One of the most vibrant and fascinating countries in Europe, The Netherlands is an exciting choice for a holiday. It's a lush country with charming traditions and interesting cities, each one unique in its own way.
Amsterdam, with its quaint cobbled streets lined with tall skinny buildings, many canals and bridges, is one of the most popular places to visit in the Netherlands, and with good reason. It's home to many museums full of masterpieces by legendary artists such as Rembrandt and Van Gogh, as well as historical places like Anne Frank’s house. Cycling is a popular pastime here, and this extraordinary little city’s culture, nightlife, excellent restaurants and charm is what makes holidaymakers return time and again.
What we love about holidays in the Netherlands
Delft is famous for its iconic blue and white pottery, and its historic centre is charming.
The Hague is home to the International Court of Justice. You can also see famous Dutch landmarks in miniature there, at Madurodam park.
See incredible artworks by Dutch masters such as Hieronymus Bosch, van Gogh and Rembrandt.
The Netherlands is famous for its windmills, tulips and cheese – be sure to sample some Gouda and Edam.
Discover quaint traditional towns and villages and explore the rich Dutch history.
Its cuisine is delicious and quite unique.
The nightlife is vibrant and fun.
The Netherlands is a delightful place to explore, with many options for a fabulous holiday. It offers an assortment of attractions including amusement parks, museums, zoos and ski resorts, not forgetting its rich history and culture. Find fields of colourful tulips, explore traditional cheese markets, cruise numerous waterways and sample traditional dishes. Thompsons Holidays can create the perfect holiday package for you, whether you’re travelling on a budget, with family, friends or on a romantic getaway.
Things to do in the Netherlands
The Netherlands is a fascinating destination for a holiday, with many places to visit and things to do. Its eclectic capital city, Amsterdam, is full of canals, cyclists, museums, restaurants and bars. Further afield you’ll find postcard-pretty towns and villages as well as cities worth exploring, like modern Rotterdam and distinguished The Hague.
Don’t forget the fantastic shopping and fabulous food, especially the street food (you have to try fresh herring, sweet poffertjesand stroopwafelsfrom a street vendor). With its vibrant nightlife, there’s always somewhere to party in the Netherlands – and cycling will keep you fit, wherever you’re visiting.
Things to do in the Netherlands
See Amsterdam from the water as you cruise its canals.
Explore the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans, a replica of a traditional 17th Century Dutch village.
Have fun in the country’s largest amusement park, Efteling in Kaatsheuvel.
See the 18th-century windmills at the UNESCO-listed village of Kinderdijk.
Explore the 12th-century hilltop castle in historic Valkenburg.
See how cheese is made in Edam.
Try on traditional Dutch clogs in the little fishing village of Volendam.
Discover the art masterpieces in Amsterdam’s legendary Rijksmuseum.
Visit Rotterdam’s charming old harbour.
Go shopping in Delft’s main traditional market.
Go cycling in the countryside.
Take a tour through the fascinating Dutch National Railway Museum in Utrecht.
This small country has many hidden gems to show you as well as its legendary windmills, tulips, cheese and chocolate. So take time out to explore at leisure and discover its iconic charm. Thompsons Holidays can put together a holiday package especially for you, depending on whether you’re bringing the kids and making it a family holiday, or you're travelling with friends.
The Netherlands is on Central European Time, 1 hour behind South Africa during the winter (November to March) and the same time as South Africa in the summer months (last Sunday in March to last Saturday in October).
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