The Netherlands is a beautiful country packed with historic brick filled and cobblestone cities, cool interconnected canals, vast and scenic farmlands, iconic windmills and pristine beaches. Although partying it up in Amsterdam is what most travellers have on their list, there is so much more this amazing country has to offer. As you spend time exploring the city and its outskirts, you’ll discover remarkable things such as blooming tulips, especially in springtime, and museums that have groundbreaking artistry from world leading artists like Vincent van Gogh and Rembrant van Rijn. There is nothing quite like summer excursions that will allow you to escape the city and enjoy seaside resorts scattered along the North Sea coast. Relax in Vlissingen by the lively ocean view where you can also stroll down beautiful boulevards, enjoy the vibrant nightlife and have fun with all sorts of watersport activities. For more child friendly fun, Het Arsenaal has awesome theme parks. Alternatively, if you want to see the country without crowds, then Utrecht is the place for you.
First things first, get yourself a Museumkaart (Museum Card) which is good for a month for non-residents. This card will grant you entry into 32 museums in Amsterdam and 400 museums throughout the Netherlands. Priced at 60 Euros, this card is a must if you are planning on visiting multiple cities. The best and cheapest form of transportation is with a good old bicycle. You can rent a bike for only a few euros a day or take a multi-day bike tour. Whether it’s self-guided or with a host, you can find many fantastic bike tours in the Netherlands. If you plan on walking, Dutch cities are small and easy to get around so that can be an option too. In the summertime, everyone spends time outside so be sure to check the local city boards for a list of free concerts, festivals, shows and markets. Another must do activity is taking a canal tour to explore the famous canals that the Dutch have created. It’s an essential part of life in the Netherlands that can only be understood when you spend time boating on the canals. Last but not least, make sure you try some poffertjes (fluffy mini-pancakes served with powdered sugar), patat (thick cut fries with topping) and stroopwafels (sweet Dutch waffles).