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Popular Destinations in Netherlands

Popular Destinations in Netherlands


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:

  • Zandworth;
  • Блийбург;
  • 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:

  • Zandworth;
  • 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:

  • Calverstrat;
  • Harlemmerstrat;
  • Утрехсестрат.
  • Hoftstrat;

The Hague

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;
  • Binnenhof;
  • 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:

  • «Passage»;
  • “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”;
  • «Mulder».


Netherlands Business

Netherlands Business

According to abbreviationfinder, NL is the 2 letter abbreviation for the country of Netherlands.

The Netherlands has a versatile business sector with an emphasis on industry, trade and transport. The country’s location makes it a natural gateway to much of Western Europe, and the economy is therefore largely characterized by trade. The Netherlands has a relatively large import of raw materials, which are processed domestically (especially in the high-tech agricultural and metal and petrochemical industries) and exported.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Netherlands


Agriculture in the Netherlands is very intensive, both in terms of production and distribution, and employs only 3.2% of the employed (2004). About. 60% of the total area is cultivated and the land has high area yields. Despite the high population density, the country has a surplus of agricultural products. Agriculture gave approx. 13% of the country’s export revenue. Horticulture is the most important agricultural industry, and the country has a traditional production of flowers and bulbs. In addition, livestock farming, with the production of dairy products mainly for export, is an important industry. It is also widespread with growing potatoes, sugar beets, onions, wheat and barley.

Production of important growth 2004

sugar beet 6 500 000
potatoes 6 400 000
Wheat 1 228 000
Building 372 000
Onion 880 000
Tomatoes 600 000


Leading fishing port is the IJmuiden west of Amsterdam. The most important catches are mackerel, herring, clams and cod fish. Almost the entire catch is taken in the Atlantic, only small quantities are taken in freshwater fishing. The mussel farming takes place especially in Zeeland.

Energy and mining

The most important mineral resource in the Netherlands is natural gas, and the country is among the world’s largest natural gas producers. The natural gas field around Groningen is among Europe’s most productive. The production of natural gas covers more than half of the domestic energy demand. A large part of the gas is exported via pipelines to neighboring countries and France. Gas has also been found in the Dutch part of the North Sea. Petroleum extraction is limited to a limited extent in Zuid-Holland and Groningen. Great salt recovery.


20.8% of the working population (2003) was employed in industry. The most important industrial sector is the food industry, which mainly processes domestic agricultural products (milk, potatoes, sugar beets) or imported tropical products in the port cities (cocoa, vegetable oils, tobacco etc.). Otherwise, the traditionally most important industrial groups are the mechanical and metallurgical, electrical, chemical and textile industries. The most expansive of the newer industrial sectors is the chemical industry, with an emphasis on oil refineries, especially in the Rotterdam area (Europoort), and in Geleen, Limburg, where the capital from the closed coal mining business is invested.

Of heavy industry, shipyards with a center of gravity along the Noordzeekanaal to Amsterdam and Nieuwe Waterweg to Rotterdam are important. At the IJmuiden in Velsen is a steel plant and Delfzijl in Groningen has aluminum plants. Otherwise, lighter mechanical and electrical industries dominate with the Philips plants in Eindhoven (which also has DAF car factories), machine factories in Hengelo and electronic industry in Hilversum.

Production of some important goods 2000

Minerals and metals

crude 5 667 000
pig iron 4,969,000
crude oil 18 000 000 1
Salt 5,000,000

1) Number of barrels


Paper and cardboard 3 200 000
Sugar (refined) 1 061 000
Fertilizer 1 200 000
Bicycles 1 155 000 1

1) Number of pcs.


Tourism has become a major industry, with approx. 10 million foreign visitors in 2004; of these, approx. 3 million from Germany. About half of the tourists visit Amsterdam, but other picturesque cities, the canals and the distinctive cultural landscape also attract many tourists. The resorts of Scheveningen, Noordwijk and Zandvoort are very popular.

Foreign Trade

According to Countryaah, the Netherlands has a customs union with Belgium and Luxembourg (in the Benelux Union) from 1948 and is a member of the European Union (EU). The import weight is twice that of the export; mainly heavy goods such as petroleum, ore and other raw materials are imported, and food, refinery and lighter finished products are exported. Germany is the main trading partner – 24.4% of the country’s total exports went there (2003), and 20% of imports come from there. Other important export markets are Belgium/Luxembourg, France, the United Kingdom and Italy. In addition to Germany, most Dutch imports come from Belgium/Luxembourg, the USA, France and the United Kingdom.

Foreign trade as a percentage by country 2003

Export Import
Germany 24.4 20.0
Belgium/Luxembourg 12.0 11.3
Great Britain 10.3 7.2
France 10.0 5.5
United States 4.8 7.8

Exports by percentage by main product groups 2003

Foods and live animals 12.6
hence fruits and vegetables 27.2
Petroleum and petroleum products 5.0
Chemicals etc. 16.7
Machines and transport equipment 32.2
including computer equipment and office machines 32.6
telecommunications and audio equipment 8.6
other electrical equipment and appliances 22.0
vehicles and parts 14.0

Imports by percentage by main product groups 2003

Foods and live animals 8.8
Petroleum and petroleum products 8.4
chemicals 12.0
Machines and transport equipment 37.7
including computer equipment and office machines 31.0
telecommunications and audio equipment 10.9
other electrical equipment and appliances 20.2
road machinery, engines and parts 17.6

Transport and Communications

Inland waterways (rivers and canals) are the dominant modes of transport for heavier goods. There are approx. 5000 km of navigable waterways, and about 1/3 of all freight in the country go by boat. There is a large inland fleet (barges, tugs, etc.). Rotterdam is an international transit port, especially for shipping to the Rhine, as well as one of the world’s largest and most modern port cities. Amsterdam is the second most important port city.

About. 70% of the country’s total rail network is electrified, and the total rail network is approx. 3000 km. The road network is well developed. Schiphol near Amsterdam is an important international airport. The airline KLM is one of the world’s oldest commercial airlines and has routes all over the world.