Explore Holland’s diverse cities…
Only 30 minutes from Amsterdam in the heart of Holland you find the beautiful city of Utrecht. It’s a lively university city with an unparalleled vitality. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot. Large enough to enjoy world class festivals, architecture, culture and shopping for days on end.
Things to do:
- Combine a climb on the Dom Tower with a descend in a fascinating underground world at ‘DOM under’, with stories of 2000 years of Dutch history at the Domplein, the square where Utrecht was founded.
- Go for a Boat excursion on the unique canal system and enjoy a diner in one of the many restaurants in the wharf cellars, with terraces facing the canals
- Browse the Hoog Catharijne shopping centre (over 150 stores!) or explore the unique shops in the old city centre.
Welcome to Rotterdam
Rotterdam is a true metropolis thanks to its position as the second-largest city in Holland with a population of over 600,000. Most of the urban area is built in polders with ground levels up to 7 meters below sea level. Its skyline, showcasing distinctive landmarks including the Erasmus Bridge and the Euromast, can be seen from miles away. The Rough Guide and the New York Times ranked Rotterdam nr. 8 and nr. 10 on their lists of must-see cities for 2014, recommending the new De Rotterdam building designed by Rem Koolhaas and the Markthal indoor market. Rotterdam is an extraordinarily dynamic city featuring modern architecture, festivals, sporting events, unique shops and boutiques and cutting-edge art and culture.
Top places to visit:
• Stroll the decks, have a drink or take a tour on the ss Rotterdam. Restored to its former glory, this legendary ship exudes the atmosphere of bygone days.
• Visit the “De markthal,” the first indoor market in Holland, with the biggest art piece in the country and covering the size of a massive football pitch.
• Discover masterpieces by Bosch, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Dalí at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, or enjoy one of their spectacular exhibitions.
Royal city The Hague
The Hague has so much to offer for a city break. The Hague is known as the ‘Royal City by the Sea’ and is called ‘the residence city’ because of the many members of the Dutch Royal Family who reside in its chic neighbourhoods. The distance from the trendy beach bars and restaurants to the rich, cultural city is just ten minutes!
Top places to visit
• On a terrace in the inner city, relax with a glass of fine wine in your hands after a shopping spree in designer stores in the Hofkwartier, or flagship stores around Grote Markt.
• There are many royal palaces in The Hague. They include Noordeinde palace, the working palace of King William Alexander and Huis ten Bosch palace. After a tour of the palaces, take a relaxing break in the public Palace Gardens and you might even be able to spot some royalty!
• Vermeers world famous painting ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’ is back in the renewed Mauritshuis. Indulge yourself with culture during the day in one of the many museums and by night, enjoy a culinary taste explosion at an Oriental eatery or reserve a good spot with a view of the harbour in one of the many restaurants serving fresh fish.
What makes the city such a popular destination is the 17th century historical atmosphere, combined with the mentality of a modern metropolis - making for a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The small scale of the buildings and the intimacy of the streets, famous canals and historic squares create a unique atmosphere.