The Netherlands guide for the Ordinary Traveler

Wanderlust Wonderland brings you: a travel guide for ordinary travelers, with must-sees, tips and tricks and the most delicious food, for ordinary travelers, like you and me. 

Thanks to the corona virus, traveling is getting harder and harder. But to look at the bright side of things, because I couldn’t go far, I decided to travel around for a bit in my own country and I have discovered some wonderful new places! I have shared a lot of them with you already and it’s now time for an overview. A travel guide for the Netherlands!

Cities to visit

  • Of course, when you’re visiting the Netherlands, you’ll have to spend some time in Amsterdam. The city has beautiful museums and wonderful places to eat. Watch out for bicycles as you make your way from one canal to the next. Some of my favourite parts of the city are the cat café, museum Wondr and the Moco museum. Check out my ordinary travel guide to Amsterdam for local tips and tricks!
  • My favourite city in the Netherlands is Utrecht. Visiting the city always feels like coming home. Utrecht has the charm and canals that Amsterdam has, but it’s a lot quieter and it feels homey. Or as the Dutch would say: gezellig. I also have an ordinary travel guide to Utrecht, so feel free to check it out 🙂
  • If you’re a cheesehead, a visit to Alkmaar is a must. Located just above Amsterdam, lies the city that’s famous for it’s cheese market and museum.
  • Delft is another city that has that typical Dutch charm.

Countryside

  • When planning a visit to the Netherlands, seeing the tulip fields is an absolute must. Besides cheese and wooden shoes, tulips is what the country is famous for. Check out my ordinary travel guide to tulip season to find out where and when to see them!
  • Speaking of wooden clogs, ever wanted to try them on and see what the Netherlands looked like in the 18hundreds? Plan a visit to the Zaanse Schans and go back in time. See the old houses, visit museums that depict old Dutch arts and crafts and see the windmills.
  • Also known as Little Venice, Giethoorn has to make it to your list. A picture perfect little town with old houses, flowers everywhere and of course: canals, canals, canals!

To eat

  • Try some local dishes that the country is famous for, like kroketten, cheese or stroopwafels
  • One favourite restaurant of mine that has branches in 26 cities, is ‘t Zusje. An all you can eat tapas restaurant that serves the most delicious dishes, but it’s classy and culinary. Make sure to try the Bastognje parfait, it’s heavenly. By reservation only, so make sure to book a spot!

The traveling bookworm

  • Anne Frank – Diary of a young girl
  • Charlotte Dematons – Netherlands
  • Annie M.G. Schmidt – The cat who came in off the roof
  • Thomas Olde Heuvelt – Hex

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