Perfect for both the adventurous traveler and the relaxed traveler alike, the Netherlands offers fantastic things to do on your days off. From the gorgeous winding canals in Amsterdam, to the vast beauty of the National Park De Hoge Veluwe, the Netherlands is a progressive country full of wonderful sights.
Hop-on Hop-off tour of Amsterdam
Don’t have time to get lost in the streets of Amsterdam? Get lost in the canals instead! Though a little pricey, a hop- on, hop- off tour of Amsterdam is perfect for those that want to be guided through the city and maximize their time, making sure to see almost all the popular tourist sites Amsterdam has to offer. With the luxury of the hop- on, hop- off tours, you don’t have to exit the boat if you don’t want to, or if a sight doesn’t seem particularly appealing. Don’t want to spend the extra penny for a guide? Rent your own boat, and explore the canals yourself! No boating license needed. Insider tip? We recommend calling and reserving a boat for earlier in the day. The boat reservations fill up fast, and if you try and do a walk-up reservation, chances are you’ll only get a boat in the evening. A boat in the evening could be romantic, but to us, it sounds pretty cold and you’ll miss out on a lot of the night life that Amsterdam has to offer within the city.
Visit Utrecht’s Old Town
Utrecht is considered the religious heartbeat of the country and offers ancient ruins, cultural offerings and a host of universities to explore. Even more interesting is the Old Town portion of Utrecht, a neighborhood showcasing Rietveld Schroder House, an official World Heritage Site that offers immense cultural value and architecture to die for.
Haarlem for a Day
Haarlem, a perfect day-trip location just 13 miles west of Amsteram, holds famous art collections inside the Frans Hals Museum and Corrie Ten Boom Museum. It also has preserved a bit of medieval charm, with coblestone streets, and old gabled houses lining the walkways. While you’re there, make sure you check out the impressive tulip fields– they’re only a short drive away!
National Park de Hoge Veluwe
Tired of the city? Try the National Park De Hoge Veluwe. With 5,400 hectares of forests, sand drifts, ponds and heathlands, the national park offers a variable landscape flooded with wild animals to gawk over. Add some physical exercise into your trip by exploring the park by bike. Twenty five miles of cycling paths is yours to cruise with one of the 1,800 free bicycles on site.
Lisse village for Flowers
For beauty that meets the eye, explore the sea of bright colors by arranging a visit to the village of Lisse. Home to the second largest flower garden in the world, Keukenhof Gardens, the village is saturated with over 7 million bulbs that are on display in parades, flower shows and markets throughout the year. In general, the most popular time to visit these magnificent spectacles of colors and scents is spring.
See the Windmills in Kinderdijk or Zaanse Haans
For the true dutch experience, complete with windmills, visit the little villages of Kinderdijk and Zaanse Haans. Though small little villages, these are two of the most frequented villages to see the windmills that we all think of when we imagine the Dutch country lifestyle.