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The recorded history of the Netherlands starts with the Roman invasion halfway the first century A.D. but it had its heydays in the 17th century when it disputed hegemony of the Seven Seas with the English and the Spanish empires. New York, parts of Brazil, a series of forts along the African Coast and the Colonies in Indonesia formed part of the vast Dutch Empire.

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» Nieuwe Kerk

Nieuwe Kerk

One of Amsterdam's most striking churches, situated on the central Dam Square next door to the Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk, or New Church, maintains its status as the Netherlands' most prestigious church. Since 1814 the church has hosted the inauguration of Dutch monarchs including the reigning Queen Beatrix, who also chose the church for her heir's 2002 marriage ceremony. The church also houses the Royal Crypt, and a burial site for Dutch naval heroes, including the famous Dutch admiral Michiel de Ruyter and Commodore Jan Van Galen …

» Nieuwmarkt


The old heart of Amsterdam runs from the throbbing Dam Square - home of the Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) - south down to the great cobbled public square of Nieuwmarkt. Once bordering a canal that was filled in around 1601, Nieuwmarkt is today packed with bars and cafés and is the gateway to both Chinatown and the Red Light District, which lies a couple of streets west between the parallel canals of Oudezijds Voorburgwaal and Oudezijds Achterburgwaal. The central focus of Nieuwmarkt is the city's last surviving fortified gate …

» Noordeinde Palace

Noordeinde Palace

Although the Dutch royal family has a total of four palaces throughout the Netherlands, including one in Amsterdam, today the royals prefers to work from The Hague. In the historic center of the city, Noordeinde Palace has been office to King Willem-Alexander since 2013. With its roots going back to 1533 when wealthy aristocrat Willem van de Goudt turned the farmhouse into a stately home, the Noordeinde wasn't used as a palace until 1609, when it was presented to William of Orange's widow in recognition of her husband's service to the Dutch nation …

» Oude Kerk (Old Church)

Oude Kerk (Old Church)

The Oude Kerk (or Old Church) is the city's oldest surviving building, consecrated in 1306. Yet the location of this triple-nave, late-Gothic church embodies a huge moral contradiction: it's in full view of the Red Light District, with passers-by getting chatted up a stones throw from the church walls. Still, this Gothic-style church rewards visitors with one of the finest carillons in the country, the city's oldest church bell (1450), and a stunning Christian Müller organ that's still used for recitals. Check out the lively 15th century carvings on the choir stalls, some of which are downright rude …

» Peace Palace/Vredespaleis

Peace Palace/Vredespaleis

One of the Netherlands' most famous buildings and the crowning glory of The Hague, the Peace Palace, or Vredespaleis, serves as a symbol of the country's key role in international law and order. Built between 1907 and 1913 by Andrew Carnegie, the grand palace is home to the United Nations' International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Law Academy and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), making it an important center of global peace …

» Portuguese Synagogue

Portuguese Synagogue

Built in the late 17th century, the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam is one of the most significant legacies of Jewish history in the entire city. During the 16th and 17th, century when the Jewish community was facing persecution in Spain and Portugal, many fled to Amsterdam and the concept of building the biggest synagogue in the world began. Building of the Portuguese Synagogue began in 1671 and was complete in 1675. Restorations have been made over the years but overall it stands today as it did over 300 years ago …

» Prinsengracht


With its ring of canals extending over 62 miles (100 km) and featuring an incredible 1,500 bridges, it's no surprise that Amsterdam's canal ring has earned itself the nickname 'the Venice of the North'. The 17th-century canals, including the most famous waterways of Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Jordaan, achieved UNESCO World Heritage status back in 2010, and remain key landmarks for visiting tourists. The Prisengracht, or Prince's Canal, is the longest of Amsterdam's four main canals …

» Prison Gate Museum

Prison Gate Museum

The Prison Gate Museum is the former prison of the Court of Holland. Beginning in 1428, and continuing throughout its 400 year history, it housed famous and not so famous criminals. It had a reputation as a place of misery, where prisoners were regularly punished in the torture chamber and locked up in dreary dark and frigid cells, awaiting questioning and trial. Visitors to the medieval building can see the Museum's collection of punishment and torture devices .…

