Netherlands , The “land won from the sea” is your destination for walking, cycling, biking, relaxing, partying, drinking, and sensualizing.
Netherlands , also known as Holland , is a constitutional monarchy in the Western Europe. It is bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. The country is famous for its tulips, windmills, cheese, clogs (wooden shoes), delftware and gouda pottery, and dikes. It is widely known for its social tolerance, and liberal policies toward drugs, prostitution, and gays. Hence, attractions of Netherlands are many, but here are top 10 reasons to visit Netherlands.
10 Reasons To Visit Netherlands
1. Amsterdam , the capital city offers you every reason to visit Netherlands. Whatever your tastes are, the Dutch capital has everything to satiate you. The city is known for impressive architecture heritage, lovely canals, churches, windmills, museums & galleries, zoo and botanical garden, parks and countryside, beach, red light district, and great shopping points. The city has one of the largest historic city centers in Europe.
2. Alkmaar , the city in the north of Amsterdam, is one of the top attractions of Netherlands. The city preserves the 17th-century pattern of canals and narrow streets, and has many historic buildings. The city is known for Inland, a historic agricultural landscape, with 17th century polders. The city is famous for a red light district, situated at the Achterdam, and its nightlife scene that takes place in the pubs, in front of the cheesmarket.
3. Arnhem , an attractive city in the east of the Netherlands on the banks of the river Rhine, offers you many reasons to visit the country. The capital of the province Gelderland is famous for Openluchtmuseum, an open air museum’ featuring traditional housing and customs; Korenmarkt, a large square surrounded by a diversity of bars; Burgers Zoo, a large zoo featuring animals in their ‘original’ habitat; and Museum voor Moderne Kunst, a Small modern art gallery specialising in Dutch artists.
4. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam or Rijksmuseum , a Dutch national museum in Amsterdam, located on the Museumplein, is one of the major draws to visit Netherlands. The museum was founded as the National Art Gallery (Nationale Kunst-Gallerij) in 1800 in The Hague, but it was shifted to Amsterdam on the orders of king Louis Napoleon, brother of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808. The paintings The Night Watch by Rembrandt is part of the museum collection. The museum features a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age and a substantial collection of Asian art.
5. Van Gogh Museum , featuring the works of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries, in Amsterdam also is a nice reason to visit Netherlands. The museum has the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world. Opened in 1973, the main structure of the museum was designed by Gerrit Rietveld, and the Exhibition Wing was designed by Kisho Kurokawa.
6. Nationaal Park de Hoge Veluwe (National Park De Hoge Veluwe) or Hoge Veluwe , a 5500 hectares (13,500 acres) national park comprised of heathland, driftsand landscape and woodland in the municipality of Ede in the province of Gelderland, in the Netherlands is one of the top attractions. Sheltering red deer, roe deer, wild boar, and mouflon (a Mediterranean sheep), Hoge Veluwe is accessible by bus from Arnhem (an hour’s train ride east of Amsterdam). The park is home to the wonderful Kröller-Müller Museum, which has 278 works by Van Gogh, as well as smaller collections of Picasso and Mondrian.
7. Keukenhof , the world’s largest flower garden, located in South Holland between the towns of Hillegom and Lisse, south of Haarlem and southwest of Amsterdam is a great tourist trap. The garden, also known as the Garden of Europe, is visited by 800,000 people each year. The garden is famous for millions of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths blooming every year. It is accessible by bus from the stations of Haarlem or Leiden.
8. Delft , a beautiful, unspoiled town with traditional architecture, canals, bikes, and the world famous blue and white ceramics, is another reason to visit Netherlands. Some of the attractions of Delft are – Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), Oude Kerk (Old Church), Synagoge, Stadhuis (Town Hall), Molen de Roos (windmill), Botanische Tuin (Botanical Garden), Techniekmuseum (Technology Museum), Universiteitsbibliotheek (University Library), Armamentarium (Weapons Warehouse), and Serpo (Reptile Zoo).
9. Eindhoven , a city in the province of North-Brabant, is one of the top attractions of Netherlands. The city has a great nightlife and offers a very lively cultural scene after dark. There are numerous bars on the Market square, Stratumseind (Stratum’s End), Dommelstraat, Wilhelmina square and throughout the rest of the city.
10. Maastricht , the southernmost city in the Netherlands, in the province of Limburg, close to Belgium and Germany, is one of the major cities of Netherlands. Some of the attractions of the city are – Bonnefantenmuseum, Centre Céramique, Derlon Museum Cellar, Natuurhistorisch Museum, Spaans Gouvernement, The Caves, and Coffeeshops.