Among all the Dutch destinations, tours to Amsterdam will always be the most popular, and the capital itself has been associated with everything European for many years, becoming the standard of style and quality entertainment. The city will offer both sightseeing tours and programs aimed at getting to know the cultural life of the country.
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For many, it is a surprising discovery that a beach holiday in Amsterdam is possible in principle, but in good weather, all three months of summer, the surroundings of the capital are literally occupied by tourists. There are not so many suburban sections of the coast, and they are all named after the villages in which they are located, these are:
- From Eymoy.
There are several hundred places for sightseeing in the city, and each object is unique and interesting in its own way. The shortest sightseeing tour can last 2 days, and at the same time, most of the museums and architectural masterpieces will remain “behind the scenes”.
The most visited places in Amsterdam are included in the following list:
- Dam Square;
- Royal Palace;
- Weight Chamber;
- Van Gogh Museum;
- Church of Nicholas;
- Cinema Tushinsky.
The famous quarter de Wallen is popular not only for its “adult format”, but also for the large number of theaters, nightclubs and museums located on its streets.
Shopping in Amsterdam cannot be called profitable, and even during the so-called sales seasons, prices here can bite in comparison with other European capitals. It is worth looking into such shopping streets and market squares as:
For those who do not want to limit their holidays in the Netherlands only to the capital, The Hague will be a great addition, or even an alternative. This is a quieter city, a perfect combination of business districts and old buildings from different eras, as well as the venue for major European music and theater festivals.
For some, The Hague is the capital of the world court for human rights, and for some, the birthplace of the greatest rock bands of the hippie era. And it is not surprising that such a range of cultural influence was reflected in the appearance of historical quarters, where at any time of the year there is something to see and where to go.
The most interesting sights of The Hague include:
- Palace of Peace;
- Mauritshuis Gallery.
- Park of miniatures Madurodam;
- Escher Museum.
- Oceanarium “Sea Life”.
- Aquapark “Duinrel”;
- Casino Holland.
Buying something in The Hague is much more profitable than in the capital, because the prices for the same things can be half as much due to the “provincial” status of the city. For tourists, the following places are mandatory to visit:
- “The Beehive”;
- «The Hague Bluff»
- «New Babylon».
The porcelain capital – Delft – diversifies your holiday in Holland not only with exquisite shopping, but also with interesting excursions. City tours do not take more than one day, but in terms of saturation they are not inferior even to Amsterdam.
Delft, located inland, has no port areas, and most of the sightseeing routes are walking in a real open-air museum. There is something to see here, and the most interesting objects form the following list:
- Old and New Churches;
- Prinsenhof Monastery;
- East gate;
- Town Hall of the 16th century;
- Military Museum;
- Botanical Garden of the Technical University.
Going to the shops and markets of Delft is also a kind of adventure, because in addition to the legendary ceramics and porcelain, you can buy a lot of interesting things here. And, what is more valuable, each department is located in a cozy old building, without multi-storey trading floors made of glass and concrete. Worth visiting:
- Wine shop “Van Dorp”;
- Jewelry shop “Warnaar”;
- Salon of porcelain and faience “Royal Delftinery”;
- Designer boutique “Mode de Zwart”.
The main “cheese” city of the Netherlands – Alkmaar – has long become a symbol of idealistic Europe, thanks to its well-groomed streets, picturesque canals and perfectly flat houses. You need to come here, tired of the noisy avenues of megacities, in order to enjoy the quiet life of a modest settlement.
All the iconic places of Alkmaar can be bypassed in a few hours, but if you start exploring the city carefully, you can spend the whole vacation on these narrow streets. Among the key sites worth visiting and seeing:
- weight area;
- Cheese Museum;
- Beer Museum;
- Beatles Museum;
- Cathedral of Saint Lawrence;
- Grotekerk Church;
- Canada Square.
Alkmaar’s main trading event is the Friday Cheese Market on the Weigh Square, which has been organized here since 1622. This is a real show for tourists and visitors to the city, who are given the chance to buy the best cheese in the world directly from the producers.
In addition to food, other souvenirs can be purchased at the following stores:
- «The Shoemaker»;
- «Beer shop»;
- “Frodo signature”;