History of Dutch Golden Age

The Dutch Golden Age encompasses most of the seventeenth century. The first half of the century was taken up by the Eighty Years' War: the Dutch War of Independence from Spain. After winning their independence, the united Dutch Republic ran the country in peace for the last half of the century. During this time, Dutch explorers charted new territory and settled abroad. Trade by the Dutch East-India Company thrived, and war heroes from the naval battles were decorated and became national heroes. During this time, The Dutch Old Masters began to prevail in the art world, creating a depth of realistic portraits of people and life in the area that has hardly been surpassed.

Many museums and buildings in Holland's countryside and cities reflect the Dutch Golden Age. The Rijkmuseum and Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam are both housed in buildings from this era, and contain many artworks of the great Old Dutch Masters. There are many options for tours of the country that focus on the Golden Age: tours by rail that include Delft, the Hague, Amsterdam, Gouda, and the Golden Age architecture and paintings and modern art galleries whose art reflects the great traditions of the past.  A visit to these museums will enrich any interested visitor with a rare understanding of Holland and its illustrious history.

Blue Boat/Amsterdam Canal Cruises

In Amsterdam today is the Golden Age yet to discover: along the buildings of the 17th Century Canal where the canal houses, the wealth of the people, is shown. A tour with Amsterdam Canal Cruises – on their comfortable boats – bring all the pieces of the Golden Age as a puzzle together.

To make the boat trip complete, you can add an arrangement with a small tasting of cheese and other gem of the Golden Age: a glass of jenever.

Keukenhof

Keukenhof ist der Ort, um Millionen Tulpen, Narzissen, Hyazinthen und andere Blumenzwiebel- gewächse zu bewundern. Ein Tag voller Erlebnisse, die so schnell nicht in Vergessenheit geraten. Keukenhof bietet ein einzigartiges Duft- und Farberlebnis, ausgezeichnete Ausstattung, mehr als 20 spektakuläre Blumenschauen, überraschende Inspirationsgärten und viele belebende Veranstaltungen. Alles in einem 32 Hektar großen historischen Park.

Keukenhof ist der schönste und farbenfroheste Ausflug und garantiert Ihnen die tollsten Fotos. Ein Besuch im Keukenhof ist unvergesslich. Lassen Sie sich das nicht entgehen!

Saison 2016 geöffnet von 24. März bis zum 16. Mai.

Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans is one of the highlights of the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam. Be part of a vibrant and stunning living and working community that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s packed with wooden windmills, barns, houses and museums and built in the typically Dutch wooden architectural style, relocated here piece by piece since 1961. The Zaanse Schans will easily fill half a day – there is so much to see, taste, smell and experience! Take a walk through the stunning buildings and the unique peat meadow landscape. Come and watch traditional crafts such as clog- and cheese-making or visit the windmills and traditional buildings. Take a boat trip, dine in one of the restaurants or explore the shops and boutiques. Admission to the Zaanse Schans is free of charge, for some of the attractions you have to pay.

Special arrangements can be added! A tour of Verfmolen ‘de Kat’ (the cat) on the Zaanse Schans, which is a working mill from 1781. The nature paint colours, there still are ground and sold, were used by all the artists of the Golden Age; think, for example Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer. The dyes for dyeing textiles from the early 17th century, are still milled and are available at the mill. We can arrange a tour with guidance from the miller, together with extensive explanation of the techniques.

Our other tips during your stay

Keukenhof, unique and unforgettable!

Keukenhof is the most beautiful spring garden in the world! More than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths fill over 32 hectares with colour and fragrance. The pavilions feature 30 alternating flower and plant shows. Discover the latest trends in gardening and get new ideas from our 7 inspirational gardens. Numerous works of art are shown to advantage amongst the flowers.

Take a bike ride or boat trip from Keukenhof and enjoy the bulb fields surrounding the park. Every weekend there are events and activities for visitors of all ages.

Keukenhof buzzes, enchants and inspires for eight weeks long! Don’t miss it!

Amsterdam - Capital of the Netherlands

Amsterdam is undoubtedly one of the jewels of Europe, and not just because of the stunning 17th century canals and world famous museums. There's a vast selection of restaurants, bars & clubs where you will be entertained. Whether you’re in the mood for a laid-back café, a trendy lounge bar or a hip nightclub, the city of Amsterdam has it all.

