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8 Places to Visit in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a small country in western Europe that is famous for its incredibly flat landscape, winding canals, vibrant cities and its wealth of culture. As a country full of so much diversity it’s the perfect place for any traveller. Whether you’re looking to explore a city steeped in history, innovative architecture, or prefer the vibrant nightlife scene, the Netherlands has a city for you.

With so many great places to visit in the country, here are just eight must see cities.


Almere is a large coastal city located just over 30 kilometres from Amsterdam. It was originally developed as a suburban area of Amsterdam, but due to expanding growth became a city of its own.

If modern architecture is of interest, then a visit to Almere is a must. In the early 1970’s Almere was nothing more than fields and farmland until the completion of the first buildings in the mid 1970’s. Since then Almere has continued to grow at a rapid rate and is credited with being the fastest growing city in Europe.



Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, is loved for its beautiful canals, adorable crooked houses, a fantastic arts and cultural scene and a free and peaceful atmosphere. Renowned with having the highest museum density in the world, including the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and the Hermitage Amsterdam to name just a few, there is plenty of historical culture waiting to be explored.

Discover more about this beautiful city: Amsterdam: Venice of the North


In the south of the Netherlands lies Eindhoven – a city of more than 200,000 people and credited as being the design, technology and knowledge hub of the country. Although large parts of the city were destroyed during the Second World War, there are still 140 national heritage sites in and around the city, as well as many striking 19th century buildings.



In the south of Holland lies the city of Rotterdam on the Nieuwe Maas shipping channel, making it one of the busiest ports on the continent. Known as the city of many faces due to its contemporary architecture, world-class museums, diverse population and lively nightlife, Rotterdam has become one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in Europe.


Groningen is the largest city in the north of the Netherlands and has the youngest average population in the country due to its large university. With such a young population this is a city that will keep visitors entertained with year round festivals, events and live music to suit all tastes. As well as the lively nightlife, Groningen has a more subdued side with a variety of museums, monuments and shops to enjoy.

The Hague


The Hague is located on the North Sea coast in the west of the Netherlands and is home to the seat of the Dutch parliament, the UN International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Whilst this might be a highly political city, it is still one that knows how to have fun with a varied mix of eateries, night clubs and shopping outlets.


Tilburg is the sixth largest city in the Netherlands and is considered to be the most musical city in the Netherlands. It is home to two different concert halls – 013 and the Concertzaal in the Schouwburg. There are also many smaller venues throughout the city, many of which host jazz music regularly. No matter when you visit you’re bound to find live music somewhere in the city. If music isn’t your scene enjoy the wealth of cultural events, shopping opportunities and food outlets around the city.



In the central area of the Netherlands lies the city of Utrecht, with gorgeous medieval canals, an imposing 14th century bell tower and many wonderful examples of Gothic architecture. See impressive views of this spectacular city from the top of the Dom Tower view point. On a clear day you can see as far as Amsterdam, just be prepared to climb the 465 steps first!

Charter your very own private jet to any of these locations in the Netherlands.
Each of these eight destinations are some of our most popular private jet destinations in Europe.