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Welcome to Netherlands

Known for its flowers, windmills, and sizeable cheese wheels—as well as Amsterdam's Red Light district and coffee shops—the Netherlands manages to mix decades of culture with a modern, socially liberal atmosphere. And this low-lying country continues to enchant with its artistic masterpieces, famous tulip fields, and well-known nightlife. Despite its small size, the Netherlands hosts endless surprises for visitors to discover—whether it's on a bicycle through the scenic flat landscapes or cruising a canal-boat in radiant Amsterdam. The city of Amsterdam is a legendary place for artists, and locations such as the Rijks and the Van Gogh museums allow visitors to marvel over masterpieces by Dutch masters including Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, and Frans Hals. From there, take a canal cruise, stroll through food markets, or have a drink in a laid-back café. On a sightseeing tour, you can spot all the unmissable sights such as the Anne Frank Museum and the Bloemenmarkt, the vibrant flower auction. To escape the hustle of the city, head to the famous windmill village of Zaanse Schans, where craftsmen create the country's well-known wooden clogs. A little farther away still sits the typical Dutch village of Edam, known for its classic cheeses.

Top attractions in Netherlands for Spring

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Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis)

Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis)

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The bestselling book “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl” brought to life one of the greatest horrors of the 20th century in a compelling, personal way. In the true story, a young Jewish girl, her family, and some friends are forced into hiding in Amsterdam to escape the Nazis during World War II. The house that served as the Frank family’s hiding place for two years survived the war and is now a moving museum, with the primary site being the achterhuis (rear house), also known as the secret annex. Here the Franks sat in silence during the day and ate food that was secretly brought to them before being mysteriously betrayed and sent to Nazi concentration camps. Otto Frank, the only Frank who survived the war, published Anne’s now-famous diary in 1947.More
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Moco Museum

Moco Museum

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Amsterdam's Modern Contemporary Museum (Moco Museum) features a wide range of inspiring art, including notable exhibits by mysterious British street artist Banksy, surrealist Salvador Dalí, and pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. The Moco Museum primarily features artists who have their own (often ironic) vision and is a privately owned initiative of gallery owners who have worked with renowned artists such as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Picasso. The classic Dutch mansion that houses the museum was designed in 1904 by Eduard Cuypers, cousin of architect Pierre Cuypers, who designed the nearby Rijksmuseum.More
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Amstel River

Amstel River

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The Amstel is the great river that runs through Amsterdam and whose water was diverted into the city’s famous canals. The city was first built around the river, giving it the name Amstel Dam, and today the waterway is flows past modern buildings and charming houseboats before winding its way into the Dutch countryside.More
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Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

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Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of works by the legendary Dutch artist, is a must-see for art and art history lovers. The museum boasts a collection of Vincent van Gogh’s personal effects, plus 200 paintings and 500 drawings by the master and his contemporaries—including Gauguin, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Bernard—plus Van Gogh’s famous works The Potato Eaters and Wheatfield with Crows.More
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Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum

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Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is the largest and most visited art museum in the Netherlands. Its collection, which ranks among the world’s finest, includes nearly 8,000 pieces spread over 80 galleries. Some of the Rijksmuseum’s most revered works are 15th- to 19th-century paintings by Flemish and Dutch masters, including Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals. In addition to the astounding eight centuries of Dutch art and history, the museum has extensive outdoor gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant.More
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Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen)

Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen)

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Most famous for its streetside brothels, Amsterdam's Red Light District (De Wallen) also houses scenic canals, bustling restaurants, bars, and plenty of shopping opportunities. While this controversial neighborhood may not be for everyone, its winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleys evoke Amsterdam’s rich history and laid-back culture.More
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Zuiderkerk (Southern Church)

Zuiderkerk (Southern Church)

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Built in 1611, the Zuiderkerk (Southern Church) was the city’s first Protestant church and remains one of its most memorable landmarks. The church’s striking facade and distinctive bell tower have been painted by Monet, while Rembrandt reputedly paintedThe Night Watch there.More
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Amsterdam Central Station

Amsterdam Central Station

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Amsterdam Central Station (Amsterdam Centraal Station) is the largest railway station in the Netherlands, as well as the country’s most visited national heritage site. Serving up to 250,000 passengers every day, it’s the city’s most important transport hub, offering both national and international train services.More
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Westerkerk (Western Church)

Westerkerk (Western Church)

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Amsterdam’s 17th-century Westerkerk (Western Church) is as known for its architecture, including a spire that measures some 280 feet (85 meters), as it is for its history. Rembrandt was buried here, and in her diaries Anne Frank wrote about the church’s clock chime—one of the few outside-world experiences she had while hiding from the Nazis.More
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Hermitage Amsterdam

Hermitage Amsterdam

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An outpost of St. Petersburg’s famous Hermitage Museum, the Hermitage Amsterdam showcases revolving exhibitions of painting and historical artifacts, often with a Russian theme. The sprawling Amstelhof building dates back to the 17th century, stretches along the Amstel riverfront, and features an inner garden courtyard.More
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Jordaan

Jordaan

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Once a working-class neighborhood, Jordaan in central Amsterdam has become an upscale enclave favored by artists and designers. Grand 17th-century houses, art galleries, speciality shops, music venues, cafes, and restaurants line the leafy canals in this quintessential Amsterdam neighborhood, which attracts tourists and locals alike.More
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Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug)

Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug)

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Amsterdam’s Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) crosses the River Amstel in the city center. The wooden drawbridge features low arches and nighttime illumination. The bridge’s history reaches as far back as 1691, when the original structure was completed in a classic Dutch style that also influenced later renovations.More
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Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)

Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)

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The second of Amsterdam’s three major waterways, the Emperor’s Canal (Keizersgracht) is the widest in the city. Its quiet waters wind through otherwise bustling neighborhoods, and it is lined with picturesque old houses—some of which have had famous residents. A boat trip along the canal lends itself to some wonderful photo opportunities.More
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Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)

Amsterdam Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)

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Amsterdam’s Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)—a charming 17th-century UNESCO World Heritage Site—is probably best known for its picturesque canals. Comprised of three rings of semicircular waterways that are bisected by smaller canals radiating from the middle, like the spokes on a very Dutch bicycle wheel, the Canal Ring is crisscrossed by hundreds of bridges which connect these Dutch Golden Age islands.More
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Dam Square

Dam Square

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Amsterdam’s main city square is one of the best-known locations in all of the Netherlands. Located in the historical center of the city, just south of Amsterdam Central Station, Dam Square is the site of many notable buildings and is frequently the site of major events, like demonstrations, and festivals like National Tulip Day.More

Trip ideas

5 Must-See Amsterdam Museums

5 Must-See Amsterdam Museums

How to Spend 3 Days in Amsterdam

How to Spend 3 Days in Amsterdam

Top activities in Netherlands

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese
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All inclusive Canal Tour by Captain Jack (Traveller's Choice Award 2021)
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Skip-the-line Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam Private Guided Tour
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Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
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Amsterdam Open Boat Tour With Live Guide and Unlimited Drinks
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The Ultimate Amsterdam Canal Cruise - 2hr - Small Group - Exclusive Boat
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Amsterdam Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Guided Museum Tour - Private Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Netherlands

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A little quiet time
Lisa_M, May 2022
Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog Demonstration
By far one of my favorite activities from our trip!
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Fabulous Day Trip
TheMdterp, May 2022
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
It was a lovely trip outside of Amsterdam to see different areas of North Holland.
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Totally cool experience!...
Audra_D, May 2022
Amsterdam Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board
Loved being able to see so much of the city while also learning a bit of history.
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Definitely recommend
Chloe_B, Mar 2022
Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Day Tour from Amsterdam
Get to see a lot ofthe Netherlands in a short period of time...
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Wonderful experience!
Caatje_v, Mar 2022
Small group Day Tour to Windmills, Volendam & Marken with Mercedes van (Max 8P)
It was amazing to see Holland from a different perspective.
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Great tour
Jason_A, Nov 2021
Zaanse Schans Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
Lots to see and a great way to get a traditional look at life in Holland years ago.
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Beautiful day trip to a charming village
ZEENAT_P, May 2022
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Day Tour Incl. Boat Cruise & Hotel Pick-up Max.8P
Giethoorn is a wonderful place and picturesque and a must for any traveller to visit.
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Outside Amsterdam
Heather_P, May 2022
Private countryside tour: the highlights of Holland with guide and car
We toured a working saw windmill, so amazing to see how these mills function.
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The Dutch countryside and quaint villages.
2g5dpd8w8b, May 2022
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam
Then, after some information, he left us to visit the village on our own for about an hour.
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Must do Amsterdam tour!!
Kathryn_W, May 2022
Dutch food and Amsterdam history tour in the Jordaan area with max 8 guests
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Perfect day tour, unique and off the beaten track!
Karen_D, Apr 2022
Gouda, Witches & Cheese Full-Day Private Tour
If you are a traveller wanting to see the unique side of Netherlands away from the large tour groups, this tour is definitely for you!
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Cool!
Vicente_H, Sep 2021
Amsterdam Countryside Bike Tour Including Cheese Tasting and Clog Demonstration
The tour was lovely and a great way to see more than just Amsterdam.
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We loved Laura G!
Annabelle_C, Aug 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
The entire tour was so worth the value and we got to see the countryside beauty of the Netherlands.
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Spectacular
Maria_T, Aug 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Day Tour With Electric Boat Trip
Everyone has to visit these villages in the Netherlands
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Giethorn, shoe making, cheese factory...
Lucas_A, Jun 2021
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam
Great trip, Said was our tour guide and he was really good, explained a lot about the attractions and history of the places visited.
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Fun Day!
L123, Sep 2020
Volendam, Marken and Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam
Great tour if you would like to see the countryside, windmills, see how the wooden shoes are made, as well as delicious regional cheese.
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Good guide and very informative.
Arlene_L, Nov 2019
Giethoorn Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam With Electric Boat Trip
Fall) The sights were very nice and the homes were very well kept.
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Fantastic. Great way to spend half day. And get so much in.
B4115TRjohn, Oct 2019
Volendam, Marken and Windmills Day Trip from Amsterdam
Great way to spend half day to see so much of Holland had a great guide Ian Very informative and knowledgeable.
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Worthwhile
David G, Sep 2019
Zaanse Schans Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
Would be crowded in summer.
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Charming Dutch Countryside Tour is a photographer's paradise
jenafetalino, Aug 2019
Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Day Tour from Amsterdam
This was a well-organized tour with an English speaking tour guide, giving you a glimpse of what is life in this part of Netherlands.
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