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Netherlands sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

It doesn't matter what city you will choose as a starting point of your travel, your vacation in the Netherlands will be equally interesting and diverse. In this country you will find ancient buildings, beautiful botanic gardens and newest entertainment centers.
Monuments and architectural objects, notable for the history and culture of the country. …
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When it comes to historic landmarks of the Netherlands, breath-taking medieval castles must be mentioned first. There is an interesting legend about Radbound Castle that was built in the 13th century in order to protect the border with Friesland. During several centuries the castle was an irreplaceable facility until a part of its towers and protective walls were destroyed in 1578. The stones obtained in such a way were used to build a sea dam. Muiderslot Castle was built in 1280 by the order of Count Florice V. In 1609, Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft became the owner of the castle and turned it into a venue for various theatre performances, concerts and balls. Once a severe fortress, Muiderslot Castle has turned into a luxurious palace. Nowadays, halls of the castle exhibit the collections of the State Museum. Travelers are also recommended to visit De Haar Castle, which original design is reminiscent of a traditional Bavarian palace. During its centuries-old history the castle was destroyed several times, but every time it was carefully restored afterwards. Nowadays, visitors are able to see the castle exactly the way it was restored by skilled masters of the 18th century.
Keukenhof or the Garden of Europe is one more place of interest in the Netherlands, which is well-known beyond the borders of the country. The park is particularly beautiful in spring, when more than 7 million of different flowers start blooming there. Tulips, sakura, hyacinths, narcissuses, roses, orchids, gerberas, lilies, azaleas and crocuses - you will find all these and many more flowers in the park. Every year skilled florists of Keukenhof design the park in a new way, so that every time it looks original and absolutely unforgettable. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Dutch cuisine is famous for its authenticity and traditions; it’s much about fish. Throughout the world, it’s associated primarily with cheese and …
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Madurodam Interactive Miniature Park is a wonderful place, a visit to which will be interesting to both adults and children. This is a large open-air museum, where visitors will be able to see ancient windmills, the magnificent Palace of the World, Dam Square, the Royal Palace and many other interesting buildings. In addition to amazing architectural landmarks, there is a big cheese market in the territory of the park. Cheese makers from nearly all cities of the country come to the market to show off their best products, so even the most discerning cheese fans will be pleased. Travelers with the children will definitely fall in love with Efteling Theme Park, where they will meet characters from their favorite fairy tales, try different rides and attractions or watch a performance of the doll theatre.

History and Entertainment

The first settlements at the site of the modern country appeared more than 2500 years ago. Some of the most interesting archeological districts were found by explorers in Oss. In the 1st century AD, the part of the present state territory was under the Romans. In the 3rd-4th centuries, the Saxons and the Franks started conquering this territory. In the 5th century, some part of the territory of the present Netherlands was occupied by the large Frankish state called the Empire of Charles the Great.
The first thing that tourists associate with the Netherlands is the legal sale of light drugs in coffeeshops. Amsterdam is a city without prejudice, a …
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By the 12th century, it flourished, as a lot of new cities appeared exactly at that time. The main local residents’ means of subsistence were the trade and different handicrafts. Some craft traditions are still alive and have a history of over one hundred years. The 17th century was a turning point in the state history, as tulips were brought to the country exactly at that time. Their breeding immediately became one of the main economic components. Besides, during that period, the Netherlands was known as one of the largest slave trade centers in the world.
Maastricht Wyck Nowadays, the Netherlands is known as the largest center of floriculture and plant breeding and as a country with a rich historic heritage and cultural traditions. A lot of captivating celebrations and festivals visited by guests from all parts of the world are annually held here. It will be interesting for fans of event tourism to visit the country in the second half of April. This is the time for the traditional Flower Festival where the guests can admire sculptures made of fresh flowers.
The Netherlands is widely known for its school of painting. Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian and many others were making arts in …
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The key point of this festival is the flower parade when the procession with transportable flowerbeds and sculptures covers the distance of over 80 km. The completion point of this route is the park of Keukenhof where sculptures are stored for several days. On 30 April, one of the most significant national holidays – Queen's Day – is celebrated. On this day, you can see thousands of people in funny orange clothes in the streets of the cities. Most of the entertainments of the festive day are held in the open air.
The Netherlands is a popular holiday destination for adherents of food tourism. They visit not only local restaurants with the highest awards, but also picturesque markets where they can find a lot of unique specialties. Some of the main national treats are Dutch cheeses. Another important national product here is herring. A lot of food festivals are held in the country during the year.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Netherlands

Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Netherlands
♥   National Park 'De Biesbosch' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'De Groote Peel' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'De Hoge Veluwe' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'De Loonse en Drunense Duinen' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'De Maasduinen' . On the map   Photos
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Netherlands
♥   Restaurant '’t Pestengasthuys' Zwolle. Type - Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant '’t Plein' Joure. Type - Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant '’t Plenkske' Maastricht. Type - Mediterranean cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant '’t Raedthuys' Duiven. Type - Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant '’t Regthuys' Maarn. Type - Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Netherlands
♥   Castle 'Brederode Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Burcht van Leiden' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Croy Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'De Haar Castle' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Doornenburg Castle' . On the map   Photos
Map of all palaces
Palaces in Netherlands
♥   Palace 'Lange Voorhout Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Noordeinde Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Paleis het Loo' Apeldoorn. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Peace Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Royal Palace of Amsterdam' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Netherlands from our review series

