What are the most beautiful sights in the Netherlands for a day trip or longer? The Netherlands is a relatively small country, but it has many bustling cities, charming villages, historic buildings, museums and beautiful nature with forests, heathland, dunes and beaches. We are known for our typical Dutch flowers, clogs and windmills, which are often visited by tourists. Our little “frog country” has more to offer than you might think. We selected the 25 most beautiful sights for a nice outing, day trip or mini holiday in the Netherlands!
1. Keukenhof (South Holland)
A very popular outing! This flower park in Lisse attracts more than a million visitors from all over the world every year. And that is not without reason, in spring it is one colorful sea of flowers, beautiful to see! You can walk around endlessly, take pictures and inhale the wonderful scents. Children can enjoy themselves at the petting zoo, maze, playground or treasure hunt. The best way to explore the area and flower fields is by tour boat or bicycle. Tip: Keukenhof is very popular, it is best to visit the park before 10:30 or after 16:00 if you want to avoid the hordes of people. Do you immediately have that beautiful morning or evening sun for your photos.
2. Zaanse Schans & Kinderdijk (North Holland & South Holland)
The Zaanse Schans is a typical Dutch picture with wooden windmills and houses from the 18th and 19th century, cute bridges and of course clogs. This place in the municipality of Zaanstad is world famous and frequented by tourists, especially in the summer months. Do you know how clogs are made? If you find this interesting, visit the clog museum. Take a look in the candy store or watch demonstrations of all kinds of old Dutch crafts, there is plenty to do.
Fewer tourists but more windmills? Then Kinderdijk is for you, located in the Alblasserwaard in South Holland : slightly quieter, more spacious and very photogenic. Since 1997, the polder area of Kinderdijk with its dykes, mills and pumping stations has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The mills, which have different functions, are located in a beautiful green landscape along the water. You can also view the mills from a tour boat.
3. Giethoorn & Weerribben (Overijssel)
Giethoorn is ideal for a day trip in the Netherlands. Because of the beautiful houses and many canals, Giethoorn is also called the Venice of the Netherlands. The village in Overijssel has several museums that tell you more about the history and environment. The best way to see Giethoorn is of course by boat, so you can reach places that are otherwise inaccessible. If you don’t feel like sailing, you can also discover Giethoorn by bike. Do you want to be a tourist? Then have your photo taken in typical Dutch costume. Combine Giethoorn with a brisk walk in the nature of the National Weerribben-Wieden. There you can spot otters and black terns.
4. Museums of Grand Masters
The Netherlands has a huge number of museums, the most famous of which are the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank Museum. The Rijksmuseum has more than 40 million visitors every year, and nowadays also online exhibitions. The museum contains many masterpieces, from Rembrandt to Vermeer. Vincent Van Gogh is a world famous artist, many of his works are in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. He mainly painted landscapes and self-portraits. The Anne Frank Museum is located on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam, the house where the Jewish Anne Frank and her family went into hiding during the Second World War. Read the diary, which has been translated into 51 languages. Whichever museum you choose, a day full of impressions and history is guaranteed!
5. De Hoge Veluwe National Park (Gelderland)
The Veluwe in Gelderland is one of the largest, most beautiful and versatile nature reserves in the Netherlands, with an extensive flora and fauna. You can cycle and walk through the beautiful forest and heath landscape that was once formed by ice age moraines. And what about the many bridleways and mountain bike routes? The Veluwe is bursting with beautiful spots. In the nearby Hoge Veluwe and Veluwezoom national parks, you can spot red deer, wild boars, foxes, roe deer and the rare pine marten.
If you want, you can also enjoy (kite) surfing or sailing on the Veluwemeer. Kneuterige Veluwe villages such as Ermelo, Garderen, Hoenderloo, Beekbergen and Putten are ideal for a break from a bike ride to go shopping or sit on a terrace. And the Veluwe also offers plenty of Dutch culture. Be sure to visit the special Kröller-Müller Museum or Paleis Het Loo, not to mention the historic Hanseatic cities of Harderwijk, Elburg and Hattem. Tip: with the affordable Holland Pass you can visit all top museums in your own country, including the Kröller-Müller!
6. Delta Works & Neeltje Jans (Zeeland)
Dutch history plays a major role in the construction of the Delta Works, Neeltje Jans and the Oosterscheldekering. In 1953 there were severe floods in Zeeland , also known as the flood disaster. As a solution to the flooding, the Delta Works were built. The Oosterscheldekering is part of the Delta Works and is 9 km long between Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland. In addition to viewing the Delta Works, you can now also visit the Neeltje Jans recreation park with sea aquarium and the Flood Museum.
