The Netherlands is full of interesting cities, islands and resort destinations. This is a great destination for travelers interested in architecture, the historical canals and street markets. 

This really is a land of windmills, tulips, and canals, while being a progressive 21st-century nation. The capital, Amsterdam, is famous for its waterways and its laid-back atmosphere. The Hague is home to the queen and a center for international diplomacy. And Delft and Haarlem are smaller, character-rich cities.


Cruise the Canals

Board a glass-topped tour boat for a cruise on Amsterdam’s storied canals. From this vantage point, you get the best possible view of all those gabled Golden Age merchants’ houses.

Visit the Anne Frankhuis

The clear and haunting words of a young Jewish girl trying to survive and grow in unimaginable circumstances have moved millions since they were first published in the aftermath of World War II. It’s a melancholy, but unforgettable experience to spend a reflective moment in Anne Frank’s stark hideout from Nazi terror.

Try a Rijsttafel

Dutch settlers in the East Indies created the banquet-style « rice table. » Comprising from 10 to 30 little dishes, some as fiery as rocket exhaust, a rijsttafel is a great introduction to Indonesian cuisine.

Buy flowers at the Flower Market

The vast array of flowers and potted plants in their « floating » home on the Singel canal comprises the city’s largest and most colorful plant assortment.

Meet Van Gogh: Van Gogh Museum

The world’s largest collection of Vincent’s works is housed here — some 200 paintings and 500 drawings — ranging from Sunflowers to earless self-portraits. Here, you can trace this great, tragic painter’s artistic and psychological development.


Hotel Pulitzer

Set in 25 restored 17th- and 18th-century canal houses, this sophisticated hotel is a 3-minute walk from a tram stop and 1.6 km from Rijksmuseum.

The posh, individually decorated rooms and suites offer sitting areas, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minibars, and tea and coffeemakers. Some provide canal views and balconies or terraces. Suites add separate living areas, and some include antique furnishings, original artwork and/or music instruments.

Amenities include an upscale restaurant, a bar and a gym, plus a garden and a terrace. There’s also a business center and a classic 1920s-style salon boat. Pets are welcome.

Hotel Ambassade

Set in a row of 10 attached 17th-century townhouses, this upscale hotel is a 5-minute walk from a tram stop, 10 minutes on foot from the Anne Frank House and 1.3 km from the Rijksmuseum.

The upscale rooms feature contemporary and/or opulent decor and come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and sitting areas. Some have minibars. Suites add separate living areas, balconies and/or canal views. An apartment adds a kitchen and French windows.

Hot breakfast (fee) is served in a bright dining room overlooking the canal. Amenities include a library with a bar and 18th-century furniture, plus an airy French restaurant. Pets are allowed.


The Dylan

Overlooking the Keizersgracht canal, this sophisticated hotel with a 17th-century stone facade is 1 km from the art exhibits at the Rijksmuseum and 2 km from the S105 road.

Refined rooms feature free Wi-Fi, Bose sound systems and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars, tea and coffeemakers, and designer toiletries. They also offer garden or courtyard views; some have canopy beds, loft bedrooms and/or cathedral ceilings. Posh suites add espresso machines; some come with rainfall showers and/or canal views. Room service is available 24/7.

There’s an elegant acclaimed restaurant, a cozy brasserie and a chic wine bar, as well as a courtyard and a garden.


The Amstel Intercontinental

A 2-minute walk from Weesperplein metro station, this chic waterfront hotel in a refined 19th-century building is 2.1 km from the Van Gogh Museum and 2.9 km from the Anne Frank House.

With city or Amstel river views, the polished rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, cable TV and CD/DVD players, as well as marble bathrooms and minibars. Room service is available.

Amenities include breakfast (fee), a formal restaurant, a casual brasserie and a lounge, plus a bar with a river-view terrace. There’s also a fitness center with an indoor heated pool, a sauna, a steam room and a Jacuzzi. Limited parking is available (surcharge).


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