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THE Netherlands: Once you arrive

Five of the best things to do in the Netherlands

Interested in going to the Netherlands? Here are five interesting and fun things to do in your spare time!

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This article is written by our friends at Study Abroad Portal.


Netherlands…. Also known for its delicious cheese, bikes, windmills, rivers, rainy days and its beautiful flowers. But the country has so much more to explore, check out the top 5 things to do while studying in the Netherlands.


Zaanse Schans Windmills


The Zaanse Schans is a residential area with historic wooden buildings in the North of the country, built between 1961 and 1974. It is served to remain the historic heritage that was built in 1961 by the governor of Willem van Oranje. The residential area attracts around 2 million visitors every year. But a fun fact is that the wooden buildings are not only an attraction for tourists, but people really live in those buildings! Besides the windmills you are also able to visit among others, the only working paint mill in the world, a cheese maker factory, and a bakery museum at the Zaanse Schans.


Find out more about the Zaanse Schans


Anne Frank House


The Anne Frank House is a famous biographical museum located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, in Amsterdam. Anne Frank, her family and 4 other people hid from the Nazi, during the Second World War in a hidden room (also known as ´het achterhuis´ in Dutch). During this time, Anne Frank held a diary of everything that happened and what she felt, which was published after the war. The Anne Frank House consists out of the hiding place, an exhibition space with information about persecution and discrimination and a permanent exhibition on their lives.


Learn more about the Anne Frank House and her story


Heineken Experience


The Heineken Experience located in the centre of Amsterdam is one of the most popular and authentic attractions. The old factory was used to manufacture all the beer brands, but nowadays it serves as a museum which attracts millions of people world-wide. Things you can do in the museum are: taste the popular Heineken beer, self-guided tour through the factory to observe the impressive copper tanks that were used to brew the beers, and last but not least obtain all information about the brand and the history of the factory. At the end of the Heineken experience you will be able to enjoy two free drinks in the bar.


Obtain here more information about the experience or/and tickets




Madurodam is a miniature park built on a scale of 1:25 in the district Scheveningen, The Hague. The park allows you to enjoy the impressive replicas of the most famous Dutch landmarks, cities and important developments of the country. Every little aspect is modeled to scale which gives the visitors an extreme realistic view. The clothes of the little miniature citizens in Madurodam are even adjusted to the weather of each season. In the winter they wear jackets and in the summer they wear shorts and t-shirts. Really interesting if you want to see all important aspects of the country, but do not have the time to visit them all.


Find more information here


West Frisian Islands



The 6 islands are located in the north of the Netherlands and continue to Germany. The Wadden Sea which is located between the islands, falls almost entirely dry at low tide which then creates an important area for birds to search and find food. The islands are highly recommended if you want to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful nature. You may also find it interesting to rent a book and be able to see the villages on the islands.


Can’t wait to study in the Netherlands? Join this free Online Open Day to gain more information.