Our top 3 things to do in the Netherlands during summer

Our top 3 things to do in the Netherlands during summer

Stephan Moerman Stephan Moerman

Stephan Moerman

The Netherlands, colloquially named “Holland”, is a small nation covering about 41,500 square kilometers of (mostly) flat land. But, despite its size, it houses over 17 million people, making it one of the most densely populated countries on the planet. It’s also one of the most popular destinations in Europe. So much so that it’s main international airport, Schiphol Airport, is one of the busiest in the world. Although part of that is explained by it being a transit hub for transfers, part of it is certainly a testament to healthy tourism.

You know what that means: there are lots of fun things to do in the Netherlands. The main attraction is, as you may have guessed, the city of Amsterdam. What draws people there are the many canals, quaint architecture, and iconic museums like the Rijksmuseum.

Social life is also great. You’ll find many people getting together at pubs, cafés, and rooftop bars such as SkyLounge Amsterdam and W Lounge. Outside of the city, the Netherlands’ tulip fields are the most-visited sites. The Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is the most famous tulip field in the country.

If you have time and are keen to explore the Netherlands in 5 days, there’s much to discover – including experiences that are far more unique and personalized. Apart from Amsterdam, the best cities in the Netherlands to visit are Rotterdam and The Hague. If you manage to see both, it’s ideal because they are very different in almost every way.

For example, Rotterdam is modern and dominated by high-rises, while The Hague is low-rise and more traditionally Dutch. In any case, some of the best things to do in the Netherlands are in these two cities. They aren’t what you might expect, though.

Most, if not all, of the things you’ve been recommended are the relatively touristy activities that everyone does. There’s much more to uncover, though. Make your time worthwhile by doing something personalized and unique. Those kinds of memories are the ones that stick with you.

Have you ever thought of having a get-together, romantic date, or photoshoot at private spaces instead of public spots? That’s exactly what Viewnary allows you to do in Rotterdam and The Hague.

Get-together on a private rooftop with Rotterdam skyline views

If you love skylines, the best views in the Netherlands are definitely in Rotterdam. With that said, there are only a few publicly accessible spots where you can get a good look at the “Dutch Manhattan” cityscape. You and your friends can hit the mainstream places like Gastrobar Elvy or Fontein Rooftop Rotterdam. But that’s nothing new or unique. Wouldn’t it be something if you could enjoy the same views – and more – without the busyness around you? Just you and whomever you choose to invite.

Well, you can now do just that at this private, spacious rooftop with views over the skyline of Rotterdam. If you’re looking for fun things to do in Rotterdam, a visit to this space is a must. It features ample seating arrangements for you and a group of friends, so you can hang out for however many hours you’d like, in comfort. You can bring along your own food and drinks, should you want to, or ask the Host for other options via Viewnary Chat.

Getting your favorite bites delivered straight to the rooftop is an option too, of course. A private outdoor dining experience in a setting like this is definitely worth suggesting, especially if you’re lucky with the warm summer weather. How can it not be one of the best things to do in Rotterdam?

If you're keen to explore Rotterdam some more from above, be sure to check out our guide to the best rooftops in Rotterdam.

Rotterdam skyline with Erasmus bridge, red bridge and clouds

Romantic date with a view at a high-rise apartment in The Hague

Although most of the city is old-school and low-rise, there are modern developments, too. If you’re lucky enough to land up in one of the high-rises, you’ll be treated to some amazing views of The Hague and, sometimes, even the famous Scheveningen beach. As you probably know, a great view adds that extra touch to a romantic date.

That’s why you should plan your next date night at this exclusive, private apartment with sweeping views of the The Hague skyline. The living and dining areas of the property are a perfect escape for you and your partner to enjoy precious time together. It’s almost too good to be true: an entirely private space overlooking practically every major landmark in the area, including ocean views of the North Sea. These include historical parliament buildings, the International Court of Justice, and even the Rotterdam Harbor.

Your lovely Host is also kind enough to let you use a professional pair of binoculars to see everything in better detail. Why would you even bother going to places like The Penthouse at The Hague Tower or Bleyenberg Rooftop? Their views aren’t as impressive, and they certainly don’t offer nearly the same level of privacy and personalization. When you write down your list of things to do in The Hague, add this Viewnary experience to it.

High-rise view overlooking the The Hague skyline at sunset

Photoshoot of the Rotterdam skyline from a private apartment

Some of the best views in Rotterdam are inaccessible to the public, unfortunately. Are you an avid photographer that wants truly original content for your gallery? Take shots that nobody has yet from this private apartment with unobstructed views of Rotterdam’s skyline and the Erasmus Bridge.

Whether you’re a professional or just take pictures for fun, this space is right for you. The property looks over the top sights in Rotterdam, including the city center’s skyline, Markthal Rotterdam, and iconic Erasmusbrug (Erasmus Bridge). Golden hour photography here is stunning, as the sun sets right behind the bridge and skyscrapers. The sun also reflects beautifully off of the Maas river, which divides the north and south of Rotterdam.

In addition, the space also has comfortable indoor seating arrangements, making it suitable for an exclusive experience regardless of whether the sun is shining or rain is pouring. So, if you’re searching for things to do in Rotterdam that are really unique, and you’re a photography fan, shoot your next pictures here.

Rotterdam skyline and Erasmus Bridge at sunset with boat on Maas river

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