Amsterdam is both the capital and largest city of the Netherlands and in terms of tourism it’s the most popular place to visit in the country. Amsterdam has a great many things to see and do and is well known and liked for its liberal attitudes to various subjects that would be taboo in other countries and cities.
The architecture and canals make this a very pleasant city to wander around in, whether you choose to go by foot, bicycle or boat. Trams are great for reaching attractions that are slightly further outside the main city centre core. A boat trip on the canals is a must do while in Amsterdam.
Numerous museums can be found here including ones you wouldn’t find in most cities, such as the Sex Museum, the Torture Museum, and the Hash, Marijuana and Hemp Museum, though there are many more mainstream museums too such as Rembrandt House, and Anne Frank’s House, while further out from the centre famous museums like the Rijksmuseum can be seen.
Other Cities in the Netherlands
Though Amsterdam is the most popular, the Netherlands has numerous other cities to offer too for a taste of something different. Rotterdam for example features more modern architecture than the centre of Amsterdam, but cities with historic centres should also be visited. Maastricht is a medieval city, and Delft has a wonderful unspoilt historic centre.
The Netherlands National Parks
The Netherlands is not just about cities though and this country has some very scenic landscapes to see too. Dotted with windmills, the Netherlands has many more national parks than you would think, at 20, including the largest, Hoge Veluwe National Park that features a varying landscape of woodlands, heathlands and sand dunes.
For a completely different experience when visiting the Netherlands, go to Efteling. This theme park is great for all ages and it’s themed around fairy tales. There are rides, roller coasters and plenty more to do here.