What to do and see in The Netherlands, The Netherlands: The Best Points of Interest & Landmarks

May 16, 2022 Vergie Nakamoto

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1. Anne Frank House

Prinsengracht 263 - 267 museum entrance Westermarkt 20, 1016 DK Amsterdam The Netherlands +31 20 556 7105 [email protected] http://www.annefrank.org
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4.5 based on 62,301 reviews

Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House (Dutch: Anne Frank Huis) is a museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands. As a visitor, you experience this story through a audio tour, quotes, photos, videos, and original items. The Anne Frank House can only be visited with an online ticket for a specific date and time.

Reviewed By Skiforever1223 - Salt Lake City, United States

This is a very special museum for many reasons but I was pleasantly surprised by how beautifully the museum created the narrative and the spaces they created. My two teenage daughters and I will never forget this experience. I loved the amazing artwork at the end portraying scenes recreated from the hiding place and also recommend taking time to watch the touching tributes video at the end where you hear visitors’ experiences and guest book comments from Nelson Mandela, Steven Spielberg and more. Read or re-read Anne Frank’s diary prior to visiting to really feel the spirit of this young reminder of so many tragically lost. You do have to reserve tickets online. Per the website: 80% of tickets are released exactly two months in advance at 12:00* hours noon, 20% on the day itself. Every day at 9:00* hours, the tickets for the day are made available on this site. (*Amsterdam time). The museum recommends this for children 10 and older. I would recommend 11 yrs. for a well-prepared child. It is a quiet, sober tour and there is one brief concentration camp scene that is graphic. Bag check and audio guides included with your ticket and there is a cafe and shop for after your tour. No photography. You line up outside at your assigned time slot until it’s time for your group to go in and it’s best to take a picture of your ticket rather than try to pull it up in your email because connectivity is spotty. The actual house/store is encased and preserved by the museum surround on Prinsengracht street. We booked an evening visit which also added to the poignancy as you leave the museum and see the canals lit by street lights. Highly recommend.

2. Panorama Mesdag

Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA, The Hague The Netherlands +31 70 310 6665 [email protected] http://panorama-mesdag.nl/
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4.5 based on 1,992 reviews

Panorama Mesdag

A magnificent experience in time and space.

Reviewed By 512saskiav - Oisterwijk, The Netherlands

Awesome Panoramic scenery, hand painted end of 19th century. Overview of seaside fishing boats and little town. Take your time to view this awesome panoramic painting and indulge yourselves in this 19th century surrounding.

3. Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)

Grote Markt 22, 2011 RD Haarlem The Netherlands +31 23 553 2040 http://www.bavo.nl
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4.5 based on 1,085 reviews

Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo)

Reviewed By Buddy_from_Oz - Greater Adelaide, Australia

If you're in Haarlem, don't miss a visit to St Bavokerk. Stunning architecture, fascinating history and a visually impressive organ played by both Mozart and Handel - and, surprisingly, mentioned in Herman Melville's Moby Dick. This was also the local church of Corrie ten Boom who, with her family, secretly helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust. The ten Boom museum is a few minutes walk away.

4. Sint-Janskerk

Achter de Kerk 2, 2801 JW Gouda The Netherlands +31 6 48381257 [email protected] http://www.sintjan.com/
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4.5 based on 528 reviews

Sint-Janskerk

THE LONGEST CHURCH OF THE NETHERLANDS The great fire of 1552 destroyed much of the medieval church of Saint John. Shortly after the disaster, the council commissioned the reconstruction of the most startling church of Holland. With 123 meters it is also the longest church in The Netherlands THE 72 STAINED-GLASS WINDOWS ARE WORLD-FAMOUS Entering the Church of St. John, one falls silent at the sight of the majestic space with the 72 world-famous stained-glass windows. That first experience will only get stronger when you see the marvellous light by the 'Dutch Masters' invading the Church. The rich history of Holland can be read in the large windows. It is a beginning of an impressive discovery along biblical and historical scenes of human emotions. Then you understand that the Gouda St. John is one of the highest rated attractions in the Netherlands!

