The Best Cities To Visit In The Netherlands

The Netherlands is a beautiful country located in Northwest of Europe. Most known for its windmills and tulip fields this is a country that offers so much more.  

The Netherlands is a true translation of the meaning ‘lower countries’ as much of the country was once underwater. This has carved the way for the many canals which meander their way through the cities in Holland. Despite the fact of previously being underwater, it is now one of the most densely populated countries in the world.  

Art is a huge part of the culture. Rembrandt and Van Gogh are just a couple of the famous artists which were born here. There are many art museums to visit where you can view their masterpieces which are some of the most popular tourist attractions in The Netherlands. 

The architecture is also to be admired. Gabled houses all add to the charm.  

When you visit the cities, you will notice the sheer number of bicycles. Urban cycling is a very popular past time and almost half the population claim to ride a bike each and every day.  

There are many things to do and places to see, so what are the best cities to visit in The Netherlands?

The Hague

Canal in The Hague

The city of The Hague is the political centre of The Netherlands. This often gives people the opinion that the city is very commercial, but this is not entirely the case. A trip to The Hague is full of art and culture. There are several museums, of which the most notable is the Mauritshuis Museum which is home to many well-known artworks.  

Also, the culinary scene is a major element to The Hague with restaurants and cafes filling the streets. Look through our guide and find more things to do in The Hague. 

When to visit: 

Most popular months – February and August 
For the weather – May to October 
Best deals – September to November 

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Amsterdam

Boat on canal in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is without a doubt the most visited city in The Netherlands. This gem is the perfect mix of history and culture. Again, like much of the Netherlands, art is major part of the city and you will see great examples of this at every turn.  

Canals run throughout its heart and surrounding suburbs which provide an alternative way to explore Amsterdam. Also join many locals by hiring a bike to get around. As you roam, absorb the atmosphere and look in awe at the unique architecture.  

There is also an evocative side to this city created by the infamous Red Light District. 

Discover more and find things to do in Amsterdam. 

When to visit: 

Most popular months – January, August and September 
For the weather – May to October 
Best deals – September to November 

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Maastricht

The River Maas in Maastricht

Maastricht is located on the southerly tip of The Netherlands and borders Belgium. It has a wonderful setting, sitting on the banks of the River Maas. It is a very popular tourist destinations primarily due to the shopping experience although not exclusively.  

There is a dynamic atmosphere around the city created by the large University population, but this all adds to the character.  

When to visit: 

Most popular months – July to September 
For the weather – May to October 
Best deals – September to November 

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Rotterdam

View over Rotterdam harbour

Rotterdam is The Netherlands second city. After being almost completely destroyed during World War II this modern metropolis is an architects’ dream with a mix of contemporary skyscrapers and unique urban styling.  

Rotterdam is also one of the most important ports in the world and a major logistics hub. Take a tour of the Maritime Museum and you will take a journey through history of this crucial seaport. 

The city provides a high quality of life and has a boisterous cultural scene, which are some of the reasons that tourists have been visiting here for many years. Discover more and find things to do in Rotterdam. 

When to visit: 

Most popular months – October and December 
For the weather – May to October 
Best deals – September to November 

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Utrecht

The Dom in Utrecht

Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in The Netherlands. There is evidence of people settling here and the surrounding areas since 50 CE. It is also considered as the religious hub of the country. This is backed up by the sheer amount of religious structures throughout the city. 

Utrecht now boasts lively university scene. Surrounding the university campuses, you will find alluring canals and historic buildings. The many cafes and restaurants also add charisma to this beautiful city. Discover more and find things to do in Utrecht. 

When to visit: 

Most popular months – December, January and August 
For the weather – May to September 
Best deals – September to November 

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Groningen

Canal in Groningen

Groningen is largest city in the north of the country. This old city is now a university destination which tens of thousands of students inhabit. There is a buzzing vibe all around and many cafes which add to the vibrant culture, where you can sit and take it all in.  

Due to Groningen’s’ age there is a lot of history to explore. Look at the Martinitoren clock tower for example which dates to the 1200’s in the Grote Square.  

Like the other cities in The Netherlands the canal waterways are every bit as impressive as the more well-known and travelled cities in the country. 

When to visit: 

Most popular months – January, February and October 
For the weather – May to September 
Best deals – June to August 

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