24 hours in Utrecht, the Netherlands
One of the Netherlands' oldest cities, Utrecht is often overlooked by visitors to the country who make a beeline for the likes of Amsterdam and Delft...
Places in The Netherlands
Rotterdam bursts with energy. Vibrant nightlife, a diverse, multiethnic community, an intensely interesting maritime tradition and a wealth of top-class museums all make it a must-see part of any visit to Holland, especially if you are passing by on a high-speed train on your way to Amsterdam or the south.
Utrecht is one of the Netherlands' oldest cities, with a compact medieval centre set out around canals unique to the Netherlands. There's a lower level where warehouses were located in the 13th century, giving the canals a split-level character and meaning that diners and drinkers can nip off the street and enjoy a snack or a drink down at water level.
Rotterdam & South Holland
Think Holland and you're thinking of the region southwest of Amsterdam where tulips, cheese, Vermeer, tulips and plucky Dutch people standing up to the sea avoid cliché simply by their omnipresence. South Holland's major cities are the biggest attractions. Mighty Rotterdam is blessed with an edgy urban vibe, surprising cultural scene and striking architecture.
Tours and activities
Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip from Amsterdam
Leave Amsterdam behind for a few hours and discover the surrounding Dutch countryside and its wonderful windmills! Drive through idyllic landscapes criss-crossed with canals, see authentic wooden houses and old-fashio...
Tips and articles
King's Day: a guide to the Netherlands' royal party
'Queen's Day Boats 5 ' by celesteh...
Tiptoe through the tulips: how to experience Amsterdam in bloom
While rainbow-carpeted flower fields and bright bunches of tulips may be the definitive symbol of the Netherlands, Amsterdam itself is better known for its scenic canals, charming buildings and, of course, scantily-cl...
A guide to Amsterdam's Red Light District
Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District is a carnival of vice, with skimpily-clad prostitutes in brothel windows, raucous bars, haze-filled 'coffeeshops', strip shows and mind-boggling museums. It's not for everyone...
Amsterdam's hippest neighbourhoods
It's easy to get caught up in Amsterdam's city centre; its boat-filled canals, mega art museums and pungent coffeeshops might tempt you never to leave...