is open every day of the year from 14:00 to 20:00. There is no option like reservation, the one who goes early closes.
6. Go to Vondelpark
Vondelpark is the largest city park in Amsterdam and one of the most famous parks in the Netherlands. Located next to the Rijksmuseum, the park spans exactly 47 hectares and has been one of the symbols of the city since 1864. In the park, which has greenery and ponds as far as the eye can see, you can see people running from 7 to 70, cycling, walking or lying on the grass and chatting. It is not possible to visit all of the park, but if you don’t have a very tight schedule, take 1-2 hours and get fresh air and take a walk here, intertwined with nature. As many places in Amsterdam are close to each other and within walking distance, you can discover new places while walking.
Places to Visit in Amsterdam
1. Museum District
Dutch painters constitute an important school in terms of art history. The Netherlands has trained very famous artists, created new trends and occupies an important place in the history of art. You should definitely visit Dutch museums.
2. Red Light District
The Netherlands’ entry into social taboos with the ax by legalizing some types of drugs and prostitution brings millions of curious tourists to Amsterdam every year. One of the most curious places in the whole country is undoubtedly the Red Light District. The Red Light District, named after its red eye-catching lights, is a district where there are striptease shows, sex toy shops, coffeeshops where drugs are sold, and sex workers are predominant. While walking around this area, you can see sex workers in the glassed-in rooms on the side streets, because this has become a legal business in Amsterdam since 2000. Taking pictures of these windows is considered rude, it’s worth paying attention to.
How do the Dutch take it?
The Dutch oppose neither drugs nor prostitution being legal, but they themselves neither use drugs nor are they interested in prostitution. In their eyes, there is nothing wrong with it, since it is a situation that serves the interests of this country.
Accommodation in the Red Light District
If you do a quick research, you will see that there are a lot of hotels and AirBNB options in this region and they are frequently preferred. This is a popular area as it is central. There are no security issues or the hotels here are not prostitution hotels, but you can still choose not to stay in this area. In that case, around Museumplein or Bloemenmarkt are good options.
3. Anne Frank’s House
Anne Frank, her father and 6 other people, who fled the Nazis because they were Jewish, came to Amsterdam during World War II. However, after the Nazis occupied the Netherlands, they had to hide in a house from 1940 to 1942. Anne Frank was only 11-12 years old at the time. Anne Frank, who devoted herself to keeping a diary during their hiding period; He described his feelings, dreams and the current situation of the country in his diary. In 1942, after 2 years of hiding, they were caught and sent to concentration camps. Unfortunately, the only survivor of the 8 people was Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank. Later, her father had her daughter’s diary printed as a book and the house where they were kept was turned into a museum in 1960.
In the museum you can find the diaries, life story and photographs of Anne Frank, it is really impressive.
The museum is open every day except Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day. The museum is open between 09.00-22.00 from April to October, and from 09.00 to 21.00 on Saturdays between November and March, and from 09.00 to 19.00 on other days. There may be differences in the opening-closing times of the museum on some dates, so be sure to check the site.
4. Coffee Shops
In the Netherlands, “Coffee shops” sell cannabis and similar pleasure substances, which are legal for sale and consumption in the Netherlands. At the same time, they turn them into food by adding them to desserts such as cakes and brownies. There are a few strict rules: Coffee shops are not allowed to advertise, they can never sell liquor, and they can’t let anyone under the age of 18 through the door. There is a coffee shop on almost every corner in Amsterdam, especially the Red Light District, where they are more concentrated.
There is a security guard at the entrance of most coffee shops and they usually ask for ID and check inside your bag, regardless of your age. You can also drink coffee, tea, etc., so you don’t have to eat any drugs or food made from them. There are a large number of coffee shops in Amsterdam, all of them more or less the same; Dampkring, Green House, Barney, Bluebird, Gray Area, Katsu, Bulldog are among the best known. But the Bulldog will probably catch your eye the most because it has so many branches.
5. Boat Tour on the Canal
A classic canal tour in Amsterdam takes about 1 hour. There are many important places on the route of the tours such as the Anne Frank Museum, Central Station, Rembrandt’s House, Vondelpark.
6. Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market)
Tulip went to the Netherlands with tulip bulbs given as a gift to a fire that came to the Ottoman Empire. Today, tulip is a flower identified with the Netherlands in the world. One reason is that the Netherlands is Europe’s largest producer of flowers (and tulips). Amsterdam Bloemenmarkt, or Amsterdam Flower Market, is famous for being the only floating flower market in the world. It is a place that adds color to the city with its wonderful smells no matter what season you go. It has been established since 1862.
You will see an unimaginable variety of flowers, but also seeds. It can be a great idea to buy seeds and plant them in your home, especially if you are a gardener. Those who go in December are also lucky; They will see the flower market decorated with many Christmas trees and Christmas decorations. In Flowermarket, located between Koningsplein and Muntplein, you can find many souvenir shops and cheese shops besides flowers. Flowermarket is open from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 17:30 and on Sundays from 11:30 to 17:30.
7. Dam Square
Dam Square, which includes the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, is the most famous square in Amsterdam. The square with many historical buildings is one of the most well-known and lively places of the city. At the same time, there are many shops where you can hit the bottom of your shopping, restaurants that you can’t count, street flavors for snacks and bars. Bijenkorf, Magna Plaza, Bonneterie are some of them. Apart from that, the Nieuwe Kerk, the New Church, which is one of the most famous buildings in Amsterdam, and the Madame Tussauds Museum, the world-famous wax sculpture museum, are among the places you can see in Dam Square.
Madame Tussauds is a museum where wax statues of famous people are exhibited in chains around the world.
8. Heineken Experience
Heineken, one of the world’s leading beer brands, is a Dutch company. One of the top 3 brewers in the world. Built in 1864, the brewery opened to the public in 1991. On the tour they show the building and offer informative activities about beer, such as a brewery tour. In recent years, Heineken Experience has become a museum that attracts tourists as much as other museums. We recommend those who are considering going to buy tickets online because this is an extremely touristic spot.
The tour takes about 90 minutes and they give two beers. There is no guide, you travel by yourself. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent and cannot drink alcohol of any kind. Open Monday-Thursday between 10.30-19.30, last entry time is 17.30. Open Friday-Sunday from 10.30 to 21.00, last entry time is 19.00. Free for children 0-11 years old.
9. The Famous Windmills of the Netherlands
Unlike museums, delicious cheeses and tulips, the windmill is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Amsterdam. But they are incredibly important to the Netherlands, even National Windmill Day on May 11 every year. The windmills are decorated with flowers, Dutch flags and figures of angels. 8 windmills are still standing in Amsterdam, their purpose is to grind wheat and extract excess water. These mills are one of the solutions to the possibility that 25 percent of the Netherlands is below sea level and may be flooded. So their importance is undeniable. De Gooyer, De Otter, Molen van Sloten, The Zaanse Schans, Riekermolen and D’Admiraal are some of the things you can see.
De Gooyer Windmill
De Gooyer Windmill lies east of Amsterdam and is the longest wooden windmill in the Netherlands. Right next to it is the iconic Brouwerij’t IJ brewery. Although you cannot go inside De Gooyer, you can drink your beer from Brouwerij’t IJ at the bottom of this windmill. Especially if the weather is nice, it can be very enjoyable to sip a beer on the sunny terrace.
10. Waterlooplein’s Famous Flea Market
Waterlooplein is actually the name of a square in the center of Amsterdam. It is also right next to the Amstel river, which gives Amstel beer its name. The highlight of Waterlooplein is that there has been a daily flea market here since 1882. The historical background of the market is also too impressive to ignore. It took its name from the Battle of Waterloo and became a market place when Jewish shopkeepers had to move here. After the Jews were sent to concentration camps during the 2nd World War, this market almost came to the point of extinction. After the war, the flea market, which is its current form, emerged.
Waterlooplein Market is Amsterdam’s oldest and most famous flea market and sells everything you can think of, such as antiques, second-hand items, bags, accessories and even bicycles. Seeing the atmosphere of this market, which was established in a very old time, as well as having a snack and visiting the flea market are one of the good activities to do in Amsterdam. It is open Monday-Saturday from 09:30 in the morning until 18:00 in the evening.
11. Hang out Locally in Oude Pijp and Jordaan
Oude Pijp, known as the Latin quarter, is the sanctuary of various subcultures, world cuisines, hipster cafes and brunch venues in Amsterdam.
And when you take the wheel to Jordaan, the city’s area full of galleries, cafes and sweet boutiques, you will find the most local experiences you can have in Amsterdam.
