The largest national park in the Netherlands is De Hoge Veluwe in Otterlo, largely composed of deciduous forests, boggy fenland, undulating sand dunes and heath. It’s paradise for walkers and cyclists but also contains a surprise — one of the best museums in the country. It’s well worth spending an afternoon at the Kröller-Müller Museum when visiting the park.
The Rijksmuseum is Amsterdam’s first stop for Dutch Masters, genre paintings and Golden Age treasures, but many people don’t get past Rembrandt’s iconic The Night Watch. Here’s how to do the collection justice and spend a day in the Rijksmuseum.
Deciding what to do with just one day in Amsterdam is a tall order — what are your interests? Are you traveling with kids? Is this a first visit to the city? So this is how to spend one day in Amsterdam for anyone who wants a snapshot of the city on a very tight schedule.
Amsterdam is not a huge city, but it is diverse in mood, with very distinct village-like areas. One such district that’s definitely on the up is south of the center: Explore De Pijp, and uncover an ethnic melting pot with a buzzing after-dark scene.
Amsterdam has long been nicknamed the Venice of the North for its myriad canals, but it has a little-known rival in Giethoorn; the peaceful village in the backwater province of Overijssel can be visited on a day trip from Amsterdam
Appropriately for a city that welcomes more than 14 million visitors each year, Amsterdam is well-served by a diligent tourist information service and has a variety of discounted sightseeing cards. Here’s how to save money with Amsterdam’s visitor passes.
With the opening of the Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age at the Hermitage Amsterdam, the city has gained another artistic showstopper to add to its already bountiful arts scene.
For such a small country, the Netherlands certainly punches above its weight when it comes to fabulous art museums – you’ll discover everything from sublime Old Masters to street art – all the major cities are bursting with fine art, from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, Amstelveen to Haarlem. Chasing great art in Amsterdam and its neighboring cities is an enjoyable and rewarding part of any stay in the Netherlands.
Although Amsterdam is celebrated for its world-class art galleries and history museums, it is a city that takes change in its stride, working to upgrade its many attractions, capitalizing on others and readily accepting new ideas. Consequently there are several eye-catching new museums in Amsterdam.
The biggest amusement park in the Netherlands is located at Kaatsheuvel, 90 minutes south of Amsterdam, and is much loved by local folks and overseas visitors alike for its fantasy-themed rides and attractions. It’s easy to organize family visits to Efteling theme park from Amsterdam.