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12 destinations to explore in Netherlands

Netherlands literally means 'lower countries' in reference to its low elevation and flat topography, with only about 50% of its land exceeding 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) above sea level, and nearly 17% falling below sea level. Most of the areas below sea level, known as polders, are the result of land reclamation that began in the 16th century.

Drenthe54 attractions

Drenthe is a province of the Netherlands located in the northeastern part of the country. The oldest remains of settlements in Holland were found in this province: the mysterious hune beds. But Drenthe also boasts varied natural landscapes: peat swamps, heathlands, and sand drifts. In short, Drenthe is well worth a visit.

Flevoland59 attractions

Flevoland is the 12th and youngest province of the Netherlands, established in 1986. There are national parks to visit, modern Dutch cities to explore, a few older villages and even a lot of beautiful tulip fields to go to. For the rollercoaster fans, there is also a Dutch themepark that will make you very happy.The capital of Flevoland is Lelystad and the province Flevoland has around 400.000 people.

Friesland89 attractions

Friesland is a province of the Netherlands located in the country's northern part. Friesland is a unique region of the country as its locals speak their own language known as Frisian. The province is primarily an agricultural region and is the birthplace of the Frisian Cattle and black Frisian horse. Aside from agriculture, tourism plays a major role in the province’s economy.

Gelderland52 attractions

Gelderland is a province of the Netherlands, occupying the centre-east of the country. With a total area of 5,136 km2. It is a popular tourist destination and the site of the famous WWII battle in 1944. As a result of the conflict, the city center was destroyed. Restorations to historical monuments are still taking place today. There are more and more things to see and do.

Groningen67 attractions

Groningen is the northeasternmost province of the Netherlands. The city of Groningen is the province’s main attraction and is primarily known as a student city. Pubs in the capital city stay open later than any other city in the country. There are also plenty of sights to see and things to do during your stay in the capital city.

Limburg77 attractions

Limburg is the southernmost of the 12 provinces of the Netherlands. The city features a number of historic homes, cathedrals cobblestone streets. There are claims that Maastricht is the oldest city in the country, but others contest that Nijmegen holds that title. The capital city is situated within walking distance of Belgium and is just a short bike ride away from Germany. The city also boasts excellent dining spots and plenty of shops.

North Brabant77 attractions

North Brabant is a province in the south of the Netherlands. North Brabant is a haven for nature lovers. Its picturesque landscape features small historic villages, windmills and stunning castles such as Heeze, Heezwijk and Gemmert. For a change of scenery, travelers can visit Eindhoven. This industrial city features a number of art galleries and museums, such as Van Abbemuseum.

North Holland87 attractions

The province that houses the largest city and capital of Netherlands- Amsterdam.

Overijssel73 attractions

Overijssel is a province of the Netherlands located in the eastern part of the country. Its capital city of Zwolle boasts a rich history, but the town of Enschede takes the crown for being the province’s largest city. Overijssel features a number of picturesque natural reserves, including De Weeribben.

South Holland87 attractions

South Holland is a province of the Netherlands with a population of over 3.7 million. Its capital city is The Hague, but its largest city is Rotterdam. Not only is the province a popular tourist destination, but it also happens to be one of the most densely populated and industrialized areas of the world.

Utrecht73 attractions

Utrecht is a province of the Netherlands. It is located in the centre of the country. It is home to a number of nature preserves, castles and bustling cities. With the region having such a rich and long history, there are many old cities and ancient buildings to explore. The city of Utrecht features a historic center with an old cathedral tower that dates back to the Middle Ages.

Zeeland64 attractions

Zeeland is the westernmost and least populous province of the Netherlands. It consists of a number of islands and peninsulas. Tourism plays a major role in the province’s economy as the local beaches become tourist hotspots in the summer. German tourists, in particular, flock to Zeeland to enjoy its beautiful weather and stunning beaches.

Map of destinations in Netherlands