Rijksmuseum Travel Guide 2022
The Rijksmuseum, the Dutch national museum, is also the largest museum in the Netherlands.
It opened its doors as an art gallery in 1800. And extremely interesting works from that period to the present are exhibited here. If you want to have a great idea about Dutch Medieval art, you should definitely visit it.
From Zuid Station, take tram number 5 and get off at the Rijksmuseum station.
From the central station, take tram 2 or 16 and get off at the Rijksmuseum station.
In order not to wait in line, it makes more sense to pre-book your ticket online by choosing the day and time. The ticket is only valid on the day and time you choose online. By the way, the museum is open every day of the week between 09.00-17.00. The ticket office closes at 16:30.
Adult ticket price 17.5 eur, under 18 years old. If you have an I Amsterdam card or a Museummkart, you can visit the museum for free.
Tip 1: The museum gets overcrowded between 11am and 3pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If possible, choose other days and times.
Tip 2: Even if you have a Museumcard, you can visit the museum for free without getting in that crazy queue.
Tip 3: The Van Gogh museum, the Rijkmuseum, the Stedelijik museum and the I Amsterdam sign even the Heineken museum are very close to each other, all in the MuseumPlein area. In order to save time, it is useful to fit this region into the same day.
Tip 4: In my Amsterdam canals article, there are affordable tour prices that include both canal tours and museum visits.
21 Undiscovered paradises of Europe
21 Undiscovered paradises of Europe. Everyone wants to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome or the Big Ben in England, but the European continent is home to many undiscovered paradises.
Amsterdam Fox Travel brought together 21 unseen European destinations with their natural beauties and historical buildings. Here are the paradises in Europe that have not yet seen the value they deserve…
North Uist, Scotland
Irish Midlands, Ireland
21 Undiscovered paradises of Europe
Apuseni Mountains, Romania
Henne Strand, Denmark
Nellim and Lake Inari, Finland
Picos de Europa, Spain
Sardinia Islands, Italy
Białowieża National Park, Poland
Netherlands’ giant jukebox: Draaiorgel
Street organs dating back to the 18th century, Dutch draaiorgel, have a great place in Dutch culture. On a corner of the streets of the Netherlands, you can see organ musicians waving coins with money box in their hands or signaling to passers-by.
In the 1720s, coolies consisting of small organs used by Italian street musicians were very popular. The travel of street musicians to other countries with their organs enabled this music to spread rapidly.
Belgian Leon Warnies began leasing street organs in 1875. After a while, musicians who rented organs from Leon Warnies got permission from the municipality to entertain the crowds with their instruments in certain areas of Amsterdam. Thus these large jukeboxes became a popular form of entertainment for the Dutch.
In the 1930s, with the rapid spread of the radio and the gramophone, interest in street organs began to wane. People thought these instruments were an outdated form of entertainment for Amsterdam, a modernizing city. The municipality stopped granting permits to street musicians, and in 1937 street organs were banned throughout the city. With the outbreak of the Second World War, in 1942 the German regime banned all forms of music on the street. Although most of the organs were recovered after the German occupation, their glory days are over.
However, you might stumble upon these huge jukeboxes and people dancing around them in the Netherlands right now!
The Perlee family still produces the most popular and oldest street organs in the Netherlands today. The company they founded in 1875 is known as Gijs Perlee Draaiorgelmuseum Amsterdam. You can see some of the historical street organs in the museum, where new organs were also made. Moreover, most of them are in working condition! If you are a street organ lover, you must visit!
13 World Heritage List of the Netherlands
13 World Heritage List of the Netherlands tells a lot about the Netherlands and its place in the world.
The Netherlands is home to 12 World Heritage sites. It is possible to collect these areas under 3 themes: the Netherlands as a water country, the Netherlands as a civil society and the Netherlands as a design wonder.
13 World Heritage List of the Netherlands
On the World Heritage list since 1995
An archaeological monument and an ancient island, Schokland and its surroundings have a mysterious past. Located in the center of Noordoostpolder, this World Heritage Site is very important for cultural history. This area is home to an old church, a lighthouse keeper’s home, and the Schokland Museum. According to Dutch statistics, only five people live here!
So why is Schokland a World Heritage Site?
Due to rising sea levels, Schokland residents lived in the three highest areas here until the great flood of 1825. Here, archaeologists have found numerous treasures buried in the ground. Most of these treasures were undamaged. According to the traces found, it turned out that there has been human settlement in the area for more than 10 thousand years! Everything from pottery, tools and man-made mounds to the remains of houses and churches have been found. Archaeologists did not neglect to dig even the graves.
