1. VAN GOGH MUSEUM
Amsterdam’s top tourist attraction is devoted almost entirely to the work of one of the most popular artists the world has ever known, spanning his early years in South Holland, through his Impressionist years in Paris, to his last years in St. Rémy. This museum is the perfect size for those short on time.
Paulus Potterstraat 7, Amsterdam
2. ANNE FRANK HOUSE
Possibly the most deserving of all the Netherlands’ major tourist attractions, the Anne Frank House, provides fascinating insight into the Frank family’s life in hiding from 1942 until 1944, during the Nazi occupation. The museum also provides information on the plight of the 100,000 Dutch Jews who were killed in the Holocaust and hosts a variety of other exhibitions, focusing on such issues as persecution and the repression of freedom of expression, both past and present. Note: entrance tickets are bought online!
Prinsengracht 267, Amsterdam
3. RIJKSMUSEUM AMSTERDAM
This largest museum in the Netherlands, which recently reopened its doors after a complete renovation, houses an internationally renowned collection with paintings from the 17th-century Dutch Republic, the ‘Golden Age’, including works by Rembrandt (the most famous of which is the imposing Night Watch), Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen. Silver, delftware, doll’s houses, prints, drawings, Asiatic art and Dutch history are also featured.
Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam
From late March through the end of May, visitors come in droves to see the display of over 7,000,000 flowers in the famous Keukenhof Gardens. The 70-acre gardens offer a breathtaking, immaculate display of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and amaryllis planted by the Netherlands’ leading flower growers. Not to be missed.
Open: Mar. 24 – May 16, 2017
Stationsweg 166a, Lisse
Famous for its distinctive blue and white porcelain, Delft continues to charm visitors – and shoppers. Once home to Dutch artist Vermeer, it has an abundance of beautifully preserved 17th-century buildings (including the imposing Town Hall and the Old Church), requisite tree-lined canals and a daunting array of porcelain shops.
6. THE KRÖLLER-MÜLLER MUSEUM
Located in the wooded parkland of De Hoge Veluwe National Park, you can either drive your car or borrow the white bicycles available at the park gates, free of charge, to travel the couple of kilometers to this museum, which ranks as the third most important collection of art in the Netherlands. Over almost 90 paintings and over 180 drawings by Van Gogh (roughly 50 of which are on display at any given time) and other artists such as Seurat, Monet and Picasso are featured, including a Sculpture Garden second to none and worth the trip in itself.
Houtkampweg 6, Otterlo
Delfshaven is where the Pilgrim Fathers departed for the New World in 1620. The tiny harbor has been preserved to look much as it did in centuries past, with the addition of some trendy waterfront restaurants. Across the road at the Spido Landing Stage, tours by boat offer unique insight into modern life in one of the world’s busiest seaport.
Delfshaven/Spido Cruises: www.spido.nl
‘All Netherlands in a day’ is how to best describe this miniature scale-model town where you can see all of the Netherlands’ major cities and landmarks up close and personal, with many mechanized exhibits, including busy motorways and sailing ships.
George Maduroplein 1, The Hague
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most archetypal of all Dutch scenes, with 19 windmills idyllically situated along a broad canal, where you can take a canal cruise. During July and August the mills are put into action on Saturdays (In 2017, the National Windmill Days, when most windmills across the country are open to the public, will be on May 13.
By the Lek River, southeast of Rotterdam
10. THE ARCHEON
This archaeological theme park in Alphen aan de Rijn in South Holland is world-renowned among history buffs. There are reconstructions of villages from three major time periods: Prehistory, the Roman Period, and the Middle Ages. It is a ‘live’ museum where people in period dress live and work, and is therefore a pleasantly participatory way to see and learn about history.
Archeonlaan 1, Alphen a/d Rijn
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