Whether you’re looking to party hard in Amsterdam or enjoy the scenic Dutch countryside, there’s something for everyone on a holiday to the Netherlands. Fascinating museums will tick plenty of boxes for history buffs, while the bright lights of Amsterdam will keep party animals occupied for days. Given that the country is so small, you can cram tons into your getaway too.
Many holidaymakers to the Netherlands head straight to the cities and it’s no wonder. It’s as attractive for families and couples as it is for groups of friends. There’s undoubtedly a raunchy side to Amsterdam, yet there are also plenty of cultural and historical attractions too. You can follow a trip to the moving Anne Frank Museum by heading to the Heineken Museum. Holidaymakers should also check out the other cities of the Netherlands. Rotterdam is a vibrant destination, where you’ll see plenty of familiar Dutch windmills, while The Hague is the base for the country’s government and royal family.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the cities on your holiday to the Netherlands by heading into the countryside. You can hike or cycle past some pretty villages, visit the country’s national parks or relax on sandy beaches. Those holidaymakers looking to keep the kids entertained can visit the fairy-tale theme park of Efteling or the Madurodam miniature city. Take a peek at scale models of the most famous landmarks of the Netherlands here.
The capital of the Netherlands is packed with tourists, but you’ll soon see why. There’s an unmissable buzz on the streets here. Wander along the cute canal paths of Amsterdam, passing cafes and weird and whacky shops. You’ll get an eye-opening experience if you venture into Amsterdam’s red light district. But you can also get a very sombre insight into Amsterdam’s past by visiting the haunting home of Anne Frank.Rotterdam
After an extensive post-war rebuilding programme, Rotterdam is now a hotbed of art, culture and a vibrant nightlife scene. Culture vultures can visit some of Rotterdam’s top museums, including the Maritime Museum and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - an art gallery featuring works from Monet, Gauguin and Van Gogh. If you want to take it easy, head to one of Rotterdam’s bars or relax on its sandy beaches.The Hague
Get your camera ready because you’ll be snapping plenty of landmarks on a trip to The Hague. Many of the Netherlands’ most historic attractions can be found here. Book a spot on a guided tour of the beautiful Peace Palace - the home of the International Court of Justice.
Exploring the The NetherlandsMuseums
Whether you’re into history or art, there’s always a must-see museum at your fingertips in the Netherlands. Amsterdam’s Anne Frank Museum is one of the Netherlands’ most popular attractions. You can see the hiding place where the Frank family hid from the Nazis. Art lovers should also visit Rembrandt’s house in Amsterdam, along with the Van Gogh Museum. You can get up close and personal to some of Van Gogh’s most famous works.Nightlife
Whatever type of music you’re into or however late you’re looking to party, you’ll find something suitable in Amsterdam. There are live jazz bars, chic casinos and interesting independent theatre productions on offer. If you’re into a typical night out of bars and clubs, then head to the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein squares for the liveliest venues.The Madurodam
If you feel like towering over the main attractions of the Netherlands, then the Hague’s Madurodam is the place to go. The Madurodam is a model city built on a scale of 1:25. The detail is amazing and you can see how the Dutch city has changed over the years. It’s a great place to keep kids engaged on your Netherlands holiday.Beaches in The Netherlands
The Netherlands is never going to compete with the likes of Spain or Greece as a beach resort, but there are plenty of chances to relax on golden sands here. The beaches of Rotterdam are one of the Netherlands’ hidden secrets. Head to the Hoek van Holland beach and discover a long sandy shore and promenade lined with restaurants and bars. The pleasant beaches of Oostvoorne and Renesse are further along the coast.
You’ll tend to find that Netherlands grub falls into the simple, yet delicious category. Think of hearty warming pea and ham soups or meat and potato stews. Expect to find plenty of seafood on the menu here too. Fried sole, oysters, mussels and herring are all likely to be available after being caught fresh off the Dutch coast. The locals are particularly fond of freshwater eel and mussels and oysters caught from Zeeland.Restaurants in The Netherlands
Eateries cooking up cuisine from all over the world can be found across the Netherlands, particularly in Amsterdam. You’ll come across plenty of Indonesian restaurants after the Asian country’s colonial links with the Dutch. Holidaymakers who have never sampled Indonesian food are in for a treat. If you’re looking for a bargain meal, then fill up at lunchtime when you’ll see plenty of menu of the day special offers.
There’s so much to see and do in the Netherlands that it caters for all kinds of holidaymakers and all budgets. You can enjoy a vibrant city break in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, or rent a bicycle and take your time exploring the Dutch countryside. The best way of visiting the Netherlands is by booking your getaway with easyJet holidays. You’ll save yourself both hassle and cash by booking a hotel and flight package with easyJet holidays. Take a look at our Netherlands destination guides for more inspiration.