Why Is The Netherlands So Popular By Tourists?

November 23, 2020

If you’ve ever asked people who like to travel a lot to recommend a place to visit then the Netherlands almost always comes up on their list. As it turns out, many experienced travelers are quite fond of the Netherlands. But, why is the Netherlands so popular? That is exactly what I am going to try to answer in this article.

The Netherlands is very popular due to its rich culture, history, landmarks, architecture, and attractive tourist spots. Also, it is one of the safest and accessible countries in the world that makes it perfect to visit. All of these things attract millions of people to the country every year. 

But there is a lot more to talk about the reasons behind the Netherlands' popularity among tourists. So, to have a better understanding of the topic, please continue reading till the end. I’m sure that after reading this article, you will be dying to go there.

Things That Make The Netherlands so Popular

The biggest take-away of the Netherlands is probably their unique traditions, varying landscapes, and charming places. You can also take part in a plethora of activities and festivals that are exclusively celebrated and practiced in the Netherlands alone as a part of their culture.

Here I’m presenting some of the reasons why the Netherlands is so popular among tourists. Of course, there are a ton of other reasons that make the Netherlands a great place for tourism. But I will be only pointing out the most important ones according to me.

The Dutch Rich Historical Heritage

In terms of tourism, I believe the culture and traditions of the Netherlands go hand-to-hand. You’ll be able to witness all that the rich heritage the Netherlands has to offer. If you’re a fan of literature and art then you won’t be disappointed with the artistic enthusiasm of the people and the underlying art in museums, old sites, and buildings.

The Netherlands was the birth-place of many famous artists with the likes of Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Rembrandt Van Rijn. Hence, if you’re a fan of museum trips and a fellow art-lover then the Netherlands is just the place to visit on your next trip.

The works of Dutch masters and other professional artists from all over the world can be enjoyed at the top museums of the country like the Van Gogh museum, Rijkmuseum, and Stedelijk museum. Nevertheless, you can come across various impressive artworks and admirable museums in each of the major cities in the Netherlands.

Beautiful Locations in the Netherlands

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands is known as one of the most famous tourist destinations in the Netherlands. Cities like The Hague, Leiden, Rotterdam, and Utrecht houses one of the most refined architectures, canals, statues, landmarks in the world making them a very popular tourist hotspot.

Outside the big cities, the Netherlands is also beautiful to see. What about beautiful small villages and of course the famous tulip fields. You also have a good chance that you will spot some old windmills along the way.

A tulip field in The Netherlands:

Let’s not forget the world-wide famous tulip flower gardens spread in flatlands. Nature truly thrives in the older and rural regions of the Netherlands. Oh, you might also feel free to indulge yourself in some fishing activity at the fishing villages that are more than welcome to take you in for their daily fishing trip.

From beautiful massive cities to charming villages to canals, you can bike your way through any of them with ease. This is probably the only place in the world that should be considered a biker’s paradise.

Cycling is deeply rooted in Dutch culture. It is therefore advisable to go out by bike for a day during your visit to the Netherlands.

The Dutch Vibrant Traditions

There are countless festivals and traditions in The Netherlands. King’s Day and Liberation War day are one of many. In addition, you will have Sinterklaas in the Netherlands in early December. This children's party is only celebrated in the Netherlands.

The beers of the Dutch are no less than you would expect from a European country. Also, you should look forward to trying out their world-famous Dutch cheese of Gouda and Edam and many more variations of cheese. Some sweet traditional treats that the Netherlands is famous for are poffertjes, stroopwafels, and oliebollen!

From boat rides to biking and indulging in festive Dutch delish, the Netherlands has plenty to offer. It truly is a paradise both in terms of tourism and living standards.

To this day the Netherlands has been holding onto their famous traditions and keeping alive their traditional aesthetics. Thus, making them stand out from other countries in their respective ways leaving a mark on being so unique and popular among all the countries in the world.

What Makes the Netherlands Tourist Friendly?

The Netherlands is one of the most tourist friendly countries in the world. And here are the reasons why that is.


Now let’s head onto safety, something that’s considered a major concern for tourists. The Netherlands is ranked as one of the 5th safest countries as of now. As a developed country, the crime rates in the Netherlands are pretty low. On top of that, extreme security measures are taken at active tourist spots as well.

All of this makes visiting the Netherlands a worry-free experience. Even so, it doesn’t hurt to be extra careful. Be sure to look after your stuff when you visit there.

Welcoming People:

You don't have to worry about the friendliness of the Dutch people either. The people of the Netherlands treat tourists as one of their own and would be more than happy to show you around, guide you, and at times may even offer accommodation as well. So, don’t feel beaten up about asking for help or directions from strangers, they would love to help you out.

Ease of Transportation:

Traveling around the Netherlands is super easy for its robust transit system. If you’re planning to be on the move, you wouldn’t have to be worried as all the major cities are connected in such a way that you can travel from one city to another in an hour or two without much effort via car or train. This makes it very easy to see a lot of The Netherlands.

You can even book tickets for train or plane trips to other countries from the Netherlands with ease. If you just want to explore the cities in a cost-effective, safe, and enjoyable way, then you can take part in the famous cycling tradition of Dutch people. Cycling is as common as walking there which is why the Netherlands is known as the cycling paradise.

Exploring The Netherlands by bike:

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In easy words, the Netherlands, in general, is a thriving country and offers all the necessary traits a hot-spot tourist destination should have. Now that I’m done providing the basics, I would love to move towards the more exclusive aspects of this country which makes it so attractive in terms of tourism and its vast culture.

Minimum Language Barrier:

The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch as most of the people living here are of Dutch ethnicity. However, don’t let that dishearten you. Even though the Netherlands is a Dutch-speaking country, English is practiced just as much as you would like to see as a tourist.

If you ever struggle to utter a word or two in Dutch, the local people will follow you up in English. So, there’s no rush nor worries for you to forcefully integrate Dutch words into your vocabulary.

Any means of communication can be safely done in English for your convenience. Thus, there will be no need for you to translate. Most places and buildings will have things written in English as well. Hence, if you’re a tourist then don’t even break a sweat if you’re worried about the language barrier.


By now you probably have a good idea about why is the Netherlands is so popular among tourists all over the world. A rich culture, plenty of beautiful landscapes, and the overall safety of traveling make the Netherlands the perfect place for a tour.

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Leo van den Berg
As a Dutchman I am extremely proud of the beautiful country in which I live. My goal is to convey my passion and love for the Netherlands to as many people as possible.

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