7 hidden Dutch gems

HIdden gems in the Netherlands
HIdden gems in the Netherlands

There’s really no need to go abroad this summer, as there are some magical destinations you won’t believe are in the Netherlands. Here’s a list of seven beautiful Dutch secrets.

1. Bergen
It's been described as ‘the Hamptons on clogs’ thanks to its popularity among rich Dutch and German visitors. But this laid-back and likable village on Holland's North Sea coast is better known for its moody seascapes, endless dunes, and extraordinary light, attracting painters, writers, and architects. Read more here.

2. Loonse en Drunense Duinen
Loonse en Drunense Duinen is a stunning national park in the southern province of Noord-Brabant. You can explore this Dutch ‘desert’ on foot, by mountain bike, or on horseback. Read more here.

3. Maastricht
The city, with just 120,000 inhabitants, is more cosmopolitan than its small size suggests. Maastricht is not only a college town, but surrounded by a patchwork of languages and cultures. To the east is Germany, to the west the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium (Flanders), and to the south French-speaking part (Wallonia). Read more here.

4. Middelburg
Middelburg is a very pretty little town. And it has a particularly beautiful town hall, the best in the Netherlands according to some. Located at the heart of the city, there is a square in front of it and many restaurants nearby.

5. Naarden Vesting
This magical land looks like something from a videogame or movie set. Still it’s not located in some far away country but only a twenty-minute ride away from Amsterdam. Don’t forget to visit the remarkable fortress. Read more here

6. Pampus
This unique fort is situated on an island, strategically located in the waters of IJsselmeer. That alone makes a visit worthwhile, and the combination with the Muiderslot – where boats leave for the island – adds up to a great trip. Perhaps you will encounter the ghost that's said to wander around. Read more here.

7. Veluwe
Every photo taken here just looks like a painting come to life. The scenery in the Veluwe is just so beautiful. The preserved park stretches out over multiple provinces in the Netherlands, and is the perfect place for some peace and quiet. But there are also a lot of hotels, good restaurants, and activities around. Read more here.

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