Top 10 Things to Do

First time in Holland? Here is our handy guide of top 10 things to do on your trip to this amazing country.

Rent a Bike

All the locals ride bikes. It’s cheap, fast, and environmentally friendly. With busy traffic and limited car parking places in the cities and towns touring Holland by bike is probably the best solution. For the Dutch bike is truly a lifestyle, it is not unusual to see a businessman in the suit cycling to the office in the morning, kids riding to school or a grandma on a bike going to the store.  Car drivers are very careful to cyclists because almost all of them ride bikes as well. The most important however is to ensure you’re on the right path. 

See the Windmills

Kinderdijk is a small village at a distance of only 16 kilometers of Rotterdam. The windmills of Kinderdijk is the largest concentration of old windmills existing in the Netherlands. It has been recognized as one of UNESCO World Heritage Site

Take Tons of Pictures of Canals

The canals are not only attractive, but also they’re a good way to get around the city. A municipal canal-bus system travels three different routes throughout the city, allowing locals an easy way to get to and from work and enabling visitors to travel from one attraction to the other on the water.

Visit Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh is one of the most visited museums in the Netherlands. It is the home of some of the best and the most important works of Vincent van Gogh. The Dutch seem to be really proud of him.

Enjoy the Nature in Vondelpark

Vondelpark is an ideal place for visitors to get away from the noise of the city. Named after a famous Dutch poet, the 49-hectare park is the ‘green lung' of Amsterdam. With upwards of 10 million visitors annually, it contains ponds, gardens, lakes, playgrounds, a skating rink and cafés. During summer there are regular free concerts thanks to African drummers, classical quartets and jazz singers.

Buy Clogs

Clogs have been popular in Holland for more than 700 years already. They are sold to visitors from all over the world that desire to bring home a typically Dutch souvenir. In the Netherlands today, 3 million wooden shoes are still produced yearly, making them an important industry for the Dutch economy.

Visit Heineken Brewery

Visiting the Heineken Brewery is a must for all Amsterdam visitors, especially for beer lovers. The tour lasts about 1.5 hours. You’ll learn everything about the history of the Heineken family, who started the plant and how the world-famous beer is produced. 

Visit Museum of Sex

The Museum of sex is one of the most visited museums in Amsterdam. All the rooms in the museum have different names – Mata Hari, Marquis de Sade, Rudolf Valentino, Oscar Wilde, Marquise de Pompadour and so on. In the Marquis de Sade room for example the repetitive sounds of the steam machine, mixed with woman’s screams of joy come from the speaker on the ceiling.

Drop by Coffeeshop

In the daytime you may enjoy the beauty of Amsterdam, its nature, canals and architecture, and in the evening you may drop by in one of the numerous coffeeshops in the city where you can legally buy a small quantity of marijuana and hash. The fact that the city has around 150 coffeshops really astonishes.

Visit the Red Light District

The Red Light District is a network of alleys containing a little less than three hundred one-room cabins rented by female prostitutes who offer their services from behind a window or glass door. The area also has a number of sex shops, sex theatres, peep shows, a sex museum, a cannabis museum, and a number of coffee shops that sell marijuana. A visit to Holland will be not complete without visiting the Red Light District. 

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