Tourism in the Netherlands
Tourist places in the Netherlands
General information about the Netherlands
Officially, it consists of a European part that includes twelve provinces, located northwest of Europe, and a Caribbean part consisting of three islands in the Caribbean Sea in Latin America.
The European part is bordered by the North Sea from the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east, and it shares maritime borders with Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The system of government in the Netherlands is parliamentary democracy, and its official capital is Amsterdam, while the seat of the king and the government are located in The Hague.
The port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe – the size of the next three ports combined.
Culture and history of the Netherlands
The Netherlands has given birth to some of the greatest painters in the world. The seventeenth century AD – the golden age of the country – was the era of great artists such as Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen and others. And most European artists at that time painted for churches, nobles or members of royal families only, but Dutch painters painted paintings of people, including the public and ordinary things, including the silent nature.
The Netherlands experienced a scientific and cultural renaissance in the seventeenth century, whose most important pioneers in literature were Joost van den Vondel and BC Hooft. In the nineteenth century AD Multatoli wrote his book on the mistreatment of the population in the Dutch colonies. Among the most important writers of the twentieth century are Harry Molisch, Jan Volkers, Simon Fisdek, and Anne Frank, and her famous book, “Memoirs of a Little Girl,” which was published after her death in the Holocaust and has been translated into most of the major languages of the world.
To introduce Dutch culture and its global role, miniature models of some Dutch buildings were erected in the Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki, Japan, and a similar Dutch village was built in Shenyang, China, containing some cultural elements and landmarks that the Netherlands is famous for, such as windmills, tulips, Dutch domes, and cheese, Delphi porcelain.
Tourist areas in the Netherlands
The beautiful Keukenhof Gardens are the largest flower gardens in Europe. Every spring, from mid-March to mid-May, the Keukenhof Gardens open their doors to reveal stunning landscapes of vibrant colors and floral scents. Due to the limited opening times of the Keukenhof gardens, tickets are in short supply. Tourists can, through prior reservation, obtain tickets to enter the park, which tells the story of the Netherlands with the historical tulip that dominated European markets in previous centuries.
Van Gogh Museum
It is an art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent Van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is located in Museum Square in the Amsterdam South district, close to the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Concertgebouw. The museum opened on June 2, 1973. The museum houses the largest collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh – more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings and 700 of his letters.
It is a Dutch national museum dedicated to art and history in Amsterdam. The museum is located in Museum Square in the south of the Amsterdam district, close to the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw. The Rijksmuseum is one of Amsterdam’s finest and most popular museums. Its extensive collection displays iconic art and a variety of artifacts that reflect more than 800 years of Dutch and world history.
Oude Kerk Church
Oude Kerk is the oldest building in Amsterdam and the oldest parish church, and was founded around 1213 and consecrated in 1306 by the Bishop of Utrecht with Saint Nicholas as its patron saint. After the reform in 1578 it became a Calvinist church, which is still in service today.
Dom Tower in Utrecht
At 112.5 meters, the Dom Tower in Utrecht is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands, and the Gothic-style tower is a symbol of the city. The tower was part of St. Martin’s Cathedral, also known as the Dom Church, and was built between 1321 and 1382.
De Haar Castle
De Haar Castle is the largest and most luxurious castle in the Netherlands and is one of the most famous and beautiful European historic homes. A visit there will take you to the glorious days of the castle on a journey through history and you will be able to see the amazing beauty and splendor of the life of the wealthy and the bourgeoisie in the early twentieth century.