Reviewed By exploringwithjune - The Netherlands, null

After visiting the museum we stopped by the church. As we'd already learned so much at the museum, we just wanted to pop in for half an hour. Therefore we didn't take an audio tour, which is included in the price, and instead walked around by ourselves. We received a leaflet with some information, which highlighted a couple of the gorgeous stained glass windows. We struggled finding the right numbers to go with the texts at times, but overall it was a lovely way to see the church and to learn something while wandering around. The architecture is really impressive and the windows are pure art. Some windows that interested us weren't included in the leaflet, but it is logical that choices had to be made. If we hadn't gone to the museum, we would've probably also gotten the audio tour as I can imagine that it's way more complete. The church also has a little gift shop with a good variety of products . We entered for free as we both have a museumkaart. Regular prices are 9 euros for adults, 5,25 for kids aged 13-17 and kids under 13 can visit for free. I definitely think this is really pricey for a church. If you visit with a family and, just like us, want to walk around for a short while, it will set you back 30 euros for a relatively quick visit. I can imagine that that can be a lot of money for some families. Also, I think it is really important for kids to see churches like these and learn about the history and architecture, so it should be made more accessible. With commissioning these prices; I think they put off people from visiting. Also, many other impressive churches in our country are free. If I hadn't had my museumkaart, I would probably not have gone in. Concluding, it was a lovely visit but I do wish that they would reconsider their prices.

5. Wall Poems of Leiden

Leiden The Netherlands +31 71 513 1389 http://www.muurgedichten.nl
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4.5 based on 227 reviews

Wall Poems of Leiden

Reviewed By taimym2018 - London, United Kingdom

The University of Leiden is the heart of the town, and the wall poems and formulae make an interesting tour to get to know the place a bit better

6. St. Catharinakerk

Catharinaplein 1, 5611 DE Eindhoven The Netherlands 314024488897 http://www.parochiesintjoris.nl/nl/agenda/volledige-agenda/venue/6-st-catharinakerk.html
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4.5 based on 453 reviews

St. Catharinakerk

Reviewed By TheTravelBugger - Maidstone, United Kingdom

We had a few hours to kill in Eindhoven and with a train to catch we didnt want to leave the city centre. At 9am there was a lot not open yet (a Friday, a lot of stuff was opening at 10am) and saw the spires of the Cathedral when having a mint tea (with honey, try it!) so thought we would visit. This place is beautiful with beautiful paintings and stained glass. It also includes history which is really interesting. On display are excavated items with descriptions in English and Dutch, which are fascinating, especially the reconstructed child! Also old architectural drawings of the building. Worth a visit.

7. Ghent City Center

Ghent Belgium +32 9 264 83 03 http://visit.gent.be/en/home
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4.5 based on 5,371 reviews

Ghent City Center

Reviewed By minervao2019

Amazingly beautiful small city, great Christmas Market, very scenic, great food and bars and a very short train ride from Brussels. Take a taxi into town if you are than 2 people. It’s a rather long walk specially if cold and rainy. It’s only 8E versus 3E for the tram pp. If you have an extra day and have to make a choice between Ghent and Brugge I recommend you choose Ghent.

8. Grote Sint Laurenskerk

Koorstraat 2, 1811 GP Alkmaar The Netherlands +31 72 514 0707 [email protected] http://www.grotekerk-alkmaar.nl
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4.5 based on 247 reviews

Grote Sint Laurenskerk

Reviewed By DrValliappan - Coimbatore, India

This is a hidden gem amongst canal, boat rides and Cheese Museum. Very Antique (500 years plus) church. Excellent Architecture, with Gothic Arches and Stained glass windows. Still with regular masses at specific times (English and Dutch) for local and visiting Christians. Many tourists do not know it and stop with Kass Museum and this is right beneath.

9. Het Markiezenhof

Steenbergsestraat 8, 4611 TE Bergen op Zoom The Netherlands +31 164 277 077 http://www.markiezenhof.nl/
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4.5 based on 204 reviews

Het Markiezenhof

Reviewed By ToinedeLaet - Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands

I am not very excited about the museum as is, but what a beautiful building is this! Nice to stroll through the hallways, the chambers and attic. Also outside very nice atmosphere.

10. Rotterdam Centraal Station

Stationssingel 10, 3013 HA Rotterdam The Netherlands +31 900 2021163 http://www.ns.nl/en/stations/rotterdam-centraal.html
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4.5 based on 4,324 reviews

Rotterdam Centraal Station

Reviewed By marcomC5864DZ

Apart from a great organization, an easy-to-move around lineup, I enjoyed the spectacular architecture. It is worth the visit just for it. As well lots of shops, restaurants, a central location and good connections with the city transport system, makes it a good location to arrive in town (and it's just 20' from Amsterdaam)

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