The Netherlands: small tips.
The Netherlands is a country of tulips, clomps, mills and canals. That’s what people imagine when they hear the word “Holland”.
Is it everything you can find here? Definitely not! Our tips will help you to explore the Netherlands and to see its charm, depth and solidity.
The capital of the Netherlands attracts tourists from all over the world. It’s a city of contrasts.
Everybody can find something special for himself in Amsterdam.
Evert van de Beekstraat 202, 1118 CP Schiphol
2. Dam Square
Being in Amsterdam you can not avoid visiting central square - Dam Square.
Dam, 1012 NP Amsterdam
In Van Gogh museum you can see the biggest collection of the famous Dutch artist.
Paulus Potterstraat 7, 1071 CX Amsterdam
A building of Rijksmuseum looks like a palace. It’s so huge, that you can be tired of the abundance of historical values.
Museumstraat 1, 1071 XX Amsterdam
Amsterdam Madame Tussaud Museum is a branch of London’s Museum Tussaud Gallery.
Here you can see wax figures of Barack Obama, Rembrandt, Gorbachev, Pavarotti, the Queen Beatrix with the whole family and even Spider-Man with Lady Gaga.
Dam 20, 1012 NP Amsterdam
6. Floating flower-market
The world's only floating flower market. They have been selling flowers for 300 year.
Singel 610-616, Amsterdam
7. Floating houses
In the Netherlands you can see unusual floating houses. Some people really prefer living on the water.
A world famous dairy of a Jewish girl - Anne Frank - was written here, in Amsterdam during the World War II.
Prinsengracht 263-267, 1016 GV Amsterdam
With its historical roots, Utrecht has no competitors among other cities. Even Amsterdam cannot compete historically with the fourth largest city in the Netherlands. The first fortress on the territory of modern Utrecht was built in the middle of the I century AD. Dom Tower is situated on its territory nowadays.
Places to visit:
Dom Tower of Utrecht is the highest (112 metres) and the oldest Church tower in the Netherlands and a landmark of Utrecht. It was built in the period between 1321 and 1382. Inside the Church there where 2 chapels: the chapel of St. Michael (the chapel, which was used by the Bishop) and Ermondsey chapel (private chapel of Bishop George Agentsoho).
Utrecht University was founded in 1636 and since that time has motto”Sol Iustitiai Illustra Nose”, which means “The Sun of justice, Shine on us”.
Traditionally, the University specializes in law, Humanities and social Sciences. The University consists of seven faculties, which together cover the whole range of research and education.
One of the oldest universities in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe, Utrecht University has become a leading institution with a growing international reputation.
The University occupies the 12th place in the academic ranking among European universities and 53rd place among the universities in the world.
Domplein 29, 3512JE Utrecht
The Central Museum is housed in a former monastery, Agnietenklooster- Augustinian monastery; in the early twentieth century the building was extended and turned into a Museum. Around the building there are beautiful historical garden.
Nicolaaskerkhof 10, 3512 XC Utrecht,
In the Museum Catharijneconvent, located in Utrecht, you will get acquainted with the current and the past of Christianity in the Netherlands. Gold and silver statues of saints, paintings of the old masters, such as Rembrandt, video art and ancient manuscript- all of those masterpieces you can see in that museum.
Lange Nieuwstraat 38, 3512 PH Utrecht
The Railway Museum of Utrecht was founded in 1927. Here you can see a variety of trains, learn a lot about railways and dream, looking at the world-famous luxury Orient Express.
Maliebaanstation, 3581 XW Utrecht
However Amsterdam is the official capital of the Netherlands, The Hague plays an important role too.
All the most important places are situated here:
1. Peace Palace
The Gothic building with the main judicial institutions: International Court of Justice, the Hague Academy of international law, one of the largest libraries in the world.
Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ The Hague
Binnenhof is a complex of governmental buildings.
Binnenhof 8a, The Hague
You can visit one of the royal palaces in the Hague - Noordeinde Palace.
Noordeinde 64,The Hague
Madurodam is a park of miniatures where you can see the Netherlands in a scale of 1:25.
