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The Netherlands is the land of windmills, prostitutes and legal drugs. At least that’s what you probably already know about the country, but those are just the headline makers: what usually surprises is that this small corner of Europe is overwhelmingly gorgeous.

Yes, capital Amsterdam is a hedonistic playground where you can do things you wouldn’t dream of doing at home, and yes it does have its own sex museum. Amongst the streets of Europe’s most tolerant city, however, are quiet, winding canals, cobbled lanes, gardens of vivid tulips and a regal building full of the works of Van Gogh. So no, it’s not just for party animals and stag nights, though most visitors end up in a coffee shop, or drifting through the red light district at some stage (purely for entertainment value of course – don’t try taking photographs!).

Second city Rotterdam was rebuilt from the bottom up after being left a post World War II pile of rubble. The port town, for years the world biggest harbour, has a fierce rivalry with Amsterdam, one that’s reflected in its rampaging nightlife and anti-Amsterdam branded hardcore techno scene. The 185-meter tower – “Euromast” - offers revolving views over the city’s modern architecture, while you can hunt down that Dutch stereotype in the 18th-century windmill of the only district that survived the attacks, Oude Kerk.

Maastricht – home of the EU treaty – swallows verdant green hills in its aging medieval splendor, and basks in a central European cosmopolitan vibe that sees the average citizen ramble comfortably in several languages. Tiny Haarlem – a mere day trip from Amsterdam – is chock full of café culture, remarkable crumbling buildings and grandiose churches whose spires fill the skyline, while the town of Delft offers similar aging charms alongside its world-renowned blue and white pottery.

Out in the countryside, you can explore the swathes of land reclaimed from the waters of the North Sea, stumble among the cultured parklands and epic art museum of Hoge Veluwe National Park, or explore the natural wonders of Texel Island, a popular local holiday spot. Just don’t pass The Netherlands off as purely hedonistic: this country’s about so much more than cannabis.

