There’s no shortage of clichés associated with the Netherlands, but visitors to this small yet beautiful country know there’s much more to it than tulips and windmills! For the best taste of what the country has to offer, try a city break in Amsterdam where you can people-watch in cafes, learn about the tragic history of Anne Frank and experience a great nightlife.
One of the best things about the Netherlands is its compact size. From Amsterdam several major cities including Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht are within an hour’s drive, allowing you to easily explore the country!
The Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam, is one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe on account of its scenic canals, cobbled streets and quirky culture. There are plenty of activities with which to fill your days; explore the city on a rented bike, visit the Anne Frank House or wander through the infamous red light district. Amsterdam has a great nightlife, so be sure to save some energy for a great night out.
Other cities worth visiting are Rotterdam, where you can find many interesting museums and several beautiful windmills, and The Hague, the Netherlands' government city. Or if you prefer outdoor pursuits, check out one of the country’s beautiful national parks.
The Netherlands has some great dishes on offer, so be sure to try at least a few. Particularly of note are stamppot, a hearty stew consisting of potatoes mashed with vegetables and smoked sausage, and snert, a delicious split pea soup. Compliment your meal with a Dutch beer, and finish with poffertjes, thick, sweet pancakes served with sugar and butter.
A particular Dutch oddity is their penchant for sprinkles; in Holland bread topped with sprinkles is a delicious snack to be enjoyed at any time of day.