Attractions

Top Choice Notable Building in Westen

Van Nelle Fabriek

Designed and built between 1925 and 1931, this modernist World Heritage–listed factory northwest of the city centre is an icon of 20th-century industrial architecture. Often described as a 'glass palace' (it's large…
Top Choice Museum in Den Haag

Mauritshuis

Offering a wonderful introduction to Dutch and Flemish Art, this splendid museum is set in a 17th-century mansion built for wealthy sugar trader Johan Maurits. It became a museum housing the Royal Picture Collection…
Top Choice Church in Gouda

Sint Janskerk

Impressive for both its size and its magnificent stained-glass windows, Sint Janskerk had chequered beginnings: previous incarnations of the building burned down with ungodly regularity every 100 years or so from 13…
Top Choice Museum in Centrum

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

The roll-call of artists represented in the collection of Rotterdam's pre-eminent fine-arts museum is stellar and spans multiple periods and movements: Rubens, Rembrandt, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso, Degas, Miró…
Top Choice Museum in Leiden

Museum Volkenkunde

Cultural achievements by civilisations worldwide are on show at this splendid museum, which has a collection of more than 300,000 artefacts from across the globe. Permanent galleries are dedicated to the cultures of…
Top Choice Windmill in Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk

One of the Dutch sites on Unesco's World Heritage List, this stretch of the Alblasserwaard polder encompasses two canals, 19 traditional windmills, a pumping station that's been repurposed as a visitor centre and a …
Top Choice Architecture in Centrum

Huis Sonneveld

When company director Albertus Sonneveld decided to commission an architect to design a contemporary home for his family, the obvious choice was Leendert Van der Vlugt, who had designed the magnificent Van Nelle Fac…
Top Choice Museum in Westen

Museum Rotterdam: 1940-1945 NU

Good things often come in small packages, and so it is with this small but excellent museum sheltered under a bridge on the Coolhaven. An eight-minute immersive multimedia experience outlines the terror and destruct…
Top Choice Museum in Den Haag

Escher in Het Paleis

Once home to members of the Dutch royal family, the 18th-century Lange Voorhout Palace now houses a collection of the work of Dutch graphic artist MC Escher (1898–1972). The permanent exhibition features notes, lett…
Top Choice Museum in Leiden

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Home to the Rijksmuseum's collection of Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Egyptian artifacts, this museum is best known for its Egyptian halls, which include the reconstructed Temple of Taffeh, a gift from Anwar Sadat to t…