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!
Within easy striking distance of Rotterdam, The Hague and Amsterdam, Delft is a lovely Dutch town with its share of canals and medieval architecture. It is the burial place of Prince William of Orange, the founder of the Dutch royal family, as well as the base of several porcelain factories producing iconic blue-and-white china. Here’s where to learn about the history of Delft pottery.
Gouda – the self-proclaimed cheese capital of the world – is an easy hop from Amsterdam or just east of both Rotterdam and The Hague. It’s a mellow town of canals, gables and courtyards famous for its iconic, orange-wax-wrapped rounds of cheese; back in the 15th century it was a wealthy brewing center and still retains its town center full of fine Gothic buildings. Here’s how to spend the day in Gouda, which is best explored on foot or by bike.