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Cultural Attractions in Holland

Holland is home to a fantastic variety of cultural sights and sounds, including a wide range of art galleries and museums. These include, in Amsterdam, the Dutch arm of the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg, Russia. Amsterdam is also home to the Rijksmuseum, the most famous paintings of which include masterpieces by Vermeer and Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Also to be found in the city is the Van Gogh Museum. Amsterdam is also big on performing arts, with sites including the Heineken Music Hall, the Stadsschouwburg theatre and a world-class symphony orchestra. The city is also home to a wide range of festivals and events, including the Gay Pride parade of boats in the canals each August.

Outside of Amsterdam, Holland continues to offer a series of cultural attractions. Head to The Hague, where you can visit the Mauritshuis, a former 17th century palace where works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Jan Steen can be viewed. Alternatively, visit the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag modern art museum, which has a collection consisting of works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Monet and Van Gogh. In nearby Rotterdam, meanwhile, the most obvious arts and cultural hotspot is the Museumpark, where you can find the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, with its collection of art spanning the period from the late Middle Ages until 1945. Music festivals include the “Festival aan de Werf” in Utrecht, in addition to festivals and events dedicated to everything from music, sports, films, art and dance to the humble domino.

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