Did you know that the Oosterschelde is the largest National Park in the Netherlands? Obviously no forests, but salty seawater from the North Sea is what the park mainly consists of. For many it is also one of the most beautiful National Parks, worth a visit!
7. Settlement city Bourtange (Groningen)
You imagine yourself back in time when you walk through the fortified town of Bourtange in Groningen , which is officially just a village. Very striking about the Fortress Bourtange is its shape, a pentagon, best seen from the air. Via the drawbridge you pass restored defensive walls, old cannons and canals. There are also cozy shops, restaurants and a candle factory. Various activities are organized throughout the year, from markets to realistically re-enacted battles.
8. National Park de Biesbosch (South Holland / North Brabant)
This wetland nature and recreation area is one of the most beautiful places in the Netherlands . The Biesbosch mainly consists of waterways, but also has walking and cycling paths in the forest and along the river. Many species of fish, birds and even beavers live in the nature reserve! A nice place to explore with a boat or kayak, especially in summer. Bring a picnic basket so you can enjoy lunch at one of the moorings. If you come outside the summer months, keep in mind that the hiking trails turn into mud pools. In National Park de Biesbosch you can easily fill a day or two and then you have not seen everything. Finally, a tip: also visit the nearby town of Heusden aan de Bergsche Maas, one of the most beautiful old fortified towns in the Netherlands!
Tip for staying overnight: find your own nature house in the Biesbosch !
9. Amsterdam canals (North Holland)
A visit to Amsterdam is not complete if you have not seen the canals. Did you know that Amsterdam has more than 100 kilometers of canals with more than 1500 bridges? Since 2010, the 17th-century canal ring with the main canals and a part of the surrounding area has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You have probably heard of the Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht, the most famous canals. Not only the canals, but also the buildings on the water are impressive. Some beautiful canal houses can be found at the Gouden Bocht, the part of the Herengracht between Leidsestraat and Vijzelstraat. The best way to enjoy the Amsterdam canals is of course from the water. This can be done by tour boat, but you can also rent a pedal boat, for example.
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10. Traditional Dutch fishing villages
Nice and touristy, but they should not be missing from this list of most beautiful sights. The most famous traditional Dutch fishing villages are Volendam , Marken and Monnickendam† Volendam is known worldwide for its fishing culture, the beautifully colored houses, the dike and traditional costumes. Many artists such as Jan Smit and Nick & Simon also come from the fishing village. Tourists often visit Volendam in combination with Marken, located on a peninsula surrounded by the Gouwzee and the Markermeer. Marken has monumental wooden houses, white drawbridges, a fishing harbour, narrow alleys and traditional costumes. It is a photogenic village with many visitors in high season. In addition to all this, you can also visit a cheese factory, an eel smokehouse, the eel sound museum or take a guided walk, there are plenty of options for a fun day out!
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11. The Wadden Islands (Friesland & North Holland)
The Wadden Islands are of course one of the most beautiful places in the Netherlands: they are actually astonishingly beautiful! The wide sandy beaches, the wind in the dunes, the beautiful walking and cycling paths, the cozy villages with their lovely terraces: this is the Netherlands holiday at its best, especially when the weather is good. What all islands have in common are the wide sandy beaches and the beautiful dune areas, but each island is also unique in its own right.
Texel is the largest Wadden Island with no less than thirty kilometers of beaches and belongs to the province of North Holland . Four Wadden Islands belong to the province of Friesland : Vlieland is a somewhat more chic and alternative island that is located furthest from the coast. Terschelling is, especially in summer, a real youth island full of bustle and fun. On the wonderfully cozy family island of Ameland you have the cleanest beach and you can learn a lot about whaling and the unspoilt Schiermonnikoog is the smallest municipality in the Netherlands with only one village, ideal for the real nature lover and those seeking tranquility.
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12. Loonse and Drunense dunes (North Brabant)
Where in the Netherlands can you walk for hours without meeting anyone? This is possible in the Brabant Sahara, or the National Park De Loonse en Drunense dunes, the largest sand drift in Western Europe. In this area in North Brabant you will find forests, hills, heath and especially a lot of sand. The landscape changes continuously due to the wind and the changing seasons also ensure that you have the idea that it is different every time. The Loonse en Drunense duinen is a fantastic area for walking, cycling, mountain biking and horse riding. Nice to stay with your children or to walk the dog. There are a number of nice restaurants along the walking routes.
