Visiting Holland offers travellers the choice of a city trip or a beach holiday with a wealth of history and variety.
Amsterdam an attractive city with 17th century historical atmosphere combined with a modern metropolis with the small scale of the buildings giving an intimate feel to the streets, canals and squares.
There are over 60 museums in Amsterdam, highlights being Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, National Rijksmuseum with Rembrandt’s Nightwatch, Hermitage Amsterdam, Amsterdam Historical Museum, the Rembrandt House, NEMO Amsterdam, Jewish Historical Museum and even the Museum of Bags and Purses. Or take in a concert at the Concertgebouw.
An excellent way to see the city is to take a canal tour of Amsterdam and discover the historical canal district – which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011.
Another way to explore the city is by bike and it is possible to rent a bike for your stay in the city. In addition to cycling in the city there are cycling itineraries available from bike rental companies and these extend to routes throughout Holland.
Of course, as well as history and culture Amsterdam offers a range of shopping opportunities as well as restaurants, eateries, cafes and nightlife to suit all ages and tastes.
There are many facets to the city of Rotterdam: port city, sophisticated shopping city, trendy nightlife and a hip artistic city. It has interesting architecture and the skyline is always changing.
In Rotterdam you can go on a shopping spree and enjoy excellent food. If you prefer a more cultural activity visit two of the best museums, Boijmans van Beuningen and Kunsthal located on Museumpark in Rotterdam. In other parts of the city you will find more museums and attractions such as the Sheepvaartmuseum, Spido and Steamship Rotterdam. You can buy a discount ticket to visit museums and attractions.
The Hague is the city of the government but it has many monuments, historic districts and is located near the North Sea coastline. It is also known as the Royal City by the Sea because many members of the Dutch Royal Family reside in its chic neighbourhoods.
Restaurants, eateries, coffee houses and night clubs abound in The Plein and Grote Markt squares which may be visited any day of the week. Shopping in The Hague varies from luxury department stores and international top brands to little streets filled with boutiques and speciality shops.
Scheveningen is the best known seaside resort on the Dutch coast and it offers sunbathing, water sports in summer and bracing walks at other times of the year. Attractions like Madurodam the miniature city and the Omniversum dome movie theatre makes it an excellent place for younger visitors. Discount tickets for museums and attractions are available in The Hague.
Utrecht is a lively city built around Dom Tower which can be seen from any point and has a car-free city centre. The city has beautiful canals with amazing wharf cellars housing cafes and terraces by the water. In addition to Dom Tower there are many other monuments that contribute to the atmosphere in this centuries-old university town.
There is a wide variety of shops and boutiques line the canals and streets in the inner city. A city centre small enough to explore on foot but nevertheless with sufficient art and culture to keep you entertained for days. Explore The Rietveld Schröder Huis, Dick Bruna Huis, Catharijneconvent, Centraal Museum and Museum Speelklok are just a few places to visit. For nature you can walk in the Wilhelminapark, Lepetenburg Park and the botanical gardens.
Visit Maastricht a city in the south of Holland with beautiful historic districts, good restaurants and eateries and plenty of art and attractions. Also you can see the entire city centre on foot. To enjoy the nature and castles outside the city boundaries you can hire a bicycle. It is one of the oldest cities in Holland and stroll through the inner city see the churches, city walls, merchant houses and big squares with a varied range of shops.
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