map Amsterdam Haarlem Gouda Leiden TheHague Delft Westland Area Rotterdam Brabant Province Maastricht Roermond Limburg Province Wageningen De Hoge Veluwe Utrecht Giethoorn Northern Provinces

Gouda

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About this City:
If cheese is one of the most recognised Dutch symbol, then such status would be the same when talking about Gouda for the cheese kingdom. But there is much more to this lovely town. Prospered in 16th century from cheese, candle and stained glass, these achievements can still be seen by visiting the local church and cafes. On top of that, most attractions are within 15 minutes walking time from the town plaza.

Our favourites:

  • Sint-Janskerk
  • City hall
  • Taste all flavours at the weekly cheese market
  • Red Lion Windmill

Maastricht

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About this City:
Arguably the oldest settlement of the Netherlands, Maastricht is well famed for its Medieval like atmosphere. Walking through the Spanish and Roman ruins while savouring on gourmet and fine wine with buildings that adapted French and Belgium influence, Maastricht is definitely not your traditional Dutch town. Together with a vibrant nightlife, the Carnival in February, jazz festivals in the summer and nearby nature of hills perfect for biking, this Southern town is a must stop for anyone.

Our favourites:

  • Vrijthof Plaza
  • Sint Servaas church
  • Maastricht Underground
  • Dine at Chateau Neercanne
  • Bookstore Dominicanen
  • Entre Deux shopping street
  • Lunch at the Brandwerkazerne

Den Haag

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About this City:
Some would argue that Den Haag is the real capital of Holland and to certain extent it is true. In this city of half a million lies the official seat of government, home to the Netherlands’ monarch, parliament, ​and supreme court. But there is more to this lovely city, the monuments, historical districts and its location near the beautiful North Sea coastline. Thus, Den Haag is also known as the “Royal City by the Sea”.

Our favourites:

  • Museum Mauritshuis
  • Government seat the Binnenhof
  • Grote Kerk
  • Madurodam, mini Holland
  • Peace Palace
  • Scheveningen Beach
  • Eat and enjoy the view at UrbanFarmers

Haarlem

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About this City:
Haarlem, surprisingly is the the capital of the province of North Holland, situated only 15 minutes away from Amsterdam by train. This city has been the historic centre of the Flower-Bulb Region for centuries and proudly stands up to its sobriquet, City of Flowers. With its ancient buildings, cobbled streets and winding waterways, Haarlem bears a close resemblance to its rivaling couple Amsterdam, yet the Medieval touch makes it one of the most photogenic destinations in the Netherlands. Thanks to its compact size, it is easy to get to know the city even if you only have one day to explore it.

Our favourites:

  • City Hall
  • Grote Markt
  • Cathedral of Saint Bavo
  • Molen de Adriaan
  • Frans Hals Museum
  • Lunch at Brinkers

Hoge Veluwe

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About this City:
Best known for its diversity and unique combination in art and nature, this famous national park covers over 5,400 acres of woodland, heaths, grasslands and sand dunes. Either walking and taking a free park bike will allow you to explore this seemingly endless nature and enjoy the peace, quite, tranquillity. If you are lucky enough, you might even be able to encounter wild deer, mouflon and wild boar, especially at the end of the day. Of course, do not miss out the world famous Kröller-Müller Museum.

Our favourites:

  • Biking or hiking
  • See Van Goghs’ paintings in the Kröller-Müller Museum
  • Watch the burling deer in autumn

Giethoorn

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About this City:
With the famous nickname of “Little Venice” or “Venice of the North”, Giethoorn is a stop not to miss especially in the summertime. Located in the province of Overijssel, this fable-like village sits in the protected natural areas of De Wieden.

The name Giethoorn translates to goat horn and it came from the discovery of ancient goat horn remainder when the settlers moved here in the 13th century. Unfortunately none of them are left today but the stretches of riverway, decades old housings with roof made from local reeds and the lovely nature are the true meaning to this village.

Our favourites:

  • Rent a personal small boat
  • Explore the village by foot or bike
  • Museum Het Oude Maat Uus
  • Stay at De dames van de Jonge

Roermond

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About this City:
What else is better than shopping for high fashion brands at an incredible rate of discount. An outlet that has a collective of top brands offering 30% – 70% deal with tax free benefit, this heaven is not be missed. But if shopping is not your taste, the old town centre is definitely worth checking out especially for the churches and the plaza.

