Discover the Netherlands in 2024: fiercely independent, open-minded and full of pleasant surprises. When you visit, you’ll discover many wonderful stories, like groundbreaking architecture in our green cities, beautiful natural areas, and mainstays of Dutch lifestyle and culture. In a small country, it’s easy to explore it all.
NL Wine Country
Instead of the Napa Valley or Bordeaux, consider the up-and-coming wine region in the Netherlands. Gelderland is a hidden gem, blending picturesque landscapes with a burgeoning viticultural scene. Known for its commitment to sustainable practices, this region not only produces high-quality wines but also champions local products and agritourism. Wineries in Gelderland often collaborate with neighboring farmers, showcasing a harmonious relationship between vineyards and local agriculture. For those planning a visit, the late summer months of August and September are particularly enchanting, as this period marks the grape harvest season. Visitors are treated to an immersive experience that goes beyond wine tasting, encompassing farm tours, locally sourced culinary delights, and a glimpse into the rich agricultural heritage of the area.
New Dutch Architecture
Dutch architecture, renowned for its innovative and modern designs, finds distinct expression in the cities of Rotterdam and Utrecht. Rotterdam, often referred to as the architectural playground of the Netherlands, showcases an impressive skyline marked by avant-garde structures such as the Cube Houses and the Erasmus Bridge. The city’s resilience, largely reconstructed after World War II, is evident in its cutting-edge buildings, making it a must-visit destination for architecture enthusiasts. On the other hand, Utrecht, with its rich historical backdrop, seamlessly blends tradition and modernity. The iconic Dom Tower and the Rietveld Schröder House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, exemplify the city’s architectural diversity. As both cities continue to evolve and unveil new architectural marvels, 2024 is an opportune time to explore the dynamic and ever-changing Dutch architectural landscape, which offers a unique glimpse into the country’s design evolution.
Tour De France Femmes in Rotterdam
With an average of 1.3 bicycles per resident and over 37,000 kilometers of bike paths, cycling is an indispensable part of Dutch culture and identity. Thanks to its connection to the two-wheeler, the Netherlands is a great destination for cycling enthusiasts and a chance to experience the energy around cycling. In August 2024, the infamous Tour de France Femmes (females), will have its starting line in Rotterdam, before traveling to other Dutch cities The Hague and Dordrecht. The cities will be filled with excitement and activities to celebrate this must-see event.
This and more awaits you on your travels to the Netherlands in 2024. Rest assured; the Dutch will welcome you with open arms whatever your reason to travel may be.