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  • 1 The Netherlands Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kattenburgerplein 1

    Formerly the Admiralty's principal warehouse, this vast building, erected on 18,000 piles, has housed the Amsterdam Maritime Museum since 1973. The collections present a fairly exhaustive overview of the Netherlands' maritime history, whether trade, ..

  • 2 Drents Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Brink 1

    The museum collections are shared among a historic house (1885), the abbey church, the Drostenhuis and the Ontvangershuis (the former home of the inspector of taxes). The exhibition is comprised mainly of local archaeological finds (boat from 6 300 B..

  • 3 Nieuwegracht Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    Similar to the Oudegracht, this canal is lined with elegant houses. There is the Hofpoort, the Baroque door of the Courthouse (17C) and an old pretty house at no. 37. Further on at no.63, is the Catharijneconvent museum. From the bridge, there is an ..

  • 4 Museum het Catharijneconvent Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lange Nieuwstraat 38

    The late-Gothic former monastery of St John of Malta and a neighbouring house from the 18C bring together religious art collections tracing the history of Christianity in the Netherlands from its beginnings to today (liturgical vestments, manuscripts..

  • 5 Canals Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The very shady canals in the centre of Utrecht (Oudegracht and Nieuwegracht) have the peculiarity of being bordered by a quay much lower than street level. There are vaulted cellars there.

  • 6 Spoorwegmuseum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art


    This museum is in the old Maliebaan station and brings together films, pictures, documents and models on the history of Dutch railways. More than 60 locomotives, wagons and trams are exhibited on the disused tracks. As well as a signal box and a stat..

  • 7 Gemeentemuseum den Haag Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Stadhouderslaan 41

    The municipal museum was built in 1935 by Berlage. Its reinforced concrete structure is faced with yellow bricks. A gallery leads to the museum's rooms, where the displays and natural lighting coalesce perfectly. The collections are divided into six ..

  • 8 Museumpark Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The Museumpark, inaugurated in 1993, was created to designs by Rem Koolhaas, an architect who is a native of Rotterdam. It is made up of three areas. The first is covered in gravel and small apple trees. The second includes an asphalted podium. The t..

  • 9 Kubuswoningen (cubic houses) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The cubic houses (kubuswoningen) raised above this walkway are the work of Blom. They appear to balance a single corner on a concrete base and were built between 1978 and 1984. The Kijkkubus, the show house of the group, can be visited. The Het Potlo..

  • 10 Mesdag Panorama Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Zeestraat 65

    This "panorama", a device that was very fashionable a century ago, shows Scheveningen in 1881. The work is a collaboration between Hendrik Willem Mesdag and other artists of the Hague school. Painted in a style that is in the purest traditi..

  • 11 Madurodam Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    George Maduroplein 1

    The name of this miniaturised town is a tribute to George Maduro, an officer who was deported to Dachau then killed in 1945. The creation of Madurodam dates back to 1952. The models, built on a scale of 1: 25, bring together Holland's most typical bu..

  • 12 Willemsbrug Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This cable-suspension bridge, conspicuous for its red pylons, is the work of C. Veerling. Opened in 1981, its four carriageways are an important link between the two shores of the New Maas/Meuse.

  • 13 Erasmusbrug Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    This bridge links the town centre with Kop van Zuid, an area of 125 hectares which used to be part of the port, where today apartments, offices and leisure facilities are going to be built. Opened in 1996, Erasmus bridge was built by B. van Berkel. A..

  • 14 Boijmans van Beuningen Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Museumpark 18-20

    Situated on the edge of the Museumpark, this museum of fine arts occupies a building dating from 1935, added to with a concrete and glass extension in 2003. The collection has grown considerably since 1958, thanks mainly to the van Beuningen legacy (..

  • 15 Naturalis Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Darwinweg 2

    Seven permanent exhibitions illustrate in a lively and interactive way the richness and complexity of nature: the Prehistoric Parade, the Theatre of Nature, the Earth and Life exhibitions, the Ecosystems room, the Visions exhibition on Nature and the..

  • 16 Fries Museum / Verzetsmuseum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    TurfMarkt 11

    This museum occupies two historic houses: the Eysingahuis (late 18C) and the impressive Chancellerie ( Kanselarij, 1566). Its varied collections illustrate Friesian culture, history and art: remains from archaeological excavations, objects and photos..

  • This 17C palace, the former residence of Princess Marie-Louise of Hesse-Cassel, today houses the Ceramics Museum. The collections in this museum are especially rich: porcelain and stoneware coming from Asia (Japan, China) and europe (Italy, Netherlan..

  • 18 Het Nederlands Openluchtmuseum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Schelmseweg 89

    Situated in a beautiful undulating and wooded park (44ha) this museum comprising around 100 authentic farmhouses, mills, factories, steam dairy and granges, focuses on the architecture and rural activities of Holland's regions. Each building displays..

  • 19 St.-Servaasbasiliek Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Keiser Kareplein 3

    This impressive monument, one of the oldest in the Netherlands has been much modified but was begun around 1000 and extended in the 12C. The royal doorway (south) was erected in the 13C. The lateral chapels, the north doorway and the cloister on to w..

  • 20 Bonnefantenmuseum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Avenue Ceramique 250

    Visible from afar on account of its 28m-high zinc tower, this museum is on the site of an old ceramics factory. The early art section has work from Flemish studios and artists, and Italian paintings on wood from the 1300 to 1600. Fine works by Flemis..

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