Our favorite cities in The Netherlands

Most of the people who comes to The Netherland only visit Amsterdam. Yes, Amsterdam is an amazing city and all that, but The Netherlands has so many different, amazing, beautiful and exciting cities that most people miss out.

We’ve gathered 7 of our favorite cities in The Netherlands that you definitely need to visit. These cities are beautifully preserved with historic buildings, strong and rich culture, beaches, parks, great restaurants, museums, food, wonderful people and much more.

Beautiful Leiden

LeidenLeiden is a city of water in many respects. Apart from Amsterdam, the city of Leiden has the largest number of city canals in The Netherlands. The city is also amidst an area of beautiful lakes and pools, with only a short distance from Leiden to the coast. There are many things to discover, see and experience is this city. With so much history, so many museums and theatres, a vibrant inner city, monuments, shops, restaurants, cafés and a university, no one will be bored. More information about this beautiful city check: Discover Leiden.

The Hague, City of Peace

The Hague

The Hague the third largest city in The Netherlands. It is the seat of the country’s government, and home to the Royal Family. The city is also known as the international city of peace and justice. The Hague is a city full of history, great museums, art galleries, great restaurants and countless entertainment opportunities. Like no other city in the Netherlands, The Hague offers a unique combination of city life and beach life. Scheveningen is without a doubt the most popular seaside resort in The Netherlands. Want to know more about this wonderful city? Check the website of Holland.com.

Charming Haarlem


Haarlem is a charming, medieval city in North Holland with lots for tourists to explore, see and do. This Dutch city offers a lively cultural scene, great atmosphere, excellent shopping and dining opportunities. It has historic streets galore, impressive Gothic architecture and plenty of free attractions to keep you busy. The city is close to the beach and Haarlem is only 20 minutes away from Amsterdam. This is a must city when your visiting Holland. Read here more about this historic city.

Amazing Den Bosch (also know as ‘s-Hertogenbosch)

Den Bosch

The beautiful historic Den Bosch is known for its beautiful fortresses, their famous Bossche Bol, the famous painter Jheronimus Bosch and Saint John’s Cathedral, which is without a doubt one of the architectural highlights in the city of  Den Bosch. The city also has unique tunnel canals to explore. The city definitely provides plenty of things to do, rain or shine. Get some more informatie about the city on the website of Lonely Planet.

Medieval Utrecht


Utrecht is one of the Netherlands oldest cities, with a compact medieval centre set out around canals. The medieval city centre is small enough to explore on foot. Large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops and interesting museums. The picturesque streets are lined with great shops, bars and cafes. Utrecht is a vibrant, culturally enriched and affordable city to visit. Check the website Visit Utrecht for more information about this beautiful city.

Cheesy Gouda


Gouda is a small sweet town in South Holland. The city is probably best known for the cheese that also takes it’s name from the town. Gouda is a very popular place due to it’s beautiful array of old buildings that are mostly in the compact center. It makes it very easy to see them all and to enjoy the city. If you love stroopwafels than this is the place to be. You can buy fresh at the market place, but also make your own stroopwafels. On the website Welcome to Gouda you can plan a day this delicious city.

Blue Delft


Delft enjoys a worldwide reputation due to its connection with Johannes Vermeer, Delft Blue earthenware and the Royal House. But there is more. You can wander along canals, churches, mansions and courtyards. Delft is the ultimate Dutch town. Even more then Amsterdam or The Hague it reflects the history of the Netherlands. Due to a warm connection with the father of the fatherland: William of Orange, Delft became the town of the Oranges and therefore of the Dutch. Whether you visit at summer or winter time, you are sure to fall in love with what will always be one of Hollands most charming small town. Check the website for more information about this incredible town.

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