One of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, Amsterdam is the largest and most alluring city in the Netherlands. Similar to many other cities that sit over water such as Venice, Amsterdam has a vibrant canal system. The pretty waterways are one of the best loved attractions in Amsterdam and you can explore the idyllic routes by taking a boat tour or a water taxi that lets you hop around a range of locations.
Tulips are the signature flowers of this country and the Garden of Europe just outside of Lisse is the largest public garden anywhere in the world. Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is a riot of color with blooms of every hue as far as the eye can see. Keukenhof displays more than 700 varieties of tulips, which are at their height in April and May.
If the Netherlands had an icon, it would be the windmills. Built in the 18th century and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kinderdijk, which means “children’s dike,” is where you’ll find 19 fully functioning and phenomenal windmills. Because the country is at or below sea-level, windmills have been a crucial part of water management put in place to prevent flooding.
Rotterdam is a harbor city in the west of the country in the province of South Holland. The city was recently recommended by Rough Guides as one of the must visit cities and ended up on the 10th spot of the 52 places to go of the New York Times. Rotterdam is the Netherlands most modern city today. Very bike friendly like Amsterdam, Rotterdam boasts several districts for visitors to explore. By far, the most popular visitor stop is at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, where artworks on display span from the Middle Ages to modern times, including masterpieces by Dali, Van Gogh, Bosch, and Rembrandt.