The Netherlands is a haven for bike enthusiasts with its flat landscapes and excellent biking infrastructure. Almost everyone owns a bicycle here and uses it to the maximum. With 32,000km of cycling paths crisscrossing the country, it’s no surprise that many visitors choose to explore the country on a rented bike.
There’s a lot to explore on the back of a bike in the Netherlands where only 50% of the land exceeds 1 meter above sea level. Reclaimed lands called polders enclosed within dikes dot the countryside with quintessential windmills turning grandly in the wind. Windmills have been such an integral part of the Dutch landscape that there is also a special day, National Mill Day, to celebrate them. Visit the UNESCO listed Kinderdijk windmills to get a better understanding of their contribution to the land.
Another stereotype associated with the Netherlands are rainbow-colored tulip fields and the countryside does not disappoint on that front either. The myriad of blooms between March and May are the stuff of dreams. Daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, and tulips transform the fields into a kaleidoscope color.
The country that the great masters, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Vermeer, called home, celebrates its art legacy on a big scale. Cutting edge art museums in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Haarlem flaunt the iconic works of these masters for the world to gawk at.
To witness modern-day marvels of the land, head to skyscraper rich Rotterdam. The city which showcases buildings designed by world-renowned architects has some of the most elegant as well as quirky modern architecture. For the enthusiasts of modern architecture, the postmodernist building of the Groninger Museum in Groningen is also worth a visit.
Apart from these eclectic structures, the Netherlands has its fair share of historical monuments too. Striking cathedrals, palaces and gateways stand tall even the beautiful small towns. Ancient Maastricht with its rich Roman past is a city worth exploring, whilst stopping to take a breather at any one of the numerous historic ‘bruin cafes.’

Top 12 Things To Do In Groningen

Top 12 Things To Do In Groningen

Groningen is the largest city in the north of the Netherlands and is nationally referred to as the “Metropolis of the North.” The city traces its roots back to the 3rd century AD. During the Second World War, many important buildings in the central market square were razed to the ground by tanks. Bullet holes…

Top 12 Things To Do In Haarlem

Top 12 Things To Do In Haarlem

Located in close proximity with Amsterdam and the North Sea, Haarlem is the capital of North Holland. This second oldest Dutch town is located at the middle of the Bollenstreek, which is the nurturing land of hyacinths, crocuses, tulips, and daffodils. So, the artistic beauty of the place is not questionable. Apart from this, the…

Top 9 Things To Do In Rotterdam

Top 9 Things To Do In Rotterdam

Just an hour south of Amsterdam and two hours north of Brussels, is the young and vibrant city of Rotterdam. As the second biggest city in the Netherlands and with one of the biggest harbors in the world, Rotterdam is definitely worth visiting. It is famous for its groundbreaking architecture, beautiful canals, amazing restaurants and a buzzing night…

Top 10 Things To Do In Amsterdam

Top 10 Things To Do In Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands an it is one of the greatest small cities in the world. Known as the “Venice of the North” for its 165 canals and 1,281 bridges. Amsterdam’s well-preserved and appealing 17th-century architecture provides a quaint if incongruous backdrop for a city famous for its modern, progressive, charming and cosmopolitan attitudes. It offers…