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Planning a summer holiday in the Netherlands and want to treat you and your family or friends to a fun day out? Choose your favourite from our top five Dutch day trips below!
1. The Efteling
The Efteling has topped the list of the most popular Dutch tourist attractions for years. This traditional Dutch theme park is located in the Brabant Kaatsheuvel and features the well-known fairy tales and illustrations of famous Dutch graphic artist, Anton Pieck. Last year the Efteling attracted some 4.1 million visitors, all eager to relive their childhood or to treat their kids to some extra special memories of their own.
2. The Rijksmuseum
A lengthy renovation knocked the acclaimed Rijksmuseum off the Dutch tourist itinerary for what seemed like an age. Fortunately, this most beautiful of Dutch museums in the heart of Amsterdam has now re-opened its doors to become one of the most favoured visitor attractions in the Netherlands once again. In 2013 more than 2.2 million people visited the Rijksmuseum in order to appreciate a wealth of celebrated paintings, such as The Night Watch by renowned Dutch painter, Rembrandt.
3. The Zaanse Schans
For those who want to enjoy all that is typically Dutch on a flying visit, then a day trip to the Zaanse Schans is an absolute must. This enchanting tourist village near Amsterdam boasts typical Dutch windmills, quaint Zaanse houses and a local population dressed in traditional costume, to guarantee a perfect photo every time. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll even get to learn how to make Dutch cheese and clogs to boot!
4. Burgers’ Zoo
This fascinating zoo, officially called Koninklijke Burgers’ Zoo, is located in the Dutch town of Arnhem in Gelderland, and last year attracted almost 1.5 million visitors. What makes this particular Dutch zoo so special, are the so-called ‘eco-displays’ or large simulations of entire ecosystems. At Burgers’ Zoo you can trek through a tropical rainforest or hike across a desert, and simultaneously witness the glorious flora and fauna native to these natural habitats.
5. Diergaarde Blijdorp (Rotterdam Zoo)
Diergaarde Blijdorp is located in the Dutch city of Rotterdam and is one of the oldest zoos in the Netherlands. The zoo, which was established in 1855, was originally a sanctuary for pheasants and waterfowl, however an increasing number of exotic animals have since joined them. Just like Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, Rotterdam Zoo now simulates a variety of natural habitats, each spotlighting indigenous animals and plants, as well as cultural elements. One of the best loved habitats at Rotterdam Zoo is Taman Indah, a vast enclosure where Asian elephants, Indian rhinos and Malayan tapirs can be admired.
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