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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
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

Bonnefanten Museum

From the series “Famous buildings of Postmodern architecture”
The unique Bonnefanten Museum is the largest museum of classical and modern art in the province of Limburg. It is notable not only for its rich collection but also for the special architecture of the building today. The museum has a long history. It is full of events. Its collection began to form in 1884. The museum was originally dedicated to the history and archaeology of the province of Limburg. The museum's collection was constantly expanding. Therefore, it was forced to repeatedly change the location.

The museum owes its current name to the historic Bonnefanten Monastery. It was located there between 1931 and 1978. A new beautiful postmodern building was built for the museum in 1995. The famous architect Aldo Rossi became the author of its project. The spectacular tower became the … Read all

Lute Suites Hotel

From the series “Best industrial-style loft hotels”
You can visit one of the most unusual loft hotels in Amsterdam. Lute Suites Hotel was opened in a renovated building of an old military factory. The history of the industrial building dates back a little less than a hundred years. It was built in 1922. It is difficult to even assume that the active production of military shells was carried out here in the middle of the 20th century, looking at this cozy and bright place today. The historic industrial building has almost completely preserved its original architecture. Seven cozy rooms are equipped in it. There are rooms with a panoramic view of the river.

Interesting design accessories were used in the design of the hotel. A collection of original upholstered furniture, as well as paintings and other works of art in the style of pop art, … Read all

Oede Kerk in Delft

From the series “Falling towers and buildings”
The beautiful Old Church is located in Delft in the Netherlands. It is also famous for many travelers called Oude Kerk. The very first Church of St. Bartholomew was built on its site almost a thousand years ago. The current church was completed in 1246. The leaning bell tower is its main distinguishing feature today. It was built much later – in the middle of the 14th century. Its height is 75 meters. The vertical tilt of the bell tower is about 2 meters.

The Old Church is an important historical monument for Delft. This is the oldest religious building that has been preserved on the territory of the city. The church has been repeatedly subjected to various reconstructions and reformations over the years. But it still managed to preserve some of the original design elements and … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Netherlands

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
There was a fortress on the site of the modern Dutch city in the eighth – ninth centuries. This stronghold, the main purpose of which was to protect the region from the Viking invasions, became the heart of a small settlement. The first Catholic monastery appeared in 844 AD. The settlement was developing and its territory was growing, but the authorities didn’t hurry to recognize it. Middelburg officially got the town status only in 1217. Soon after that, the settlement turned into one of … Read more
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
The first mention of Leiden in the annals dates back to 922. At that time, this region belonged to the Bishop of Utrecht. The first castle in the area appeared in the 12th century. Steadily, the area around the castle became a popular marketplace. When the Hundred Years' War started, many weavers from Ypres found shelter in Leiden. This event gave a major boost to the development of the weaving industry in the Dutch city. In 1581, the Elzevirs, a famous Dutch family of booksellers, settled and … Read more
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
During the Roman Empire period, there was a military camp in the valley of the Waal River. Later, a settlement named Batavorum appeared near the fortification. However, this settlement didn’t exist for a long time and was ruined during a battle. Soon after that, the settlement was rebuilt. The town started developing quickly, engaging itself in international trade with other countries. In 1230, the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II granted the settlement the city status and rights. Seventeen … Read more
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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
In the vicinity of Utrecht is an old Groenstein estate. It is also a preserved part of the medieval fortifications. Supposedly, the castle was built at the end of the 14th century and used to be part of an extensive building complex initially. To this day, only the manor survived. Since the mid-18th century, it has remained almost unchanged. Many buildings were destroyed at the end of the 19th century. Currently, the estate is remarkable for its picturesque park and artificial canals. On one … Read more

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