George Maduroplein 1, 2584 RZ The Hague
One of the most beautiful districts of The Hague is situated on the North Sea.
You can enjoy the beach and the promenade of Scheveningen.
Gevers Deynootweg 201,
Scheveningen, 2586 HZ The Hague
IJsselstein is a cozy ancient city in Utrecht area.
It’s a special city and its specialty begins with its name. The first 2 capital letters in the name – is not a mistake. Actually, historically it was one character “ÿ”. But with the time one letter divided in to two "I J". Since the Dutch began to use computers, instead of typewriters, where the Old Dutch letter “ÿ” didn’t exist, IJsselstein officially got its name in such a peculiar way.
Geographical position of IJsselstein has lots of advantages: On the one hand, it’s close to a big city Utrecht, just 30 min by tram or 10 min by car. On the other hand, it’s a lovely place where people can enjoy quiet life.
The city lays on the river IJssel. It had a fortification which in Dutch was called a 'Stein'. Hence its name.
Historically it’s a masterpiece of an ancient Europe. Each house in the center of IJsselstein has a long history… There are some buildings with pieces of walls dating from the XIII century.
Here you can also see a unique scale. Nowadays it’s a monument, but in ancient times it was used for weighing women to find out if there were any witches among them, as the witches weighed “0”.
Nobody knows if any were found.
As well as an interesting “Past”, IJsselstein has a very intensive “Present”. Citizens organize carnivals, fests, fairs and so on. City has a very active social life.
The Netherlands has a very rich history. And there are some “witnesses” who can tell us about ancient times:
There are lots of castles all over the Netherlands. You are welcome to pay a visit to one of them.
Famous dutch people
(Erasmus van Rotterdam)
( 1550 – 1597), several expeditions to Arctic waters; discovered Spitsbergen
Rembrandt van Rijn
Baruch de Spinoza
Vincent van Gogh
( 1876 – 1917) spy (Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" Zelle MacLeod)
Alfred Henry (Freddy) Heineken
(1923–2002), Commercial Mastermind of the Heineken Imperium. Grandson of the founder of Heineken.
(1929–1945), diarist & teen writer
Armin van Buuren
( born 1976), Dutch music producer and DJ
(born 1985) model
Places to visit
Keukenhof is a gorgeous spring flower park.
Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse
Efteling is a famous park of attractions.
Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel
Kinderdijk is a village in the province South Holland, 15 km from Rotterdam,where you can see a unique sightseeing - 19 old mills in a ray near the water.
The Royal family
Dutch people are fond of their Royal family. They talk about their kings and queens with proud and respect. In spite of the fact, that monarchy is just a symbol, the royal family plays an important role in the life of the country.
The Royal dynasty Oranje-Nassau got its royal status in 1815.
Willem the 1st
Willem Frederik Prins van Oranje-Nassau (24.08.1772-12.12.1843)
During that time the Netherlands was combined with Belgium, though in some years Belgium became independent again.
Willem the 2nd
Willem Frederik George Lodewijk (6.12.1792-17.03.1849)
This king was married with the daughter of Russian Tsar Paul the 1st, Anna Paulowna.
Willem the 3rd
Willem Alexander Paul Frederik Lodewijk (19.02.1817-23.11.1890)
After this king a series of Dutch queens began.
Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria (31.08.1880-28.11.1962)
Wilhelmina has opened the dynasty of Dutch queens.
Juliana Louise Emma Marie Wilhelmina van Oranje-Nassau 30.04.1909-20.03.2004
Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard,
Prinses der Nederlanden,
Prinses van Oranje-Nassau,
Prinses van Lippe-Biesterfeld
On 28 January 2013 Queen Beatrix officially proclaimed her abdication.
The Netherlands got a new King again - her son Willem-Alexander.
Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand
Koning der Nederlanden,
Prins van Oranje-Nassau
Baron van IJsselstein
Every year at the end of April the Netherlands celebrate King´s/Queens birthday.
People can officially sell anything they want tax-free. The whole country is “dressed” in orange.