Activities While Holidaying In The Netherlands


The Netherlands is a great holiday destination for the whole family. Its rich history, culture and architecture are worth exploring. There’s a never ending selection of things to do in this wonderful country. Here’s a list of activities you can do while holidaying in The Netherlands:

 1. Learn the country’s history and culture by exploring the best museums. Delve into the past of the nation at Amsterdam’s best museums located in the Museumplein district. Discover the work of the Master at the Van Gogh Museum which is conveniently located in the edge of the district. Visit the Amsterdam Museum which features the last eight centuries of urban evolution. Rijksmuseum (aka the Dutch National Museum) it has been collecting rare art since 1809. It has an extensive collection today amounting to nearly seven million art works. Next visit the Stedelijk museum of modern art with an amazing collection of 20th and 21st-century artists.

2. Explore the world’s largest flower garden
Feast your eyes in the beauty of tulips, the country’s most popular flower. Keukenhof the world’s largest flower garden is located in Lisse in South Holland. The name translates to “Kitchen Garden” in English which is also known as the Garden of Europe. The 32 hectare garden features more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. You can find a wide range of different gardens and styles here. Many areas of the park also include water gardens, fountains and ponds. You can easily reach the garden via bus or from the train stations in Leiden, Haarlem or Schiphol.

3. Visit the largest Theme Park
Let the kids live their fantasy at De Efteling, the largest theme park in the Netherlands. This fairy-tale world is full of delightful dreams and adventures for kids. The park features over 30 attractions that can be divided into four different realms: fairy, adventure, travel and alternative. You can also enjoy the biggest watershow in Europe in the De Efteling.

4. Enjoy hands-on experience at The Madurodam Miniature Park
You will be treated to a trip through the country’s history and famous buildings at Madurodam. This major tourist attraction is located in Scheveningen district in Hague. It features miniature 1:25 scale model replicas of the most famous Dutch castles, industrial projects and public buildings. You will enjoy hands-on experiences while exploring the park like loading containers into cargo ship in the miniature port, helping a plane take off at the airport or prevent a great flood by operating the storm surge barrier. The three themed areas include: The Netherlands as a source of inspiration, Water as friend and foe, Old town centres. Madurodam is open all year round from 9:00am. It can be accessed via car or public transportation from The Hague.

5. Tour the country side and see the Windmills
Join a local guide and pose for a picture in one of the traditional windmills. The Netherlands is famous for its windmills, the windmills is an important part of their water management to prevent flooding. The best place to see traditional windmills is Kinderdijk, near Rotterdam. This village fantastically preserved the 18th-century windmills, it is a UNESCO world heritage site.

6. Witness Amsterdam after Dark: Red Light District Tour
Join the infamous De Wallen area tour to uncover Amsterdam’s nightlife. Learn what keeps this adults-only district a buzz. You’ll see the city’s kamers or illuminated glass windows where workers market their services. Peep in brothel windows designed for show or check out adult merchandise. Meet up with your guide and walk the narrow streets as you learn about the history of Amsterdam’s prostitution.

7. Picnic in one of the country’s national parks
The largest national park is the Hoge, Veluwe National park situated between Arnhem and Apeldoorn. The park is the largest continuous nature reserve in the county with 13,800 acres. It features a dense woodland, fascinating sculpture park and dramatic dunes. The park is best for picnic, biking, hiking and birdwatching. Visitors can even access bikes for free.

8. Enjoy the races in Hague
Nothing is more exciting than spending a day at the races. If you want to experience the joy of horse racing visit Duindigt Race Track in Hague.  Everyone who loves sports and free bets congregates at Duindigt Race Track every Sunday. From April to November this track hosts racehorses, jockeys and hundreds of horse race lovers. The best way to reach the race track is by car or bicycle. Parking at the race track is free of charge.

9. Visit Anne Frank House
Discover a tragic slice of world history at the Anne Frank Museum on Prinsengracht. This is the home where Anne and his family hid from the Nazis during the World War II. The front of the house was transformed into a museum while the back was kept in its original state as a poignant monument. The queue could be long so visit early or book online to beat the queues.

