Amsterdam is definitely a superb travel destination and great experience on its own, the Netherlands does have a lot more to offer than coffee shops and the red light district!
The Netherlands or, not formally correct but we’ll forgive you, Holland. Most people know about this country because Amsterdam is a popular tourist destination. And although Amsterdam is definitely a superb travel destination and great experience on its own, the Netherlands does have a lot more to offer than coffee shops and the red light district!
So, since I just spent over a month back home in the Netherlands I decided it was about time to share some tips about other places worth visiting. And best of all: The Netherlands is such a small country that all of these places are within a two and a half hour journey from Amsterdam and therefore make for great day trips!
10 Beautiful Dutch Towns Worth Visiting:
This old, traditional town in the province of Overijssel is often called ‘Little Venice’ or ‘The Venice of the North’ due to its main form of transportation via canals. Even the postman delivers mail by boat since some of the houses can only be reached via the water!
Giethoorn was founded by a group of roaming people called Flagellants at the end of the 13th century. All sorts of people, including criminals, prostitutes and extremely poor people looking for salvation joined this group. Therefore the Bishop of Utrecht demanded that they settled and gave them the land nowadays known as Giethoorn. The name Giethoorn originates from the large amount of goat horns found there, probably caused by a great flood a century earlier that caused the death of these goats.
Nowadays tourists come from all over the world to visit this adorable town, with Chinese tourists being the biggest crowd with over 200,000 visitors per year (bearing in mind that the village itself has only around 2,600 inhabitants). Visiting Giethoorn is like walking through an open-air museum with its canals, roughly 180 bridges and numerous traditional Dutch farm houses. But, do check out the surrounding countryside as well! There are some beautiful hiking, biking and, for obvious reasons, boating opportunities in the area and it boasts one of the best National Parks in the Netherlands: the Weerribben-Wieden.
If you want to see and learn about the essence of the Netherlands, Kinderdijk is the place to be!
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