Top Outdoor Activities in Holland

Perhaps the best way to explore the country is by bike – the locals’ favorite mode of transportation. Most tour operators and travel agencies offer bike tours through the cities of Holland, or you can rent a bike, get a map and make your own route and itinerary. Hiking and walking are also two other pleasurable activities as Holland is blessed with abundant natural scenic landscapes, forests and parks. Here are some of the outdoor places that locals and visitors frequent when the weather is nice and perfect.

Vondelpark

This is the largest city park in Amsterdam and one of the most popular, receiving over 10 million visitors every year. Situated south of Leidseplein and near some of the city’s most popular attractions such as the Rijksmuseum, the park is a popular venue for large open-air concerts as well as a children’s playground and a picnic ground for families. The park is named after Netherland’s famous poet, Joost van den Vondel.

Cauberg Cavern

Situated at the foot of Cauberg in Limburg, visitors can see the magnificent formations in the pre-historic caves either by foot or aboard a little train. 

Zandvoort aan Zee

If beach and water sports are your thing, check out this coastal town west of Holland.  Wide sandy beaches are perfect for walking, cycling, kite-surfing and just lounging around. There are spa facilities and resorts that can also be found in the area.

Keukenhof Gardens and Bloemenmarkt

No visit to Holland is complete without seeing the magnificent stretch of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils all abloom during spring. The Keukenhof Gardens is the world’s largest flower garden and has been one of the major tourist attractions in Holland. The Bloemenmarkt on the other hand is situated in Singel in Amsterdam and is considered the world’s only floating flower market.

Hoge de Veluwe National Park

Situated in Gelderland is an amazing stretch of nature reserve that is home to a variety of flora and even extremely rare animal species. Visitors to the park can either ride a bike or walk through the 5,400 hectares of woodland, peat bogs and drift sand said to have been formed during the Ice Age. The park also houses the Kroller-Muller Museum which displays a collection of 19th and 20th century art.

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