What do you imagine when you think of the Netherlands? For some, this conjures up the picture of cobbled wooden shoes and wheels of cheese; for others, it can call to mind the red-lit passageways and coffeeshops of Amsterdam city center. In actuality, this country offers so much more: from breathtaking nature trips to inspirational art installations, the Netherlands is full of once-in-a-lifetime events. Check out these ten spectacular summer experiences for a vacation you will never forget.
Be Blown Away By The World-Famous Windmills
Set among the winding canals and meadows of the Dutch countryside, you will find this UNESCO world heritage site: the windmills of Kinderdijk. Take a boat tour across the neighborhood and see the Overwaard Museum Mills to find out about the history and importance of these fascinating buildings.
Get Inspired At The Van Gogh Museum
Vincent Van Gogh has become one of the most infamous and popular painters in modern times. So it might surprise you to find out that the Dutch painter had a very humble life, selling less than a handful of his works while he was alive. Find out more about the life of the renowned artist while touring around the stunning paintings at the Van Gogh Museum in the center of Amsterdam.
Bask At The Scheveningen Beach in Den Hague
We swear the beach is exactly as beautiful as it is difficult to pronounce! Soak up the sun, or get your adrenaline pumping on the pier at Bungy Jump Holland where you may leap out over the ocean on the sixty-meter bungee jump. Come in later summer to enjoy the International Firework Festival which happens on the third week of August and presents one of the most stunning fireworks presentations in all of Europe.
Explore The Fairy Tale Theme Park
If you’re looking for some clean family fun, check out the Dutch Disneyworld: De Efteling. This theme park is loaded with magnificent scenery to excite your imagination, along with enchanting shows, and exciting rides.
Paddle Along The Giethoorn Canals
Enjoy a picturesque boat cruise through this unique Northern village where no cars go. Rather than highways, the town is connected entirely by canals and stages an outstanding boat procession called The Gondelvaart (Gondola Tour) on the last Saturday of August.
Stroll Through Scenic Utrecht
Perhaps the most underestimated and overlooked city in the Netherlands, Utrecht boasts lovely canals with extraordinary wharf cellars, cafés, and terraces by the river. Admire the architecture as you meander around the picturesque canals, and climb to the old Dom Tower for a better view. At night follow the Trajectum Lumen, a hybrid walking route and light-art installation, for a unique self-guided tour of the city.
Cycle Through The National Park
To get the full experience of life in the Netherlands, you will need to rent a bicycle. It is the most common means of transportation and the finest way to experience the surroundings. Get out into the countryside and ride across the magnificent De Hoge Veluwe National Park. Keep an eye out for black woodpeckers and deer-like horns Mouflon, then drop by the market on the fourth Sunday of the month to buy local food and hand-made handicrafts.
Stop To Smell The Flowers
Although the Netherlands’ famous tulips only bloom from March through May, the nation is filled of vividly colored flowers all year round. From June till the end of August you can enjoy dahlias and carnations in the gorgeous meadows between Leiden and Haarlem in the South. Although the famous Keukenhof Garden is closed for the year, the area around it contains some of the most magnificent flower fields in the country.