Tips for Amsterdam

  • Diamond factories, are you looking for a really sparkling experience? Visit one of Amsterdam’s authentic diamond factories. Find out how raw diamonds are turned into amazing jewellery. The diamond factories are situated across Amsterdam.

  • Anne Frank House, The Anne Frank House, situated in the centre of Amsterdam, was the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during World War II. A normal girl in exceptional circumstances, Anne described the events in her daily life, for more than two years.

  • Vondelpark, Close to the Leidseplein and Museumplein squares, you’ll find the Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s largest and well-known park. There is always something to do. Locals and tourists alike come here to jog, rollerblade and ride their bikes. For a drink and/or quick bite, check out the Filmhouse situated in the middle of the park.

  • Canal Cruise, By day or by night, a magnificent way to explore Amsterdam is by boat. From the water you’ll have an impressive view of the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam’s daily life. At night, all the bridges are beautifully lit. Most canal cruises depart from the Central Station. Special cruises, like a museum boat tour are also available.

  • Jordaan area is a picturesque neighbourhood to the west of the city centre. The authentic Dutch houses with gable facades, its many quirky shops and galleries and well-hidden restaurants and pubs, are well worth exploring.

The Hague - Discover the Royal city by the sea

Classy and traditional, yet also sophisticated and worldly, The Hague brings you lots of cultural events and is perfect for a night out at the theatre, excellent shopping in the historic city-centre, a bracing seaside walk in Scheveningen or a short trip to the nearby Vermeer city of Delft.

Tips for The Hague

  • Enjoy the royal atmosphere of the city and admire the highlights like Peace Palace and the political centre “Het Binnenhof” and experience the unique combination of the historic city centre and the nice beach all year round.

  • Experience world-class shopping like the resident in the nice historical streets, the amazing shopping malls or the typical Dutch markets.

  • Admire Madurodam by day or by Light – a spectacular show created with water, light and lasers that illuminates the miniature city.

  • Visit Vermeer, See his paintings in the Mauritshuis, like the famous “Girl with the pearl earring” and see his history in the Vermeer centrum in Delft.

Rotterdam - Discover the design capital of Holland

Be surprised by this young and daring city on the Meuse River! Whether you are marvelled by the exceptional architecture all throughout the city, enjoying the great places to go out or living it up at one of its international events such as the International Film Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival, your stay in Rotterdam is never going to be boring

Tips for Rotterdam

  • Discover the best art highlights in Rotterdam during Rotterdam Art City. Rotterdam’s museums will boost various exhibitions themed as ‘International Influences’.

  • Architecture and Design - Innovative, daring structures have been built in the city and developments are continuing apace. Get the vibe at the cube houses, Groothandelsgebouw, Kunsthal, Luxor Theatre and the Erasmus Bridge.

  • Dive into the Rotterdam clubbing scene and check out “WATT” the city’s first sustainable dance club.

  • Rotterdam has the biggest harbour and port in Europe. Hop on the spido for a roundtrip or try the new Splashtours and discover the city from the inside of a hypermodern amphibious bus - spectacular SPLASH into the Maas river included.

  • Adrenalin junkie? Try „Abseiling“ from Rotterdam’s highest landmark, the Euromast.

Utrecht - Discover the creative heart of Holland

Located in the heart of Holland this city has everything you would expect from a Dutch city. The intimate city centre is home to the typical bridges, canals, age-old buildings and offers art & culture lovers a wide range of cultural treasures. Explore the city by boat on one of the canals and be sure to climb Holland’s tallest church tower de Dom to get a good overview of this great city.

Tips for Utrecht

  • Utrecht is often referred to as Little Amsterdam, but the canals in Utrecht are unique. No other city has quaysides directly located on the water, where you find many cosy cafes and restaurants.

  • Discover how Dutch painter Jan van Scorel (1495-1562) brought the Italian Renaissance to the North in the Centraal Museum.

  • Not only Venice has gondoliers… In Utrecht you can book a romantic private gondola tour with various special themes.

  • Did you know that Miffy comes from Utrecht? Give her a big hug at the Dick Bruna Huis.

  • Visit the fairytale Neo-Gothic de Haar Castle just outside the daily bustle of Utrecht and discover an oasis of harmony and peace.