We'd like to call it a travel guide, but it's just assorted notes from our travels.
In 6 words: Land of tulips, windmills and canals.
For your first visit you need a couple of days of touring or of day-tripping from Amsterdam to see the most interesting places.
Don’t miss: Tulip gardens during their blossoming season (mid-March to mid-May).
Worthy destinations: Zaanse Schans; Delft; Utrecht; The Hague; Keukenhof Gardens; Waddenzee/Ameland; Kinderdijk.
Left for another visit: Alkmaar; Haarlem; Leiden; Rotterdam; Paleis Het Loo; Den Bosch; Maastricht.
Last visit: May 2015.
Netherlands is not a big country, so you can reach many of its interesting locations on day-trips from Amsterdam, even if you do not have the luxury of actually touring the country. Amsterdam notes are found here.
In 6 words: Beautiful and serene city on canals.
For your first visit you need no less than 4 full days to be able to fully appreciate the city and all of its major sights while keeping pleasantly unhurried pace.
Distances are walkable in the city center, you are unlikely to need use of public transport much, except for going further afield.
Love its canal-side architecture, the unique look.
Don’t miss: paddling along the canals on a canal bike; catching the flower market.
On the other hand: The canals are flushed nightly and the city streets are cleaned, but all of the rubbish floating in the water and strewn on the sidewalks during the day makes for a slightly off-putting impression.
Worthy attractions: Central canal ring; Rijksmuseum, with good collection of Dutch masters; Van Gogh museum; Rembrandtshuis, with many paintings by the master; Anne Frankhuis; Oude Kerk; Westerkerk and its bell tower; Willet-Holthuysen museum; Our Lord in the Attic, a unique church; Bloemenmarkt, which will bowl you over with its variety of tulip bulbs on sale; Koninklijk Paleis; Vondelpark, a wonderful place to kick back; the Red Lights District.
Recommended day trips: Zaanse Schans; Muiderslot.
Left for another visit: Joods Historisch Museum; Amsterdams Historisch Museum; Nederlands Scheepvaart Museum; Stedelijk Museum; NEMO.
No intention of trying: Drugs.
Last visit: April 2015.