What is There to do in the Netherlands?

When I flew to Paris last week for the LeWeb Conference, I had a brief layover at the airport in Amsterdam. Sadly, I wasn’t there long enough to be able to actually leave the airport. If I had been, I might have been able to check some of these places out. Dylan spent most of his life living there, and sent the following list of “must see” places to share with all of us. Hopefully, I’ll get to head over there again one day.

  • Palace Huis Ten Bosch – This is the official residence of Queen Beatrix. The park around the palace is very peaceful… but you are able to see very little of the palace because it’s behind walls and trees.
  • The Euromast in Rotterdam – This is the highest tower in Holland. Great views from top.
  • Anne Frank’s House – This is the most popular tourist attraction in Amsterdam. When you approach the house from Prisengracht, you will wonder where the Anne Frank House is located – the photographs and images that most of us associate with the Anne Frank Huis are of the back of the house. There is, of course, a lot of history here, as well as nostaligic feelings. Bring tissues with you.
  • Madurodam in Rotterdam – The number one tourist attraction in Rotterdam… a 5-acre miniature city, meticulously crafted on a scale of 1/25. Everything works… trains move, boats float, windmills turn, etc. A very popular and interesting attraction.
  • The Binnenhof – The Binnenhof in the Hague is a complex of buildings (palaces)… the inner court is where government business is conducted. The Ridderzaal, or Knight’s Hall, is the 700-year-old building dominating the complex.
  • Maastricht’s Old Town – This is a great place to visit in this city. Visit the Bonnefanten Museum for painting by the Dutch Masters, and the St. Pietersberg Caves take a sweater that underlay the city.
  • Canal Cruise – In Amsterdam, you should take a tour boat ride through the canals first. Take a city map with you and try to follow along on it as you go, and mark the places you pass that you would like to go back to and see.
  • Madame Tussauds – You can meet famous Dutch and foreign personalities. As well as the renowned wax figures of famous people, you can also see technical high points in the form of moving figures at Madame Tussauds. There are 130 life-like wax figures on display at Madame Tussauds. You can have your photo taken with famous foreign personalities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oprah Winfrey en Marilyn Monroe.

These all sound like very cool places to visit, and the pictures I found are beautiful! Have any of you out there ever been to the Netherlands? What did you enjoy the most?

5 thoughts on “What is There to do in the Netherlands?”

  1. I have never been to the Netherlands and am hoping to visit there some day soon as a good friend of mine whom I have known for around 11 years now online lives there. We talk pretty much on a daily basis.

    Sounds like it’s a lot of fun!

  2. I live in the Netherlands, I used to live near Amsterdam, and although it’s beautiful city, if you’re not a tourist, I don’t find much to do. (At my age anyway)

    I’ve now moved over about 150 km to the east and I really like it here. Even though The Netherlands is small, it’s got great diversity and a lot to offer, wherever you go.

  3. Madurodam is *not* the number one tourist attraction in Rotterdam… because it isn’t in Rotterdam. It’s in The Hague.

    Apart from that, I was pleasantly surprised to see this post about my home country.

    There’s lots more to see of course… but anyone can Google that for themselves. The only thing I’d like to mention is that we have quite a lot of modern architecture. Google (images) for instance “museum groningen” and wonder how anyone can come up with something like that and build it in a canal!

    And how about this water tower in Eindhoven?
    http://207.44.228.232/photopost/data//506/3105-Watertoren.jpg

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