Roombeek Street

From the series “Top 13 most fantastic and colorful streets and quarters”
The unusual Roombeek street is in the Dutch city of Enschede. Many tourists know it as the Street of Cracked Stones. Until 2000, this shopping street was just average. That year was marked by a tragic event. A large warehouse of pyrotechnics blew up on the street. More than 650 houses were destroyed in a massive explosion. It took several years to restore the street. During the reconstruction of buildings and pavements, an underground stream was discovered. It was decided to bring the flow to the surface.

Today, the unusual pool with fragments of stones is the main decoration of the newly rebuilt street. You can walk on the stone plates. Stones look particularly impressive in winter, when they are covered with snow. Like many years ago, today the street features numerous shops and eating … Read all

Keukenhof Flower Park

From the series “Top 16 most unusual and original parks and gardens”
One of the most beautiful flower parks in the world, Keukenhof, is in the Netherlands. Here, more than a hundred varieties of tulips are planted every spring on the territory of ​​32 hectares. The park is accessible for public only during the period from March to May. Most experienced tourists tend to visit the Keukenhof in April. This time of year, the park is a venue for the annual parade of flowers. The first park on this site was founded in the mid-19th century. In the 15th century, this area was occupied with dense forests, which for hundreds of years served as a source of wild game, mushrooms, and healing berries.

In the 40s of the last century, manufacturers and exporters of flowers had an idea to create an original theme park that would serve as a visual exposition of the … Read all

Schokland and Surroundings

From the series “Top 15 UNESCO sites In Europe”
In the Netherlands, travelers will have an opportunity to visit the amazing Schokland Island. It is of great interest due to its fantastically picturesque landscapes and historical monuments. Initially, Schokland was a peninsula. However, in the 15th century, due to the onset of the sea, a narrow isthmus connecting the main territory of the mainland, was completely flooded. The island had a strategic importance, but because of the low altitude it was regularly subjected to destructive elements.

In 1859, due to constant flooding, it was decided to resettle local residents to other, safer parts of the country. After the island became uninhabited, the lighthouse and harbor, which employed a few dozen people, remained active. The lighthouse on the island served until the mid-20th century, … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Netherlands

Amsterdam
Amsterdam Arena. Amsterdam Arena is worth visiting not only if you’re a football fan. In summer this place hosts concerts by such well-known bands as Rolling Stones or U2, who are happy to make their performances there. Visitors will be also able to see games with the participation of the famous football club Ajax, of course, if only you are not so unlucky to arrive in Amsterdam during their summer or winter holiday. By the way, real fans of Ajax simply cannot fail to visit a big shop, where … Read more
Maastricht
The Church of Saint Jan. This church has appeared on the site of the baptismal chapel of XIV century in front of the Basilica of St. Servatius. Over the years the church has grown and expanded. In 1632, the church became the property of Dutch Reformed Community. The 70 meter tall tower painted in red color is the most striking element of the church. Do not forget to go inside the church to see the pulpit created by Conrad Perkins and a wonderful organ. Dominican Church. Dominican … Read more
Rotterdam
Tropicana. The Meuse River is the location of Tropicana , one of the largest tropical water parks in Europe. This is a place with numerous palm trees, banana trees, a constant temperature of 30C and tropical surprises for adults and children. Discover this exotic adventure by yourself! The center of the aqua park is occupied by a large swimming pool with waves. Swim in it across the lagoon, and you will reach the outdoor pool! Then Tarzan’s Scream fast waves will appear in the pool, and … Read more
The Hague
Plein Square. Mauritshuis. In the 13th century Plein was a large and beautiful garden named Graven Kooltuin. It was located right behind the Knights' Hall. In the 16th century the garden lost its beauty and glory because of numerous wars. It was abandoned until 1600, when prince Maurits ordered to turn it into a flower garden. In the 17th century this territory was sold and building works started there. First, it was planned to build up the whole area, but Governor Frederic Hendric objected … Read more
Groningen
The city has one of the oldest universities in the world. In 2014, it celebrated its 400th anniversary. The historical building of the university with huge windows and a richly decorated facade amazes with its luxury. Around the building is a very beautiful garden. About 28,000 people are constantly educated at this university, and about 5,000 people work there. In the immediate vicinity of Groningen, there is a unique historical monument – Fort Bourtange. This majestic fortress was … Read more
Eindhoven
In 1971, a new cultural center, the concert hall called Effenaar, was opened in the city. Since its opening, it has been one of the largest concert stages in the Netherlands. In the center, such bands, as Sex Pistols, Fugazi, Red Hot Chili Peppers and R.E.M. performed. There are two halls, one of which accommodates 1 500 people and the other  350 people. In the surroundings of Eindhoven, there is an interesting ethnographic outdoor museum. Its visitors can learn a lot of interesting … Read more

Map of travel guides to Netherlands cities

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