Tourist cities of the Netherlands
There are many distinctive tourist cities in the Netherlands, as follows:
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands in the alpha classification of world cities - one of the world cities - among European cities, and the city is one of the main cities recommended to visit in the Netherlands, and tourism in Amsterdam is active thanks to the wonderful water canals, tulip gardens, warm and comfortable cafes, and world-famous museums Besides the beauty of Blijburg Beach and its picturesque nature, the design of wooden houses and shops plays a role in revitalizing tourism in Amsterdam.
Some of them have been added to the UNESCO list of world heritage, such as the defense line that dates back to the nineteenth century to the twentieth century, as well as the water channels that were built in the seventeenth century, and what distinguishes the city is also the pleasant and mild weather in it throughout the year; Where the highest temperatures in the hottest month of August reach 17 degrees Celsius, while the lowest temperatures in the coldest months of January reach below 3 degrees Celsius, which enables visitors to enjoy the beauty of the city and do many activities, but the best times to visit the city are between October to April and July.
Moreover, the city is amazing with all its different cultures, as the city’s residents come from 180 different cultural backgrounds, which makes it one of the most culturally diverse cities, and although the official language is Dutch most of the locals speak English.
Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands, and it has the largest port in the world on its territory. It is home to a huge port (Dutch: Europoort) through which many shipments and goods pass to and from the European continent. It has long been known for its importance as a cultural hub; It is the birthplace of the Dutch philosopher Erasmus, born in 1467 AD. Today, the city is one of the most modern and interesting cities in Europe. It is also popular with tourists. As it provides many recreational options full of life and there are areas for marine tourism, The figures indicate that more than 1.8 million hotel rooms were booked in 2017, while the number of hotel guests increased to more than 1.1 million by 10% compared to 2016. The city is also a cultural destination where visiting museums witnessed an increase in the number of visitors by 12% compared to In the year 2016.
The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government, although it is not the capital; It hosts on its soil many international organizations dedicated to achieving world peace, and it is referred to as the International City of Peace and Justice. The coastal city and its wonderful beaches in Kijkduin and Scheveningen and among the landmarks in The Hague:
- The Japanese Garden: The Japanese Garden is one of the attractive city features located in the Keukenhof Garden, which was created in the twentieth century by a baroness - a title given to some nobles in ancient Europe - who brought many sculptures and bridges during her trips to Japan, and contains plants. Green and turtle island.
- The famous Peace Palace: In 2013 AD, it celebrated the centenary of its construction. The palace houses many important international organizations such as the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Visitors are also allowed to tour the palace with guides on weekends.
- Escher Palace and Museum: This palace was considered a winter residence for the queens of the ancient Netherlands, but it has become an exhibition of artworks by the artist Mortis Cornelis Escher, who is considered one of the greatest graphic artists in the world, and visitors can enjoy his artwork through a virtual reality show.
Maastricht is located near Belgium and Germany on the banks of the Meuse or Banana River, which makes it a popular destination for the citizens of the two countries, as well as for the Dutch themselves, as Maastricht is a vibrant place, and home to many different languages and cultures, which distinguishes it from other cities This is reflected in the student diversity throughout Europe, in addition to the modern buildings located next to the towering cathedrals, modern shops, and old buildings, as well as the carnival festival that takes place every year.
Utrecht is one of the most diverse cities in the Netherlands, so it quickly became on the list of tourists' itineraries. It is the religious center of the Netherlands, and there are on its territory the University of Utrecht and many art museums that give it a calm and wonderful atmosphere, and warehouses are located in the central parts of the city.
Medieval times were surrounded on both sides by chains of stairs, and there are also balconies and a walkway that runs directly along the water, in addition to the famous Dom Tower dating back to the fifteenth century and surrounded by a ring of beautiful canals lined with trees, and you can enjoy luxury in one of the luxury hotels Which were formerly historical palaces, It is worth noting that the best times for tourism in the city extend between March and May.
The city of Nijmegen has several distinct aspects; The city has a long history, and it is known as the green city where there are many parks and forests, as well as a lake for water sports, and besides that, it is famous for its beautiful beaches along the Waal River, which gives visitors the opportunity to do many activities, and also enjoys The city has a lively cultural scene; Where many festivals are held throughout the year, including cinema, music, art, science, and others, in addition to owning many theaters and museums, other than that, it is a city rich in attractive shops as well as unique historical cafes and restaurants.
The city of Haarlem is the capital of the province of North Holland, located between Amsterdam and the North Sea, that is, 7 km from the coast of the Little Spain River. Plants with bulbs such as tulips, tulips, saffron, and daffodils. It is also noteworthy that the city witnessed great artistic activity and is home to many painters, as this cultural heritage is still present today, for example, the Museum of the painter Franz Hals, which is one of the best tourist attractions of the city.
Groningen is located in a quiet, rural area in the north of the Netherlands, but the city center is a modern and lively place the streets are full of pedestrians, and you can notice some ancient architecture in its midst. The city was quickly restored after being completely destroyed in World War II. Groningen is today among the most advanced urban cities in the Netherlands, and is characterized by a huge amount of creativity and culture; Thanks to its 40,000 students, it builds a vibrant arts and culture scene, and there are plenty of restaurants in the low-priced city.
St-Hertogenbosch or as it is called Den Bosch is a wonderful city filled with historic buildings and beautiful museums, where you can explore the city's medieval architecture through a stroll through its streets, or take a boat tour between Water canals or a bike ride to see forts and castles, The city is famous for being the birthplace of the painter Hieronymus Bosch (Dutch: Jheronimus Van Aken), whose nickname was taken from the name of the city, where Hieronymus was known to embody the scene of hell in surrealism , while there are many landmarks in the city Beautiful, there is a splendid church decorated with statues and traces of the Dutch wars of independence that still survive and include the lines of fortifications and defenses that can be seen and traced; It takes the form of water channels, But the most important feature of its warm atmosphere, which makes its visitors feel comfortable, where you can enjoy jazz cafes and small restaurants, so the city was elected as the most hospitable city in the Netherlands for the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 respectively.