The lights of Amsterdam shine even brighter throughout the holiday season, when the cool air wafts the pleasant scents of sizzling oliebollen (sweet dumpling) and fresh stroopwafel (thin baked waffle) across the city. The Netherlands offers some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, offering a wonderfully festive experience as you hunt through unique gifts from a huge variety of independent vendors. Christmas in Amsterdam presents stunning winter backdrops and a plethora of events and activities. Here are just a few of our favourite Christmas markets to visit in the land of Sinterklaas (the beloved Santa Claus of the Dutch) this winter.
With popular draws like The Hague and Amsterdam, it’s no secret that The Netherlands is a dream destination. However, not all cities make the guide books, and sometimes half the fun can be discovering the lesser-known locations this beautiful land has to offer. When planning your getaway, you can be forgiven for missing out some hidden gems, so we’ve compiled a list of unsung sites for your next break.