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6 Cities you can’t miss in the Netherlands

With its beautiful canals, great architecture and good vibes, Amsterdam is a one of a kind city. However, the Netherlands has a lot more to offer. There are multiple other great cities to visit. In this blog we highlight 6 cities which are definitely worth a visit!

Visit Leiden!

The university city 📚 of Leiden (or Leyden in English) is one of the oldest and most picturesque urban areas in the Netherlands. Leiden lies in an extensive flower growing area , the produce of which is marketed in the town and surrounding region; it was here that the tulip, an iconic symbol of The Netherlands, was introduced to Europe.

Whether you're spending a day in Leiden or a week, top things to do during a visit include wandering around the bustling Leiden Street Market (Markt), held each Wednesday and Saturday and a great place to shop for traditional foods, flowers, clothing, and local crafts, or hopping aboard a riverboat 🚣🏽‍♀️ for a relaxing tour of the canals and the Old and New Rhine rivers.

Leiden is also one of the leading cultural centers in the Netherlands and famous as the birthplace of several great painters🎨 from the 16th and 17th centuries, including Lucas van Leyden, Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Jan van Goyen, and Frans van Mieris. Find out more with our list of the top things to do in Leiden.

🔺The Old Castle: Burcht van Leiden
🔺Museum Boerhaave
🔺Hortus Botanicus Leiden
🔺The Molen de Valk Windmill Museum
🔺The Leiden American Pilgrim Museum
🔺The Old Observatory
🔺Duivenvoorde Castle
🔺St. Pieterskerk

Visit Utrecht!

Utrecht is the 4th largest city in the Netherlands and also one of the oldest. The city’s history goes back to the 1st century AD when a Roman fort was built on the shores of the Rhine River.

The central station is one of the most important train stations in the Netherlands. It’s also the biggest one, both in terms of surface and in the number of people traveling through. Besides this, it's a big student city and there are a lot of fun things to see and do. 🚆

The museums are a big selling point of why Utrecht is worth visiting. Whereas most cities have museums regarding a more general theme, most museums in Utrecht are related to Utrecht itself in some way. You can learn all about a famous author from Utrecht, Dick Bruna, who created ‘Nijntje’, or you can learn about the Dutch railway system.

Another thing Utrecht is known for is the Dom tower. This tower is part of the Dom church. You can admire this tower from the outside, but if you don’t have a fear of heights it might be fun to climb the tower. You can also visit the church itself, or stroll around the Domplein. ⛪️

Besides this, Utrecht is home to a lot of students. 👨‍🎓 This means there are a lot of bars and cafes as well. Utrecht has perfect scenery for walking or even cycling, and when you get tired you are guaranteed to find a place to sit down and enjoy a nice drink. For the perfect fresh juice go to Loua juice bar. 🍹

There are plenty of shopping opportunities too, or you can visit the botanical gardens. 🌳

To visit De Haar Castle 🏰, whether to admire its park, its rich history, the exhibitions, gardens, deer or for a wedding, is to be immersed in a different world. De Haar is the largest castle in the Netherlands, once the private residence of the Van Zuylen family, whose descendants still stay here yearly. In the last century, the castle also frequently hosted members of the international jet-set with their lavish lifestyle; from Coco Chanel to Roger Moore, they too left their mark on the sumptuous rooms of the most opulent spot in Utrecht.

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Visit Haarlem!

Haarlem is a charming city featuring great culture, cafés, shops and restaurants. As well as being home to some of the Netherlands’ best museums and world-famous art, it is regularly voted as one of the country's best cities for shopping. There’s plenty to keep you entertained – including river cruises, weekly markets and more. With its ancient buildings, cobbled streets and winding waterways, the medieval city of Haarlem is one of the most photogenic destinations in the Netherlands. Easily reachable by train just fifteen minutes from Amsterdam Central Station. 🚂

Teylers Museum
The oldest museum in the Netherlands, a trip to the Teylers Museum is like venturing through the back of a cupboard and into a strange new land. Whether delving into art or science, the museum’s extensive collection includes masterful paintings and drawings (many of which from The Hague School and Dutch Romantics), ancient fossils and minerals, and instruments and books. 📚

Take a step back in time at the historical Grote Markt.
At the historic heart of Haarlem, this vast square is located underneath the imposing Grote Kerk and is the image of the city that many people will recognise. Hosting regular festivals, concerts and markets, the Grote Markt is the hub of daily life in Haarlem and just happens to be one of the prettiest city squares in the country. Go there on a Saturday when the Netherlands’ finest street market rolls out its wares. 🍪

Find your favourite beer in the monumental Jopenkerk. 🍺
De Jopenkerk (Jopen Church) is a renovated former church which now houses a grand café, restaurant and microbrewery. Head to the charming venue for delicious food and drinks, and naturally for a taste of the famous Jopen beer!

Molen de Adriaan
No visit to Haarlem is complete without a guided tour of the Molen de Adriaan, a windmill close to the town centre. This tower mill has been one of the most striking features of the Haarlem skyline for centuries. The stunning views of Haarlem from the windmill’s deck will leave you breathless.