13. Valkenburg (Limburg)
Every year millions of people move to Valkenburg, in the south of Limburg . The many sights of Valkenburg include Valkenburg Castle, Velvet Cave, Mergelrijk, Museum Roman Catacombs, Wilhelminatoren and the Fairytale Forest theme park. The old center of Valkenburg is full of cozy bars, restaurants and terraces. Relax in the Thermae 2000, try your luck at the casino or go on an adventure in the caves, an activity not to be missed. Valkenburg is also very nice in winter, with a real Christmas market!
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14. De Haar Castle (Utrecht)
You will certainly feel like you are in a fairytale when you visit Kasteel de Haar, in the Utrecht village of Haarzuilens. This castle is the largest and most luxurious castle in the Netherlands, its history dates back to the twelfth century. De Haar Castle underwent a large-scale restoration in the nineteenth century, which makes the castle feel quite “new”. Beautiful carvings, stained glass, canals, towers, gates and drawbridges complete the fairy tale. Stroll through the castle garden or eat an ice cream at the Tuynhuis.
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15. Dutch seaside resorts
It is good to stay on the Dutch coast. Coastal towns simply have a certain appeal and are often an ideal combination of beach, nature and culture. Some of the best-known seaside resorts are Scheveningen with its iconic pier, Zandvoort with the race track and the chic Bloemendaal and Noordwijk . Other nice seaside resorts are Kijkduin , Katwijk aan Zee , the family – friendly Egmond , Callantsoog and the artists ‘ village of Bergen . In maritime Den Helderyou will find out what the coastal defense of our country looked like and looks like. In each of these coastal towns you can enjoy a beautiful spring day or sultry summer day.
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16. Cheese Markets
The Dutch are sometimes called cheese heads because cheese plays an important role in our economy. We still love cheese and eat about 15 kilos!!! cheese per year per person. There are five cheese markets, namely in Alkmaar , Edam , Hoorn , Gouda and Woerden . Today, the cheese markets are more like tourist demonstrations or reconstructions from past times. Gouda and Woerden are the most traditional. The cheese markets are often located in the middle of a beautiful historic city center with monuments. Immediately visit a museum to see how cheese is actually made.
17. Port of Rotterdam (South Holland)
Rotterdam is a large port in South Holland , between 1962 and 2004 even the largest in the world. Impressive container ships sail in every day. The harbor is connected to the river Maas, where you can take beautiful walks along the water. From the Erasmus Bridge, Maaskade, Willemskade and Wilhelminapier you have a beautiful view of the shipping industry and the skyline of Rotterdam. Discover the port and its history by boat, various tours are offered. Most tours also go along the “SS Rotterdam” a hotel that is located in a former cruise ship. Finally, you can visit the Oude Haven, nowadays a popular nightlife area. Also take a look at the separate Cube Houses, if you are in the area.
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18. Peace Palace The Hague (South Holland)
The world famous Peace Palace is mentioned by many as one of the highlights of a visit to the royal city of The Hague . Built in the Renaissance style in the 19th century, the palace played an important role in world peace. Today, among others, the United Nations and the International Court of Justice are located here. Next to the entrance to the Peace Palace is the visitor center, which has a free audio tour. The palace is often photographed from the outside, but the inside is also worth seeing. You can take a tour for 11 euros, but book it in advance because they are often full.
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19. Amsterdam water supply dunes (North Holland)
For those who love peace, nature and walking, the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen in North Holland are a true paradise. The area plays an important role for the extraction of drinking water. In this dune area between Zandvoort and Noordwijk, visitors almost always spot fallow deer and they are not shy! Foxes and special birds also live in the dune area. The Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen has several entrances with enough parking spaces and almost all of them also have a pancake house. Go for a run, birdwatching, get lost in the woods or take a long walk to the beach.
Tip: find your own nature house near the Amsterdam water supply dunes .
20. Popular Theme Parks
The Netherlands has quite a few popular amusement parks where you can have hours of fun with the whole family. The most popular daytime attraction in the Netherlands is the Efteling, with more than 4.5 million visitors a year. The Efteling has even been chosen as the best amusement park in the Benelux! Other frequently visited amusement parks are Amusement Park Duinrell in Wassenaar, Amusement Park Slagharen and Walibi Holland with many roller coasters. Or how about a visit to the mini-holland in Madurodam , the Dolfinarium or the Apenheul ?
