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What to see in Netherlands

Netherlands Attractions


The Netherlands' sights and attractions are distinguished by historical names such as Anne Frank or Rembrandt, who are both immortalised in Amsterdam museums. Other highlights of the country for tourists include the Van Gogh Museum and the notorious Red Light District (De Wallen), as well as the ancient city of Groningen. This picturesque country is home to a wealth of art, history and culture, and although Amsterdam deservedly dominates the tourist trade there are a number of other interesting cities to explore, like Delft and Rotterdam. The Netherlands is also blessed with lovely natural landscapes and tourists flock to see the tulips in May.

Visitors can enjoy a Heineken at a café and mingle with the friendly locals, or cycle leisurely along the beautiful canals. Amsterdam is well known for its tolerant position toward cannabis, which can be smoked in designated 'coffeeshops', but tourists should note that it is not strictly legal, just traditionally tolerated, and that smoking in public places can still get you into trouble with the authorities. As a country the Netherlands has been trying to discourage the tourist drug scene recently and it is not as tolerated as it once was; in fact, most Dutch cities no longer allow foreigners to buy or smoke cannabis, and Amsterdam is becoming the last outpost for 'coffeeshops' frequented by foreigners. As laws and social practices are currently in flux regarding cannabis use it is recommended that travellers check official sources before visiting.

An authentic European destination, travelling in the Netherlands offers great historical sightseeing and artistic attractions, combined with a truly cultural experience. It is a great destination for culture-vultures and pleasure-seekers alike.


Amsterdam Canal Tour

Amsterdam's famous canal tours are an essential experience for visitors to the city, and continue to delight and amaze…

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Amsterdam Coffeeshops

Amsterdam's coffeeshops are an iconic part of the city, and for many tourists they constitute a unique and essential…

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Anne Frank House

This museum is dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank, whose famous diary, recorded over a two-year period, describes…

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Heineken Experience

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Amsterdam, and indeed in the Netherlands, the Heineken Experience is not…

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Keukenhof

One of the top attractions in the Netherlands, and the best reason to visit in the spring, Keukenhof is one of those…

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National Maritime Museum

Covering four centuries of Dutch naval history, the National Maritime Museum, or Het Scheepvaartmuseum, allows visitors…

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Red Light District (De Wallen)

A visit to Amsterdam would not be complete without a stroll around the notorious Red Light District. The atmosphere can…

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Rembrandt House

This museum provides an insight into the life and times of the famous Dutch master. Rembrandt lived here between 1639…

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Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art

The Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art closely traces the developments in art of the second half of the 20th century, showcasing…

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The Dutch Resistance Museum (Verzetsmuseum)

Between May 1940 and May 1945, during World War II, the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany and this museum documents…

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The Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum was opened in 1885 and is best known for its collection of 17th-century Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt,…

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Van Gogh Museum

The Van Gogh Museum is a definitive tourist attraction in Amsterdam. Situated in a modern building, the simple architecture…

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