Rotterdam, also called ‘Manhattan on the Meuse’, is the second largest city of the Netherlands with the largest harbor of Europe (formerly the world’s largest). Lonely Planet & CNN recently called Rotterdam the new best city to visit. This because of the great diversity, futuristic architecture, friendly locals and great skyline together with a 17th-century Delfshaven. And now there is even a Free Walking Tour Rotterdam! Check: http://freewalkingtourrotterdam.com/ before you go!
The Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of Holland, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Bike around the area or go bye boat. There is even a pannenkoekenhuis pancake restaurant. It is touristy but it is still nice. If you are a good biker you can reach it from Amsterdam by bike.
Haarlem is a charming, medieval city in North Holland with lots of things to do there is even a Free walking tour.. This Dutch city offers tourists a lively cultural scene, oodles of atmosphere, excellent shopping and dining opportunities it’s only 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam. On top of that it is close to the beach Zandvoort. You can also go there by train.
Utrecht is the lively, beating heart of Holland. It was built around the Dom tower, which you can see from any point in the city, so there is no way you can get lost in the attractive, car-free city centre. The dom tower is also the highest church tower we have in the Netherlands. Utrecht is a lot older as Amsterdam is very Dutch as there are not that many tourist. And it is a centuries-old university town. With only 20 minutes by train Utrecht is a great day trip from Amsterdam.
Each spring, the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse come alive with blooming flowers in every colour of the rainbow. The tulip especially has a big part of the flower garden. As this flower meant a lot in the dutch history. Come through the tulips at the world’s largest flower gardens. Keukenhof is open from 23 March 2018 up to 21 May 2018.
The exquisite medieval centre of Delft is a hugely popular Dutch day-trip destination, with visitors flocking to stroll its narrow, canal-lined streets, gazing at the remarkable architecture and learning about the life and career of Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer. The artist was born in Delft and lived here – View of Delft, one of his best-loved works, is an enigmatic, idealised vision of the town.
Delft is synonymous with its famous Delftware, the distinctive blue-and-white pottery originally duplicated from Chinese porcelain by 17th-century artisans.