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Cultural sightseeing in Netherlands. What to visit - museums, temples, castles and palaces

Den Bosch 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 Holland. Today, there is a huge number of museums of fine art. The Netherlands is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for fans of cultural recreation and, especially, painting. In Amsterdam, it is worth to visit the Rembrandt’s house-museum. The building was constructed in the 17th century; later it was restored to its former historical appearance. The museum houses several engravings and paintings by Rembrandt. The venue recreates the atmosphere of his works.
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In Amsterdam, you can visit the Museum quarter. Three major museums - van Gogh, Stedelijk and Rijksmuseum - are located there. Stedelijk collects modern art pieces created in the second half of the 20th century; its collection is one of the largest in the world. The Reus Museum is a state facility. That’s one of the oldest venue of this type. It was founded in the early 19th century under King Louis Bonaparte of the Netherlands, the brother of the legendary Napoleon Bonaparte. The Van Gogh museum was opened much later, in the 70s of the 20th century. However, it is one of the most popular and beloved by the Dutch. The relaxed atmosphere reigns inside. The paintings are exposed in open galleries. The museum is admission-free.
In the Netherlands, there is Madame Tussaud's wax museum. It is located in Amsterdam. The exhibition is constantly expanding. Today, it features figures of Hollywood stars, legends of the past, the stars of the world of sports, TV icons, and politics. In a non-trivial setting, you can take pictures with Angelina Jolie, General Charles de Gaulle, the Russian Emperor Peter I, and Rembrandt. In addition to the figures, visitors can also see the process of working with wax from the inside. Tourist can access the workshop where the exhibits are created. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Another attraction of Amsterdam is the Royal Palace on Dam square. Currently, that’s one of four palaces belonging to the royal family; it is run by Queen Beatrix. The place began its story in the 17th century as a town hall, when Louis Bonaparte made it his residence. One of the most beautiful parts of the palace is its main hall, which is huge  - about 36 meters in length, 18 in width and more than 25 in height. The marble floor is decorated with a picture of two maps with the western and eastern hemispheres dating back to the times of the colonial influence of Amsterdam. The palace is decorated with a dome with a weather vane in the form of an old ship. For a long time, the edifice was considered to be the unofficial eighth wonder of the world and the largest administrative building in the whole Europe.
In the Netherlands, there is a huge number of monuments of medieval architecture, including castles, mansions, and fortresses. Most of them are perfectly preserved. Today, hotels and hostels operate here. One of the most striking buildings is the castle of Ammersoyen located near the town of Hertogenbosch. The castle is surrounded by the deep moat; you can get into it only by moving over the bridge. Defensive towers create a very impressive view. Inside, there is an exposition that allows tourists to move to the 16th century and feel themselves knights or court ladies in the Middle Ages.
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Another bright cultural attraction of the Netherlands is Fort Bourtange. This large-scale construction, which is shaped like a five-pointed star, looks very impressive, especially on photos taken from above. It is erected on the swampy terrain. The structure is surrounded by several moats dug in the shape of a star. At the time of the construction of the fort, which is supposedly the 16th century, this form was the most popular. Today, there is a museum on the territory of the fort. Reenactments of famous battles are held regularly, as the venue was built during the war of independence from Spain.
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Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Netherlands
♥   Art museum 'Bonnefanten Museum' Maastricht. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Centraal Museum' Utrecht. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Cobra Museum' Amstelveen. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Frans Hals Museum' Haarlem. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Gemeentemuseum' The Hague. On the map   Photos
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas in Netherlands
♥   Basiliek van de H. Amelberga, Susteren. On the map   Photos
♥   Basiliek van de H.H. Wiro, Plechelmus en Otgerus, Sint-Odiliënberg. On the map   Photos
♥   Sint Christoffelkathedraal, Roermond. On the map   Photos
♥   Basiliek van de H. Willibrordus, Hulst. On the map   Photos
♥   Basiliek van de H.H. Agatha en Barbara, Oudenbosch. On the map   Photos
♥   Basiliek van de Sint-Jan-de-Doper, Oosterhout. On the map   Photos
♥   Kathedrale Basiliek van St. Jan de Evangelist, ’s-Hertogenbosch. On the map   Photos
Map of all palaces
Palaces in Netherlands
♥   Palace 'Bronbeek' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Huis ten Bosch Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Kasteel Drakestein' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Kneuterdijk Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Lange Voorhout Palace' . On the map   Photos

Extreme Guinness-type places in Netherlands

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.

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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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Top cultural sites of Netherlands: monuments, theaters and churches

Castalia, The Hague

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» The locals call the skyscraper with two cone purple roofs “the Breast of The Hague”.
»  Pointed 35-meter twin towers are built in the traditional Dutch architectural style.
»  The elongated roof is non-functional and only makes the exterior inimitable.
»  The building is located in the city center, in the modern De Resident quarter.
»  The skyscraper did not appear out of thin air. It was built at the site of the building constructed in 1967.
»  In the office building, there are offices of several ministries: Health, Social Affairs, Culture, and Sport.
»  Castalia is the highest construction in the settlement. It is 104 m high.
»  It was built of blocks. Concrete platforms were laid down in rows and then hydraulically raised to the necessary level.
»  Originally, the building was named “Transitorium”, which is the Latin word for “open house”. There were state institutions at one time.
»  In 1998, the new building was named “Castalia”. That was the name of the Greek goddess.
»  The Guardian published the compilation of the most unusual constructions in the world. The Castalia Towers have been attributed to extraordinary European objects.

