10 Reasons Why A Trip To The Netherlands Is So Enjoyable
Why is it so popular? There are numerous reasons why the Netherlands is such a popular tourist destination. Here are the top 10 Reasons Why A Trip To The Netherlands Is So Enjoyable.
1. The best bike trails
Do you enjoy cycling? Then, without a doubt, you will adore the Netherlands. Discover true cycling luxury: generous two-wheeler boulevards in city centers and immaculately maintained bike paths through flat meadows. Cycling is made even more enjoyable by such infrastructure.
The Dutch countryside is home to 32,000 kilometers of bike paths. It’s difficult to believe that so many paths can fit in such a small country, but they do!
And if you want to get lost while riding a bike, you’ll have to work hard! That’s because the Dutch have the best cycling signage in the world. You don’t even need to read maps with the hub system; simply follow the numbered signs. Try it out while you’re here!
2. The positive attitude
I’m wondering if it’s the cycling… According to studies such as the 2019 UN World Happiness Report, the Dutch are among the world’s happiest people. And, of course, having so much fun is contagious.
The Dutch are known for being open and nonjudgmental. If you need assistance or directions, they’ll usually stop for a chat on a street corner to practice (and possibly flaunt!) their excellent English skills.
3. The beaches of the North Sea
White sand stretching as far as the eye can see, and deep breaths of salty sea air. The taste of liberty! Dutch beaches are an inspiring force in any weather, whether they are adorned by stormy waves or bright blue skies.
In the summer, you can sunbathe on the soft sand and cool off in the North Sea. Is it too cold? Fly a kite, search for shells, or stroll along the beach. Simply pull your hat down tight and head out into the brisk wind. After that, relax with a cup of tea or a hot chocolate (with cream, please!) at one of the many quaint beach bars. You’ll have earned it!
4. The Dutch are experiencing a cultural moment.
Although the renovation of Amsterdam’s iconic Rijksmuseum took ten years, its reopening in 2013 signaled a cultural renaissance in the Netherlands. There are so many engaging cultural sites to explore, whether celebrating historic art in beautiful old institutions or exploring new mediums in experimental spaces.
There are over 80 museums in Amsterdam alone, and there are hundreds more throughout the country. They cover everything from WWII resistance in the Netherlands to cinema, textiles, and microbes!
5. The city meets the country
Despite the fact that the Netherlands is densely populated, the Dutch have managed to create great parks and nature reserves. The hustle and bustle of cities may appear to be miles away, but it is actually only a short distance away.
This is a dream for a cycling trip because there is so much variety that you will never be bored. Try the bike route north of Amsterdam through the natural landscape of Waterland. The nearest farm is only about a half-hour ride from Amsterdam Central Station!
6. Water, water, water!
What would the Netherlands be like without water? Unimaginable. Watery destinations such as the North Sea and IJsselmeer lake are both worth visiting on their own. Not to mention the numerous rivers, waterways, and canals that give Dutch cities and landscapes their distinct character.
Traveling by boat through the Netherlands is always a unique experience, whether on an Amsterdam canal cruise, a voyage across the Ijsselmeer, or a historic sailing ship: you’ll learn how water has defined the Dutch spirit and shaped local culture over the centuries.
7. The little treasures discovered along the way
Adorable little villages, a tiny hidden museum, a historic windmill, a lovingly furnished tea garden, or an ice bar in a former cowshed: you never know what hidden gems await you in the Netherlands.
Exploring the countryside is made even more exciting by the abundance of small treasures. So take your time, ride off into the distance (preferably by bike), and be surprised!
8. The breathtaking cloud display
In the Netherlands, you can expect a spectacular display of cloudy skies. Majestic cloud castles tower over the flat landscape, stealing the show from the peaceful meadows.
This cloud cinema has long been a favorite motif of landscape painters such as Dutch masters Jacob van Ruisdael and Jan van Goyen. Remember to bring your camera so you can capture your own dramatic images!
9. The world’s largest flower auction
The Netherlands is a true flower country. There are events all over the country where vibrant flowers take center stage. Every year in April, more than 50 spectacular floral floats travel a 40-kilometer route from Noordwijk to Haarlem in the Bollenstreek Bloemencorso (flower parade). What about the Amsterdam Tulip Festival, which features 500,000 tulips planted throughout the city?
After all, the Dutch are flower trade world champions. They control more than 60% of the global export market. Do you want to know what that means? Then, near Amsterdam, go behind the scenes at the world’s largest flower auction in Aalsmeer.
10. Meet the Old Masters up close and personal.
Where else in the world can you see original Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh works while also strolling through the lanes and landscapes that inspired them? You can’t get much closer to the great Dutch masters than this! So take advantage of the opportunity to see these masterpieces and the locations where they were created.
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