10 places to visit when traveling to the Netherlands
December 3, 2015
I already wrote a lot about my travel stories and today I thought it is time again for something different than writing about other countries than the Netherlands. We also have some international readers on our blog and that is why I came to the idea to write something about my home country the Netherlands. Because, about what can I tell more about than the country where I grew up?
During my 21 years of living, I visited a lot places in the Netherlands. I currently live in the east of the Netherlands, near Germany, and when I was younger, I went often on vacation with my parents to a bungalow park somewhere in the Netherlands. I love to explore new places, even if it is in my own country. When I go to the west of the Netherlands, to the seaside, I feel like I am kind of on holiday, because this part of the Netherlands is very different from the part where I live. In this article I will tell you something about my favourite places in the Netherlands.
Maastricht & Valkenburg
My absolute number one favourite city of the Netherlands is Maastricht. I just love this city. Maastricht is located in the south of the Netherlands, between the countries Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany. You can enjoy a beautiful view over the river the Maas on one of the many bridges the city has, you can do some great shopping or just take a drink at one of the many bars at the square Vrijthof.
A town close to Maastricht is Valkenburg, which is definitely worth the visit. It is a beautiful old town with a castle ruin and the oldest caves of South Limburg. Furthermore, this town is nice to visit around Christmas, while it has a cosy atmosphere and a lovely Christmas market.
Utrecht And then my second favourite city of the Netherlands: Utrecht. This city is located in the centre of the Netherlands and is very good to reach from everywhere. It is a great city for shopping, going out and for being a tourist. With her many canals, Utrecht is very photogenic. You can eat or drink something right next to the canals, which gives a nice atmosphere.
Muiden I have been here a few months ago, which was definitely worth a town to visit. You cannot name it a city, because it is not that big, but it has some traditional Dutch houses and some nice places to sit and drink something. The town is located by the water and with a boat you can go to the tourist attraction ‘Fort Pampus’, which is, like you can read from the name, a fort. Also, you can pay a visit to ‘Muiderslot’, a medieval castle.
Amsterdam Of course the capital of the Netherlands cannot miss in my list of favourite cities. It is not my number one favourite, but I always explore new things when I get there, while the city is so big. It is nice to do some touristic things in Amsterdam, but for shopping I would rather go to another city. Also, when people think of the Netherlands, they immediately think about Amsterdam. The real thing is: most places in the Netherlands are way different than Amsterdam, so I can really recommend to go to more places than just Amsterdam when you are visiting the Netherlands. However, Amsterdam is a great city with a lot of beautiful canals, traditional Dutch houses and some great tourist attractions (and of course, do not forget the legal marihuana of Amsterdam 😉 ). It is nice for me to go there when I want to play a tourist in my own country.
These are my favourite places in the Netherlands. Of course I have not visited everything yet, so maybe in the future this list will change for me. Do you have another favourite place or would you like to tell more about your experience during your trip to the Netherlands? Do not hesitate to tell me in the comments!