10 most beautiful towns in Netherlands

I believe the Netherlands to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world, thanks to its canals and ancient buildings. Despite its modest size, it is home to some of the most attractive Dutch cities and towns that are frequently neglected. Here are ten towns in the Netherlands that you should consider visiting the next time you’re in the country!

1. Amsterdam

amsterdam-netherlands

You probably guessed it, but Amsterdam is one of the world’s most visited cities, and with good reason. It’s a city that, in my opinion, should be on everyone’s bucket list. It is one of Europe’s most attractive capitals, with colorful houses, canals, and bridges. If you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam in the near future, be sure to read our guide to 48 hours in Amsterdam!

2. Leiden

leiden, amsterdam
leiden, amsterdam

This city is most known for its university, which is the country’s oldest. Its canals are dotted with beautiful 17th century houses, and it is the birthplace of Rembrandt. It boasts a bustling nightlife fuelled by its 23,000 student population, in addition to its scenic canals and historic museums, which appear to be important draws.

3. Utrecht

ultrech, netherlands
ultrech, netherlands

Urecht is renowned as the religious hub, and it has a medieval old town that can be explored on foot, as well as distinctive waterways. It’s only natural, given that it’s also one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. It is gradually evolving from a provincial metropolis to a regional capital of European significance. There are several events, shopping opportunities, modern buildings, and outdoor cafés along the canals. It’s a lovely city with a dynamic and buzzing student scene. If you enjoy UNESCO-protected buildings, Utrecht will be a real pleasure.

4. Giethoorn

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The charming town of Giethoorn has no roads, so the only way to get there is via boat along one of the numerous magnificent canals or on foot across one of the wooden arch bridges. The canals are dotted with the cutest, most beautiful homes, and the village comes alive in any season.

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5. Haarlem

The idyllic village of Giethoorn has no roads

Haarlem is the capital of North Holland and has a rich history reaching back to pre-medieval times. You may be familiar with this city because of its surrounding tulip fields (which are still on my bucket list), as well as a few well-known art museums and hofjes.

6. Roermond

Capital of the North Holland and is a city

A charming Dutch city with a maze of lakes, canals, and rivers. Explore by sailboat or canoe, see old churches, and shop at their well-known Designer Outlet Centre.

7. Delft

Dutch city with a labyrinth of lakes, canals, and rivers

Delft is another canal-ringed Dutch city noted for its medieval town center. It’s a popular day-trip location for architecture and art history enthusiasts. If you can avoid the throng during the day, my favorite time to visit Delft is in the evenings, when people crowd the lamplit canals – ideal for romantic strolls!

8. The Hague

Delft is another canal ringed city in the Netherlands

Although Amsterdam is the capital, the government and many international courts are located in The Hague. It is an illustrious city that strives to the lofty ideals of world peace and justice. It is densely packed with houses, embassies, verdant parks, museums, and an opulent café culture.

9. Maastricht

The Hague is where the government sits along with several international courts

Maastricht is a historic and culturally rich town known for its medieval architecture and vibrant cultural life. Its lovely cobblestoned old town is home to a collection of religious art and gothic-style cathedrals. Maastricht is a cosmopolitan city because of the University of Maastricht, which draws numerous national and international students.

10. Groningen

Maastricht is a town rich in history and culture

Groningen, a vibrant university city, has the youngest average population in the Netherlands. Its city center contains a number of historic structures as well as a plethora of stores and boutiques. Its 40,000 student population provides a dynamic, energetic city with a thriving nightlife scene.

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