Keukenhof is referred to as the "Garden of Europe." It's a large, 32 acre park that's just outside of Amsterdam. Since there are plenty of bus trips that go to the park, you can rent a car or take the bus to get there. The journey there is almost as nice as the park itself, with its vast fields of striped colors with hundreds of tulips, hyacinths, etc. It's gorgeous. There are multicolored tulips planted there. The l drawback is that you can only admire it for eight weeks out of the year, when the bulbs bloom from March to April, consult the dates because it varies with the weather.
Kinderdijk is located very close to Rotterdam. A set of mills from the 18th century were declared as World Heritage Site by Unesco. There were many people walking and cycling. I think in July and August they put them to work on Saturday afternoon. They are in very good condition, at least from the outside.
The Euromast is a tower designed by Hugh Maaskant. It was constructed between the years 1958 and 1960 with a height of 185m and a diameter of 9m. It was built for the Floriade, an international exhibition of floristry and gardening which is held every ten years. Just 120m away, we came across the restaurant, and on its summit an observation deck. It is part of the World Federation of Great Towers.
A beautiful city made for one to amble along peacefully. It has a ceramic museum and in the gardens of the museum there is a bench made of typical Delft ceramics, in an homage to Gaudí. Travel back in time and see typical products from many years ago.
Rotterdam is a city that will catch your attention right from the first moment you see it, because of its modern buildings. Admittedly, it shows that there is an effort to try and make the architecture different here, something that has really helped the city forget the fame of the industrial port in order to become a modern and edgy city. These "cube houses" are a clear example of this contemporary style. Comfortable or not to live (accessibility is not his forte), the truth is that they are, at least, shocking. And although they seem almost like a museum (actually, you can visit one of them), the fact is that they are inhabited and also are not cheap. Highlighted pretty much for their geometric shape and colors, as well as interior design, logically adapted to their peculiar shape. I do not know, it was very curious. I would not like to live in them, but I recommend them without hesitation.
If this place is incredible during the day, at night it's even better. Buildings with moving lights, illuminations, strange buildings, but all in harmony. And the water is beautiful. I recommend this city because it is young, modern, and attractive. Just so you're clear, there are (I think) three historic buildings only, so it's not a good place to see sights, but for everything else it's great.
The Hague's Madurodam park is great for kids and for adults. It features scale models of the most important buildings in the Netherlands, as well as moving trains, buses, windmills and planes. Also there is a museum of ice sculptures that you have to see (it has an ice slide)
Walking through the historic center of the city of The Hague is one of those seemingly everyday things which becomes unforgettable. Trams and bicycles pass between buildings which seem like they have come out of a fairy story. Establishments color the lively streets, its squares invite us to take pictures of every nook and cafes offer us an unparalleled view just by looking up. For me, the magic of this city was walking through the streets.
The Peace Palace in The Hague is home to the International Court of Justice and is without doubt the most representative (and for me was the most impressive)in the city. Its construction was conceived in the late nineteenth century, on the principles which it now represents, but not finished being built until 1913 with the collaboration of several countries. Today it is one of the symbols of the city and guided tours of it are available.
This is the city of the key. The two branches of the Oude Rijn gather in the city center. Like most Dutch cities it is crossed by canals. It features Aalmarkt and fishmarket streets, as well as a varied market, with stalls selling good cheeses, pastries and breads, as well as clothing and other items. It also has some nice bars and breweries, and nearby there are large stuffed potatoes which can be eaten a thoughsan ways. A good place to stop for lunch is near Wolsteeg street in a narrow pedestrian street mall. Keep in mind when traveling to Holland that Visa, master card, and American Express can't really be used. The card used is the MASTER, so be careful when planning the trip and bring cash to avoid surprises, such as car parks.
This is another place that we stayed in during our Dutch vacation. The city structure is typical of the country with a cobbled central square, around which everything revolves, as home to the city hall and the cheese weighing house. There are some churches and canals. It's a good place to buy the cheese of the same name, with very nice shops. It's much richer than Edam, with more body and flavor. What surprised us most about the city was the tremendous amount of cyclist. Amsterdam's cycling population doesn't hold a candle to this city. We ate at a Greek restaurant, completely made of cardboard that was totally geeky.
This is another place we visited on our Dutch vacation. The structure of the city is usual in this country: the cobbled central square around which everything revolves, with the city's many cheese offerings available on every corner. There are some churches and canals. It's a good place to buy the cheese of the same name, with very nice shops. It's much more delicious than the Edam, has more body and flavor. What surprised us most of this site was the tremendous amount of people on bicycles, Amsterdam it's nothing compared to this. Here we ate at a Greek restaurant that wasn't very good.
Scheveningen beach is very popular in Holland. The coast is full of bars, where people can relax and have a bite to eat, or with a glass of rosé wine in hand. On the promenade, there are many artists making sculptures with the fine sand of the beach. At the end of the promenade, there is an aquarium with many species of animals, an ideal place to visit with children. In the middle of the beach there is a large pier, with several shops and a casino. It is one of the most luxurious hotels in Holland and it is situated right in front of the beach.
The Hofvijver is a little lake that is situated in the center of The Hague. In the middle of it there is an island with vegetation in which there are many gulls, in fact, some are close to the walls and edges, as they are used to it, so you can take pictures very closely. Despite being near the traffic of Buitenhof Avenue, the north side offers a leisurely walk in a wooded pedestrian area (called Lange Vijverberg), allowing us to enjoy the tranquility of the pond. When we went, one edge was flanked by flags, which gave a very visual touch.
De Binnenhof parliament is where the court is housed. It is a complex of different buildings, and it includes a church, the royal palace, a beautiful lake and a museum. Next door you can find The mauritzhuis, which is the most famous museum in the Hague. If you get the chance to go there, make sure you don´t miss this place, because the buildings date from 1800 and they are beautiful.
Of Cultural Interest in Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel
A 30 km dike that cuts the North Sea entrance in the northern Netherlands, in an area called Zuiderzee. Once a saltwater dam, it became a freshwater lake they called IJsselmeer. They used cubic meters of sand and morainic materials and up to 5000 people worked on the construction. Today, it overrides the A7 motorway and its parallel bike channel. A railway that was proposed as part of the initial plans was never built. This resort has a number of locks for vessels to pass through, as well as to evacuate water from the lake. There is a staging area where you can admire this marvel of engineering, and there is also a bar, souvenir shop, a gazebo, panels and commemorative sculptures.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport is the hub of air communication between the two cities that can be reached by bus and / or train in about 30 minutes. It is smaller and has fewer passengers than other airports, like Amsterdam for example, and everything is much closer. You can collect your suitcase really quickly and take your connecting flight (if applicable). Highly recommended if you are going to the Netherlands and aren´t necessarily going to Amsterdam.
As I said in my experience of the Erasmus bridge, Rotterdam seems to be the city of bridges. Perhaps it's because of the contrast between the white of the Erasmus bridge and this one, I'm not sure. Or perhaps it's my memory of crossing it by bike (fully recommended, by the way) and climbing up this bridge's enormous hill, which you can't appreciated from afar, but with Dutch bikes, you can. You can honestly see it's majestic outline in almost all profiles of the city and it lends a touch of colour to this beautiful modern and edgy city.