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  • 1 The Netherlands Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kattenburgerplein 1 NL - 1018 KK Amsterdam

    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 Afsluitdijk (North dyke) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 8754 Makkum

    The statue of the engineer Lely, designer from 1891 of the project to close off the Zuiderzee, crowns the side of Den Oever (entrance to the dyke). On the sea side, a breakwater protects a cycle track and a road. Below the dyke, on the IJsselmeer sid..

  • 3 Drents Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Brink 1 NL - 9401 HS Assen

    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..

  • 4 Nieuwegracht Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nieuwegracht NL - 3512 Utrecht

    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. From the bridge, there is an attractive view over the canal and Domtoren.

  • 5 Museum het Catharijneconvent Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lange Nieuwstraat 38 NL - 3512 Utrecht

    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..

  • 6 Canals Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 3512 Utrecht

    The 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.

  • 7 Spoorwegmuseum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Maliebaanstation NL - 3512 Utrecht

    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..

  • 8 Gemeentemuseum den Haag Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Stadhouderslaan 41 NL - 2517 HV Den Haag

    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 ..

  • 9 Museumpark Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    NL - 3002 AP Rotterdam

    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..

  • 10 Kubuswoningen (cubic houses) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Overblack 70 NL - 3013 AK Rotterdam

    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..

  • 11 Mesdag Panorama Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Zeestraat 65 NL - 2518 AA Den Haag

    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..

  • 12 Madurodam Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    George Maduroplein 1 NL - 2584 EE Den Haag

    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..

  • 13 Willemsbrug Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 3025 Rotterdam

    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.

  • 14 Erasmusbrug Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    NL - 3025 Rotterdam

    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..

  • 15 Boijmans van Beuningen Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Museumpark 18-20 NL - 3015 CX Rotterdam

    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. As well as a fine collection of Old Masters (notably magnificent works by Bruegel the Elder, ..

  • 16 Naturalis Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Darwinweg 2 NL - 2312 Leiden

    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..

  • 17 Fries Museum / Verzetsmuseum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Wilhelminaplein 92 NL - 8900 CE Leeuwarden

    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 ..

  • 18 Museum Het Princessehof (Dutch Ceramics Museum) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Grote Kerkstraat 11 NL - 8911 DZ Leeuwarden

    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..

  • 19 Het Nederlands Openluchtmuseum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Hoeferlaan 4 NL - 6816 SJ Arnhem

    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..

  • 20 St.-Servaasbasiliek Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Keiser Karelplein 3 NL - 6221 Maastricht

    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..

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