Amsterdam and Surroundings: The capital city of Amsterdam and its surrounding areas are a major draw for tourists. Along with its historic canals and museums, visitors can explore nearby attractions such as Zaanse Schans (map), known for its well-preserved windmills, and the beautiful Keukenhof Gardens (map), famous for its vibrant tulip displays.
Rotterdam-The Hague Area: Rotterdam, known for its modern architecture and vibrant arts scene, is a bustling city with a diverse range of cultural and entertainment offerings. The nearby city of The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and is home to iconic landmarks like the Binnenhof and the Mauritshuis museum, which houses Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring.”
North Holland: The province of North Holland is home to picturesque towns such as Haarlem, known for its historic center and Frans Hals Museum, as well as Alkmaar, famous for its traditional cheese market. The region also includes the beautiful North Sea coastline with sandy beaches and charming coastal villages like Bergen and Egmond aan Zee.
Zeeland: Located in the southwestern part of the Netherlands, Zeeland is known for its stunning coastline, wide sandy beaches, and charming seaside towns. The region offers opportunities for water sports, beach relaxation, and exploring historic sites like the Delta Works (map), an impressive network of dams and barriers that protect the area from the sea.
Gelderland and Veluwe: Gelderland is a province known for its natural beauty and historic cities. The Veluwe region, located within Gelderland, is a vast area of forests, heathlands, and sand dunes, perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling. Arnhem, the capital city of Gelderland, is home to the famous open-air museum, and the historic Airborne Museum, dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem during World War II.
Maastricht and Limburg: Maastricht, situated in the southernmost part of the Netherlands, offers a blend of Dutch and Belgian influences. Known for its medieval architecture, charming streets, and lively squares, Maastricht is a popular destination for culture, history, and culinary delights. The surrounding province of Limburg features rolling hills, vineyards, and picturesque villages.