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Netherlands Cruises

The Netherlands is known as a liberal country, filled with pretty windmills, tulips, bicycles and coffee shops. While you’ll definitely come across many of the iconic images when you cruise to the Netherlands, you’ll also discover lesser-known treasures of the Dutch nation, such as its unique local cuisine, incredible modernist architecture and lively contemporary arts scene. 

The Dutch certainly know how to enjoy their food and drink. They’re among the biggest beer, cheese and bacon exporters in the world and also consume record amounts of coffee per year. 

It’s highly advisable to enjoy a taste of Dutch beer in any of the Netherlands’ pubs and bars, or learn more about the beer-making process at a brewery. And it’s also essential to try some Dutch cheese like Gouda or Edam, and the delicacies of a Dutch pancake house, where you’ll find both sweet and savoury options. 

Top 5 interesting facts

  • The Netherlands is home to 1,000 working windmills. 
  • The Dutch people are officially the tallest in the world. 
  • The highest point in the Netherlands is just 1,000 feet above sea level. 
  • The Netherlands is the largest beer exporter in the world. 
  • Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh all hailed from the Netherlands. 
 

Highlights

Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, you can wander along canals marvelling at the traditional architecture, copy the locals and explore the city by bike, or soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a coffee at one of the city’s many historic cafés. Expect beautiful town houses, pretty hanging baskets flanking the streets and picturesque locks lining the waterways.

The city is also home to Anne Frank’s house, where you can learn about the life and times of the famous diarist. Don’t miss the Bloenmenmarkt, a pretty floating flower market and a perfect place for photography and flower lovers alike. 

Rotterdam

Rotterdam is home to the busiest port in Europe. It’s a city famous for its architecture and any visit should include a tour of the various 20th century gems that crowd its streets. 

From the Art Deco style of Rotterdam’s City Hall to the pre-war Van Nelle factory, the iconic cube houses with their bright yellow frontages to the colourful domed interior of De Markthal, the city’s huge indoor market, there are lots of architectural treasures to discover. The city also boasts a great range of museums, historic windmills, celebrated churches and Rotterdam Zoo with its own aquarium. 

 

Art

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Art is a huge part of life in the Netherlands – and the country boasts the highest concentration of museums in the world. Walking down city streets or venturing into art galleries you’re likely to come across beautiful structures and world-famous works of art. 

The works of Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse and Monet can all be found in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam whilst Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is home to masterpieces by Brueghel, Dali and Magritte, to name but a few. 

As if that wasn’t enough, there’s the Vincent van Gogh Museum, which houses many of the artist’s most famous works, both as sketches and finished masterpieces. And then there are the countless alternative art galleries in Dutch cities as well as the street art that adorns many a facade. Whatever kind of art you’re into, you’re sure to get your cultural fill in the Netherlands. 

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Netherlands

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