21. Middelburg Abbey (Zeeland)
Middelburg has a rich past and is known as the old trading city of the VOC. This past is clearly reflected in the historic city center. The abbey monastery from the 12th century is located in a beautiful wooded area. It has a historic square and houses the Zeeuws Museum. The abbey is very well preserved, just like the rest of the center of Middelburg. The square is widely used for major cultural events, such as the annual folkloric day and the Zeeland Nazomerfestival. Middelburg is a nice and original city for a night or weekend away!
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22. Saint Servatius Basilica (Maastricht)
In the center of Maastricht is the Basilica of Saint Servatius, a Catholic building with a rich history, located between three squares; the Vrijthof, Keizer Karelplein and Henric van Veldekeplein. It is the oldest basilica in the Netherlands and has one of the richest treasuries in Europe. The church is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is plenty to admire (for a small entrance fee) such as relics, goldsmithery and textiles. It is a beautiful basilica, even if you actually have ‘nothing’ with religion.
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23. Dolmens (Drenthe)
Drenthe is one large open-air museum, the entire province is dotted with unique dolmens or ‘dolmens’, burial chambers from prehistoric times. The history of this is told in the Hunebed Center in Borger. Did you know that dolmens are the oldest monuments in the Netherlands? These large boulders were taken to Drenthe during the Ice Age . The largest dolmen is in Borger and is more than 20 meters long, what a job that must have been! If you want to view several hunebeds, there is even a “Hunebedhighway” car route. Visit the Hunebedcentrum if you want to know more about the hunebeds.
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24. Austerlitz Pyramid (Utrecht)
We have a real pyramid in the Netherlands, namely the Austerlitz Pyramid! This special building in the province of Utrecht was commissioned by Lodewijk Napoleon as an observation post. Climbing the pyramid is unfortunately not free and only for people who have good mobility, but if you are at the top, you do have a wide view. Around the pyramid is a beautiful walking area with various routes that are well signposted. For children there is a playground and restaurant.
25. South Limburg hilly landscape
The Burgundian South Limburg with its rolling hills and beautiful half-timbered farms is one of the most beautiful places in the Netherlands. In this, almost un-Dutch-looking, landscape you will find the most beautiful walking and cycling routes, such as the Mergelland route and the end of the Pieterpad. The Limburg cosiness is present everywhere and certainly on the terraces of Gulpen, Valkenburg and Maastricht. Here you can drink a delicious Limburg beer and eat a delicious slice of real Limburg flan. You will also find the South Limburg hilly landscape in the area around Epen, Mechelen and Noorbeek, great places for a week away or holiday.
10 Best Cheap Hotels in the Netherlands
1. CitizenM Schiphol Airport
Finding an ideal trendy hotel in Schiphol does not have to be difficult. Welcome to citizenM Schiphol Airport, a nice option for travelers like you!
You will be able to relax and enjoy your stay thanks to the flat-screen television, air conditioning and desk facilities offered in the rooms. You can also connect to the internet with free wifi provided by Citizenm Hotel Amsterdam.
This hotel offers a 24-hour reception, a cafe and outdoor furniture. CitizenM Schiphol Airport also provides breakfast facilities. Thus, you will be able to rest and refresh after a busy day.
Schiphol has plenty of seafood restaurants. During your trip, do not forget to stop by popular places such as Bubbles Seafood & Winebar and Happy Seafood and taste delicious dishes.
If you want to explore Schiphol, you can stop by The Panorama Terrace (0.5 mi). This place is a short walk from the Citizenm Hotel Amsterdam Airport Hotel.
2. Hotel Aalders
Hotel Aalders is a great choice for those traveling to Amsterdam. With its affordability, comfort and convenient location, this hotel offers an enchanting setting and amenities thought for travelers just like you.
Travelers to Amsterdam can easily explore nearby landmarks such as Moco Museum – Banksy & more (0.1 km) and Concertgebouw (0.4 km) with a stay at Hotel Aalders.
Rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs and desks. Connecting to the internet is also very easy thanks to the free wifi. Thus, you will be able to rest and refresh comfortably.
Hotel Aalders offers its guests a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage services. Also, as a valued Hotel Aalders guest, you can take advantage of the on-site breakfast. For guests arriving by car, paid public parking is available nearby.
While in Amsterdam, you can try Sea Palace, Restaurant Haesje Claes, or The Seafood Bar van Baerlestraat for local shrimp favorites.
Also, be sure to stop by parks like Vondelpark, Amstelpark, and Amsterdamse Bos during your trip.
For Hotel Aalders, the comfort and satisfaction of its guests always comes first. The hotel will be happy to welcome you on your trip to Amsterdam.
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3. Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard
Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard is a great choice for those traveling to Amsterdam. In addition to a quiet environment, the hotel offers many practical facilities to make your stay more enjoyable.
