Those who go to the Netherlands and just stay in Amsterdam are like those who order a hamburger but only eat the meat.

When people hear of The Netherlands, Amsterdam is usually the first city that comes to mind. Amsterdam’s romantic canals, tulip fields, and cycling routes is what usually drives people to explore the country. However, there’s way more to NL than Amsterdam, take a look at the cutest towns to explore.

Afternoon Delight

Voorburg is considered the oldest city in the Netherlands with history that dates back to the 2nd century when local civilians gained city rights from the Romans. Right now, its known for its churches- the St. Martin’s church and the French church in downtown Voorburg.

Name: Voorburg

Distance from Amsterdam: 48 min by car

What Does a Dutch Beach Town Look Like?

Dutchies do love their beaches! Scheveningen is a popular beach town known for their pride and joy, the Kurhaus resort, pictured above. During the summers, windsurfers and kite boarders flock to the beach to take advantage of the summer wind. Small families walk along the esplanade eating ice cream, celebrating the sun.

Name: Scheveningen

Distance from Amsterdam: 52 min by car

Preserved Tradition

Naarden is a traditional Dutch-style town and is one of the best preserved fortified towns in all of Europe. It’s history starts around the 15th century, as a “star fort” city. It is surrounded by a moat and lush green fields. Also, history lies in the buildings. The St. Vitus Church, a 14th century basilica is well known, as well as The Old Town Hall, with its green shutters and brickwork.

Name: Naarden

Distance from Amsterdam: 24 min by car

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