10. Stroll the outdoor Museum
Explore the outdoor museum in the town of Zaanse Schans. This amazing place has 35 houses, barns, windmills and museums that date back to the 18th and 19th century. There are 4 museums that operate and display the true history and culture of the Netherlands: Bakery Museum, Zaans Museum and Verkade Pavilion, The Museum of the Dutch Clock and the Albert Heijn Museum Shop.

11. Admire art at the Van Gogh Museum
You will see the world’s largest collection Van Gogh paintings in this impressive museum. It features more than 200 painting, 500 drawings 700 letters of the master. The gallery chronicles his life, and the progress and development of his work. Works of his contemporaries and friends such as Gaugain, Monet, and Toulouse-Lautrec are also on display.

12. Bar Hopping
Drink in Netherland’s best bars, having a drink in a bar or a café is the best way to mingle with the locals. Amsterdam is famed for its nightlife and alternative scene. Visit the historic pubs and trendy bars to have a good time. You can also join a bar hopping tour to learn tips on where to catch live gigs, exhibitions and upcoming events.

13. Cycling
Explore the country the “Dutch way” cycling is the Dutch way of getting around. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride around the flat open streets. There are plenty places to hire a bike. You can also catch all the sights by booking a guided tour that will take you to any region of the country.

14. Sightseeing Canal Cruise
The Canal Bus is an ideal way to go around the city to see the sights. There are also comfortable boats that will sail you to the city’s historical centres. Listen to the stories about the city’s past and get tips on where to dine, shop and dance the night away. You can travel at your leisure with a combined transport pass.

15. Experience Wellness in Holland
If you are holidaying in The Netherlands, don’t forget to enjoy some relaxing and beautifying moments at the wellness centres. The country has countless well-appointed sauna facilities and wellness centres in beautiful locations. A sauna visit will improve your health, immune system and let you achieve complete relaxation. Some of the Wellness centres on the Dutch coast include Zuiderduin, Amadore wellness, Beau Rivage and Azzurro Noordwijk.

16. Swimming
Beach lovers should visit the beaches of Zeeland. The sun shines 140 hours more in this province than the rest of Netherlands. Popular beach resorts in Zeeland include Cadzand, Oostkapelle, Vlissingen, Dishoek, Domburg, Ouddorp , Renesse, and Westkapelle. The most popular beach resort is the Scheveningen it has numerous pavilions, a pier and all sorts or entertainment. Other popular beach resorts are Katwijk, Noordwijk, Callantsoog, Zandvoort, Bloemendaal, Bergen aan Zee, Hoek van Holland, Den Helder, Egmond aan Zee and Schoorl.

17. Family Fun at the Amusement Park
Attractiepark Duinrell in Wassenaar in Hague is a fun park for visitors of all ages. The park offers a range of exciting attractions, including water rides and roller coasters. The main attraction is the Tiki Pool which is the longest water slide in the Netherlands. The tropical pool has 11 pools and a lazy river. Experience indoor fun at Rick’s Fun Factory where kids can climb, glide and jump in the giant playground.

18. Beer tasting
Beer lovers will surely love the Heineken experience. Taste the world’s best beer at the Heineken Museum and amusement gallery. Discover the architecture of the 19th century and see the original brewery buildings. For a small admission free you will learn about the famous beer maker and drink as much as you want.

19. Visit the Zoo with the children
Burger’s Zoo  in Arnhem is a popular tourist attraction for the whole family. It is one of the biggest zoos in Netherlands set in a 45-hectare lot where animals are given freedom to roam. The zoo features various theme sites that can be enjoyed by both children and adult tourist. It has a safari park indoor tropical rainforest, mangrove swamp, indoor desert, seawater aquarium and a kid’s jungle.

20. Spend the night in a castle
Make your holiday more special by staying in a special place. Experience living in grandeur by spending the night in a castle. Choose from five beautiful castles to spend the night. Relais & Chateaux Engelenburg castle, De Essebburgh castle, Ophemert castle, Huis Bergh castle and Hattem castle.