Best Summer Activities in the Netherlands

Summer in the Netherlands is a season of vibrant festivals, scenic beauty, and endless outdoor activities.🏡 Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s no shortage of exciting things to do. Here’s a guide to the best summer experiences in the Netherlands.🌷  Read more below!  

1. Explore the Dutch Beaches

The Dutch coastline offers some beautiful beaches and sunsets. Head to Zandvoort, Bloemendaal or Scheveningen for sandy shores, beach bars, and water sports. Don’t miss a chance to try kite surfing or simply relax and soak up the sun.

2. Visit the National Parks

The Netherlands boasts several stunning national parks ideal for hiking, cycling, and wildlife spotting. Hoge Veluwe National Park is famous for its diverse landscapes, from dense forests to rolling sand dunes. Rent a free white bicycle and explore the park at your own pace. De Biesbosch National Park offers unique waterways perfect for kayaking and bird-watching.

3. Enjoy Amsterdam’s Outdoor Scene

Amsterdam comes alive in the summer. Take a canal cruise to see the city from a unique perspective, or rent a bike and explore its picturesque neighborhoods. Visit Vondelpark, the city’s most famous park, where you can picnic, watch open-air theatre performances and enjoy live music.

4. Experience Dutch Festivals and Amsterdam Pride

Summer means festival season in the Netherlands. Keti Koti (meaning ‘broken chains’) marks the remembrance of the history of slavery in the Netherlands and celebrates the moment Dutch slavery was abolished in Suriname and the Antilles back in 1863 through a cultural festival. North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam attracts jazz enthusiasts from around the world.

Don’t forget Pride at 27th of July til 4th of August in Amsterdam, bringing good vibes and celebrations to the capital city! 🏳️‍🌈

5. Discover Historic Cities

Cities like Utrecht, Maastricht, and Delft offer a blend of history, culture, and modern amenities. Wander through Utrecht’s charming canals, visit the historic Vrijthof square in Maastricht, or explore Delft’s famous pottery workshops and the serene Delft Blue factory.

6. Take a Scenic Bike Ride

Cycling is a quintessential Dutch experience. Follow the Flower Route from Haarlem to Leiden to see blooming fields of tulips, or ride through Waterland, a picturesque region north of Amsterdam, known for its windmills, dikes, and quaint villages.

7. Explore the Dutch Islands

The Wadden Sea Islands, such as Texel,  Terschelling and Ameland, offer beautiful beaches, dunes, and nature reserves. These islands are perfect for cycling, hiking, and bird watching. Don’t miss the unique experience of mudflat hiking (wadlopen) during low tide.

8. Take a Boat Tour in Giethoorn

Known as the “Venice of the North,” Giethoorn is a village with no roads, where people travel by boat through a network of canals. Rent a whisper boat or join a guided tour to explore this charming and peaceful village.

9. Enjoy Dutch Cuisine

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy Dutch cuisine al fresco. Try traditional dishes like haring (herring), poffertjes (mini pancakes), and stroopwafels at local markets and food festivals. Enjoy a meal on a terrace overlooking a canal or in one of the many seaside restaurants.

The Netherlands offers a diverse range of activities and experiences during the summer. From exploring vibrant cities and picturesque villages to enjoying nature and outdoor festivals, there’s something for everyone. Make the most of the long summer days and discover all that this beautiful country has to offer.

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