Think that the Netherlands is all about Amsterdam!? Think again.
Amsterdam is amazing and well worth a visit… but there are so many other places to discover! Marco Polo’s guide to the top places to visit in The Netherlands (other than Amsterdam):
The famous Kubuswoningen (Cube Houses) in Rotterdam are located on Overblaak Street, right above the Blaak Subway Station. They consist of 40 conventional houses, tilted 45 degrees to become the first cube-shaped houses in Holland and were designed by Piet Blom.
One of the houses has been converted into a “museum” so you can see inside for yourself! (The others are residential houses!) Opening times: 11am – 5pm, 7 days a week. Admission 2.50 EUR. For more information visit: Kubuswoning.nl
Markthal – “Good food, every day”. The first indoor market in the Netherlands opened its doors in Rotterdam in October 2014. With 100 fresh produce units, 15 food shops, 8 restaurants and 228 stalls, there really is something for every taste and budget. Opening times: 10am – 8pm Monday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm Sunday. For more information visit: Markthalrotterdam.nl
The Dom (de Dom) Tower of Utrecht was part of the Cathedral of Saint Martin. It was never fully completed due to lack of funds. Since the unfinished nave collapsed in 1674, the Dom has remained a free standing tower. It is, in fact, the tallest church tower in the Netherlands.
It’s possible to climb the 465 steps (there is no lift) and view the beautiful city of Utrecht from the tower galleries at 70 and 95 metres. For more information visit: Domtoren.nl
Canals – The Oudegracht, or “old canal”, runs through the center of Utrecht. Take time to walk along it an explore the wonderful views! Better still – you can take a canal cruise. Further information via visit-utrecht.com
Naarden, located in the province of North Holland, is an example of a star fort, complete with fortified walls and a moat. The moat and walls have been restored and are currently in excellent condition. It is the home of the Netherlands Fortress Museum (Nederlands Vestingmuseum).
Naarden is the perfect place to spend a relaxing afternoon, exploring the fort, visiting St. Vitus Church (pictured), soaking up the local culture and dining at one of the town’s excellent cafes or restaurants.
Maastricht, situated in the Southeast of the Netherlands is the capital city in the province of Limburg. Known for its lively squares, narrow streets, and historical buildings – the city has 1,677 (national heritage sites), more than any Dutch city outside Amsterdam!
Highlights include the Meuse river, Basilica of Our Lady, Caves of St. Pieter, Het Vrijthof (beautiful square in the center of old town Maastricht) and Basilica of St. Servatius. For more information visit: Holland.com/Maastricht
Essentials for your visit: Netherlands Marco Polo Map