The Netherlands

Things to do in The Netherlands

One of Europe’s great art museums, the red-brick, neo-Gothic national art museum devotes 14 rooms to more than 400 Dutch masterpieces from the country’s golden age like Night Watch by Rembrandt, Vermeer’s Kitchen Maid, and Jan Steen’s Feast of St. Nicholas.

Since the late 19th Century, shoppers looking for fine Dutch porcelain have been drawn to this three-story canal house in the Munttoren area.

Move over, Las Vegas—the Schiphol Airport may be the new destination wedding location of choice. The airport’s wedding planner Marc Eijkens puts together packages, each with different ceremony locations.

Droog sells functional, everyday household items with unusual designs—including accessories, lighting, furniture and studio work—all of which aim to create a "new design integrity." At its colorful, gallery-like showroom in Amsterdam’s Red Light district, a variety of household goods from produce

Located in the west end of Amsterdam’s canal belt, the Anne Frank House is open for hour-long tours.

Although predominantly known for its cutting edge furniture and home decor, Anno Design also offers practical pieces that have wider, more cost-effective appeal.

A dose of peace and quiet can be found in the airport’s silent oasis, decorated with stained-glass windows and dedicated to meditation and prayer. Complimentary religious texts are available in several languages, and with advance notice, groups can organize communal services.

Within walking distance of Amsterdam’s central station train depot, AmsterBike is conveniently located with options for product rental or full tours. Bicycles, electric bikes, and scooters are all available for rent, with rates ranging from three hours to one day to a full week.

The seat of Dutch government, the royal family, the International Criminal court, and the country’s diplomatic community, this city is a jewel that’s an easy half-hour train ride from Amsterdam Centraal. It’s smaller in size than the capital but, many say, far more sophisticated.

This hip museum celebrates a vanished Dutch past.