Our favourites:

  • Designer shopping at Roermond outlet centre
  • Sint-Christoffelkathedraal
  • Munsterkerk

Amsterdam

About this City:
From its humble beginnings as a 13th-century fishing village by the River Amstel to its current role as a major hub for business, tourism and culture, Amsterdam’s remarkable charm can be felt throughout every corner of the city. With countless boat-filled canals, maze-like alleys and imposing Golden Age buildings seen everywhere, the city itself is already a live museum. Further complemented by prestigious museums, buoyant cafes and a vigorous city vibe, you will never know what to expect when wandering along the atmospheric lanes. The only way to understand the remarks given is to see it with your own eyes.

Our favourites:

  • Rijksmuseum
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Jordaan District
  • Dam Square with Royal Palace
  • Magere Bridge
  • Canal Cruise
  • Albert Cuyp market
  • Picnic on the roof of Nemo Science Museum
  • New and trendy Amsterdam North

Business in this city:
Being the capital of the country, it is surely also a top choice of headquarter for many Dutch and international companies. In fact, its business reputation dates back to the start of Golden Age in the 16th centuries and where the first stock exchange center was established. Today, many newly formed regulations are making it easier for business to flourish especially in the region of Amsterdam. With the International airport Schiphol and the Amsterdam port supporting the logistic, top notch ICT infrastructure, highly educated workforce and a mindset of openness all make Amsterdam a favourable pick for starting your business.

Related industries and companies:
Industry: finance/IT/logistic/telecom/energy
Companies: Heineken International, ING Group, TomTom, Nipparts, Schlumberger, Royal Ahold, VEON, AkzoNobel, Delta LLoyd

Delft

About this City:
Famed for its blue and white ceramics, birthplace of the ‘Master of Light’ Johannes Vermeer and the legend of Willem of Orange, Delft surely has its own story to tell. The town was established in the 12th century and prospered through the 13th and 14th century with trading. With the new canal built in the 15th century connecting Maas River, the tie between this city and others grew tremendously. So taking a stroll along the Medieval-like town centre, have a coffee by the café along the canal will surely immerse you into this unique atmosphere.

Our favourites:

  • Vermeer Centrum Delft
  • Delft Blue Factory
  • Nieuwe Kerk
  • Oude Kerk
  • Dine at Postkantoor

Business in this city:
Highly praised for its faculty in technological studies and a heart that strives for innovation, Delft goes hand in hand with creativity. The city also lies in the radius of Rotterdam and the Hague making it easy to connect with other businesses.

Related industries and companies:
Industry: technology/IT/architecture
Companies: Bioprocess Pilot Facility B.V, DSM

Rotterdam

About this City:
Futuristic architecture, pioneer of surfing on inner city canal, emerging international restaurants and vibrant nightlife, these are just some examples making Rotterdam one of the trendiest city in Europe. Being the second most populated city in Holland, it is also famous for its trading port, modern art museums and tolerance to multi-culturalism. Perhaps it was due to the great war that a city rebirth from its ruins has given a new meaning for its free spirit.

Our favourites:

  • Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
  • Maritime Museum
  • Markthal
  • Euromast Tower
  • North Sea Jazz Festival in March
  • Kinderdijk
  • Enjoy Michellin** FG Restaurant

Business in this city:
The largest port in Europe and mayor logistic center to the region. The 11th harbour in the world, making it an interesting hub also from rail-ship or reverse. On top of that, Rotterdam is a trendy city with a lot of modern architecture and a young spirit making it perfect hub for innovation. With a relatively low establishment cost and an international mindset, Rotterdam offers dynamic opportunities for for all sort of businesses.

Related industries and companies:
Industry: port/logistic/architecture/maritime industry/chemical
Companies: Trust, Royal Boskalis Westminster, Unilever, LyondellBasell Industries, Global Credit Data, Vopak

Utrecht

About this City:
Lying in the heart of Holland, with the tallest Dutch church standing and canals dividing the city, Utrecht is its name. The medieval city town centre is small enough to be explored on foot. Yet large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops and countless museums for the time to come.

Our favourites:

  • Visiting the Domkerk and climbing to the top of Domtoren
  • Discover the canals by waterbike
  • Miffy museum
  • Speelklok museum
  • Lunch in de Winkel van Sinkel

Business in this city:
Utrecht is a home base to many renowned international companies, knowledge institutes and research centres across sectors including Life Sciences & Health, ICT and Gaming. More than 44% of the local resident has a university degree and 85% speaks 3 or more languages. On top of that, Jaarbeurs conference centre hoist many major events due to its size bring this city endless opportunities.

Related industries and companies:
Industry: finance/IT/life science
Companies: Douwe Egberts, Rabobanks, SHV Holdings, CTMM (Center for Translational Molecular Medicine)

Leiden

About this City:
Situated at what has traditionally been an important junction where waterways and roads cross stands a city that will enchant you: Leiden. The city is famous for its almshouses, university, museums and glorious history. The spirit of the Golden Age defines the city, a place where Rembrandt was born and inspired so many other influential painters. But even after the golden era, Leiden continued to attract scientists, artists and industry. The canals, the 17th century historical buildings, the alleyways, the treasuries of knowledge, culture and science: Leiden is definitely worth seeing.