Haarlem hofjes can you find all of them? 21 in total! 2️⃣1️⃣
Ready to find out what else Haarlem has to offer? 😉

Visit Rotterdam!

Rotterdam is located in the southern Netherlands and is the second largest city in the country after the capital Amsterdam with a population of approximately 630,000. Rotterdam has been a major city for many hundreds of years and has always served as a large port as it lies on the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt river delta.

Since the 1300’s the port of Rotterdam has developed and served as a major port of the Dutch East India Company. During WWII Rotterdam saw extensive bombing and its centre was almost completely destroyed, however after this the city was slowly rebuilt and once again stands as a modern port 🚣🏽‍♀️ .

Aside from its fascinating port, Rotterdam also features some fantastic architecture like the modern cube buildings and the Euromast Tower, but also has a wonderful variety of museums, eateries and activities to enjoy.

And don’t forget to visit the Markthal!
The Markthal is a stunning piece of architecture that was constructed in 2009 and serves as both an office building and a marketplace. The design of the structure is quite unique with a large semi-circular grey façade and a large windowed section facing out to the surrounding courtyard. The inside of the structure has some amazing artwork by Arno Coenen and shows various colourful fruits, plants, insects and flowers. 🍊🍓🍋

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Visit Breda!

Located in the South of the Netherlands, only 10km from the Belgium border, Breda is the 9th largest city in the country and features a wealth of historical buildings and cultural attractions. Breda is a fantastic tourist destination and its old architecture, beautiful parks and quiet charm attract many visitors per year. The best things to do in Breda are:

🔹Grote of Onze lieve Vrouwekerk
Easily the most impressive building in Breda, the Grote Kerk towers over the city and takes pride of place in the centre of the old town.🔔

🔹Begijnhof Museum
Many Dutch cities have a Begijnhof and this is usually an enclosed courtyard with an interior garden.

🔹Breda Castle
Created in the 12th century as a fortress, a castle has stood in Breda for hundreds of years.👑
Over the years the castle has been added too, changed and reinforced into its current form that stands in the centre of the old town.

🔹Canal Boat Tour
What better way to see the beautiful town of Breda than an open-top boat tour on its canal network? A boat 🚣tour will show you the architecture and sights of Breda from a different angle and allow you to relax from the energy consuming sight-seeing.

🔹Grote Markt
A market square is often the centre point of a city, especially in historic Europe.Grote Markt square in Breda exemplifies all the qualities that a market place should have – A large church, a host of picturesque architecture, cobbled pavements and plenty of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

🔹Spaniards Hole
Otherwise known as the Spanjaardsgat in Dutch, this is an old fortification that lies at the confluence of the rivers Aa and Mark.

🔹Castle Bouvigne
While the exact origins of this castle and grounds are unknown, some form of structure at Bouvigne has been present since the 1400’s.

🔹Valkenberg Park
Surrounded by Canals and the delightful Begijnhof, Valkeberg Park is in a prime location in the centre of Breda and is a joyous place to take a walk and enjoy the outdoors.🌳

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Visit 's-Hertogenbosch!

‘s-Hertogenbosch, also known as Den Bosch, is a stunning city with a rich culture and history in the province of Noord-Brabant (South of the Netherlands) is often overlooked by tourists despite the fact that Den Bosch is only a day trip away from Amsterdam. Although I expected Den Bosch to be beautiful and historic, We are sure that you are surprised by Den Bosch. It’s a city that is not stuck in time and we've created an itinerary for one day in Den Bosch to show you the best things to do in Den Bosch.

It takes exactly one hour to get to Den Bosch from Amsterdam on the Dutch trains. The round-trip journey costs 31 euros. It would be in your interest to look for a dagkaart, which should cost the cost in half. 🚂

♦️Start the day with coffee and a 'Bossche Bol'
In case you don’t know what a Bossche bol is, it is the namesake dessert of Den Bosch. The best place to purchase a Bossche bol is at Banketbakkerij Jan de Groot, which is next to Den Bosch Centraal station. ☕️

♦️Visit Snellestraat for Boutique shopping
This little street is full of cozy little shops that you’ll want to step into.

♦️Have lunch at 50/50 or Vlaamsch Broodhuys
This small take-out restaurant with a few stools (to sit in) has delicious fusion tacos. Or the best bakery of town. 🥯

♦️Walking around in the Uilenburg and Molenstraat
You will love walking along Uilenburg and Molenstraat as both of these streets allow you to get a glimpse of the Binnedieze, medieval canals/rivers underneath the city center. Uilenburg and Molenstraat are just stunning streets to walk down as you can still see houses with wooden frames, a rare sight in the Netherlands at this point.

You need to take a boat tour (rondvaart) of the Binnedieze, it is lovely. 🚣🏽‍♀️

♦️Sint-Jan Cathedral
St. Jan is the Gothic cathedral of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. This stunning cathedral started in 1220 is still operational. ⛪️

This is just a lovely street full of cafes to walk down. Have a beer and enjoy!🔆
Have a walk in this beautiful area. 🌳

♦️Costa del Silo
Looking for festival vibes? 🕺
Go to this city terrace!

Hopefully we will see you soon in one of the cities, as we say in the Netherlands ‘tot ziens’!

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