Ways to Explore Holland by Water

The Netherlands should be underwater, but it's not. See how the Dutch have tamed the sea for more than a thousand years, and explore North and South Holland

Aaron Johnson | Oct 31, 2019

The Netherlands should be underwater, but it's not. See how the Dutch have tamed the sea for more than a thousand years, and explore North and South Holland and beyond by river, swamp and canal for incredible views and adventures you just can't reach by car. Here are 10 must-dos in "the land of water."

 

Sail Through Kinderdijk

I was recently invited by the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions to learn about Holland's rich maritime culture and history, and no place embodies this more thanKinderdijk.

Tour Fairytale Geithoorn

No, this isn't a theme park or movie set. People actually live here. Nestled against the Weerribben-Wieden National Park, the idyllic village of Geithoorn sits on peat islands connected by more than 170 small wooden bridges.

Take the Tulip Cruise

If tulips are on your bucket list, hop aboard theMS Magnifiquefor a "flower-full holiday."

Kayak Weerribben-Wieden National Park

Nature lovers, especially birders, should makeWeerribben-Wieden National Parka top priority.

Shop Amsterdam's Floating Market

Hop aboard Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower market, for a unique Dutch souvenir.

Rent a Houseboat

To experience life like a true local, rent an authentic Dutch houseboat along one of Amsterdam's many canals.

Take a Canal Tour

It may be touristy, but acanal cruisein Amsterdam is a great way for first-timers to get their bearings.

But Take Another Tour at Night

While a canal cruise by day allows you to pack in all the Amsterdam sights, if you can, make time for a cruise after dark for a completely different perspective.

Go Boating at Biesbosch National Park

Vacation like a local atDe Biesbosch National Park. The freshwater delta has a web of tiny rivers and streams to explore via boat or canoe.

Race Around Rotterdam

While the South Holland hub is incredibly walkable, you get the best views from out at sea.