Windmills, tulip fields, wooden shoes, the canals of Amsterdam, millions of bicycles, Gouda cheese… For such a small country, the Netherlands has many claims to fame, and it’s one place that should be on every traveler’s European bucket list.
Netherlands quick facts
- Population: 17.2 million
- Language: Dutch
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Capital city: The Hague
- Country size: 16,040 square miles
- High season: April through October
Top 10 things to do in the Netherlands
- Rent a bicycle and explore Amsterdam on two wheels
- Explore Van Gogh’s masterpieces at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
- Visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam
- See the springtime tulip blooms at Keukenhof
- Explore the fairytale village of Giethoorn, known as “Venice of the Netherlands”
- See the iconic windmills at Kinderdijk
- Visit the cheese market in Gouda held every Thursday from April to August
- Admire the unique modern architecture of Rotterdam
- Join the party on King’s Day, a national holiday of the Netherlands
- Try stroopwafel, a sweet treat made of two thin waffles and syrup or chocolate
The Netherlands is a small country that is very well-connected by train. It’s easy to travel from Amsterdam to anywhere else in the country in under two hours by train.
Within Amsterdam, walking and cycling are the best ways to get around. Cycling is popular everywhere around the Netherlands (in fact, the Netherlands have the most bicycles per capita of any country in the world), and one of the best ways to explore the country is by renting a bike.
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