Top things to do in The Netherlands

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 Vondelpark & the South

Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is among the world's finest art museums, packing works by local heroes Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh as well as 7500 other masterpieces over 1.5km of galleries. To avoid the biggest crowds, come be…
Top Choice Museum in Western Canal Ring

Anne Frank Huis

The Anne Frank Huis draws more than one million visitors annually. With Anne’s melancholy bedroom and her actual diary – sitting alone in its glass case, filled with sunnily optimistic writing tempered by quiet desp…
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 Bar in Groningen

Mr Mofongo

Drinking spaces don't get cooler than Mr Mofongo. Think student-hip cafe with buzzing pavement terrace on the ground floor, and cocktail bar with sensational 'wall' of 56 homemade spirits tapped by a robotic arm, cr…
Top Choice Museum in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Museum het Rembrandthuis

This evocative museum is housed in Rembrandt's former home, where the master painter spent his most successful years, painting big commissions such as The Night Watch and running the Netherlands’ largest painting st…
Top Choice Park in Vondelpark & the South

Vondelpark

A private park for the wealthy until 1953, Vondelpark now occupies a special place in Amsterdam's heart. It's a magical escape, but also supplies a busy social scene, encompassing cycle ways, pristine lawns, ponds w…
Top Choice Museum in Vondelpark & the South

Van Gogh Museum

It's a moving experience to visit this museum, which traces Van Gogh's life and development via the world's largest collection of his work, both familiar paintings and wonderful little-known pieces. It's fascinating…