Church of St. Nicholas, Amsterdam

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» The Church of St. Nicholas is the largest Catholic church in Amsterdam.
» The special niche in the top of the gable houses the statue of the patron saint of the church and the city, St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas is also the patron saint of travelers, merchants and sailors.
» Recently the church has been completely renovated; inside the church there is a fully functioning organ dating back to the 19th century. Organ concerts are held there from time to time.
» The church is decorated with two majestic towers; between them there is rose-like window depicting Jesus and the four Evangelists.
» The church has cross-like shape with three outbuildings.

Erasmusbrug, Rotterdam

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» The citizens have chosen the white overpass with an extraordinary configuration as their city symbol.
»  The Erasmusbrug was built in compliance with the most up-to-date technologies. The support was raised and symbolizes that The Erasmusbrug can’t be influenced by any aggressor.
»  The pylon has an irregular shape and is 139 m high. It is 802 m long.
»  There are no similar objects in the world.
»  The silhouette of the steel beauty resembles a feathered giant craning its neck when flying. As it looks like a bird, it is called the “Swan”.
»  The long surface is divided into several parts. The first sector of the bridge is suspended and fixed with cables. When the bridge is illuminated at night, stretched ropes resemble harp strings.
»  The next sector is drawing. Large ships float under it.
»  The passage is located in the Rotterdam port, near the harbor. The construction was completed in 1996. It was obvious that the project needed to be refined and updated.
»  In the viaduct of The Erasmusbrug, concerts, festivals, shows, and other events are held. In this district, there is the route of the international cycling race, The Tour de France.

Grote of Sint-Jacobskerk, The Hague

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» The Church of Saint Jacob, or the Great Church, is an old city construction.
»  It was mentioned as a stone building in the chronicles of the 13th century.
»  Traditionally, the baptism started in the period of the bathing of the royals still continues for the locals.
»  In the font, the Prince of Orange Willem-Alexander was baptized.
»  It is not known when exactly the religious building was built. The wooden church had already existed there in the 13th century.
»  At one time, the House of God welcomed Catholic worshipers. Then, St. Jacob Church became Protestant.
»  Over the years of its existence, the shrine was rebuilt and restored.
»  The interior impresses with stained glass windows. Two of them date back to the 16th century.
»  The preacher’s oak desk has been serving as a bishop’s seat since 1550. The pedestal of the seat depicts the beast with goat’s horns.
»  Wall panels are decorated with arms of the Order of the Golden Fleece.
»  In the hall, there are several organs.
»  The clock hexagonal belfry constructed in the early 15th century is 92 m high.

Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk, Rotterdam

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» The Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk is the only medieval monument in the city.
»  It started to be constructed in 1449. The construction lasted about a hundred years.
»  The church belonged to different confessions (Catholics and Protestants).
»  The building was damaged by the bomb. The authorities wanted to demolish it. However, the church was not dismantled but reconstructed thanks to the locals. The restoration lasted 16 years.
»  The Gothic exterior is deceptive. It does not match the interior, as there are a lot of contemporary decorative elements in St. Lawrence’s Church.
»  Designers created an art zone inside. In the hall, lights are always switched on. Spatial arrangements look strange. In the mirror, you can see the inscription “I will live”.
»  There is a cafe instead of traditional restaurants. You can have tea and talk about the divine purpose.
»  There is an exhibition in the added chapel. Its exhibits tell about the city development and the temple. In a particular sector, you can see pictures depicting world religions. These canvasses are not paintings but moving figures.
»  Besides religious services, you can visit an organ concert or other public events.

Kloosterkerk, The Hague

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» The House of God is famous for the fact that it was visited by many eminent people. The Queen attended some services. In 1625, Prince Frederic Henry’s wedding took place. In the territory of the church, there is the grave of Fahrenheit, the inventor of the thermometer. The lead sarcophagus with embalmed relics of the monastery founder has been preserved.
»  The church was built in 1397. The religious complex belonged to the Dominican Order.
»  Over the years of its existence, the Catholic Church had become Protestant and reconstructed many times. Long windows have been preserved to this day.
»  The vaulted doorway is 20 m long. The ceiling is almost 12 m high.
»  Monks had lived here until 1574. In 1588, the cavalry regiment occupied the building. Domes and galleries were removed and weapons were molded of them. Ammunition was kept here. One of the shells exploded once. The walls collapsed. Only one wall was undamaged. The monastery served as a hospital.
»  Gradually, the construction had fallen into disrepair. It was decided to demolish the building but worshipers stood up for it.
»  Today, the Kloosterkerk is the house for the Protestant community.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» The authorities established the cultural institution in 1847. It is aimed at seeking and buying artistic canvasses of global significance.
»  The museum was founded on the initiative of the lawyer Frans Jacob Otto Boijmans. However, the fire destroyed some exhibits. Only 127 items have left.
»  In 1958, the fund of the museum increased due to the presents from the ship industrialist Daniël George van Beuningen. He gifted 189 picturesque canvasses, 17 drawings, and 30 statues.
»  The museum bears the double name of its patrons.
»  The building of red brick was built by the project of the Dutch architect in 1935.
»  The museum houses 140 thousand paintings created from the 15th century to nowadays. Here, you can also see sculptures, sketches, and other items made by craftsmen of applied arts. Different engravings on metal are interesting too.
»  The museum was visited by members of royal families and political figures. Salvador Dali was satisfied with rare exhibits.
»  The construction is located in the center of the Garden of Sculptures. In the territory of the exhibition area, there are a library and a restoration zone. In the library, researches are carried out.

Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» In the city, there was the Big Church, as the citizens called it.
»  When the confrontation between Protestants and Catholics resulted in the victory of the Catholic Community and the Netherlands became independent, it was decided to build the new House of God. It was named “Nieuwe Kerk”, which means “New Church”.
»  The exterior should have matched rites of a new religion.
»  The locals asked the city council for building the church. The religious building started to be constructed near the river channel in 1649. The construction lasted 17 years.
»  According to the architect’s plan, the exterior of the building combines Renaissance and classic architectural styles.
»  In the room, there is an organ made in 1702.
»  In 1969, it was necessary to reconstruct the building to preserve its exterior and inner rooms. After the reconstruction, the church has been used as a concert hall.
»  In the church cemetery, there is the grave of the Dutch philosopher Spinoza. He came to The Hague to hide from the Jewish community, with which he argued about religious justifications.

Culture and monuments in popular cities of Netherlands

Amsterdam
Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Historisch Museu) is a noteworthy place among the cultural institutions of the city. The museum is located in an old synagogue. Its opening took place in 1987. Many artifacts have been lost during the war, but even this modern collection of artifacts looks very impressive. Pathé Tuschinski Theatre was opened in 1921. Today this theater is considered one of most striking sights of the city. A unique combination of architectural styles and an unforgettable design … Read more
Maastricht
Sint Servaasbrug bridge is a perfect place for walking. It offers unforgettable panoramic views of the city. The bridge is located near the historic quarter of the city, where travellers can also see numerous interesting buildings and monuments. A walk in an underground maze remains one of the most interesting excursions in the city. The maze is located in the western part of the city. The total length of the maze is approximately 10 kilometers. Underground shelters were built by local … Read more
Rotterdam
Among the religious attractions of the city we should definitely mention the Grote of Sint Laurenskerk, near which is located the monument devoted to the famous Erasmus Roterodamus. The beautiful cathedral has miraculously survived during the years of World War II. Many historical places of interest can be found in the Delfshaven quarter. Tiny houses, beautiful squares and canals, windmills and ancient gardens – a walk in this part of the city will be a real journey into the past. Among the … Read more
The Hague
The famous three-naved church is not only an important religious landmark, but also a valuable architectural monument. Elegant stained glass windows and arches, beautiful coats of arms decorating the hall of the church - every piece of furniture here is a valuable museum exhibit. Peace Palace belongs to more recent architectural monuments. Nowadays the palace often becomes the place of conduction of significant business activities. One of the symbols of the city is a beautiful arch erected in … Read more
Utrecht
The lovely cathedral is not the only unique attraction in Utrecht. In the immediate vicinity of the city there are most extensive fortifications of Holland, Kasteel de Haar. Surrounded by a deep moat, the castle has well preserved after a century. There are incredibly beautiful parks and gardens next to it. Vacationers could admire the interior of the castle and find out the amazing story of an ancient fortress during regular guided tours. Sight of the later period is Rietveld Schroder House. … Read more
Eindhoven
Today the old building of company houses the museum. It tells visitors about production of light bulbs dating back to the 19th century. The museum has an interesting collection of old equipment; many of its exhibits continue to function properly, despite their impressive age. Among architectural treasures, the church of St. Catherine is notable. Built in the mid19th century, it is located on the ruins of a medieval church. The construction is made in the Gothic Revival style and has a very … Read more
Groningen
The city will be surely loved by fans of walking. Stadspark remains one of the main attractions of the city. The park is very popular among both local residents and visitors. Here you can ride a bike or make a picnic among beautiful trees. There are also several unique architectural landmarks in the city, the most famous of which are St Martin Cathedral (Martinikerk) and Martini Tower located next to it. The beautiful church was built over five hundred years ago and its premises store many … Read more
Delft
Among the cultural institutions of the city we should definitely mention State Museum of Weapons, which exhibits a priceless collection of ancient weapons. Travelers, who have arrived in Delft, have a unique opportunity to see valuable artifacts. Pretty soon the museum will be transferred to Susterberg. You may also enjoy visiting the old factory, which has preserved in the city. Several centuries ago the factory produced excellent porcelain. Items purchased at a local store will become … Read more

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