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The Top Sights to See in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a popular holiday destination as it boasts a number of attractions and offers visitors a number of things to do.

If you are heading on any river cruises or another type of holiday in the Netherlands in 2014 or 2015 then you will want to know what the top sights are – here we have chosen our top sights to see.

The canals & waterways of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a must-see place for all visitors to the Netherlands as it is the capital of the country and is a stunning city too.

One of this beautiful city’s most iconic landmarks is its canals and waterways. The Dutch capital has over 1,500 bridges crossing more than 100 kilometres of canals and waterways, which offer some of the world’s best river cruising experiences.

An Amsterdam canal cruise really is a must-do activity and during your trip to this mega-city you will see countless numbers of people cruising down large and small canals.

Bulbfields & Keukenhof Gardens

The bulbfields outside of Amsterdam during spring are awash with colour as tulips sprout out from the ground and turn the farmers’ fields around the city into seas of red, pink, purple, orange and yellow. A river cruise is the best and most relaxing way to see the fields during spring and it will take visitors just an hour to travel to these spectacular fields.

Alternatively, visitors can head to the Keukenhof Gardens to see an estimated seven million perfectly planted plants. Keukenhof is the world’s biggest flower park and offers lucky visitors a number of gardens to explore that are home to tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises and more.

The Rijksmuseum

The tulips are only available to see during part of the year, but the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is an attraction that is available throughout the year.

It is the best art museum in the whole of the Netherlands and has a jaw-dropping collection of over 200 masterpieces. The museum shows off the city’s and the country’s rich history, which is probably why millions of people visit the attraction every year. Highlights include The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt’s Night Watch.


This is a UNESCO World Heritage site that has 19 windmills beside canals that cut through the surrounding landscape.

July and August are the months where all of the windmills are in full operation and offer sightseers an unforgettable experience, but some of the windmills are in operation throughout the year.

The region is also renowned for its abundance of wildlife as a number of wild birds call Kinderdijk home.

Thom Sanders