Must see sights in Belgium and Holland?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by kfordham281, May 25, 2008.

  1. kfordham281 macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    My wife, a few friends, and I (4 total) are headed to Belgium and Holland in a few weeks. Is there anything we shouldn't miss seeing while we are there?
  2. oblomow macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2005
    Depends. What are you interested in? Cities? Nature? Architecture? just 'the sights/tourist attractions'.
  3. AlexIngram macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2008
    Switzerland, but Philadelphia next year!
    I just recently got back from Holland, and I must say its a pretty awesome place.

    Utrecht is a really nice city, and the Dom Tour there is a great sight. Its basically a church spire and it has a great view from the top.

    And, of course, Amsterdam is an amazing city (no matter what you want to do). I thought I would only be spending a day there but actually ended up staying there for a few days, the atmosphere there is... unique :D

    Holland is a really cool place, and make sure you get some pickled herring!
  4. Busy Bee macrumors Demi-God

    Aug 3, 2007

    The Kröller-Müller Museum: Right in the middle of a national park, with amazing outdoor modern sculpture gardens and free bikes. About 90 mins by train from Amsterdam, easily done in a day trip. One of the coolest places I've ever been in my life.



    Brugge (Bruges): The 'Venice of the North'. Beautiful medieval city.

    Ardennes: Stunning landscape, lots of castles. And one of the largest caves in Europe with a fab and slightly spooky tour.

    Grottes de Han-sur-Lesse

  5. dogtanian macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Bournemouth, UK
    Antwerpen zoo in Antwerp (Funny that :rolleyes:) was cool, it's literally right in the centre of the town which is odd.

    If you watch 'In Brugge' with colin Farrell then you're know all about Brugge. It's a beautiful medieval town, a tad boring but otherwise nice. (Go to the chocolate museum if you're into chocolate!)

    Holland is a really interesting place, the buildings are really quite amazing just driving through the country, like they don't want their house to be the same as next doors...
  6. MacHipster macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    The Netherlands: Clogs, windmills, canals, hookers, and cheese.
    Belgium: Beer, chocolate, fried foods, lace, and Flemish mercenaries.
  7. kfordham281 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Cities, nature, tourist stuff.

    Thanks for the ideas so far everyone! We had already planned on a few of those ideas mentioned but some were new. Keep the ideas coming if you have more. Those caves look pretty cool!

    We've got a few nights in Brussels, Brugge, Amsterdam, Liege, and Dinant.

    Any good brewery tours or bars you can recommend?
  8. oblomow macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2005
    Brewery:micro brewery 't IJ fortunately Heineken is closed until the summer. In belgium you can find more (interesting) breweries.

    The larger museums:

    Museum: Mauritshuis, the Hague, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Panorama Mesdag, the Hague.
    If you visit the Hague, so can combine it with a trip to the dunes and beach. Oh forgot the Escher Museum

    Rotterdam: modern buildings & architecture, Large harbour to visit and a nice museum Boijmans

    Utrecht: the Rietveld Schroder house.

    Others: Museum overview

    Castle: Muiderslot, wikepedia

    I totally agree with busybee, if you have the time you should visit The Kröller-Müller Museum. Ride a bike, great sculpture garden and lots of van Gogh paintings.

    Architecture: dudok in Hilversum

    If you want more, please let me know....
  9. Bradleygray macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2008
    hi kford, Belgium, a country of diverse regions, is comprised of Flanders, Wallonia, and the Capital region of Brussels.Bruges is one of the leading cities of Belgium known as the "Venice of the North", Bruges makes for one of the best places to visit in Belgium. Bruges is also the best preserved medieval city in Europe and is home to a wealth of museums consisting of the country's best art collections.Brussels offers a fine mix of grand architectural splendors and modern skyscrapers.Antwerp is also Europe's second largest port and the city also has the largest diamond industry in the world.These are a good one to view.And since, there is a group(wife and kids) going there you have to keep a few precautions like making hotel arrangements prior to the visit there so you don't have to shell out more in the extra minute or be fixed to take a place that you don't want.:)

    And. sorry but no cues on Holland that might interest you.
    Happy Journey, Mate.
  10. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    As its not been bought up so far coffee shops in holland
  11. Gondry macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2007
    in Brussels mini Europe and the atomium are quite kitsch attractions to go and see. And you can also go to the rotten core of the EUSSRs democracy denying institutions around the Schumann roundabout.

    Ask them where our referendum is?
  12. cycocelica macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    Redmond, WA
    I suggest this only because 'In Bruges' was that good.
  13. teleromeo macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2006
    kidnapped by aliens
  14. Tellegrand macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2008
    Sunny?Cloudy? Midwest
    My husband and I were very fortunate to spend a couple of days in Holland several years ago... The Anne Frank house was very interesting. If you like art... they have some of the most interesting museums. Many people don't realize but most places have a "free" day each month. With a bit of searching on the internet you get into many places free. We were able to get into museums in Europe like the Louvre and Picasso museum (can't remember specifically about ones in Holland but I know there were some).

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