For years, Reishonger brings the most beautiful worldwide travel destinations in word and image to her Dutch and Belgian visitors, readers and followers. We are now turning the roles: what do you write foreign websites and blogs, travel books and tourists about our beautiful country, and in particular: what is the Top 10 of attractions in the Netherlands you should have visited!
What do foreign tourists come to our beautiful country? An overview of the top 10 attractions for tourists in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
By far the majority of tourists who travel to the Netherlands come to our capital: every year, Amsterdam is visited by around 4,5 million people from all over the world. This is the fourth most visited city in Europe. In addition, there are a small 16 million people in Amsterdam every year, partly because it is a very popular cruise destination for mainly Chinese, Americans and Japanese.
2. The Dutch coast & the IJsselmeer
The North Sea coast and the Wadden Islands with long beaches and dune areas and the IJsselmeer with an excellent opportunity for sailing yachts are particularly popular with German tourists. The number of Germans who visited our country last year was 2,870,000. Germany is thus our largest tourist origin market. Most tourists stay in one of the many holiday parks that our country is rich, even though more and more hotels or apartments are being chosen .
Are you going on holiday with your family in your own country? Then there are several hotels in the area where you can enjoy sun, sea and beach with the whole family. For example, see Novotel family hotels in the Netherlands for the best location.
3. The cheese markets
There are five other famous cheese markets in the Netherlands, namely in Alkmaar, Edam, Hoorn, Gouda and Woerden. The markets in Gouda and Woerden are still being traded between the cheese farmers from the region and the wholesalers. The remaining cheese markets are mainly tourist attractions, surrounded by hugs that sell traditional Dutch goods, such as tulips, clogs and natural cheese. Alkmaar, Edam and Hoorn cheese markets are flooded during the holiday periods by mostly American and Asian tourists.
4. Traditional Dutch fishing villages
Foreign tourists often also want to visit typical Dutch villages, such as the traditional Dutch fishing villages of Volendam and Marken. Both villages are known both inland and abroad for their fishing, typical housing and clothing. Well, apart from that, because while tourists are charging busloads at once, there are plenty of Dutch who have never been there.
5. Our (polder) landscape
About nature in the Netherlands is often done in estimation. It would not suggest so much in comparison to nature abroad. However, the Dutch landscape and Dutch nature are unique in the world. The Netherlands houses nature that hardly happens anywhere else. This is mainly due to the location of the Netherlands in the delta of four major rivers.
One of the most famous tourist attractions in the Netherlands is Kinderdijk. Kinderdijk is the municipality with most of the Netherlands’s mills. So many mills so close to each other, with the typical Dutch polder landscape, makes for a beautiful picture that attracts tens of thousands of tourists annually.
7. Tulips and the Keukenhof
The Netherlands is renowned for its tulips and is one of the largest exporters of tulips and tulips in the world. Tulips have become synonymous with Dutch trade, beauty and tourism. The exhibition of millions of tulips in the Keukenhof in Lisse attracts 800,000 visitors from around the world every year. This 2-month, annual-returning flower show is also called “The Garden of Europe”. Should the Keukenhof be open all year, it would attract about as many visitors as the Eiffel Tower, for example.
8. (The Port of) Rotterdam
The port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest and at the port of Shanghai after the largest port of the world! Rotterdam is a real metropolis. From afar you will see the impressive skyline, unique to Europe! It gives the city a grand view, with the Euromast and Erasmus bridge as typical landmarks. Rotterdam is known as an architectural city, nationally and internationally, with a host of innovative building art. Also, more and more cruise ships are increasing, increasing the number of day visits explosively. These “daymen” hire a bike to explore the city, take a water taxi to Rotterdam harbor or rent a car to discover from Rotterdam Dordrecht, visit the Kinderdijk’s mills or view Utrecht and the surrounding area .
9. Museums and exhibitions
The Netherlands has many special museums and sights for which tourists come to our country. Very popular are the Rijksmuseum, with paintings by Rembrandt (and other top pieces such as Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen), the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank house. The Anne Frank House is hosted by many tourists every day, so if you want to go there yourself, prepare yourself for sometimes long rows at the entrance! A list of all the museums in the Netherlands can be found here .
10. The Caribbean
How crazy it may seem, in the top 10 of sights in the Netherlands are also tropical islands! The Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba make up part of the Netherlands as special municipalities. The islands attract hundreds of thousands of tourists annually, and there are more each year. Only the number of cruise tourists who visited Bonaire exploded from 50,000 in 2005 to 250,000 in the past year.