» Rembrandt House Museum

Rembrandt House Museum

Situated in the former home of the renowned Dutch painter and etcher, Rembrandt Van Rijn, the Rembrandt House Museum, boasts an illustrious history with world famous paintings like the 'Night Watch' created between its walls. The building in Jodenbreestraat, Amsterdam, was purchased by the man himself back in 1639 and he lived there with his wife Saskia and son Titus for 20 years, before being declared bankrupt in 1656. Today, the rooms have been reconstructed to their original condition and form part of the museum …

» Rembrandtplein


A far cry from its origins as a butter and dairy market, Rembrandtplein is now one of Amsterdam's busiest and liveliest squares, sandwiched between the Mint Tower and the Amstel River. Named after the city's most famous baroque painter and printmaker, Rembrandt van Rijn, a cast-iron statue of its namesake, sculpted by Royer, has stood proud in the heart of the square since 1876. With both the plaza and its surrounding streets crammed with cafés, music clubs and bars, Rembrandtplein comes alive in the evening hours …

» Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights)

Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights)

As one of the oldest and most-admired landmark buildings in The Hague, the Ridderzaal makes up part of the medieval Binnenhof (Inner Court) complex, which was built back in the 13th century for the counts of Holland as a hunting lodge. Ridderzaal dominates the great cobbled courtyard and cloistered archways of the Binnenhof, home to the offices and meeting rooms of the Dutch Parliament and now the political hub of the Netherlands. The Ridderzaal was the last building to be added to the Binnenhof in 1280 …

» Rijksmuseum


The Rijksmuseum, or National Museum, is the premier art museum of the Netherlands, and no self-respecting visitor to Amsterdam can afford to miss it. Though most of the building is closed for renovations until 2013, key paintings from the museum's permanent collection can be viewed in the Philips Wing. The collection includes some 5,000 paintings, most importantly those by Dutch and Flemish masters from the 15th to 19th centuries. The emphasis, naturally, is on the Golden Age …

» Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis)

Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis)

Designed by Jacob van Campen, the impressive Romanesque construction is fashioned around over 13,500 woolen piles sunk into the ground and is best known for its iconic rooftop statue of Greek titan Atlas, straining beneath the weight of the world on his back. First built as a city hall, the building was transformed into a Royal Palace back in 1808, under reign of Louis I, King of Holland and is still used frequently for state visits by today's monarchs …

» Scheveningen


The Hague's seaside suburb of Scheveningen is also the most popular holiday resort in The Netherlands. Just a tram ride from the center of the city, Scheveningen has a 2.5-mile (four km) long promenade backing a sandy beach and the pristine waters of the North Sea. It had its heyday in the 19th century but recent injections of cash have spruced the town up to its former gentility. The pier is the focus of Scheveningen beach and there's plenty for families to enjoy around here, from bungy jumping to banana boating and wind surfing …

» Sculptures by the Sea (Museum Beelden aan Zee)

Sculptures by the Sea (Museum Beelden aan Zee)

Sculptures by the Sea (Museum Beelden aan Zee) Every trip to The Hague should include time for a trip to the beach. There's the obvious reasons, the surf, sand and boardwalk, but a trip to the beach also means you'll get to see the Sculptures by the Sea. Located on Scheveningen Boulevard, with an enviable view of the beach, the bronze Sculptures were put in place by the nearby Beelden aan Zee Museum. Designed by American sculptor Tom Otterness, legends of the sea served as their inspiration …

» Stedelijk Museum

Stedelijk Museum

Reopened at the end of 2012 after a major revamp, the Stedelijk Museum now boasts a new wing designed by architects Benthem Crouwel - a structure as bold and striking as the artworks it harbors. The modernist façade - a shimmering white design aptly nicknamed 'the bath tub' - serves as a provocative declaration of the museum's artistic sensibilities - equally inspiring and polarizing. Home to one of the Netherlands' most celebrated collections of modern and contemporary art and design …

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