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  • 1 The Northern Canals Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Herengracht NL - Amsterdam

    Cut from 1586 onwards, these nobly-named canals ("Emperor's", "Prince's", "Patricians'") have majestic quaysides, bordered by narrow gabled façades, opulent patrician residences, old warehouses and houseboats. Venture in..

  • 2 The Southern Canals Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Reguliersgracht NL - Amsterdam

    Traditionally the aristocratic district, this southern part of the canal belt, between the Leidsegracht and the Amstel, is more refined than the northern part but also more commercial and animated. Culture and nightlife are centred on two squares, Le..

  • 3 The Museum District Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Museumplein NL - Amsterdam

    The Museumplain is the focus for the city's cultural life, boasting three of Amsterdam's greatest museums: the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum (covering 1850 to the present day), drawing tourists from around the globe, here..

  • 4 Philips Wing: Masterpieces of the Golden Age Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Jan Luijkenstraat 1 NL - Amsterdam

    The Rijksmuseum's jewels are on the first floor: 17C portraits, still-life paintings and landscapes. Numerous works by Rembrandt include The Syndics of the Clothmakers' Guild, and The Jewish Bride; four Vermeers including Woman in Blue Reading a Lett..

  • 5 Het-Loo Palace-Museum: Apartments Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - Apeldoorn

    Among its innumerable rooms, look out for the majestic new dining room; the study of Prince William IV with its Chinese-style ceiling; the library; or the rooms of William I (fine Empire chairs). In the apartment of Queen Mary II and King William III..

  • 6 Fields of flowers at Keukenhof Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NL - 2161 AM Lisse

    The most widespread flowers in the Netherlands are tulips, gladioli, narcissus and hyacinths. Nevertheless many other flowers are cultivated like irises, crocuses, dahlias and anemones. The end of April is the best time to explore the region. Cut int..

  • 7 Stormvloedkering Oosterschelde Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 4328 Haamstede

    Begun in 1976, the dam on the eastern Escaut was inaugurated 10 years later. The road passing over the dam opened in 1987. This 3-km-long hydraulic work is unique in the world. The initial dam project, which involved the complete closure of the easte..

  • 8 Kröller-Müller Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    NL - 6730 AA Otterlo

    This very attractive museum is found in the centre of the De Hoge Veluwe national park. It was founded by rich businessmen from whom it received its name and was inaugurated in 1938. It was extended in 1960 with the creation of a sculpture garden and..

  • 9 Herengracht Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NL - 1015 BK Amsterdam

    This canal is lined with glorious houses. Rich merchants and traders were persuaded to finance the work that began 1609. It is named after the Heren XVII (the "17 gentlemen"), governors of the Dutch East India Company. To keep the buyers sw..

  • 10 Stedelijk Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Museumplein 10 NL - 1071 CX Amsterdam

    The Museum of modern art is constantly being reinvented. Its collections contain work from 1850 to the present day, from the classics of modern art like Manet, Picasso and Mondrian to the most recent developments: minimalist installations and industr..

  • 11 Musée des Tropiques Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Linnaeusstraat 2 NL - 1092 CK Amsterdam

    Built in 1923 by J-J. and A.M. van Nieukerken, this museum seeks to evoke the tropical and sub-tropical cultures of Africa, Asia, the Middle-East, Australasia and Latin America, using works of art, everyday objects, displays and reconstructions of li..

  • 12 Mauritshuis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Korte Vijverberg 8 NL - 2513 AB Den Haag

    The Mauritshuis, the Hague's biggest museum, should not be missed. It occupies an elegant residence named after the man who commissioned it, Prince John Maurice of Nassau-Siegen. It was built around 1640 in the purest classical style, to designs by J..

  • 13 Frans Halsmuseum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Groot Heiligland 62 NL - 2011 ES Haarlem

    Since 1913, this museum has occupied the former hospice for the elderly (1608). Devoted mainly to the work of Frans Hals, whose evolution can be traced in eight paintings of civic guards and regents. The museum also has many works by other painters: ..

  • 14 Museum Volkenkunde Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Steenstraat 1 NL - 2312 Leiden

    This museum, renowned for its rich collections on non-western civilisations, mainly puts on temporary exhibitions, films and conferences.

  • 15 Historic Centre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le Dam NL - Amsterdam

    Lying around the Dam, Amsterdam's main square, and covering the area of the medieval city as delineated in the 16C (before the cutting of the great canals to the west), the historic centre has numerous important buildings: the New Church, The Royal P..

  • 16 Nationaal Museum Paleis Het Loo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Koninklijk Park 1 NL - 7313 A Apeldoorn

    This the former Het Loo Palace and its gardens were open to the public in 1984, after having been the focus of a major restoration project. A 650 ha Park surrounds the museum complex. Built-in 1685 by Jacob Roman, this palace was occupied by William ..

  • 17 Beguine Community (Begijnhof) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    NL - 1012 NX Amsterdam

    Though in the centre of the city, this hofje (sanctuary) is a haven of peace. Each of its tall facades (17th and 18th Centuries) is fronted by a little garden, and the whole is organised around an open space and the ancient church of the Beguines (a ..

  • 18 Rijksmuseum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Jan Luijkenstraat 1 NL - 1071 ZD Amsterdam

    Founded by Louis Bonaparte in 1808, by 1875 the Rijksmuseum needed a special building constructed by P.J.H. Cuypers to house its collection. Famous for its exceptional gallery of 15th to 17th Century painting, the museum also contains paintings from ..

  • 19 Van Gogh Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Paulus Potterstraat 7 NL - 1071 CX Amsterdam

    Opened in 1973, this museum contains hundreds of Van Gogh's paintings, drawings and letters, through which his development can be followed from the Nuenen period (1883-1885) to the Auvers-sur-Oise period (1890). There are also some works by artists w..

  • 20 Oostelijk Havengebied Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Sporenburg NL - Amsterdam

    These vast expanses of reclaimed land, which until the 1970s were industrial dockyards, were in the early 1990s converted into residential areas. Contemporary interpretations of traditional local housing (Java-eiland) border its three vast residentia..

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