Amsterdam Defense Line
On the World Heritage list since 1996
Stelling van Amsterdam, also known as Stelling van Amsterdam, consists of 46 ring-shaped castles. Castles surround the city of Amsterdam and form a new ring of approximately 135 kilometers! The defense line built between 1883 and 1920 was built to protect the city.
Besides fortifications (military structures and buildings built for use in warfare), these rings are made up of complex systems of ditches, sluices, canals, and flooded polders.
In the Middle Ages, the Dutch created a flooding system, and the large amount of floating area in the country helped them. As a result, while the country was under attack, these floating areas did not allow passage to the enemy. Really genius!
On the World Heritage list since 1997
Willemstad is a city located on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. Yes, you heard right, some Dutch municipalities are located in the Caribbean! Willemstad, a colorful port city, is a trading area for the Dutch. So what makes this a World Heritage Site?
This area is a World Heritage Site as it has become a symbol of a growing multicultural community in the Netherlands.
On the World Heritage list since 1997
The windmills of Kinderdijk-Elshout in South Holland were built in 1738-1740. This fascinating network of mills is surrounded by polders, dikes and dikes, just like the Amsterdam Defense Line. There are 19 drainage mills, 3 pumping stations, 2 discharge weirs and 2 regulation houses working for the drainage of the land. Besides creating a beautiful landscape, windmills have also contributed greatly to technology in terms of processing water.
D. F. Wouda Steam Pump Station
On the World Heritage list since 1998
This World Heritage Site is a steam-powered pumping station that pumps leftover water from Frisia. Opened in 1920, the station is now the largest of its kind; still operational and capable of pumping 4,000 m³ of water per minute! The station is located in the lively seaside town of Lemmer. In the World Heritage site, there is also an interactive museum where you can learn the history of the station and various tours.
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On the World Heritage list since 1999
The Beemster Polder in North Holland is extremely well preserved. The area, which has offered us a magnificent greenery since the 17th century, was actually a lake! Now, thanks to its masterful planning, it is a lush green space consisting of fields, roads, canals, dams and settlements. In the summer you can stroll here in the small town of Middenbeemster. The town is famous for its horses, ditches and collapsible bridges.
Rietveld Schroder House
On the World Heritage list since 2000
Rietveld Schröderhuis, which has an extraordinary architecture in Utrecht; It was made in 1924 by Gerrit Reitveld. Construction of the house began at the request of Truus Schröder-Schräder, whose husband had recently died. Schröder played an important role in the design process, he wanted the house to be simple, spacious and free. Schröder, who wanted the house to be designed without interior walls, did not want to be constrained and emotionally hide anything from his children.
Ms. Schröder lived in this house until her death in 1985.
The house was restored by Bertus Mulder and is now used as a museum where you can learn about Ms. Schröder and the Dutch art movement De Stijl.
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On the World Heritage list since 2009
The Wadden Sea consists of muddy and wetlands located in the southeast of the North Sea. The Wadden Sea is one of the largest unbroken tidal sand and mudflat systems in the world and is highly biodiverse. The region, which is a frequent destination on the migration route of hundreds of thousands of plover, ducks and swans, is also home to seagulls, terns, seals, fish and various plants.
On the World Heritage list since 2010
The Herengracht, Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht and Singel canals, which are on the World Heritage list, were built in the 17th century. The canals surround the Amsterdam Canal Zone, or Grachtengordel. At the end of these canals is the Amstel River.
You can see the historical, cultural and romantic side of Amsterdam thanks to these canals, and you can have a nice tour with boats. Don’t forget to enjoy this World Heritage site, also called Venice of the North!
Van Nelle Factory
On the World Heritage list since 2014
The Old Van Nelle factory (Van Nellefabriek), located in Schie, Rotterdam, has Russian Constructivism influences in its architecture.
Le Corbusier, one of the pioneers of modern architecture, used the phrase “the most beautiful image of the modern age” for this building in 1932. Before that, in 1930, Howard Robertson had described the building as “a poem of steel and glass.”