Travelers to Amsterdam can easily explore nearby landmarks such as Shirdi Sai Samaj Netherlands (2.4 km) and Amstelveld (2.8 km) with a stay at Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard.
Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard rooms feature flat-screen televisions, air conditioning and desks. Guests can also connect to the internet using free wifi.
In addition, you can enjoy the fitness center and free breakfast during your stay at Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard. Are you coming with your vehicle? Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard offers parking.
While in Amsterdam you can enjoy tapas at nearby restaurants such as Restaurant Girassol.
Do you want to go exploring? Johan Cruyff Arena (0.5 km) and Kinderboerderij Gliphoeve (1.9 km), which are some of Amsterdam’s most popular attractions, are within walking distance of the hotel.
Enjoy your trip to Amsterdam!
4. Eden Hotel Amsterdam
If you are looking for a quiet hotel in Amsterdam, the Eden Hotel Amsterdam is for you.
Close to some of Amsterdam’s most popular landmarks, such as Het Rembrandthuis Museum (0.3 km) and Hagelswag (0.7 km), Best Western Hotel Amsterdam is a great destination for tourists.
Best Western Eden Hotel offers guests an array of room amenities, including flat-screen televisions, air conditioning and desks. Connecting to the internet is also possible thanks to the free wifi.
To make your stay more enjoyable, the hotel offers 24-hour reception, concierge and room service. The business also has a living room. Guests arriving by car can take advantage of the parking service.
While you’re here, be sure to try seafood restaurants like Foodhallen, The Seafood Bar van Baerlestraat, and Bridges Dining. All a short distance from the Best Western Amsterdam.
Also, don’t forget to stop by the Botanical Garden (Hortus Botanicus), Beatrixpark and Park Frankendael during your trip.
Eden Hotel Amsterdam looks forward to welcoming you during your next visit.
5. Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam
Thinking where to stay in Schiphol? Then look no further than Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam, a family-friendly hotel that brings the best of Schiphol to your doorstep.
Rooms feature amenities such as flat-screen televisions. Guests can also connect to the internet thanks to the free wifi offered by the hotel.
Dorint Hotel Amsterdam offers room service and concierge services to make your stay more enjoyable. The facility also has a pool and breakfast. If you are driving to Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam, parking is available.
Close to The Panorama Terrace (4.0 km), a popular Schiphol landmark, Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam is a great destination for tourists.
If you want to go to the bar, Sports & Media, Cafe Rembrandt or Frames Bar & Bites are good options. Moreover, they are very close to Dorint Hotel Amsterdam.
We hope you enjoy your stay at Steigenberger Airport Hotel Amsterdam as you experience everything Schiphol has to offer.
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6. Hotel Sebastian’s
Welcome to Hotel Sebastian’s! Desiring to be a second home for you in Amsterdam, this hotel offers many different facilities to make your stay more enjoyable.
While staying at Hotel Sebastian’s, visitors can check out Dam Square (0.7 km) and Centraal Station (0.9 km), some of Amsterdam’s top attractions.
The rooms are equipped with amenities such as flat-screen TV, minibar and air conditioning. Guests can also connect to the internet thanks to the free wifi offered by the hotel.
Hotel Sebastian’s offers 24-hour front desk, concierge and luggage storage services to make your stay more enjoyable. The establishment also has breakfast.
While in Amsterdam be sure to experience local shrimp favorites at Sea Palace, Restaurant Haesje Claes, or The Seafood Bar van Baerlestraat. Moreover, they are only a short distance from Hotel Sebastian’s.
If you’re looking for things to do, you can check out Red Light District (0.9 km), Anne Frank House (0.6 km), or Jordaan (0.5 km), some of the top attractions among tourists. Moreover, they are all within walking distance.
Hotel Sebastian’s puts the best of Amsterdam at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable. Thus, you can relax and have a pleasant time on your holiday.
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After a tiring day, everyone is looking for a pillow to rest their head on. Volkshotel, one of the Amsterdam hotels, is a very suitable option for resting and rejuvenating. Known for its charming setting and close proximity to great restaurants and attractions, Volkshotel makes it easy for guests to enjoy Amsterdam.
Volkshotel rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and desk. Guests can also connect to the internet using free wifi.
In addition, you can enjoy the jacuzzi and roof bar during your stay at Volkshotel. Are you coming with your vehicle? Volkshotel offers parking.
Travelers to Amsterdam can easily explore nearby landmarks such as Moco Museum – Banksy & more (2.1 km) and Hagelswag (2.3 km) with a stay at Volkshotel.
