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How often can you say that we’re living through a moment that will be remembered in history books for ages? I’ve been hunkered down at my apartment in the Netherlands and yes, I’m well. As a small way of entertaining you all at this stressful time, I’ve decided to pull together as many online and virtual museum experiences in Holland and beyond in the Netherlands so that you can imagine that you’re traveling through the Netherlands even if it’s only via online. I hope that you all enjoy and you’re all healthy!
15+ tours of virtual museums and tourist attractions in the Netherlands
I’ve compiled the most realistic virtual tours of major tourist attractions in the Netherlands that will help you imagine that you’re actually there. I’ve been to almost every single place in this blog post, so I felt these videos were pretty realistic! Note: All videos belong to their creators. I just selected them.
Enjoy the flowers at Keukenhof gardens
Keukenhof has been posting virtual walkthrough Keukenhof daily to help people enjoy the beautiful flower fields. Keukenhof won’t be open in 2020, however you can at least admire the flowers on film!
Admire Van Goghs virtually
The Van Gogh in Museum has been creating a series of virtual tours through the museum as if you’re walking through the museum. If you’re an art lover, consider walking the entire series!
Take a virtual tour of the Royal palace in Amsterdam
Unlike other attractions in the Netherlands, the Royal Palace in Amsterdam has chosen to go with Google Maps to help you enjoy a virtual. Be sure to maximize your screen and move your mouse to choose your own adventure in this beautiful royal palace in Amsterdam.
Drink a Heineken while you tour the Heinkenen Experience virtually
Be sure to pick up a Heineken to drink as you walk through the Heinkenen Experience virtually. This virtual tour taken sometime in 2019 captures the sounds of this major attraction in Amsterdam!
Enjoy the miniature Madurodam
In the Hague, you can walk around the entirety of the Netherlands in one day. Madurodam is currently closed, but you can virtually walk around Madurodam in this 4K HD video of the various installations throughout the park!
Learn about Dutch art at the Mauritshuis in the Hague virtually
The Mauritshuis in the Hague (the home of the Girl with the Pearl Earring) is doing something different than other museums for their virtual tours. They’ve asked their curators to discuss various famous works in the museum thanks to its experts. If you’re a lover of the Dutch masters, take a seat and press play!
Admire the Dutch Masters at the Rijksmuseum virtually
The Rijksmuseum is doing the same kind of virtual tours of their museum. Their staff is going through the museum educating the public about different pieces. If one doesn’t catch your interest, go through the full list to find something different to enjoy the Rijksmuseum at home.
Learn about science at the Teylers Museum virtually
The Teylers Museum in Haarlem tells the story of science and the museum has been doing Instagram tours, however, the tours are in Dutch. For those of you interested in science but who don’t know Dutch, you can tour the museum (from a few years ago) virtually to learn about important pieces of their collection.
Learn about the story of Anne Frank through a new video series
The Anne Frank Museum is doing something really interesting if you’re curious to learn more about Anne’s story. Instead of giving a virtual tour, they have published a video series vlog-style to help you imagine the life of Anne and her family. The acting is first-rate and a great way to learn about her life in detail as the museum is closed to the coronavirus.
Admire the Japanese Garden in the Hague
One of my favorite attractions in the Hague in spring is the Japanese Garden, which is the only Japanese Garden in the Netherlands. This beautiful garden is only open twice a year, but this vlogger beautifully captured the sounds and feeling of walking through the garden.
Enjoy the busy Gouda cheese market virtually
If you’re a lover of cheese, buy some Gouda and watch this virtual tour of the Gouda Cheese Market from last year where they explain some of the traditions and showcase the bustling market!
Enjoy the Binnenhof virtually
The Binnenhof is the oldest functioning Parliament building in the world. Although this virtual tour of the Dutch Parliament doesn’t include the interior, the walk through the arches will help you understand why I love living in the Hague so much.
Tour the typically Noordeinde palace
Noordeinde Palace is typically closed to the public as it’s the Dutch King’s working palace. This virtual tour of the Noordeinde palace showcases the beauty of this palace that many don’t get to enjoy!
A dreamy walk through Efteling
Many outside of the Netherlands don’t know about Efteling, however, this Dutch amusement park predates Disney. It’s one of my favorite day trip destinations in the Netherlands when it’s possible to travel, but right now it’s closed. Enjoy this virtual trip through Efteling!
A live tour of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
The Stedelijk Museum has been posting live tours of the museum with its curators and various artists. If you’re a lover of modern art and design, you’ll love visiting the Stedelijk museum remotely!
A walk through the Aalsmeer Flower Auction
You’ll find the Aalsmeer FloraHolland Flower Auction just outside of Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam. This is the largest flower auction in the world and the New York Times did a great video allowing you to experience it from home!
A virtual tour of the Moco Museum in Amsterdam
The Moco Museum is the newest museum in Amsterdam. They’ve posted a great virtual tour showcasing famous street art as well as other modern art in this cutting edge museum.
15+ Virtual walks in the Netherlands
Admire the windmills of Zaanse Schans
Put on some headphones to enjoy this scenic virtual walk past the picturesque village of Zaanse Schans and its windmills!