Our favourites:

  • Stroll around in Medieval Pieterswijk
  • Botanical Garden Leiden
  • Keukenhof Flower Garden
  • Enjoy the view from Hudsons Bays’ top floor restaurant
  • De Valk Windmill
  • Explore the Green Heart or Flower Area by bike
  • Science Museum Boerhaave
  • National Museum of Antiquities

Business in this city:
This small Dutch town has nurtured many biology related studies and companies, it is truly a place where science and business meet. It is also where the International Science and Technology Indicator Conference will be held this year.

Related industries and companies:
Industry: Life science
Companies: Astellas Pharma, Leiden University Medical Center, EADS, Heerema Marine Contractors, ESTEC european Space program, Fokker

Brabant

Business

Business in this city:
Brabant is a region located in Southern Netherlands, and recently has earned a new name of Brainport. With the city of Eindhoven being its heart, the vision is to become a top technological region of world standing and creates solution for the societal challenges of tomorrow. Soon, it will become the Silicon Valley of the Netherlands.

Related industries and companies:
Industry – technology/IT/manufacture
Companies – Philips, NXP semiconductor, Dockwise, ASML, AgriFood Capital

Westland

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Business in this city:
Adjacent to Rotterdam and the Hague area, Westland is famous for its horticulture in greenhouses. Greenhouse technology from the Netherlands has been setting the international standard for a long time and contributed greatly to food production in extreme climate. Endless stretch of glass box awaits for your visit to find out how Dutech excelled in this field.

Related industries and companies:
Industry – agrifood/greenhouse
Companies – Greenport, KUBO Greenhouse Projects

The Hague

Business

Business in this city:
Home to hundreds of international organisations and multinationals, standing as one of the world’s top three UN cities and its excellent connection to other major Dutch cities, The Hague is a perfect city for business. Furthermore, the International Court and the Peace Palace of this city symbols the integrity and righteousness of its spirit.

Related industries and companies:
Industry – law/finance/oil
Companies – Royal Dutch Shell, KPN, Aegon, NN Group, International Court of Justice

Limburg

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Business in this city:
Limburg is the most Southern province of the Netherlands thus resulted its multilingual advantage of its local workforce due to its border connections. In absolute terms, most goods and services are imported and exported from South Holland due to the Port of Rotterdam. However, if the size of international trade is related to the size of the economy (gross regional product), Limburg has the most internationally-oriented economy with South Holland in second place.

Related industries and companies:
Industry – chemical/life science
Companies – Chemelot DSM, Enabling Technologies, Polyganics, Nedcar, Océ

Northern Provinces

Business

Business in this city:
Previously not considered by many to be a business hub choice, the Northern provinces on the Netherlands is on the turn. With Groningen joining the force as the head centre, the Northern Vision 2040 provides a long-term direction for the region’s development. In short, it focuses on technological innovation and carbon economy. If you would like to find out more, please click here.

Related industries and companies:
Companies – Google data center, Hotels.nl, Campina, Vanguard Dutch Marine, GasTerra

Wageningen

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Business in this city:
Besides the greenhouses for food production, the Dutch also innovates in the industries of agrifood research and bio-health food. Wageningen is exactly the city to go for such vision and the local university even provides an extent of related studies.

Related industries and companies:
Industry – agrifood/food valley/farming innovation/sustainability
Companies – FoodValley NL, Agri Information Partners, Keygene, IsoLife

Paris

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About this City:
“City of lights”, “City of Romance”, “Paname”, “Pantruche”, “Parigot”, this beauteous city always has a way to dazzle its visitors with its ambiance. Yet with many unparalleled landmarks like the Eiffel Tower or Louvre, the charm of the city also hides in its small details. Seeing the archaic pebble roads, perfectly trimmed trees, outstanding puffed pastries, riverside cafes, world famous art galleries, the whole city is like a museum. Take you time, slow down your pace and enjoy this unique place bit by bit.

Our favourites:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Louvre Museum
  • Cathedral Notre-Dame
  • Champs-Elysees Avenue
  • Arch of Triumph
  • Sainte-Chapelle
  • Palace of Versailles

Brussels

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About this City:
A “world city” where 180 nationalities mingle, home to the Belgian Royal Family and administrative capital of Europe, Brussels certainly has a mixed identity. Yet unlike Bruges or Ghent with their hordes of tourists, Brussels is more of an economic and educational hub giving a working life vibe. But the compact city center that offers endless cafes, restaurants and attractions will allow you to explore for days and still finding new things. Make sure that you do not miss all the world class museums, Belgian beer, chocolate and waffles.

