When it comes to planning a trip to the Netherlands, most people instantly look at Amsterdam. While Amsterdam is an incredible destination, there are a number of other towns worth exploring in the country. Here’s a look at some of the coolest towns in the Netherlands you’ve likely never heard of before.
The so-called Groene Hart (Green Heart) lies south of Amsterdam, west of The Hague and north of Rotterdam. Exploring the Green Heart of the Netherlands means discovering a region of old world Holland, where pretty towns and villages, windmills and traditional farming methods have stood the test of time.
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.