The Netherlands - Beyond Amsterdam

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Robin Wessels

The Netherlands - Beyond Amsterdam

Most people who travel to The Netherlands only go to Amsterdam. However, if you truly want to discover the full extent of Dutch Culture you should look further afield. Each of the smaller cities have their own charms and the Dutch countryside is among the least explored in Europe.

Cities

Besides Amsterdam, there is many more cities that have their own unique experience. Most cities/places are easy to reach by public transport within one hour. Perfect for day trips!

Image - Utrecht
Place
Utrecht
Robin:Just like Amsterdam, Utrecht is full of history and culture. It has many buildings which date back to the medieval period. By train it only takes 30 minutes from Amsterdam to Utrecht
Image - Rotterdam
Place
Rotterdam
Robin:Although there is a friendly rivalry between Rotterdam and Amsterdam, the cities are vastly different. After World War II, Rotterdam was almost completely rebuild, which makes it a very modern city. Rotterdam is mostly known for it's port, which actually is the biggest in Europe.
Image - The Hague
Place
The Hague
Robin:Like Amsterdam, The Hague is a city with many cultural and historical artefacts. It is however mostly known for hosting the Dutch government. Also the international court of justice is based in The Hague.
Image - Groningen
Place
Groningen
Robin:Groningen is the most northern city in The Netherlands. It's is a very old city with some documents already referring to it in the year 1040. Nowadays it has become a student city with approximately 25% of the inhabitants being a student. The city is vibrant, youth-full and historical.
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Nature

The Netherlands is not famous for its nature. Pretty logical for a country with 18 million inhabitants in such a small country. But if you are looking for a breath of fresh air or a small hike, there is some pretty nice places to go to.

Image - Veluwe
Place
Veluwe
Robin:The Veluwe is one of the biggest nature reserves in The Netherlands. It has many animals ranging from deers to all kinds of different birds. This is the perfect place if you are looking for a refreshing walk through the forrest.
Image - Utrechtse Heuvelrug
Place
Utrechtse Heuvelrug
Robin:This nature reserve is characterised by it's small hills. The name translates to Utrecht's Hill Ridge. It was created in the Ice Age where this was the border of a big glacier, which made area go hilly. This place is perfect for outdoor activities such as mountain-biking, road cycling and hiking.

Others

Other activities/places to visit in The Netherlands!

Image - Zeeland
Place
Zeeland