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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 10 attractions in Netherlands

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Top activities in Netherlands

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

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Facsinating are the words of my son
Job_F, Jun 2022
Ticket to The Ultimate 5D Flight Experience at THIS IS HOLLAND
In terms of excitement, this is most likely one of the best attractions you can do in Amsterdam!!
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Good experience
Laura_V, Jun 2022
Volendam, Edam and Zaanse Schans Windmills Guided Day Tour from Amsterdam
Nice trip out if the city of Amsterdam to see how other people in Holland had lived and still do.
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Windmills, Cheese and Clogs
Lucas_I, Jun 2022
Zaanse Schans Windmills, Clogs and Dutch Cheese Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
An easy trip outside of Amsterdam to see some windmills, taste some cheese and see how clogs are made.
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Lovely day in the country
Denise_S, May 2022
Marken, Volendam & Zaanse Schans: Cheese, Windmills and Clogs
We could go at our own pace and didn’t have to fight to see anything or hear what was being said.
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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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Awesome tour!
nicolegz3216, Jun 2022
Private Full-Day Customizable Tour of Holland from Amsterdam
We went to a family run dairy farm to see how cheese is made & wooden clogs as well, then to Edam for a great tour & a wonderful lunch.
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Awesome tour well worth the money. You will not be disappointed!
Larry_B, Jun 2022
The Battle of Arnhem (from Amsterdam)
He also took me to the Polish drop zone, a Church with a memorial to General Sosibowski, and even to Nijmegan to see that bridge.
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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 - Private Day 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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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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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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