If you’re planning to visit the Netherlands, be warned – you might be surprised just to see how much you love this European nation. The country is well-known for Amsterdam, but don’t let the city’s reputation as a party spot mislead you. Whether you’re interested in outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, a history lesson, or some combination of activities, you can get what you’re looking for in the Netherlands.
Here are five reasons you’ll easily fall in love with the Netherlands:
- Dutch Snacks Are Amazing
Traveling with kids? You won’t need to worry about finding foods in the Netherlands for them to eat. French fries can be found virtually everywhere, and it’s hard to turn down a kroket – a deep-fried treat stuffed with minced meat. Craving something sweet? You can’t go wrong with a stroopwafel, which is essentially a waffle bound together with a sticky syrup. And if you love cheese, you’ll want to find a local spot to try some Gouda and Edam – or one or the other many Dutch cheeses the region is known for.
- The People are Kind and Friendly
Some destinations are more friendly toward tourists than others, and the Netherlands is one of those spots. Instead of resenting tourists, the residents of the Netherlands welcome visitors with open arms. They’re eager to share information about their country and quick to offer a helping hand, and the best part? Many of them speak English, so you won’t have to struggle to overcome a language barrier unless you’re venturing outside the major cities.
- It’s Easy to Get Around
Amsterdam’s international airport offers direct flights to many major transportation hubs around the world, and once you arrive, you’ll find it easy to get around. Many cities are walkable, but you can also explore by bicycle or take advantage of various public transit options. When it’s time to move on to your next destination, you can easily catch a train or bus to get there.
- It’s Incredibly Kid-Friendly
The Netherlands is known as an excellent spot for families to visit together, and once you arrive, you’ll find it easy to see why. There are tons of great parks and playgrounds, as well as family-friendly attractions, like zoos, interactive museums, and other engaging exhibits. You can also plan a visit to one or two of the country’s theme parks, like Efteling or Walibi Holland, to enjoy a variety of roller coasters and rides.
- There’s So Much to See and Do
Once you start to do some research and prepare for your trip, you’ll see there are tons of ways to have fun in the Netherlands. From setting off on a bike tour through the countryside to relaxing on Zandvoort beach to exploring one of the many world-class museums found throughout the Netherlands, you’ll wind up with more options than you could hope to enjoy on a quick vacation.
The Netherlands is a great place to visit on its own or as part of a bigger European adventure. Whether you choose to spend a few days as I did, or a few weeks there, you’ll find plenty of reasons to fall in love with this welcoming country.