The Netherlands is a small country with a big personality. The capital city of Amsterdam is eclectic and culturally diverse. Further, afield, you'll discover the quaint towns and lively cities that make it one of the most fascinating countries in Europe. From exploring Amsterdam to cycling through the picturesque Dutch countryside, you’ll never run out of things to do in the Netherlands. On your next trip, look beyond the normal tourist destinations and head to the lesser-known areas to experience everything the country has to offer.


01Appreciate Dutch Artistic Heritage

Although Amsterdam is home to plenty of shops, cafés, and historic building, the main event in the capital city has always been the art. Amsterdam’s rich artistic heritage is world-famous, and the Dutch Golden Age of painting is celebrated to this day. Amsterdam is home to many famous artists, including Van Meer, Van Gogh, and Rembrandt, and you can see works by each of them in the city.

The two most famous museums to visit are the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. The Rijksmuseum is a national museum with work by Vermeer, Ruisdael, and Rembrandt. It’s also home to Rembrandt’s masterpiece “The Night Watch." Spend a few hours admiring the collection before walking down the road to the Van Gogh Museum, where you can see many self-portraits as well as “Sunflowers” and “The Bedroom."

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