104 Iconic Buildings to Explore in Netherlands

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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.

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't Huis de Wolf

t Huis de Wolf is a monumental country house in neo -Renaissance style in the Groningen town of Haren. . The mansion is named after an inn of the same name, which stood on the same piece of land in 1691 and possibly before and was probably replaced by a larger building before 1818.The Wassenaar family probably lived permanently in 't Huis de Wolf from 1900 to 1911.

Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is a writer's house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. It preserves the hiding place, has a permanent exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank, and has an exhibition space about all forms of persecution and discrimination. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Belfort van Sluis

The belfry of Sluis is a town hall whose construction may have started in 1386 . It is the only belfry located within the borders of present-day Netherlands, next to the Wijnhuistoren in Zutphen. Originally it was called the gatehouse and was intended for meetings and parties, by analogy with the Poortersloge in Bruges . Next door was the aldermen 's house .

Belvédère (toren)

The Belvedere of Oranjewoud is a belvedere in the Oranjewoud Park area east of Heerenveen. The octagonal watchtower has nine staircases of twelve steps and a height of eighteen meters. Adding the height of the knoll, the eye level of a person on the tower is almost thirty meters above ground level . This tower also fell into disrepair, but instead of demolition, the belvedere was restored after seventy years.


The Binnenhof is a complex of buildings in the center of The Hague , which has been the center of Dutch and Dutch politics for centuries . The Senate and House of Representatives are located here , the two chambers that together form the parliament, and part of the Council of State , the body that advises on legislation and also serves as the highest administrative court . The Prime Minister, the highest political administrator in the Netherlands, also has his office here, in the Torentje.

Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum

The Brabants Historisch Informatie Centrum in 's-Hertogenbosch is the Regional Historic Center for North Brabant , especially the northeastern part of this province. It functions as the State Archives in North Brabant and as the municipal archives and water board archives for a number of municipalities and water boards located in the northeastern part of this province.

Brouwerij 't IJ

Brouwerij 't IJ is a small brewery in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is located in a former bath house named Funen, next to the De Gooyer windmill. The brewery was opened by Kaspar Peterson, a former musician, in October 1985 and was one of several small breweries that opened in cities around the Netherlands in response to consumers' dissatisfaction with beer brewed by the larger companies. It brews eight standard beers and three seasonal beers, besides limited edition beers.

Burcht van Leiden

Leiden Castle is one of the oldest surviving examples of a castle in the Netherlands. The building is located in the middle of Leiden , where the two arms of the Rhine converge. The circular structure is located on a motte , an artificial mound, and can be entered through a sandstone gate.

Bureau Europa

Bureau Europa is a center for architecture, urban planning and design in the Dutch city ​​of Maastricht. It presents projects related to architecture, urban planning and design in Europe from a social perspective, with an emphasis on the Meuse-Rhine Euregion. The institute organizes exhibitions, lectures, workshops and architecture tours, among other things.

Castellum Hoge Woerd

Castellum Hoge Woerd is a contemporary reconstruction of a Roman fort in the Dutch hometown of De Meern . It houses, among other things, the Hoge Woerd Archaeological Museum , the Podium Hoge Woerd theater hall , a center for nature and environmental education and a café-restaurant. The largest object in the Hoge Woerd Museum is a 25 meter long Roman river prae from the 2nd century.

Castle De Haar

De Haar Castle is a monumental castle in the Utrecht village of Haarzuilens . It is the largest castle in the Netherlands. It was built from 1892 on the ruins of the old castle in neo-Gothic style. It consists of an extensive site in which, in addition to the main building, there are also associated gardens and buildings such as a chapel. The neighboring village also has a strong relationship with the castle and the whole falls under a protected townscape.

Castle Hernen

Hernen Castle, locally known as Kasteel Hernen, lies in the village with the same name, in the Gelderland province in the Netherlands. It probably originated around 1350, and then consisted of only one residential tower (keep). Later it was repeatedly expanded, with the former courtyard increasingly being filled. The residential tower collapsed in the 18th century.

Castle Strijthagen ArtLand

A majestic and beautiful estate on the territory of the Dutch Limburg municipality of Landgraaf, located in the Strijthagerbeek valley, at the heart of Schaesberg. It was built in the 18th century on the site of an older castle. The walls of the main building consist of so-called bacon layers. The castle complex also consists of the classicist steward's house, the 17th-century white-plastered outer bailey, the watermill called Strijthagermolen, and the coach house.

Castle-Museum Sypesteyn

Sypesteyn Castle is a castle and museum in the Noord-Holland municipality of Wijdemeren. The interior of the castle is still largely as the baronet left it in the 1930s. During the guided tours you will become acquainted with all facets of the rich collection of the esquire and you will see, among other things, the Armory Room, the Gothic Room, and the 17th-century Low Hall.In addition to the collection of portraits, furniture, silver and glass objects, clocks and sculptures.

Cenakelkerk, Heilig Landstichting, Groesbeek

The Cenakelkerk in Heilig Landstichting was built between 1913 and 1915 as a parish and pilgrimage church . The church is unique in Dutch church architecture. Due to the design and detailing that are grafted onto early Christian architecture and Arabic styles , the church and the other buildings of the National Monument Heilig Land Stichting are seen as a unique example of orientalism in the Netherlands.

Centre Céramique

The Center Céramique is a multifunctional building in Maastricht in the Céramique district of the same name, located on the corner of Plein 1992 and Avenue Céramique. The building was designed by Jo Coenen and houses, among other things, the Maastricht city ​​library and various exhibition spaces. The building has seven floors and is actually oriented to three sides; the west and north sides are oriented towards the square, the east side towards Avenue Céramique.

Crazy River

Crazy River is a Log Flume built by German manufacturer Mack Rides. It is next to Walibi World and is located in Flevoland, Netherlands. Crazy Riverhas a length of 0.36 kilometres.

Cube Houses

Cube houses are a set of innovative houses built in Helmond and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The central idea of the cube houses around the world is mainly optimizing the space, as a house, to a better distribution of the rooms inside. It is designed by architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of "living as an urban roof": high density housing with sufficient space on the ground level.

De Gooyer Molen (windmill)

The De Gooyer Windmill in Amsterdam is an impressive eight-sided wooden mill built upon a stone foundation and is the tallest wooden windmill in the Netherlands. The Gooyer consists of a stone foundation topped by a wooden octagonal body. The mill is owned by the municipality of Amsterdam and is not open to visitors. Although the blades are functional, they no longer operate any grinding mechanism.

De Peperbus of Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren met beiaard

The Peperbus is a late Gothic tower in Zwolle belonging to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption . "Peperbus" is actually the nickname of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwetoren, which the tower owes to its shape, which resembles a pepperbus . With its height of 75 meters, the striking tower can be seen from afar. The Peperbus can be climbed up to the first entrance, which is located at a height of 51 meters. This is equivalent to 236 steps.

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