New Netherlands Waterline
Added to the World Heritage list in 2021
The new Dutch Waterline (Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie) was added to the World Heritage Site this year. This area, which has been part of the city defense for a century, is also an extension of the Amsterdam Defense Line; The Amsterdam Defense Line has been on the list since 1996. The New Netherlands Waterline consists of a complex system of castles and locks. It is estimated that the area around this system may be submerged under water.
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Added to the World Heritage list in 2021
The project started in 1818 to combat poverty among the people. The colonies were a unique undertaking in Europe and were considered the beginning of the Dutch welfare state because for the first time the government had attempted to improve many of the poor on a large scale. The Weldadigheid Colonies are recorded as the first multinational cultural heritage of the Netherlands, as it was an initiative of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands when Belgium was still Dutch.
Lower Germanic Limes
Added to the World Heritage list in 2021
From 19 BC, the development of the Lower Germanic Lime began, mainly with the task of defending the Roman Empire against the northern Germanic tribes. The ruins of the Lower Germanic Lime, the former northern border of the Roman Empire, are the latest to be added to the World Heritage List this year. The Netherlands and Germany had previously jointly handed over the 2,000-year-old border to the United Nations cultural organization.
Moses Bridge in the Netherlands
Moses Bridge in the Netherlands. The interesting bridge, located in Halsteren, Netherlands, was originally known as Loopgraafbrug, but because of its structure, it is referred to as the Moses Bridge by the people who use the bridge.
The reason for the change in the name of the bridge is the bridge’s Hz. A design that evokes Moses dividing the Red Sea in two. The bridge, which was completed in three months with a relatively small budget of only 250 thousand euros in 2010, gives the feeling of walking on water to those who pass over it.
Built over the defensive ditch of a 17th-century castle, the bridge has also received numerous design awards. The bridge, which cannot be seen from afar because soil and water come to its edge, stretches like a trench along the castle and the moat and harmonizes with the outlines of the landscape.
Built using sustainable materials, the bridge is protected against decay and erosion by a non-toxic coating material.
In the region where the winter conditions are harsh, as the water in the ditch the bridge is in starts to freeze, the inside of the bridge is filled with water to prevent damage, so that people do not trip over the bridge while skating.
Location: Schansbaan 8, 4661 PN Halsteren
The history of Hotel New York in Rotterdam
The history of Hotel New York in Rotterdam. Hotel New York is located at the top of the Kop van Zuid district in Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands, on the site of the formerly Holland America Line headquarters.
Built in 1901, the building was the center of the Dutch-America Line, which brought about 1 million East European Jewish immigrants fleeing persecution to New York in the early 20th century.
Ships once departed from Wilhelmina Harbor here and sailed back and forth to New York for a hundred years. Tens of thousands of people were traveling from here to America, the ‘land of opportunity’, in hopes of finding a better life.
Hotel New York
Hotel New York is located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which impresses with its modern buildings. The three-floor hotel is located at the tip of Wilhelminakade, a piece of land stretching out towards the water, in the Kop van Kuid area, surrounded by contemporary buildings. In the mid-1970s, sea travel declined as air travel became popular. Regular scheduled cruise lines carrying around 4 million passengers a year were terminated and the office was closed in 1982.
After the last ship to leave Rotterdam left port in 1971, The Holland America Line closed in 1982. The building remained empty until 1993, when it became the Hotel New York. Today people come here to sleep, eat, drink, marry, meet or celebrate.
In addition to being a hotel, Hotel New York also serves as a restaurant, bar, cafe, newsagent and bookstore. As soon as you enter the building, you can feel the sense of nostalgia everywhere. A beautiful mix of old and new makes this a unique place. The building is an iconic landmark of the Wilhelmina pier in contemporary Rotterdam.
A lot of effort has been made to preserve its original architecture and interior design. It is impossible not to be impressed by the incredible Jugendstil decorations and the atmosphere the building exudes. After a long tour of Rotterdam on foot, it was very difficult to leave the cafe of the hotel I entered to relieve my tiredness.
You know, it’s the perfect place to pull up a chair, start the day with breakfast, then continue with coffee, and be an incredibly enjoyable weekend place to read newspapers and books. Stop by and order a coffee from the menu and enjoy being at Hotel New York.
Offering a nostalgic atmosphere, Hotel New York has 72 rooms, 7 meeting rooms, and a cafe restaurant for 350 people. It meets what is expected from a 4-star hotel. It is useful to make a reservation to find a place in the restaurant, which serves until 01:00 at night.
