The Dutch know very well that it isn't size that matters, quite the opposite. In the Netherlands, you can experience just as much variety as in other European countries, you just don't need to travel as far from A to B. In the summer, walk barefoot along the kilometer long beach, discover centuries old histories in The Hague and discover the blaze of color of the tulip fields in the spring.
In the land of windmills, cheese and canals, you can easily combine culture with a shopping trip and bicycle tour with beach vacation. Book your bus ticket to the Netherlands now and enjoy your vacation!
You can get a nice view of the city from the cathedral tower, the symbol of Utrecht and the tallest church tower in the Netherlands. The view will also help you quickly forget the 465 steps to be overcome. Hungry? Then take the quickest path to the city's canal system where there are now many restaurants inhabiting the former wharf cellars with beautiful terraces located on the canals. If you are interested in unique museums, you should consider visiting the Speelklok Museum. The museum presents mechanical musical instruments from several different centuries within a Gothic church. Information about tours and other highlights in Utrecht can be found at TheHeartOfHolland.com
A trip to Utrecht is not complete without a bicycle tour through the city's surrounding areas. There are numerous bicycle renting stations in Utrecht or simply take your bicycle on the long-distance bus with you. A popular day trip is the castle route in the Vechtstreek area near Utrecht along the Vecht, which goes by a number of magnificent country estates and castles.
Utrecht is the perfect size to discover the city center on foot. You will find many boutiques and design shops that have been carefully assembled along the canals (Oudegracht) especially. Young designers tout their creations on Schoutenstraat primarily, while the globally-known fashion chains are strung together along Steenweg. If it starts to rain, you can move your shopping trip to the Hoog Catharijne, the largest covered shopping center in the Netherlands. By the way, in Utrecht, shops are open Sundays as well, just like on the other days of the week.
Arnhem is an exceptionally green city that can also look back to an eventful past as the capital city of the Gelderland province. As a sign of the city's history, you can still visit today the Maarten van Rossumhuis (also known as Duivelshuis - "Devil's House") from the 15th century, the only remaining city gate, Sabelspoort, and the Eusebiuskerk. Go to the top of the 239.5 ft. tower and the viewpoint there with a glass-walled panorama elevator.
Burgers' Zoo to the north is one of the city's most popular attractions. There are six areas: Safari Park, Rainforest, Ocean, Mangrove Hall and Rimba, and the animal species represented there can be discovered in one day. In the Safari Park, you can spy on the inhabitants of the Savannah from eastern Africa from bridges and viewpoints, and the Rainforest Hall will quickly make you forget that you are not actually in the tropics. Since a majority of the grounds are covered, it is even worth a visit during unstable weather. The detailed design of the zones and the species-appropriate care for the animals turn any visit into a real adventure. This is also reflected in the higher ticket prices compared to other zoos. You can, however, save if you purchase your tickets online.
The Netherlands are connected to tulips like no other country. Every year, around 100 farm suppliers also plant daffodils, hyacinths and many other types of flower on the Keukenhof garden grounds in addition to 4.5 million tulips.Sculptures from 50 different artists can be seen, in addition to colorful seas of flowers. In 2017, the exhibitions and the Inspiration Garden had the motto:"Dutch Design".
You can visit the Keukenhof from March 23rd to May 21st in 2017. The highlight is the flower parade on 04.22.2017. The exact blooming period depends on weather conditions, among other things, but normally mid April is the best time for a visit.
The Keukenhof is south of Amsterdam. If you are coming on a long-distance bus from the Sloterdijk station in Amsterdam, you can travel to the Keukenhof on public transportation via Haarlem. From the central station in Leiden, you can take the Keukenhof Express Bus 854.
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