Pano Canal Area. Feature image by Marcal Casas Cartagena.
The Netherlands is without a doubt one of the most spectacular and one-of-a-kind countries in all of Europe. It is a country that is visited by millions of people coming from the different countries around the world. Tourists and visitors can revel in the loveliness and magnificence of the country everywhere they go, whether by walking along the canal or just by hanging out at some of the cafes in the country and savor on some much needed rest and relaxation.
In order for visitors to experience the ultimate Dutch culture experience, they need to visit every single tourist spot that’s there in the country. Luckily for them, the Netherlands is never short of places to look at and history to learn. And the following Dutch tourist attractions will most certainly fill you on the Netherlands’ art, history, culture and lifestyle.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is one of the most notable museums in the Netherlands. It is a museum that has been dedicated to the life and workings of post-Impressionist Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and his colleagues. Located at the Museum Square the borough Amsterdam South, it houses around 200 of his paintings and 500 sketches. Visitors can also get a glimpse of a few of his letters, notebooks and other gems that can be found in the museum. The museum basically serves as a celebration of van Gogh’s life and works and is one of the main reasons why tourists, particularly fans of van Gogh, flock here (image by John Beebe).
Anne Frank House
The Anne Frank House is another museum found in the country devoted to the work of Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. Frank, her family and four other people concealed themselves from the Nazi persecution in secreted rooms at the hindmost section of the building. Besides upholding the hiding place, it also serves as a showcase of Anne Frank’s life and times during the Nazi war, as well as a retrospective area that focuses on different methods of discrimination and oppression. Fans, admirers and people who have respected or have come to respect Anne Frank over the years will get an insight of her life and experiences during the Nazi revolution (image by Brandon Schoettle).
Canals of Amsterdam
You may notice a lot of things when you’re in the Netherlands, especially when you’re in the capital city of Amsterdam, but the one tourist attraction that well and truly stands out among the rest are the great canals of the nation’s capital. Amsterdam has more than one hundred kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and a total of 1,500 bridges. The three main canals are the Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keisersgracht. These canals were excavated during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. This 17th century canal ring area, which includes Jordaan, were listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.
The Oude Kerk (Dutch for “old church”) is an 800-year-old church and is the Netherlands’ oldest building and oldest parish church that was founded in 1213 and was sanctified by the bishop of Utrecht in 1306 with Saint Nicolas as its patron saint. It eventually became a Protestant church after the Reformation in 1578 and is still is up to this day. It is located in De Wallen, which is now the main red-light district in the nation’s capital.