I get it! You have been planning a trip to the Netherlands but you are still unsure on what to see and do. The trouble is, Holland is such a stunning country that there is so much to explore! From stunning architecture in Rotterdam to those gorgeous colorful tulip fields in the countryside or the classics canals in Amsterdam. So much diversity in such a tiny country. However, if you plan your trip right, then you can see a lot in just a couple of days. Besides, even the briefest trip to this country is pretty magical…
In today’s posts, I will show you some of the best of what the country has to offer. If you need a country guide then I have written an extensive guide to the Netherlands. I have also written an individual city guide for Rotterdam and (Of course) Amsterdam.
Check out some amazing pictures below…
Located near Rotterdam, these 19 monumental windmills make up the quintessential Dutch UNESCO heritage site of Kinderdijk. And you can’t get more Dutch than this. It offers stunning countryside, canals, windmills and some traditional residents who still wear clogs.
It is about 2.30 hours from Amsterdam and 1 hour from Rotterdam. You can also take canal tours from both cities.
These stunning canals are just some of the reasons to visit Amsterdam. Lined with historic buildings from 1550 and lots of houseboats.
If you are going to stay in Amsterdam during your trip, then check out my extensive city guide about this city. It will give you loads of touristy information on this incredible city. But don’t just stay in Amsterdam, make sure you wander outside this city as well. You will definitely miss out otherwise.
Rotterdam, the fastest growing tourist destination in the country, and for good reason. They way they have rebuilt the city after the bombing in world war II is the reason why this city has so much curb appeal. From uniquely designed houses like the cube houses to stunning highrises.
Of course, the city has so much more to offer, if you are interested in going to Rotterdam, then check out my extensive city guide. It will show you all the hot-spots you should be sure not to miss.
Stunning colorful fields in the flat countryside….. Something magical. This is possible in different regions of the country. For more information check out Holland.com – They offer loads of information on the different locations, when to go, how to get there etc.
I bet a lot of people don’t know how incredibly stunning the Dutch countryside is. If you follow me on Instagram I am sure you have seen some pictures of the countryside fly by. I myself am from a small town, and I always loved going out to take pictures.
From farmland to forests and Moorlands there is a lot of stunning nature to be seen.
Fun fact: did you know that the Netherlands has snakes! Jup Australia isn’t the only country that has them. Although they are VERY rare and I have never seen one.. they are out there.
Just because it gets cold, doesn’t mean that it gets ugly…. Winter time in the Netherlands can be pretty magical. When the lakes and canals freeze over, you will see hundreds of locals binding on their ice skates and skating for hours on end.
Not everything is always about Rotterdam and Amsterdam. The Netherlands has so many cool cities and towns. One of them, that has the same vibe as Amsterdam, is Utrecht. Located in the middle of the Netherlands. This city has many historic buildings, canals, and a large church.
One of the coolest towns you could ever visit. Giethoorn has the nickname: Venice of the North. And for good reasons. This town doesn’t have any roads and can only be seen from the water.
In summer it does get very busy here with tourists (Manly the Japanese and Chinese) But it is still worth a visit.
Giethoorn is a great day trip from Amsterdam, with about 2.5 hours of riding a train and bus. From Rotterdam, it is a bit of a mission but it can be done. The quickest option is by car which will take you about 2 hours. The train will take 3 hours.
THE ISLANDS (Yep, bet you didn’t know that)
I bet a lot of you reading this didn’t know that the Netherlands has 8 islands (And I don’t mean the Carribean one) they are called the waddeneilanden. Some are inhabited and are nature reserves, but some are habited and can be visited year-round by boat.
They are tranquil, have lots of nature and is the perfect quiet get-away.
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