The Top 10 Attractions in Holland
Holland is best known for its vibrant capital of Amsterdam, although there are many charming historic towns and attractions to explore elsewhere. Probably the best way to get around is by bicycle as everywhere is so flat! Many of the towns encourage the use of bikes which can be hired free of charge! So take a look at the top ten places to explore in one of the friendliest countries in Europe.
Exploring Amsterdam’s Canals
This beautiful city (like Venice) is built on water, exploring the city’s wonderful canals with its bridges and charming 17th century homes, museums and art galleries is just an amazing experience. Not forgetting the bustling night-life!
Keukenhof: The Garden of Europe
Obviously tulips are the country’s most popular flower. What better place to enjoy its floral displays of 700 varieties than at the Keukenhof, otherwise known as the Garden of Europe. It is the largest public garden in the world having 70 acres to explore along with amazing restaurants and exhibitions.
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: A Dutch Treasure Trove
Also known as the Dutch National Museum, it houses rare art and antiques dating back to 1809. Apart from its unique collection of old masters, it offers an exciting account of the development of art and culture in the Netherlands.
Hoge Veluwe National Park
Situated between Arnhem and Apeldoorn this beautiful park covers 13,800 acres and is one of the most popular day trip destinations for locals and visitors alike. It boasts a fascinating sculpture park and is home to lots of red and roe deer.
Anne Frank Museum, Amsterdam
An absolute ‘must-see’ this museum is where the Frank family (Jewish refugees) lived and hid for most of WWII and of course is where Ann Frank wrote her famous diary which has been translated into 51 languages. The back of the house is fully restored and has more or less been kept in its original condition.
The Windmills of Kinderdijk
This is the famous village of Kinderdijk (Children’s Dike); it takes its name from a raw incident that occurred during the St. Elizabeth’s Day flood of 1421 after a child’s cradle was stranded on the dike. The main attraction are the brilliantly preserved 18th-century windmills built between 1722 and 1761.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
This museum is ranked a marvellous 35th in the top art museums globally, attracting nearly 1.5 million visitors each year. It boasts the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh paintings -many donated by the artist’s family collection.
Valkenburg is situated in the picturesque Geul Valley, heralding the country’s only hilltop castle dating back to the 12th century. It is also a popular holiday resort with its many caves and the spa facilities at Thermae 2000, one of the largest spas in the Netherlands.
Zeeland’s Spectacular Dikes
Zeeland includes the numerous islands and peninsulas of the south western section of the Netherlands. It consists of some of the world’s most recent land formations, most being below sea level requiring impressive dikes and modern flood prevention techniques.
Kasteel De Haar
Situated near to the quant old city of Utrecht, Kasteel is a fantastic day trip. This spectacular castle was built by the famous Dutch architect, PJH Cuypers and sits on a spectacular 250-acre park. The original castle site was established in the 14th century and the newer structure dates from 1892 making it an amazing place to explore.