From scenic countryside and seaside resorts to vibrant cities and historical hotspots, not to mention some of the world’s finest art and culture venues, the Netherlands has all the ingredients for an unforgettable summer.
Top art and culture
In the Netherlands, you will find museums and cultural venues in abundance. Don’t forget to check out some of the many special events and exhibitions taking place as part of the Rijksmuseum’s ‘Year of Rembrandt’, marking the 350th anniversary of the famous artist’s death.
THE KRÖLLER-MÜLLER MUSEUM
Outside the capital, an absolute must-visit is the Kröller-Müller Museum, a national art museum and sculpture garden, which is located in the stunning surroundings of the Hoge Veluwe National Park. Art aficionados will delight in the the museum’s large collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings.
Meanwhile, in Rotterdam, the magnificent Kunsthal is an architectural masterpiece in its own right. Designed by the genius Rem Koolhaas, it showcases the creative works of Dutch and international artists. It is not to be missed!
Start planning your trip to the Netherlands now, at www.holland.com
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Vondelpark Open Air Theatre
Every year between June and September, the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre in Amsterdam presents a jam-packed programme comprising music, festivals, dance, cabaret, children’s theatre and stand-up comedy.
Concert at Sea
27 – 29 June
Much more than just a regular music festival, Concert at Sea brings street theatre, superb food and drinks and the beautiful backdrop of Zeeland. Big-name performers include Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nile Rodgers & Chic and Douwe Bob.
CONCERT AT SEA
North Sea Jazz Festival
12 – 14 July
The North Sea Jazz Festival is a must for jazz fans, with the world-class event attracting some of the genre’s biggest names. More than 150 performances will take place over the weekend, spread out over 14 stages.
13 – 19 July
Celebrate the summer with a huge street party. This unmissable event combines outdoor markets, art exhibitions and family activities with live music, theatre and performing arts.
‘T PREUVENEMINT, MAASTRICHT
22- 25 August
Calling all foodies! ‘t Preuvenemint is a four-day culinary event which takes place on the Vrijthof square in the beautiful city of Maastricht. Sample delicious food and drink accompanied by live music and a festive atmosphere.
TEXT: ANNA VILLELEGER | PHOTO © NBTC