As a Dutch resident, I’ve been lucky enough to see some of the beautiful Dutch countryside as well as charming towns that aren’t as well known to tourists. Although you’ve probably heard why you should visit Amsterdam, the prettiest Dutch cities to visit are often peaceful, less crowded, and more memorable. Keep reading for the 15 most atmospheric and beautiful cities/towns in the Netherlands. I'm in the process of adding 5 more.
Amsterdam is a city to RELAX in. I’m not talking about the abundant weed, but about the gezellig (cozy) atmosphere that you’ll find in this city. Take your time to sit back to enjoy the passing bikes, unique architecture, and beautiful canals among the many things to do and delicious things to eat. I'm a proud Amsterdam resident and this is an ultimate guide to Amsterdam with all the questions that I feel like I’ve been asked most often. Find out how many days to spend in Amsterdam, get advice on what are the “must-sees”, where to stay in Amsterdam, what to eat in Amsterdam, which museums to visit in Amsterdam (and skip!), what to do before you arrive in Amsterdam, how to get from the airport to the city...and more!
As a photographer, it's a hobby of mine finding the best places to take photos in Amsterdam. I've been living here for almost two years and I'm still finding cute streets with traditional Dutch architecture to wander down. Here are the best photo locations in Amsterdam according to one biased resident. Free map at bottom.
I didn't hear of Texel until I moved to the Netherlands. This beautiful island in the North of the Netherlands (about 3.5 hours from Amsterdam) is a well-kept secret among Dutchies who spend their vacations sunbathing on its clean beaches, swimming into the Wadden Sea, biking along its heather-filled dunes, visiting its seal sanctuary for injured seals, and taking in cute little Dutch towns. Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend away, a weekend birdwatching, or a family cycling trip, Texel is a great weekend trip from Amsterdam or Rotterdam. It's my new favorite summer getaway and I'll be back.
Ever wish that you were born into a royal family or want to visit a castle near Amsterdam? Even if you're not, you can visit these four beautiful castles in the Netherlands to feel like a royal, at least for a day. All are easily accessible via public transit and possible with a day trip from Amsterdam or Rotterdam. Ready to see some incredible castles? *Updated March 26, 2017*
Traveling Europe can be expensive, but eating in Amsterdam doesn't need to be--if you know where to go. As an Amsterdam resident who loves travel and food, I'm constantly searching for cheap, delicious, and local food that is less than 10 euros, including a drink. Cheap doesn't need to be crappy or unhealthy, so here's the best restaurants to eat at in Amsterdam (including Centre and the Jordaan). Keep reading for my off the beaten path budget guide for foodies or just a list of the best cheap restaurants in Amsterdam!
Maastricht is one of the Netherlands most charming cities and it can be easily explored in a weekend. The city is perfect for a slow, romantic weekend spent exploring a beautiful cathedral bookstore, strolling the tangled streets, touring historic caves, and eating/drinking delicious regional cuisine at affordable prices. For architecture and food lovers, Maastricht is a city that you will not want to leave off any trip to the Netherlands.
Although I have plenty to write about living in Amsterdam, I'm most often asked for tips about visiting Amsterdam by friends and strangers. Here's 31 tips (in the form of 15 Do's and Don'ts) to the most frequently asked questions that I get and advice for seeing the best of this beautiful city. If you have any more questions, feel free to comment!
After seeing photos upon photos of beautiful fields of tulips here in the Netherlands, I knew I had to go for myself. I'm traveling a lot soon and honestly, I didn't have the money to pay for entrance into Keukenhof, so I did it my way: the cheapest way possible. I don't leave much up to chance in my life admittedly, so here's five steps to guaranteeing that you will see the flowers in the natural fields or free!
I've been living in Amsterdam for a while now and I wanted to show others the Amsterdam that I love: neighborhoods full of regular people, great food, local haunts, and gezellig (cozy) cafes/bars. Most people miss out on these when they visit Amsterdam as they stay in the centre, but I wrote about five neighborhoods worth seeing (or staying in) as well as my favorite sights/food/drinks in each area. Keep reading below the cut for local tips!
Karen. American expat from New York City living in Amsterdam. Part-time traveler.
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