The Netherlands

Things to do in The Netherlands

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.

The earth-toned lounge and treatment rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the runways are Zen with a minimalist edge.

Central Rotterdam is compact and easily explored by metro, tram, bike, or foot—but the most thrilling way to do it is by water taxi.

Built as a brewery in 1662, this nightclub on the Singel Canal in central Amsterdam served as a concert hall, cinema, and auction hall, all of which are noticeable in the exposed wood beams, ceiling paintings, carved stucco, and Greek columns.

Summer’s mild days see chic Amsterdammers decamping for one of the many long, sandy beaches nearby: of these, Bloemendaal is far and away the coolest, with several beach clubs with an Ibiza sensibility (the sun beds, umbrellas, and cabana boys are augmented by DJs and dance floors, sushi and cock

Licensed massage therapists offer 10- or 20-minute fully clothed chair massages; or you can wrap yourself in a waterproof blanket for an aqua massage. Expect a quick revitalization as 36 jets spray you with water at different pressures and temperatures. Ten-minute chair massages start at $23.

Stationed within the Dylan Hotel, this elegant, brasserie-style bar is a popular spot for lunch, dinner, and business meetings over cocktails. The space includes both the fireside Bar Badou and a lounge with comfortable, low profile furniture.