Amsterdam #1 most popular location
We all know what runs through the average young mind when it hears the word ‘Amsterdam’. It might be the liberal home of drugs and prostitution, but the Dutch capital is also a beautiful …
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The Hague #2 most popular location
As the regal home of Dutch royalty, former capital Den Haag (The Hague) is an artistic, ornate city of palaces, architectural wonders and wide, tree-lined boulevards. It's also at the heart o…
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Rotterdam #3 most popular location
British indie-crooners The Beautiful South once sung that Rotterdam is like anywhere, suggesting the city lacked any outstanding attributes. Architecturally, they were pretty much bang on. Ha…
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Maastricht #4 most popular location
As the capital city of the Limburg province, and the southernmost city in the Netherlands with the Meuse River splitting her in two, and within walking distance of both Germany and Belgium, M…
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Utrecht #5 most popular location
Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Founded by the Romans in 48 A.D. as 'Ultrajectum', meaning; end of the road , because it was here where the roman empire stopped at the…
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Leiden #6 most popular location
A stunning archaic city centre, Rembrandt’s home town and host to the oldest and arguably most notable university in the Netherlands: Leiden’s certainly not lacking in claims to fame, but…
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Zandvoort #7 most popular location
Zandvoort is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Zandvoort is one of the major beach resorts of the Netherlands; it has a long sandy beach, bord…
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Delft #8 most popular location
Delft is one of the most beautiful cities in The Netherlands. Though quite small, the old city is charming. Many canals dissect the city (a boat trip is a nice way to see the city!). Delft wi…
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Eindhoven #9 most popular location
Known throughout Europe as an industrial heartland and as the home of electrical powerhouse Philips, Eindhoven hardly has a pretty reputation. More recently, though, the city has established …
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Valkenburg aan de Geul #10 most popular location
Valkenburg aan de Geul is situated in the southeastern Dutch province of Limburg. Nowadays Valkenburg is especially known for its touristic character. There are several attractions within …
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Haarlem #11 most popular location
Haarlem is very close to Amsterdam and definitely worth to visit. The city offers culture, history, pedestriated shopping centers and nightlife can be around every corner. Staying in Haarl…
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Arnhem #12 most popular location
The medium sized east Netherlands town of Arnhem is better known for its past than its presence. Having spent eight days of the Second World War welcoming allied parachutists at the heart of …
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Groningen #13 most popular location
Groningen is the capital of the province Groningen and with 182,000 residents by far the largest town in the North of the Netherlands. Groningen has one of the oldest and largest universities…
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Texel #14 most popular location
Texel is the first of a string of islands which stretches from the north-west coast of the Netherlands along the German coast all the way to Denmark. This island has a modest 16.000 inhabit…
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Noordwijk #15 most popular location
Noordwijk is a beach resort at the Dutch coast in the North of the province 'Zuid Holland'. Noordwijk is an ideal place to spend a vacation. It is close to both Amsterdam and The Hague. It is…
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Nijmegen #16 most popular location
Nijmegen is located in the province of Gelderland near the German border. It is founded in 19 AD as 'Noviomagum' and is the oldest city of The Netherlands; it was granted city rights in 98 AD…
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Leeuwarden #17 most popular location
Leeuwarden is a little-known town in the northern part of the Netherlands. It is the capital of Fryslân, well-known for its Frisian cattle and Frisian horses. An agricultural province, touri…
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Kaatsheuvel #18 most popular location
Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant. It is situated along the highways N261 and N628, and with a population of roughly 16,600, it is the largest village in the mun…
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Schiphol #19 most popular location
Schiphol is the biggest airport in the Netherlands. It's located in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland. Inside Schiphol you can find quite some bars & restaurants and taxfree shops. Be certain to…
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Tilburg #20 most popular location
Everybody is welcome in Tilburg, the 'heart of Brabant'. Whether you would like to wander through the beautiful nature which surrounds the city or want to visit a museum, Tilburg has a lot to…
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Scheveningen #21 most popular location
Scheveningen is part of The Hague, along the coast of the North Sea. It is a seaside resort with a long beach, an esplanade, a pier and a lighthouse, and also comprises a harbor, both for fis…
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Domburg #22 most popular location
Domburg is a small town in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands. This town is located near the sea and is very populair for tourist. During the summer you can find a lot of tourist in t…
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Haarlemmermeer #23 most popular location
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Apeldoorn #24 most popular location
Apeldoorn can be found near National Park De Hoge Veluwe, within the province of Gelderland, in the Netherlands. Apeldoorn is a city with over 155.000 inhabitants. Apeldoorn is nice to vis…
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Lisse #25 most popular location
Lisse is known for its tourist attraction "De Keukenhof". This is a park filled with gardens where the prettiest flowers (like tulips) are being displayed. But be sure to check opening dates …
37travelers 13reviews 4blogs
Amersfoort #26 most popular location
Amersfoort is a calm town of 130.000 souls. because it almost dubbeld in size over the last 40 years it has a wide range of architectural styles. Some are international known like "Kattenbr…
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Terschelling #27 most popular location
Terschelling is one of the five occupied islands that belong to the dutch Waddeneilanden. Like the other islands, this is a small island with not even 5000 inhabitants. They live in 15 very s…
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Volendam #28 most popular location
Volendam is a touristic fishermans town in the province Noord Holland near to the IJsselmeer. It is famous for it's old fashioned clothing and wooden shoes and houses are still the way it was…
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Zwolle #29 most popular location
Zwolle is very young by its character and warm with the atmosphere. During the mornings you can see how the city becomes alive. To the late afternoon and evening it is so evolved that you can…
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Breda #30 most popular location
One of the bigger cities with 172,000 people in the province of North-Brabant in the south of the Netherlands. The city hosts the academy of arts, so there are a lot of young creative minds i…
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Ameland #31 most popular location
Ameland is one of the five occupied dutch island that is part of the Waddeneilanden. Like the other islands, Ameland is very small and has not even 4000 inhabitants. What's very special of Am…
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Alkmaar #32 most popular location
Before I forget: Alkmaar has 11 Windmills! ‘Victory began in Alkmaar’. This saying refers to one of the most famous episodes in the history of Alkmaar: its defeat of the besieging Span…
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Vlissingen #33 most popular location
Vlissingen is an old dutch city that lies in the province sealand. It is the biggest city of sealand, and lies directly to the sea. Once it was a very much used port, now it is still operatio…
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Kinderdijk #34 most popular location
As a tourist in the Netherlands you should visit Kinderdijk. 19 windmills are standing in the landscape and two windmills (Blokweer and Nederwaard) are open to visit. A ticket gives acces to …
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Emmen #35 most popular location
The city of Emmen is a large city in the south east of the province of Drenthe, which is situated in the north east of Holland. It contains almost 60.000 inhabitants. Emmen has a large sho…
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Lelystad #36 most popular location
Lelystad is the city at the sea. With its own harbor and the fishing industrie it spells the charme from the ols days. Neverless this city is just a few years old it got the spirit of the …
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Dordrecht #37 most popular location
Dordrecht is the oldest city of Holland and has about 1000 monuments. You can reach Dordrecht by train, then you can take the bus to the centre. Or you can walk (that takes you 10 minutes). …
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Gouda #38 most popular location
Gouda is a city in the Netherlands, famous for its cheese and candles. Between Den Haag, Rotterdam and Utrecht. It has the a large church famous for its gothic stained glass windows and it's …
97travelers 8reviews 4blogs
's-Hertogenbosch #39 most popular location
's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch in spoken language) (translated in English it means something like Duke's Forest) is the capital of North Brabant, a province of the Netherlands. The city is found…
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Bergen #40 most popular location
Bergen is a small town nearby the coast of Holland. From here on it's a couple of minutes (also by bicycle) to Bergen aan Zee, the beach. Bergen is also an art village, where a lot of art…
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Almere #41 most popular location
Almere resides on the southern part of the biggest man-made island ever made. Almere is connected to the motorways the A6 and the A27. You can reach it by train in 30 minutes from Central Sta…
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IJmuiden #42 most popular location
IJmuiden is a city in the Dutch province of North Holland, the main town of the municipality of Velsen. It lies about 17 km (10.3 mi) north of Haarlem. In the Roman era, this Velsen district …
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Roermond #43 most popular location
Roermond is a city, a municipality, and a diocese in the southeastern part of the Netherlands. The city of Roermond is a historically important town, on the lower Roer at the east bank of th…
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Hilvarenbeek #44 most popular location
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Edam #45 most popular location
Edam, a small city only a few kilometres away from Amsterdam and the "Droogmakerij de Beemster" (Polder de Beemster). This city is famous because of its cheese and the cheese market. The chee…
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Enkhuizen #46 most popular location
At the most easterly point of the region of West-Friesland stands Enkhuizen, which owes its prosperity to the Zuiderzee, now IJsselmeer, in the Golden Century. In the monumental centre there …
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Venlo #47 most popular location
Venlo has been inhabited since the Roman Era. It is likely this habitation started and stayed here because this place was an important crossing of roads and a crossing of the river Maas. …
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Hoorn #48 most popular location
Hoorn is a small city about 40 kilometers North of Amsterdam on the coast of the Markermeer, part of the IJsselmeer. There are about 70.000 inhabitants and the history dates back to the year …
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Harderwijk #49 most popular location
(borrowed from wikipedia) Harderwijk is a municipality and a small city in the eastern Netherlands. The history of Harderwijk Harderwijk received city rights from Count Otto II of Guel…
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Wassenaar #50 most popular location
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