Flowers at Keukenhof Gardens
Keukenhof Gardens

While most visitors to Holland head straight for Amsterdam, there are a lot of other great places to visit in The Netherlands. From small cities to seats of government, pretty gardens to seaside towns, the country has a surprisingly diverse mix of travel destinations on offer.

To give you an idea of what’s out there and help you narrow down the choices for your trip, here is a list of the top 5 places to visit in The Netherlands.

Amsterdam
The most famous city in The Netherlands, Amsterdam needs no introduction. Known for everything from its red light district to its world-class art museums, the city has something for everyone. Amsterdam’s lively nightlife scene attracts partiers, and its laid-back cycling culture draws those that want to explore the city’s iconic canals by bike. If you want more ideas for how to spend your time in Amsterdam, check out the Top 10 Things to Do in Amsterdam list.

Rotterdam
Often overlooked in favor of other cities in the country, Rotterdam is nonetheless one of the best places to visit in The Netherlands. It is the second largest city in Holland, and has great museums, architecture, and cafes. The city is also home to an abundance of artistic treasures and great shopping.

Keukenhof Gardens
If you’re visiting The Netherlands in the springtime, one of the best places to visit is Keukenhof Gardens. Its tulip fields are know throughout the world for having some of the prettiest flowers in Europe, and a trip to see them is a great way to celebrate the onset of spring.

Delft
Often considered one of the prettiest cities in Holland, Delft is a great place to visit for lovers of history, culture, and ceramics (yes, it’s home to the famous blue Delft pottery). Visitors can take canal boat tours, climb the tower of the city’s New Church for great views of the old town, and go on guided walks to learn about the history of the city.

The Hague
The Hague is the seat of government for The Netherlands, and is an important city both administratively and culturally. Visitors can stroll through the famous market squares, enjoy great shopping and restaurants, and admire the many monuments and historic areas of the city. There are also great art museums and architectural treasures to admire.