Dutch Quartet City Breaks
Amsterdam, a pretty village-like city with a huge reputation, needs little introduction. Holland’s capital city has something for everyone –leafy canals, cute cafes and bustling bars. One of Amsterdam’s biggest draws, though, is it world-famous Museum District, home to the renowned Rijksmuseum. It reopened last year after a dazzling decade-long refurbishment and is currently showcasing its first permanent photography exhibition, displaying more than 400 images from the twentieth century.
Rotterdam is a true metropolis thanks to its position as the second-largest city in Holland with a population of over 600,000. The architecture city, famous for its sleek skyline that showcases the striking Erasmus bridge and De Rotterdam by famous international architect Rem Koolhaas. The New York Times and Rough Guides both ranked Rotterdam in its list of must-see destinations for 2014. Go now and you can explore the amazing new Markthal food market, home to over 100 stalls and an incredible, colourful mural by Dutch artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam.
Holland’s grandest city, home to the Dutch royal family and the country’s seat of government, is also the country’s best-kept cultural secret. The Hague’s newly reopened Mauritshuis gallery is the proud home of some of Holland’s greatest pieces of art work, including the star exhibit: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. The Gemeentemuseum is filled with pieces by Van Gogh, Picasso and a new exhibition showcasing work by Mark Rothko. And for one of the most beautiful shopping streets in the country, head to the Passage in the city centre, filled with independent boutiques selling everything from food to fashion.
Lively Utrecht, in the heart of Holland, just 30 minutes from Amsterdam, is one of the country’s most creative and energetic cities. Here you can visit the famous Museum Speelklok, filled with instruments including fairground organs and electric violin, while Tivoli Vredenburg is Holland’s newest music venue with multifunctional halls and spaces to enjoy magnificent concerts in a variety of genres. Utrecht also offers a range of restaurants far every taste, from fine dining to charming bistros and eco-conscious eateries, such as the new Gys restaurant where even the furniture is recycled too.