Holland has not been attracting foreign visitors only due to its idyllic and almost fairytale-like image, but also for its mixture of different cultures and a funky capital – Amsterdam. So, what are things you should not miss to do on your Holland travel?
Top things to do in Holland
#1 Admiring windmills
There is no real Holland without the famous windmills. You will see them all over the country, but for true admiration, stop at the beautiful Kinderdijk Park (Coordinates: 220.127.116.11 / 004.38.15.8).
#2 Searching for the largest wooden clog
Another popular symbol for Holland are their wooden clogs. There are all kinds of them, from small to big and from yellow to pink.
#3 Exploring the water canals
Holland is all about water canals. We loved the villages, towns and cities with water canals – so charming to explore.
#4 Tasting traditional food
You cannot get to know a country without tasting it, so don’t forget to indulge yourself with some Holland traditional food. Check out what not to miss here.
#5 Walk around tulips
If you like flowers, especially tulips, you should travel to Holland during the tulip season. There are gorgeous and colorful fields, full of tulips (almost) everywhere. Amazing indeed! It is also nice to walk around Keukenhof Park near Amsterdam during tulips bloom. (Coordinates: 18.104.22.168 / 004.32.40.5)
#6 Buying cheese
Even though you might not be keen on cheese, you probably heard for the famous Hollandaise cheese Gouda and Edam, coming from the town of Gouda and Edam. Visiting at least one city on the market day is a must.
- Cheese market day in Gouda: every Thursday (10:00-12:30 from 6th April to 31st August)
- Cheese market day in Edam: every Wednesday (10:30-12:30 from 6th April to 31st August)
#7 Riding a bike
Riding a bike is extremely popular among locals no matter if they live in a countryside or in the city. The whole country has great biking paths so make sure to rent a bike and do as the locals do.
#8 Being romantic in Giethoorn
If you are traveling around Holland and skipping the beautiful Giethoorn you should feel sorry. The area around water canal is stunningly beautiful. Rent an electric boat and explore the area on the water.
#9 Wander around The Red District and the famous coffee shops in Amsterdam
Do we need to say more? If nothing else, you must have heard for the iconic Red Light District in Amsterdam and the funky coffee shops for sure. This district is actually one of the most popular areas among locals, having great vibes to hang out and have fun. We liked it too as well. If you want to enjoy and get to know the famous Amsterdam and to eat cheap, this is definitely the place to be. You can read more about Amsterdam and how to do it on a budget here.
#10 Cheers with Heineken
I know, we are so predictable, but we just cannot help it. Heineken is for sure one of the best known beers in Holland and if you enjoy it too, visit The Heineken Experience to find out more about the brand.
#11 Wind and kite surfing
The coast in Holland is full of enthusiastic wind and kite surfers. There are good winds almost year-round and long sandy beaches are perfect for these two water sports. If you don’t do wind or kite surfing, just a sight on them is worth a stop.
#12 In search of the best postcard motive
It is not hard to find a nice and picturesque motives in Holland. The hardest thing is to choose, which one is your favorite; water canals, houses made out of bricks, lighthouses, countryside…
#13 Strolling around small villages and towns
Most of travelers to Holland visit the larger cities – some don’t even leave Amsterdam. But, if you ask us, some of the cutest findings were out of the main touristic paths. We really enjoyed walking around Leiden, Burghaamsted, Den Burg on the Texel Island, Sloten, Hindeloopen.
#14 Don’t miss out the Texel Island
Whenever we are in a foreign country, we try to explore places, off the typical tourists’ radars and that is also why, we have ended up on the Texel Island. The Texel Island is extremely popular among domestic visitors, but we had difficulties in finding any foreigner visitor there. We really enjoyed the Texel Island and its diverse landscape, long sandy beaches and the famous red lightning house. If we caught your attention, read more about the Texel Island here.
No matter which places you will visit during your Holland travel, we are certain, the country will grow on you. We had lots of rain and cold days during our summer roadtrip, but we will definitely be coming back for more.