Hotel New York Rotterdam Location: Koninginnenhoofd 1, 3072 AD Rotterdam
Mobile: +31(0) 10 439 05 00
Wander around Wilhelmina harbor and admire Rotterdam’s skyline from the Erasmus Bridge across the river and the Maastoren, the tallest building in the Benelux.
You can visit the Dutch Museum of Photography (Fotomuseum) or take a water taxi from Hotel New York to Veerhaven, a very lively area on the other side of the river. If you would like to stop by the barber shop in the basement of Hotel New York. New York Barbershop, which serves only men, has been serving as a family business since 1884.
If you are planning a Rotterdam holiday, we recommend getting a Rotterdam Welcome Card (OSK). It provides 25% discount for more than 50 activities of the city. You can use the metro, trains and buses unlimitedly with the card, which is 1,2 or 3 days old.
Royal Palace in Amsterdam: Paleis op de Dam
Royal Palace in Amsterdam: Paleis op de Dam. Located in the heart of the city, the Royal Palace is one of Amsterdam’s top tourist attractions. In this article, you will find out what the interior looks like, whether the royal couple really lives there and what you should definitely pay attention to during your visit.
Built as a town hall during the Dutch Golden Age and open to visitors today, the palace boasts rich furnishings and a vibrant history.
Tip – book tickets in advance and don’t wait in line.
You can easily book your ticket to the Royal Palace in Amsterdam by clicking here.
In fact, the Paleis op de Dam is one of three palaces that the Dutch royal family still uses today, though only for representational purposes and not as residences.
On official occasions such as state receptions, the royal family stays at the Royal Palace. The palace is then closed to visitors. But most of the time it is open to the public and can be visited.
Tickets and opening hours
Unfortunately the palace does not have its own guided tours. However, you can explore the magnificent building on your own with the free audio guide.
Adults pay 10 euros to enter, children under the age of 18 can visit the palace free of charge. Students receive a discounted price of 9 euros. There is a free audio guide for admission.
There is a free audio children’s guide for children so they too can learn about the history of the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. Note that you cannot physically purchase tickets. Before your visit you must buy tickets online for yourself and also for children.
Working hours of the Royal Palace of Amsterdam
The palace can be visited all year round from 11:00 to 17:00. It is closed to visitors during royal family events. Before visiting, you need to book a 15-minute time slot where you will enter the Royal Palace. This ensures that there are not too many visitors in the building at the same time.
How much time should I set aside to visit the Royal Palace?
You should plan at least an hour for the visit. The visit usually does not exceed an hour and a half, as only the most important rooms on the first floor of the palace are open to visitors.
5 exciting facts about architecture and history
The neoclassical Paleis op de Dam was built in the middle of the Golden Age from 1648 to 1665 according to the designs of the Dutch architect Jacob van Campen. The building was originally conceived as the Town Hall (Stadhuis) to showcase the wealth of the city of Amsterdam and serve as the residence of the mayor, magistrate and city court.
A realm of marble and crystal – a symbol of the wealth of the city
The building has only been used as a royal palace (Koninklijk Paleis) since 1808, after Napoleon appointed his brother Louis Bonaparte as king of the Netherlands after the French Revolution.
In 1939 the Dutch royal family of Orange-Nassau bought the palace from the city. To this day, the royal palace is in their hands.
The Citizens’ Hall is the most important hall in the palace – it represents the universe: on the marble floor, maps of the western and eastern hemispheres can be explored, as well as the starry sky of the northern hemisphere.
Something is missing, right? -Actually, the ceiling of the hall was supposed to represent the starry sky in the south, but this plan was never implemented.
The palace is considered an architectural masterpiece – it was built on 13,659 wooden posts driven into the marshy ground.
A massive project – When its construction was completed in 1665, the town hall at the time was the largest public building in Europe.
Priceless antiques – The old furniture that can be seen in the palace today consists of about 2,000 pieces.
How to get to Paleis op de Dam?
Located on the edge of the central Dam Square, the Royal Palace does not go unnoticed with its 20 meter high tower. Surrounded by bustling city life, tram traffic and showmen, the magnificent building inevitably stands out.
Address of the Royal Palace of Amsterdam: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, 1012 RJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Royal Palace is very easy to reach from anywhere in Amsterdam: most bus and tram lines stop directly at the Dam or other stops around Dam Square. The palace is just a 10-minute walk from the main train station.