While most travel plans to The Netherlands include a stopover at the Red Light District and the coffee shops of Amsterdam, Europe’s most populous country is so much more than that.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
For art aficionados, Amsterdam has a lot on offer. With over seventy-five museums, Amsterdam is truly an art lover’s delight.
The Van Gogh Museum at Museum Square is a must-visit. Dedicated to the works of Van Gogh and his contemporaries, the museum houses the largest collection of the artist’s work, including 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and over 700 letters. The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, Almond Blossom and several self-portraits are some of the paintings that you shouldn’t miss. In addition, the museum also hosts workshops, lectures, and even an interactive tour where you are promised to feel Van Gogh’s brush strokes.
Van Gogh Museum for art, Netherlands, by rinuseversen1
Smell the Flowers at Keukenhof
Don’t let your visit to The Netherlands be incomplete without a visit to Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden. Established in 1949 by the then mayor of Lisse to showcase what the Dutch industry had to offer, Keukenhof now features in many travellers’ bucket lists. Famed for its multi-hued tulip fields sprawled over 72 acres, Keukenhof is open between the months of March and May. Towards the end of the season, the flowers are put on display at a Bloemencorso or flower parade. While several Dutch cities and towns host these parades, the one at Keukenhof is not to be missed. While there, if you need a breather from the many-coloured bright flowers, you can hop across to Castle Keukenhof, a 17th-century mansion to which the present Keukenhof gardens provided kitchen supplies.
Keukenhof, Netherlands, Europe by Wikipedia
Put Your Foot to the Pedal
The Netherlands reportedly has around 17,000 kilometres of designated cycling tracks, making it a true traveller’s paradise. What better way to see the magnificent countryside, than with the wind in your hair? What will make it all the more worthwhile is that you are bound to be flanked by scenic green pastures dotted with tulip fields and windmills.
Windmils, Netherlands, Europe by Wikipedia
Explore the Dutch Windmills
No trip to The Netherlands is complete without a visit to the windmills at Kinderdijk featuring in you’re the Netherlands travel planner. A UNESCO heritage site, Kinderdijk is home to a system of 19 windmills that have been preserved in pristine condition. A visit to the Museum Windmill gives you a chance to explore the mill and meet a miller, even. If you are lucky, and it’s a windy day, you could even see the mill in motion. You can also book a spot in advance for the windmill workshop where you can learn about how a windmill works, and the stories behind each of the 19 windmills. The best way to get to Kinderdijk is to cycle from Rotterdam.
Catch an Act or Two at the North Sea Jazz Festival
Held in the month of July annually, the North Sea Jazz Festival is a congregation of talented local and international musicians. Spanning across three days, the festival features artists performing at multiple venues across Rotterdam. Whatever be your preferred genre of music, there’s bound to be a gig or two to suit your taste. The 2016 line-up includes music greats like Buddy Guy, The Jones Family Singers, Pharrell Williams and more.
North Sea Jazz Festival, Netherlands, Europe by Wikipedia
Fill up you’re the Netherlands itinerary planner with the off-beat things you can do in The Netherlands. Get away from the tourist crowds and experience what the unique country has to offer.