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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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..

  • 3 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..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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 3km-long hydraulic masterpiece is unique in the world. The initial dam project, which involved the complete enclosure of t..

  • 9 Kröller-Müller Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    NL - 6730 AA Otterlo

    This very attractive museum which is found in the centre of the De Hoge Veluwe national park was inaugurated in 1938 and was enlarged in 1960 (the creation of a sculpture garden) and again in 1977 (addition of a new wing). It has a large collection o..

  • 10 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 lived in by William..

  • 11 Herengracht Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NL - 1015 BK Amsterdam

    The Herengracht or Patricians' Canal is the principal of the four canals along which the wealthy merchants based themselves. The houses rival each other in decorative richness, especially when it comes to their gables.

  • 12 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 ..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Mauritshuis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Korte Vijverberg 8 NL - 2513 AB Den Haag

    The Hague's largest museum occupies an elegant residence, and is named after the man who financed its building, Prince John Maurice of Nassau-Siegen. It was built around 1640 in the purest classical style to designs by J. van Campen. The Mauritshuis ..

  • 16 Museum Volkenkunde Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Steenstraat 1 NL - 2312 Leiden

    This museum, renowned for its rich collections dedicated to non-Western civilisations, displays items from many sources: Africa, the Arctic, Indonesia, Chin, Japan, Korea, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. It hosts exhibitions and its surrounding garde..

  • 17 Rijksmuseum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Jan Luijkenstraat 1 NL - 1071 ZD Amsterdam

    Established by the French in The Hague in 1798, the original collection was transferred to Amsterdam in 1808 by Louis Bonaparte, who added The Night Watch by Rembrandt. The collection was initially housed in the Royal Palce and then the Trippenhuis, ..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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, paintings of civic guards and regents give visitors a clear idea of his evolution as a painter. The museum also has many works b..

  • 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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