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Places in the Netherlands that you should not miss on your trip

We are going to a country full of charms, starting with its famous capital, Amsterdam. Thus, we want to show you this and other essential places in Holland. If you decide to travel to the Netherlands, you must make a stop in them. Will you join us on this tour?

Essential places in Holland: Amsterdam and its canals

amsterdam

It could not be otherwise, any visit to Holland must include its capital: Amsterdam. Its famous channels stand out. The main ones are the Herengracht, the Prinsengratch and the Keizersgratch. They are all navigable, so you can’t miss a cruise while enjoying the city.

You should also visit the Anne Frank House, where the young Jewish woman hid with her family and others from Nazi persecution. There you can tour the rooms and find out how Ana’s life was during that confinement.

 

And in Amsterdam you have to visit the Van Gogh Museum, dedicated to the famous Dutch painter. Also the Rijksmuseum; the Maritime Museum, with a replica of the great ship of the Dutch East India Company; or the NEMO Science Museum.

The cube houses in Rotterdam

Rotterdam cube houses

From Amsterdam we went to Rotterdam. There you should not miss the cube houses, seated on a hexagonal base and designed by the architect Piet Blom, which, for this, was inspired by a forest. Most of them are inhabited, but some are rented and there is even a museum house that allows you to see what they are like inside.

The windmills of Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk Windmills

One of the symbols of Holland are its windmills. The most famous are those of Kinderdijk, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. To see the nineteen constructions, you can make the journey on foot, by bicycle or by boat.. In addition, access to two of them is allowed to know how they work.

The Keukenhof Garden

Keukenhof Gardens

Another of the symbols of Holland are the tulips, so if you want to see them, the ideal is to go to the town of Lisse or Hillegom. There you can visit the It is the largest flower garden in the world.: Keukenhof Garden.

It has thirty-two hectares in which old mills or lakes are also concentrated. It is one of the most beautiful places in Holland, but that beauty is fleeting. You can only visit in springwhen the tulips, daffodils and other flowers planted here bloom.

The Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague

Mauritshuis Museum – Christian Cariño / Wikimedia Commons

For art lovers, this is one of the essential places in Holland. In the Mauritshuis Museum, in The Hague, it’s found The girl of the pearlby Vermeer. It is exhibited together with other great works, such as The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulpby Rembrandt, or the oyster eater by Jan Steen.

After the museum visit you can go to the Binnenhof. This is a complex of buildings that is the center of political activity in the Netherlands. Of all of them, the Knights’ Hall stands out, where the monarch addresses Parliament.

Alkmaar, the city of cheese

Cheese Market – Kevin Hoogheem / Flickr.com

That Alkmaar is known as the city of cheese is no coincidence. Its market on the Waagplein is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the Netherlands. Besides, houses the National Dutch Cheese Museumwhere to discover the history of the elaboration of this product.

Cheese lovers can also visit the city of Gouda. It is famous for the cheese that gives it its name and which is one of the most typical and demanded products of the Netherlands. This can be tasted and bought, for example, at the Gouda Cheese Market, which has been held since 1395.

Haarlem, a historical city

Haarlem

The city that gives its name to one of the best-known neighborhoods in New York It is considered the historical capital of the Netherlands.. It was founded in the 10th century and has such important monuments as the Saint Bavo cathedral, the Adriaan mill, the Amsterdam Poort, the Grote Mark square, the Teylers Museum or the Hals.

The Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park

Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park

The last of the essential places in Holland is a park of about six thousand hectares. It is composed of wastelands, quicksand, forests, grasslands, and floodplains. Going through this space is similar to going on a safari in Africa.

However, in addition to enjoying nature, you can do the same with its cultural history. In its territory you can also visit some castles.

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