Our favourites:

  • Plaza of Grand Place
  • Manneken Pis
  • Saint-Michel Cathedral
  • Royal Palace
  • Belgian Royal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Atomium and Mini Europe
  • Dine and do sightseeing in a Tram

Antwerp

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About this City:
Nicknamed the “City of Diamond”, Antwerp is the cultural capital of Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern area of Belgium. This city is both a bustling industrial port and an outstanding historic center for Belgian craftwork and artistry. With the wealth acquired through trading and commerce, the inheritance of architectural beauty, which includes the magnificent cathedral, the town hall, and many other outstanding historical buildings in the old town center can be seen. The city was also once home to such famous artists as Rubens, van Dyck, and Jordaens. So for art-lovers and culture-vultures, Antwerp’s excellent museums displaying an incomparable collection of 15th- to 17th-century masterpieces is a definite stop for any Belgian itinerary.

Our favourites:

  • Plaza of Grand Place
  • Saint Paul Church
  • Cathedral of Our Lady
  • Chocolate Line at Palace op de Meir
  • Diamond Museum
  • Royal Musuem of Fine Art

Bruges

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About this City:
Crowned as the Europe’s “Venice of the North”, spirit and history of the Vikings deeply embeds in this lovely city of canals. Bruges is home to dazzling medieval architecture, particularly on the southern side of the city’s main square, The Grote Markt. Located by its western side, you can enjoy the neo-gothic style Provincial Court and stunning Belfry Tower on the Northern side of the square. Of course, it is strongly recommended not to miss the spectacular Gruuthuse Mansion and the impressive Saint John’s Hospital, which was built in 1188.

Our favourites:

  • Canal tour
  • The Grote Markt
  • Belfry of Bruges
  • Basilica of the Holy Blood
  • De Halve Maan Brewery
  • Minnewater (Lake of Love)
  • Groeningemuseum

London

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About this City:
Being one of the busiest and largest city in the world, London has something for everyone. From royal palaces to the people’s parliament, from museums and churches to riding the famous London’s Eye for stunning city views, you could spend endless days exploring this magical city without ever running out of unique things to see and do. On top of that, a great added bonus is that many of the most popular places to visit are free.

Our favourites:

  • British Museum
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Hyde Park
  • Big Ben and Parliament
  • Tower Bridge
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Saint Paul Cathedral

Dusseldorf

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About this City:
This elegant, life-affirming city of Dusseldorf lies by the bank of Rhine stands for fashion, shopping, culture and extraordinary events. From Königsallee, also known as the “Kö”, is one of Europe’s most luxurious shopping area and just a short walk to the historical Altstadt (Old Town) with its 260 bars and restaurants. Its flair is delightful, its narrow streets are lively, and the multifaceted cultural scene produces a spectacular vibe.

Our favourites:

  • Königsallee
  • Old town
  • North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection
  • The embankment promenade

Cologne

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About this City:
Once a Roman provincial capital, with Romanesque churches that survived the Medieval age, stunning gothic Cathedral that stands in the city center, rich history defines Cologne. With more than 40 world class museums, you will find all sorts of talent displayed. But if you want something more fun, check out the old town and do not miss out on the beer halls.

Our favourites:

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Old Town
  • Chocolate Museum
  • Botanical Garden
  • The Roman Germanic Museum
  • Augustusburg and Falkenlust Palaces
  • Saint Geroen’s CHurch
  • Altenberg Cathedral
  • Päffgen
  • Bei Oma Kleinmann

Trier

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About this City:
Trier has been an important place of trade and commerce for centuries and the history of the town can be traced back to more than 16,000 years crowing it the oldest settlement in Germany. Impressive Roman ruins can be found throughout the place and the churches, gates, all other architecture are not to be missed out!

Our favourites:

  • Port Nigra
  • High Cathedral of Saint Peter
  • Aula Palatina
  • Karl Marx House
  • Hauptmarkt
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Roman Imperial Bath

Luxembourg

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About this City:
Covering only less than 1,650 kilometres and a population of around 500,000, Luxemburg offers a great diversity of attractions. The old quarter lying in the heart of Luxemburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and walking through the hidden roads is like a journey back in time. Besides the city, many of Luxembourg’s small towns are worth passing for a day trip of relaxation. The old fortresses, movie like castles and picturesque countryside make this small nation a must stop for any travellers.

Our favourites:

  • The old quarter
  • National Museum of History and Art
  • The Bock and the City Casements
  • The Wall of the Corniche
  • Bourscheid Castle
  • Vianden