The most contemporary city in The Netherlands owes its futuristic skyline to the near flattening it received at the hands of German bombing in World War II. With only fragments of the old gabled city left around Delfshaven, cool new architecture in Rotterdam has evolved as a result of judicious urban regeneration
There are plenty of opportunities for family fun in The Hague; it may be the administrative capital of The Netherlands, but it is compact and manageable, with parks for letting off steam, child-sized attractions and a family-friendly restaurant scene; all this and a bucket-and-spade beach at Scheveningen tacked on too.
The Netherlands has 20 areas of protected reserves, and five are within stomping distance of Amsterdam. Hoge Veluwe National Park in Gelderland is the biggest – and it also hides a very surprising museum.
As the capital of the Netherlands, The Hague is a handsome, genteel city with some of the best art museums in the country, a cluster of medieval parliament buildings and an atmospheric old heart. Often overlooked in the headlong rush to Amsterdam, here are five very good reasons to visit The Hague.
Rotterdam becomes party central during the summer months, with celebrations of food, drama and music kicking off with the raucous national holiday of King’s Day on April 27. From then on, across the summer there’s barely a weekend when the city is not celebrating. Here’s a list of the top five summer festivals in Rotterdam.
In this guide, we’ve handpicked the very best of what makes Amsterdam so special — both on and off the beaten path — so you can travel like an insider in Amsterdam!