As an expatriate settling into life in the Netherlands, you are spoilt for choice over what to do in your leisure time. Culture vultures, nature lovers and lively families alike, are catered for here.

There are some sites and activities so quintessential to the Netherlands it would be a crime to miss out on them. Make sure you work your way through our list of the ‘top ten tourist attractions‘, in order to come face to face with the legendary work of Van Gogh and to walk through those famous Dutch tulip fields.

Of course it might be few years before your kids become interested in looking at the paintings of the Dutch masters. In the meantime, there is an abundance of ‘fun things to do for kids‘ in the Netherlands. Explore what you have on offer below, and start planning your next trip to the zoo or the amusement park.

Joining the hordes of tourists to traipse around the sites does get tiring after a while. When you need a break from it, why not check out some of the ‘places undiscovered by the masses‘? Explore fascinating areas of the Netherlands, which lie slightly off the beaten track, in this article.

Fun and educational as all this gallivanting may be, it is important not to neglect the abundance of activities on offer in your own city in the Netherlands. Joining ‘International Clubs‘ is a great way to make new friends and connections in your leisure time. Find an extensive list of social organisations for expatriates below.

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