Explore unique diversity and rich cultural experiences in the Netherlands. Water is everywhere, making it ideal for sailing, yachting, canoeing, and ice-skating. Glide through Amsterdam by way of canals to experience the “Venice of the North.” Bike the dunes and sandy beaches of the west coast. Taste Dutch snacks like bitterballen and kroketten, or savor Dutch pancakes with a variety of toppings. A rich colonial past also offers diverse cuisine such as Indonesian, Surinam, and more. Sample world-renowned Dutch beer, or try Dutch gin distilled from malt wine and juniper berries. Feel the inspiration of native artists Rembrandt and Van Gogh in art museums in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, and Rotterdam. Or step back in time in smaller historic towns while walking along Gothic and Renaissance houses lining tree-shaded canals.
Visit European creative cities to witness stunning buildings and contemporary design.
European Heritage Sites include archives, monuments, archeological sites, and places of seminal cultural or political value, from the classic age to the present. Since the label’s inception in 2013, thirty-eight sites have been designated, bringing passages in Europe’s history to the foreground to honor, celebrate, and remember who built Europe, how, and why. They are lessons from the past to guide the future of Europe.
POW! WOW! Festival is the best-known street art festival in the world. Apart from music, in September each year, there’ll be a whole lot of street art to be enjoyed during POW! WOW! Rotterdam.
Europeans were first lured to explore the oceans of the world centuries ago. Many countries and cultures have grown prosperous economies since then in ports built on the efforts of these first inspired sailors. Today, curious travelers are tempted to explore the history, industry and scale of Europe’s fascinating port cities.
Sometimes the best way to experience Europe is by taking the road less traveled. Or in some cases, not taking a road at all. The natural side of Europe consists of vast countrysides, towering mountains, calm waterways and more. Browse this gallery of some of Europe’s best adventures that are off the beaten trail. Then, load up your backpack and be on your way.
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Venice is arguably the most romantic place in the world. With serene rivers and canals winding through the city, there are unforgettable sights at every turn. But it’s not the only romantic city in Europe. Get to know the European cities that claim to be the “Venice of the North” by browsing through this gallery.
Get in the mood and lose track of time and space in one of Europe’s many music festivals.