With a history as rich as its Michelin-starred food, it’s no wonder that everyone from the old masters to the new architectural innovators have been swept away by the sights and sounds of Holland. When you spot the fields of flowers with giant windmills turning majestically overhead, you’ll see how the natural colours have fused with the nations’ art, influencing whole cities of delicate architecture, well-trimmed parks and magical streets – every inch a masterpiece. There’s a whole wealth of things to see and do in this beautiful part of the world – here are some of our top picks for the perfect holiday in Holland!
The Netherlands is easy to explore by car, but the best way to experience it like a local is by hopping on a bicycle. As well as being one of the most convenient ways to get about the country, the extensive cycle network gives you a chance to see plenty of scenic sights along the way. If you’ve already biked around Amsterdam‘s famous Vondelpark and pedalled past the waterfront, check out these awesome cycle routes near the Dutch capital and start your own two-wheeled adventure.
There are some stunning expanses of nature to be found just a short venture from Rotterdam. Boasting everything from sand dunes, forests and lakes, these beauty spots contain a large variety of flora and fauna to discover. There are 20 Dutch national parks dotted across the country, so wherever you stay, there are plenty of idyllic settings to choose from. Here are just a few of the most popular.
With some of the Netherlands‘ most beautiful spots less than an hour’s train ride away from Amsterdam, it’s the perfect base from which to discover some of the country’s most famous historical sights and national delicacies. Start your journey at the capital’s Centraal Station and set off to enjoy a slice of Dutch culture. We’ve put together a few of our favourite day trips outside Amsterdam.
When planning a short break, it’s easy for thoughts to turn to classic destinations like Paris, Amsterdam or Dublin. However, there’s a real sense of adventure to be found in exploring the undiscovered, untrodden parts of Europe that few get to see. From the incredible Irish culture of Limerick to the centuries old Dutch city of Utrecht, these are the best alternative destinations for weekend wanderers.