Why visit the Netherlands? A small country packed with plenty of natural beauty and stunning landscapes, it’s hard not to get charmed by this delightful European nation. History dating back to centuries, diversified culture, and not-to-forget, English speaking locals; the Netherlands will surprise you at every step of your journey. Though we can list hundreds of reasons to visit, right now 13 key reasons will suffice to invoke a serious wanderlust for the Netherlands!
Top Reason why you must visit The Netherlands
The quintessential tulips and windmills
Your trip to the Netherlands is incomplete if you have not visited a tulip field or seen a windmill in action. Spring is the perfect time to visit the Netherlands, it’s when you will get to witness tulips in full bloom. Keukenhof Garden in the town of Lisse is world-famous for its sea of tulips, it’s also the most visited garden in the Netherlands. Mid-April to mid-May is by far the best season to see the Dutch tulip fields. And of course, how can we forget the magnificent windmills. These massive windmills are not just for show, they help in grinding grain and used as water pumps to keep floods at bay.
200th anniversary of Scheveningen
Gear up for an all-year-round Seaside Festival ( ‘Feest aan Zee’) as the Scheveningen is celebrating its 200th anniversary. A fishing village in 1818 has now transformed into a liveliest resort of the Netherlands. The year-long celebrations include The Volvo Ocean Race, the Red Bull Knock Out, and the annual international fireworks festival. 15 minutes away from the Hague, this beachside resort is a must-visit for any traveller.
Where ever you go, bicycles will follow you! There are more bicycles in the Netherlands than people. Due to heavy usage of bicycles, the cycle paths are well surfaced, so you don’t have to worry about a flat tyre. A cyclist has priority over the others on the road as well. There are bicycle lanes everywhere, so go ahead, rent a bicycle, and rule the road!
Way before cycles came into existence, canals served as the main medium of transport in several Dutch cities. These waterways have been instrumental in boosting the economy back then. Majority of the canal systems are intact and are still in use. Many tour packages include the canals; taking a water taxi is a great way to see them and is pocket friendly too.
Amsterdam is one of the most visited cities in the world; pulsating nightlife, historical monuments, beautiful canals, and famous museums – there is so much to do and see in this wonderful city. Rotterdam is another exciting city of the Netherlands. Futuristic and modern, the vibes are completely raw. World-class art gallery, finest of restaurants, and brilliant architecture, Rotterdam should be on your travel list.
Charming towns and villages
The modern and vivacious cities of the Netherlands are definitely worth a visit, but if you have not seen the villages and towns, you have done a grave mistake. Every part of the country has its share of stunning, picturesque towns. The old fishing village of the Markermeer, car-free Giethoorn, fortified town of Naarden, historic city of Haarlem – the list is endless…
In the Netherlands, you are surrounded with interesting and long history. There are several monuments and building spread across the country that showcase Spanish, Austrian, French, and German influence. Nijmegen is the oldest city of the country dating back to the Roman Era. The 16th century Saint Bavo Church in Haarlem is another Dutch historical jewel.
Art runs deep in the Netherlands. This Dutch nation has produced many famous painters and artists that have defined the rules of art. It’s a dream come true for any art lover to visit the Netherlands. From the world famous Rijksmuseum to Van Gogh Museum, to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen – there are masterpieces ready to inspire you.
Cheese lovers can rejoice as the Netherlands makes them in abundance. Gouda and Edam can be found anywhere in the country. There are many towns that hold a wholesale cheese market, selling the best and tastiest variety of cheese. Stroopwafels is a delightful sweet snack that you must try. This two-layered waffle filled with sweet syrup is readily available in the markets of the Netherlands.
King’s Day Celebration
If you happen to visit the country in the month of April, make sure you stay for the King’s Day celebration ( Dutch monarch’s King Willem-Alexander birthday). On 27th April, the entire Netherlands becomes a party place. The streets are filled with people, music is played on full volume, the revelry is infectious.
Located in the North Sea, the stretch of the Dutch Waddeneilanden is made up of small stunning islands, each unique in their own way. Texel, Schiermonnikoog, Terschelling, Vlieland, and Ameland island get busy during the summers, as boats venture out from one island to another. Coastal woodland, golden beaches, and mountainous dunes, the picture gets even better when you get there.
Though the entire country is flat, there are a few hills to explore. Take a stroll in the national park of Veluwe, the nature park comes to life in August, when the heather starts to bloom. It’s a sight to behold when the entire park is covered in a purple blanket of heather.
A country blessed with scenic sites, it’s a crime not to explore it by foot. Experience the Dutch life by enjoying the long walks. You must experience the Pieterpadis, a famous and the longest walking trail that starts from Pieterburen and goes all the way up to Mount Saint Peter in Limburg. You can also enjoy a four-day marching event, Vierdaagse van Nijmegen, that takes place in mid-July.