(Photo by Dennis Jarvis)
I have dreamed of visiting the Netherlands for many years, and Amsterdam is the first place on my list. It is the most popular city in the Netherlands for tourists around the world to travel to. The Dutch buildings are surrounded by large canals that weave throughout the entire city. The picturesque architecture creates a place unlike any other. It is on the bucket lists of many, but this stunning city isn’t the only place to see. Beyond Amsterdam is even more to explore and look at with awe. Here are seven places you must see while visiting the Netherlands.
De Haar Castle in Utrecht
Every little prince or princess dreams of walking through the doors of a real castle, and this gorgeous castle located in Uterecht will steal the hearts of every child and adult. The grounds are groomed with royal details, and you are allowed to explore the entire 135 acres as quickly or slowly as you wish. The interior has been restored, but it still has the 14th century glow that you can enjoy on one of the daily tours.
This national park is an escape from the busier part of the Netherlands and is found in the rural area. When you reach the entrance to the park, you will see hundreds of white bikes parked in racks. These bikes are for you to freely take for the day. Yes, they’re free! Cruise around the biggest park in the country, and enjoy the landscapes and views of the famous Jachthuis estate. It is such an easy and affordable way to spend the day as a family or on your own.
Boat the Canals of Giethroon
This village is surrounded with small canals that curve and tangle in every direction. You can rent an electric boat for the day and peacefully boat in whatever direction you want to go. With all of the twists and turns, it is easy to get lost, but with people always close by to help, they can direct you back on track.
The Old Windmills of Kinderdijk
When I picture the Netherlands, I almost always imagine open land with rock-covered windmills. You can find these rocky windmills across the country, but the windmills of Kinderdijk were built in 1740 and are very well-preserved. They complement the Dutch landscape so perfectly that they have become one of the most popular places to visit.
This theme park was built in 1952 and is as magical as Disneyland with twice the area. The park features four different themed realms that have artistic buildings and exciting thrill rides. It is the Disney World of the Netherlands and a must for families to visit.
While Amsterdam is the most popular place to visit in the Netherlands, The Hague is one of the top cities to visit for its diverse activities. This city is full of historical buildings, museums, palaces, modern skyscrapers, and luxury homes. It is also right on the sea and has famously clean beaches that stretch out for miles. The Hague captures the Netherlands with grace. It goes to show that you don’t have to travel very far from Amsterdam to enjoy an entirely different but equally fulfilling travel experience.
If you are visiting The Hague, then you have to stop by the miniature city of Madurodam. It is a miniaturized version of Holland with replicated buildings, lights, and streets. It is one of the best places to take children while traveling across the Netherlands.