While in Amsterdam it’s a good idea to check out some restaurants within a short walk of Volkshotel such as De Kas (1.3 km), Zaza’s (1.4 km), and Cafe Loetje (1.9 km).
If you are looking for something to do, you can have a nice time by visiting the Rijksmuseum (2.0 km). Moreover, within walking distance of Volkshotel.
Whether the purpose of your trip is business or leisure, Volkshotel will make your trip to Amsterdam unforgettable.
8. Hotel Casa Amsterdam
Welcome to Hotel Casa! Desiring to be a second home for you in Amsterdam, this hotel offers many different facilities to make your stay more enjoyable.
While staying at Hotel Casa, visitors can check out Het Rembrandthuis Museum (2.5 km) and Red Light District (2.9 km), some of Amsterdam’s top attractions.
Offering a flat-screen TV, refrigerator and air conditioning, the hotel will make you feel at home. Connecting to the internet is also very easy thanks to the free wifi.
During their stay at Hotel Casa, guests have access to the 24-hour front desk, concierge and roof terrace services. In addition, Hotel Casa offers breakfast facilities. This will make your Amsterdam trip even more enjoyable. Another convenience offered by the business to the guests is the parking service.
While in Amsterdam you can dine at nearby restaurants such as Sea Palace, The Seafood Bar van Baerlestraat, or Bridges Dining.
Also, be sure to stop by art museums like Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Moco Museum – Banksy & more during your trip.
Hotel Casa puts the best of Amsterdam at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable. Thus, you can relax and have a pleasant time on your holiday.
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9. Hotel CC
If you are looking for a quiet hotel in Amsterdam, Hotel CC is for you.
Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Dam Square (0.4 km) and Centraal Station (0.5 km), guests of Hotel CC can easily experience some of Amsterdam’s most well known attractions.
Hotel CC offers guests an array of room amenities, including flat-screen televisions, air conditioning and desks. Connecting to the internet is also possible thanks to the free wifi.
In order to make your stay more enjoyable, the hotel offers 24-hour reception, luggage storage and cafe services.
If you’re craving casseroles, The Pantry or Dauphine are good options for you. If not, you can look into Italian restaurant restaurants such as Foodhallen, Pasta e Basta or Eatmosfera Ristorante.
Best of all, those staying at Hotel CC can easily visit Vondelpark, Westerpark and Rembrandtplein, some of Amsterdam’s most famous when it comes to parks.
Hotel CC looks forward to welcoming you during your upcoming visit.
10. Hotel Luxer
Welcome to Hotel Luxer! Desiring to be a second home for you in Amsterdam, this hotel offers many different facilities to make your stay more enjoyable.
Close to some of Amsterdam’s most popular landmarks, such as Centraal Station (0.4 km) and Dam Square (0.4 km), Hotel Luxer Amsterdam is a great destination for tourists.
Luxer Hotel is a good option for those looking for a charming hotel. Offering a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and desk in its rooms, the hotel also provides free wifi to its guests.
The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, concierge and luggage storage services. Guests can also make use of the lounge. This makes the business a favorite choice for those traveling to Amsterdam.
Amsterdam has plenty of Italian restaurants. During your trip, be sure to stop by popular attractions such as Foodhallen, Pasta e Basta, and Eatmosfera Ristorante and taste delicious dishes.
If you’re looking for something to do, check out the Red Light District (0.3 km), the Anne Frank House (1.1 km), and the Jordaan (1.3 km). Moreover, all of them are within walking distance of Hotel Luxer.
Hotel Luxer puts the best of Amsterdam at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable. Thus, you can relax and have a pleasant time on your holiday.
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The Fairytale Village of the Netherlands: Giethoorn
Giethoorn is a fairy-tale village located in the Dutch Province of Overijssel . Described as the Venice of the Netherlands, Giethoorn is a fairy-tale town where streets and streets are replaced by water channels, where no means of transportation other than electric boats enter, and houses are located on islands and islets. I think it’s one of the most amazing places in the world.
Giethoorn, whose name means ‘goat horn’, dates back to the 13th century. Only 2,620 people live in the village, which is made up of farmhouses, canals and bridges that impress. Giethoorn became especially famous after 1958, when Dutch filmmaker Bert Haanstra shot the village in the famous comedy Fanfare.
The sentence ‘The loudest sound you can hear may be the sound of a duck or the sounds of other birds’ on the website of the town, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, explains all this calmness. Although many tourists skip this wonderful part of the Netherlands, Giethoorn and its surroundings are definitely worth a visit.
