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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

#1
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Top activities in Netherlands

Amsterdam Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board
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Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
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Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam & 1-Hour Canal Cruise
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Recent reviews from experiences in Netherlands

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Great tour
Jason_A, Nov 2021
Zaanse Schans Small-Group Half-Day 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 Small-Group Day Tour
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 Small-Group 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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Amazing and fun experience
Genesis_A, Nov 2021
Day Trip to Zaanse Schans, Edam, Volendam and Marken from Amsterdam
I would definitely recommend this tour to all my friends and family planing to visit Netherlands and taking this tour with her.
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Fantastic tour!!!!!!
Kevin_R, Nov 2021
Private countryside tour: the highlights of Holland with guide and car
Highly recommend this for anyone wanting to see more than Amsterdam
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Fun Day!
L123, Sep 2020
Volendam, Marken, Edam 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
Fall) The sights were very nice and the homes were very well kept.
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Informative and interesting tour
Sheila_B, Nov 2019
Bus tour to Volendam, Edam and the Windmills incl. Amsterdam Canal Cruise
They are so typical of what I expected to see in Holland!
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Fantastic. Great way to spend half day. And get so much in.
B4115TRjohn, Oct 2019
Volendam, Marken, Edam 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 Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Amsterdam
Would be crowded in summer.
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Great day
Caitlin_A, Sep 2019
Giethoorn and Zaanse Schans Windmills Small-Group Day Trip from Amsterdam
This tour was a great combo getting to see the windmills and Giethoorn on the same trip.
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Charming Dutch Countryside Tour is a photographer's paradise
jenafetalino, Aug 2019
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
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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Perfect Day Trip
MJR86, Jul 2019
Private tour to Rotterdam,The Hague and Delft From Amsterdam
It was very interesting to see this part of The Netherlands and to learn more and witness the history and culture.
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Excellent tour
Maria_P, Jun 2019
Bus tour to Volendam, Edam and the Windmills incl. Amsterdam Canal Cruise
We got to see extraordinary places of the Dutch country side and learn many interesting facts about the history of Holland and life of the Dutch people.
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Great opportunity
brianobrain6, Sep 2018
Bruges Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam
I got to visit Belgium and the Netherlands.
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Wonderful day in Bruge
Michele_S, Mar 2019
Bruges Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam
Just wish the tour left Amsterdam earlier as there’s a lot to see and do in Bruge.
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Really fantastic day tour. Got to...
Dana H, Mar 2018
Volendam, Edam and Windmills Guided Day Tour
Got to see the countryside with a very professional guide.
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This was a great small group...
Alex W., Jan 2018
Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam Small-Group Tour from Amsterdam
Going around North Holland was beautiful and all the stops were incredible to see and walk around, even in the freezing cold!
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