It is time, to look beyond the possibility of having just ''a good time'' when visiting The Netherlands. Below you will find the places to be to make your visit to The Netherlands worth your while.
Utrecht is one of the smaller cities in The Netherlands. This doesn't make it less charming. Utrecht is one the cities that wasn't effected by the bombing in the second world war. Utrecht's ancient city center still has several buildings that go back to the high middle ages (1000-1200). Something I didn't know before is that Utrecht is also seen as the religious center of The Netherlands.
What can I do in Utrecht??
-eat lunch/dinner in one of the nice restaurants that are positioned literally next to the canals of Utrecht.
There is always loads of people on the terraces and the lights in the evening give a great atmosphere.
- climb the 14th century old Dom Tower. Once your at the top you have a amazing view over the whole city. For the people who did leg day at the gym the day before I would not dare to go to the top cause there are A LOT of stairs.
-Enjoy the architecture. Compared to Amsterdam or Rotterdam Utrecht isn't that big, so you could easily see most of the city in one day.
- Visit the central Museum, or a gallery
- relax in the Wilhelmina parc
Maybe not the old architecture like Amsterdam or Utrecht but Rotterdam really did a great job re-building the city. I would call it the modern beauty of The Netherlands. With the famous Erasmusbridge, Museums, de Euromast (the dutch eiffeltower xD), Blijdorp (the zoo) and de Markthal a hall with a lot of restaurants with different kitchens, a lot of small shops with fresh food.
This makes Rotterdam a city with a lot of options. There is much to do and with all the accommodations and events that are organized all through the year, you should be pretty occupied for a couple of days.
Amsterdam the capital of The Netherlands is visit yearly by lots of tourist. I often find it funny that when you ask foreigners about The Netherlands they ask you if you smoke weed. haha yeah, because besides Amsterdam there are no other cities??? Yes Amsterdam might be known for the weed and the red light district. But it is so much more then just that.
If you think about Amsterdam, you think about a city that is alive. You think about the beautiful old houses and canals. The famous Van Goh museum, Rijksmuseum and ofcourse the Anne Frank House.
Amsterdam is a city with history. Originally it was a small fishers village what turned into one of the most important ports in The dutch golden age. It has the fifth largest seaport in Europa and has a great economic center.
What I would recommend you to do when you're in Amsterdam is : go with a ferry through the canals on the first day and rent bikes on the second day. This way you see Amsterdam on water and on land. It shows you 2 different perspective on land and on water. This gives you a good impression of the city.
Delft is a really small city. it takes you probably only 2 hours to see the whole city ( if you don't forget where your bike is). Because I live in a village myself I am really used to a area that is not to crowded and relaxed. This is exactly the feeling Delft gives me when I am there.
There is a big square where on Thursdays a market is held. On the market are 150 booths with people trying to sell their products. I like it. You can see the oldest sales trade in history. Selling directly to the man through small talk. Amazing if you ask me. It requires a form of charm, people knowledge and knowing your product.
Delft is also a very educational city. Delft university focuses on technology and it's the main source for any type of progress in technology in The Netherlands. They do big projects and I am proud to read in the news when they come up with another break through.
5. The hague
The Hague is ''the political city of The Netherlands.''
The Hague is the seat of the cabinet of the Netherlands, the States General, the Supreme Court, and the Council of Most foreign embassies in the Netherlands and 150 international organisations are located in the city, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, which makes The Hague one of the major cities hosting the United Nations, along with New York City, Geneva, Vienna, Rome, and Nairobi.
Our King, Willem-Alexander lives in The Hague and works at the Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, together with Queen Máxima. The Hague is also home to the world headquarters of Royal Dutch Shell and numerous other major Dutch companies.
Besides political, The Hague's architecture is also quite impressive. It has a big shopping area's like the passage, Grote markt, spui markt and in the city center.
It is also close to Scheveningen, which is one of the famous beaches in The Netherlands. The hague has good connections regarding public transport so you will be at the beach in a jiffy.
To wrap it up
These were my 5 must see Cities in The Netherlands. If your near, pay a visit ;) ! Tell me what you think or any other places in The Netherlands you've visited during your stay in The Netherlands.
This was yet another dutch series post. If you like them share them with your friends and family then I will try to come up with other fun stuff you can do in The Netherlands.
I will reveal the winner of last weeks give away on Instagram. I wish you all a great weekend !
The left handed writer