Giethoorn, who took part in the special series of Monopoly game released in 2015, became a world-renowned place after taking part in the game. The town, which is visited by more than 200 thousand Chinese tourists a year, is a destination that those who come to Amsterdam add to their route. Special tours are also organized to this fairy-tale village, where the interest is increasing day by day.
The village, which had no roads before, could only be reached by boats. As the number of people started to increase, a road was built and a bicycle path was also added. Although there is road access to the village, most of the houses in the village can still be reached only by boats. Even the delivery of mail is carried out by boats called punta.
In Giethoorn, where the use of gasoline-powered boats is prohibited due to both environmental pollution and noise, houses and islands are connected by 180 bridges.
The boots used by the people living in the town to go to work, school or shopping in their daily life are also the favorites of those who want to visit Giethoorn. Vehicles called Whisper Boats operate almost silently.
Those who want to rent these boats are told how to use the engine and a map is given to avoid getting lost in the channels. Another option other than boats is the gondola-like punters. You move forward by pushing this vehicle with the help of a stick. You can also tour the village by renting a bicycle and shop at the souvenir shops.
You can take a walk or take a boat ride among Giethoorn’s fairy-tale houses, which look like they are from a fairy tale book, and you can rent a boat and wander the canals in the town. If you want to sit and just watch the village, you can take a pleasant break at the restaurants and cafes on the shore of the village.
Those who want to visit the town meet different landscapes at different times of the year. Giethoorn, which is a wonderful alternative for those looking for a peaceful and quiet place, lives its best times in the spring months when the flowers start to bloom and the nature starts to color. In addition, the village hosts various events and festivals during the summer months, and the village has a magnificent atmosphere.
In August, the town is flooded with tourists. In winter, with the snowfall, Giethoorn turns into a painting. The canals freeze and turn into ski slopes ready for use by locals and tourists alike. When it comes to places to visit in Giethoorn, not much comes to mind. Still, the village has several museums where you can get an insight into the lives of people of past centuries.
Museum De Oude Aarde, opened by Rene Boissevain in 1969, is one of the must-visit museums in town. The precious stones and minerals that Boissevain collected by traveling to different parts of the world are exhibited in the museum. Every year, new pieces are added to the museum collection run by the Visser Family. The museum is open to visitors between 10.00-18.00 in March-October, and between 10.00-17.00 in November-March.
Mennonite Church, a church founded by Mennonites who were present in Giethoorn about 500 years ago. Mennonites are a sect of Christianity known for its religious rules that reject modern life. The history of the church, located on the main canal, dates back to the 1800s. Giethoorn grew up around this church. Its architecture is considered somewhat peculiar when compared to other churches of the period. It must be interesting to see how families arrive by boat for Sunday mass.
Giethoorn T Olde Maat Uus Museum is a museum displaying the daily life of a typical farmhouse in Giethoorn 100 years ago. The museum, which was opened after an old farmhouse was rebuilt in 1988 and decorated in an old style, is located right across the church. It’s a sight to behold in Giethoorn 100 years ago to give you an idea of what everyday life was like. The museum can be visited from Monday to Saturday.
The Fanfare is Giethoorn’s most famous cafe. This place is very quiet, very calm and very beautiful, ideal for breathing. The popularity of this place is due to the fact that Dutch filmmaker Bert Haanstra shot part of his movie Fanfare in 1958 at the cafe.
Weerribben Wieden National Park is a park surrounding Giethoorn. Every corner of the village is actually a national park. Most canal sightseeing tours offer an extended tour at certain times to delve deeper into nature reserves. There’s more to see as you head to other corners of canals and lakes. Many bike trails run through this national park.
We rented a boat ourselves and toured as a group. My boat ride experience was great. It is not difficult to navigate the canals in a small and easy-to-drive boat. Those who wish can also join boat tours with captain. It is a great solution for families with children, those who are afraid to use their own boat and those who want to escape in rainy weather.
On these tours, the captain tells you the history of the village. This includes how thatched roofs were once a solution for the poor, but today they are a luxury for the rich. If you come across rare birds and animals while walking through the canal, it also introduces them.
It is necessary to stay at least 1 night in order to experience the peaceful atmosphere of Giethoorn, which is mostly visited on a daily basis due to its proximity to Amsterdam. For those who are considering accommodation, Hotel de Harmonie is located on the north side of one of the quietest areas of the town, right next to the canal. For those who do not want to spend a lot of money on the hotel, there are dozens of different rental homes on Airbnb.
