With the development of the harbor along the IJ waterfront, Amsterdam has become a popular stop on cruises along Europe’s northern coastline and is the focus of fascinating shore excursions to The Netherlands.
Rotterdam is a Dutch city like no other, with a gritty, urban landscape that changes almost daily as high rises go up and innovative new builds appear on the horizon. It’s the most contemporary city in The Netherlands, with only a few pockets of traditional old Holland still remaining; see both sides of the city with a walking tour of Rotterdam.
The sophisticated administrative capital of The Netherlands has plenty of intriguing sights, from spectacular medieval architecture in the Hall of the Knights (Ridderzaal) and the superb Dutch Old Masters in the Mauritshuis to the Neo-Renaissance magnificence of the Peace Palace. Once these are exhausted there are many fabulous day trips from The Hague to keep visitors happy.
The Hague is a charming city of green spaces and amazing art galleries, but if you’re intending to spend more than a couple of days there, here’s how to spend the day in Scheveningen, the city’s sophisticated and genteel seaside resort.
Like the Dutch cities of The Hague, Haarlem and Amsterdam, forward-looking, futuristic Rotterdam has several great art museums. The best art museums in Rotterdam cover all periods of work from medieval to modern.