Take a virtual walk or bike ride through Amsterdam
I found several great videos of Amsterdam if you’re wishing that you were there right now. I found a virtual bike ride through Amsterdam during these crazy times, a virtual walk along Amsterdam’s canals before everything, and a virtual cycle through Vondelpark! You’ll also want to check out the cute former village of Broek in Waterland! Click for tips for when you can visit!
Cycle through an empty Amsterdam
Enjoy the canals and 9 Streets shopping district on foot
Enjoy Vondelpark’s lush greenery
Walk through Broek in Waterland, a pretty former village that is now part of Amsterdam
Virtual walk along the canals of Utrecht
Utrecht is such a beautiful city that is about an hour from Amsterdam. It’s typically a day trip from Amsterdam, however, at the moment, it’s as close as the next button on your Youtube playlist. Be sure to put in your headphones and maximize the screen for this virtual walkthrough Utrecht!
Take a virtual walk in The Hague
I’ve been living in the Hague for a while now and it’s such a lovely history for culture junkies! Although this is not the time to visit, you can take a virtual walk through the Hague before everything via this video!
A virtual walk in Rotterdam
Rotterdam is famous for its modern architecture. Transport yourself instantly to the hustle and bustle of this lively Dutch city thanks to this well-shot interactive tour of Rotterdam.
Run virtually through the tulip fields
The tulip fields in the Netherlands are currently off-limits to tourists as the town in the tulip region have closed off the roads, but don’t worry, you can still enjoy the Dutch tulips virtually via the gorgeous videos on Youtube.
Virtual walk through the fortressed town of Muiden and the medieval Muiderslot castle
Muiderslot is one of the most criminally underrated castles in the Netherlands. This beautiful medieval castle is just outside of Amsterdam and this video complete with authentic sound perfectly captures the magic of visiting at a time where you can’t.
A virtual walk through the all-white town of Thorn
Many people living in the Northern provinces of the Netherlands don’t know about Thorn, but this beautiful village in Limburg is all-white and straight out of a fairytale. If you’re looking for somewhere to add to your bucket list after everything is over, be ensure to enjoy this beautiful virtual walk in Thorn!
Virtual walk through the dunes to the beach along the Dutch coast
I never really appreciated the Dutch beaches until I moved to the Hague, but there’s something so magical and relaxing about going through the dunes until you reach the beach, especially a quieter one. This video perfectly captures the feeling of getting to the beach and having it to yourself as you listen to the waves and the winds rustling through the dunes.
A virtual walk through the picturesque grounds of Kasteel de Haar
Kasteel de Haar is one of the most famous castles in the Netherlands. Although it’s not as old as it looks, it’s still a beauty and its grounds are so picturesque. If you’re looking for a bit of grandeur, be sure to imagine yourself having a picnic on the grass as I did when I last visited last year.
Virtual walk through the stunning former seaside town of Hoorn
Hoorn is a beautiful city north of Amsterdam known for its V.O.C. (Dutch East Indies history). You can read more about its unique history and attractions in my previous blog posts about it, however, this virtual walking tour of Hoorn is likely to convince you to pay it a video. It’s beautiful and underrated!
A virtual walk through the pretty city of Haarlem
Haarlem is a beautiful city just outside of Amsterdam. My parents stayed here when they visited me and after visiting Haarlem, they told me that they preferred it to Amsterdam. It’s smaller, charming, and beautiful. This walking video through Haarlem beautiful shows off the historic city center!
Virtual walkthrough Leiden
Leiden is one of my favorite cities to visit in the Netherlands. Once the home of the Pilgrims as well as Rembrandt, this beautiful Dutch university town is full of beauty and surprises. I’ve written about Leiden a lot, but I felt this virtual walking tour through Leiden did it justice.
A virtual bike ride past the windmills of Kinderdijk
The funny thing about this video is that it’s meant to supplement cycling videos while you’re cycling at a gym, but I loved the sensation of virtually cycling through Kinderdijk and found it really relaxing to watch. When I was in Kinderdijk last year, we stayed on foot, but cycling is definitely the best way to experience the beauty of this stunning town that still has residents living in the windmills.
A virtual walk in Delft
It’s a bit crazy to imagine that just a few weeks ago, I was walking through Delft. I found this virtual walking tour of Delft–and immediately fell in love with it as it perfectly captured everything that I love about this postcard-perfect town.
Bike through the picturesque national park of Hoge Veluwe
Many tourists don’t make it to Hoge Veluwe National Park on their first visit, but if you’re a fan of scenic walks, it’s a lovely place to enjoy nature. This virtual tour of the park beautifully captures the nature of the park if you’re missing seeing wildlife (besides your cat or dog!)
Cruise through Giethoorn
Who doesn’t know Giethoorn? This picturesque Dutch town is visited by thousands of visitors each year and many portions of it are most efficiently reached by boat. This virtual tour of Giethoorn includes a boat ride as well as a walk through this pretty town.
Let me know if you have any other favorite places in the Netherlands that have a virtual version!
I have much more on my website showcasing the beautiful country that I live in, so please consider browsing my posts for inspiration for when we can all travel again!