How to get to Giethoorn
Giethoorn Village is located in the Dutch province of Overijssel. The village, which is part of the Steenwijkerland Municipality, is located approximately 5 km from Steenwijk in the south-west.
It is 120 km from Giethoorn to Amsterdam and can be reached in approximately 1.5 hours. You can also join the Giethoorn tour programs departing from Amsterdam to go to Giethoorn.
Amsterdam Central Railway Station Giethoorn, which can be reached by changing two or three trains from Amsterdam Centraal, is 114 km from Amsterdam. Depending on the number of trains and the time of departure, it takes between 2 and 3.5 hours to reach the village by train from Amsterdam.
The ring bus, which departs from the train station, drops the passengers at the point that is 10 minutes’ walk from the village. It takes 1.5 hours by private car from Amsterdam to Giethoorn.
Giethoorn , a village you could never imagine existed in the world, is a dream village with its fairytale houses, canals and bridges, away from the eyes of hungry travelers, from which you will not want to wake up. It’s your dream to take a walk along the canal, stand on a wooden bridge and watch the sunset, and take a boat ride among cute thatched farmhouses. This picturesque village should be at the top of your list.
Visit to Veteran Windmills: Zaanse Schans
Visit to Veteran Windmills: Zaanse Schans… Amsterdam is the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to traveling to the Netherlands, and this is one of the first places to visit in Amsterdam. Zaanse Schans is a place of fairy tale beauty beyond being a town in its own right… It is almost an open-air museum where you can taste the delicious Dutch cheeses, witness cheese making, and meet the village and farm life of the Netherlands.
About 20 km from Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans is connected to the city of Zaandam. There are many alternatives for transportation from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans. You can reach the colorful windmills in just 15-20 minutes with a bus ride that takes approximately 40 minutes, or with the Koog Zaandijk train departing from Amsterdam Centraal Station for those who say they don’t have time. When you come to Zaanse Schans, be sure to get a map and find your route. If you wish, you can also stop by the bike rental point and evaluate the long and short tour options.
History of the Region
When you see the historical windmills and wooden houses, you feel that this place has a history of hundreds of years. The town of Zaanse Schans, one of the first settlements in the Netherlands, was built in the 18th century. Many houses have moved. Until 1993, village houses, farms, windmills, tiny ports and roads were built. In those years, windmills provided water drainage in the Netherlands, most of which was below sea level.
In Zaanse Schans, which had more than a thousand windmills in its time, there are 10 windmills under protection today, each of which is used for different purposes. In addition to paint production, woodworking, oil and cocoa production, you can visit some of the windmills that serve as warehouses for free, and some for a fee.
In Zaanse Schans, which is completely outside our understanding of the “village”, you come across houses with well-kept and glamorous gardens, museums with surprising history, and tiny shops.
Albert Heijn Museum Shop
Amsterdam, you are probably the birthplace of the Albert Heijn grocery chain, which you will see on every corner! This wooden house from that time is a cute place with its furniture and green color that will create a wonderful backdrop for the photos. The entrance to the market, which was established in 1887 and turned into a museum, is free.
Honig Breethuis House
In this house , named after the Honig family who lived here in the 1800s, you have the opportunity to witness the local village life of the Netherlands up close. You can also examine the home decoration from those years with many details.
The Zaanse Time Museum
is a museum that deals with the “clock” culture, which has undergone changes from centuries ago to the present day. Those who are interested in watches should definitely see it.
This is exactly where that delicious chocolate smell comes from! Those who want to take a closer look at the history of biscuit and chocolate should definitely visit.
You can visit the historical bakery to learn about Dutch pastries and taste the famous Zaanse Schans bread. Plus, admission is free!
I’ve come this far, and for those who want to have a moment with traditional clothes, fisherman’s cottage Jisper House will be the right address.
The museum, which will open again in 2020, contains a lot of information about the windmills in the region and in general.
De Gekroonde Poelenburg
A windmill where you can buy a windmill while enjoying a wonderful view from the terrace floor and tasting all kinds of spices downstairs.
is still one of the most famous mills used in paint production. The entrance fee is 4 Euros to witness the production of paint with the power of the mill and to look at the view from the terrace.
Mill used in oil, dye and cocoa production.
De Bleeke Dood
The oldest windmill in the Netherlands, not the region. Bakers used to work in this mill to grind flour. In addition to these famous mills that must be visited until Zaanse Schans, there will be other windmills you will see, Het Jonge Schaap, Mini – mills De Ooievaar, De Bonte Hen, De Os.
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