6 Fun Places To Take Your Parents When They’re Visiting The Netherlands
Your parents are coming to visit you, yay. You’ll probably want to take some time off and show them around. For those of you who are stuck on where to entertain your wiser elders, we’ve got some nice ideas for you.
1. Keukenhoff – Lisse
Depending on the time of year Keukenhoff is the ideal place to bring your parents. The gardens usually open the 3rd weekend of March and stay open for about 7-8 weeks. With it’s colorful array of flowers, and lovely castle, this is an internationally renowned location. Furthermore, you’ll also be surrounded by neighboring tulip fields, which makes for a nice walk. Have lunch at the Keukenhoff Gardens or in the adjacent city of Lisse which features a number of very cute nice restaurants in the city center. Tickets for Keukenhoff can be purchased here
2. Markthal – Rotterdam
Love the Markets? Then Markthal is a great place to take your parents especially if it’s raining and cloudy (which never happens right!?). This unique indoor market is within walking distance of the Famous Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk. Upon entrance to the Markthal you will be greeted with various delicious mouth-watering aromas. You’ll find that the stands are quite lovely with a variety of meats, desserts and other delicious foods. Keep in mind that it is a little pricier than you’re average Dutch outdoor market. Another similar attraction (located in Amsterdam) is the Foodhallen.
3. Scheveningen – The Hague
Fancy a nice stroll along the North Sea boardwalk? Then Scheveningen is a place where you and your parents can have some ‘zen’ time. To get there hop on tram 9 from Den Haag CS and get off at tram station Kurhaus and walk towards the water. There are plenty of great restaurants especially for seafood lovers. If the weather is nice you can simply pick any of the venues on the beach itself and soak in the sun and great ambiance whilst enjoying a lovely meal or coffee/drink. For more info on Scheveningen visit here
4. Boat Tour of Amsterdam Canals – Amsterdam
This relatively low-impact activity is standard for any visitor let alone your parents. There are a number of available boat tours that won’t break the bank and will really give you a lot to see. Some even feature animated skippers as tour guides. Also a great activity for when the weather is bad. For more information on boat tours have a look here
5. Zaanse Schaans – Zandaam (Near Haarlem)
This lovely old location features some insight into historic Dutch life. Visit the inside of an old windmill and see how spices were ground in the past. You’ll also get a chance to see the lovely Zaanse Time Museum which features many old clocks from the Renaissance period (which still work mind you). There’s also a historic Albert Heijn which is truly a walk through time and a wooden shoe shop where you can buy your very own pair of comfy wooden ‘klompen’.
6. Maastricht – Maastricht
Nestled between the Belgian and German border Maastricht is a sight for sore eyes. A tiny magical city in the heart of Limburg which features an old beautiful historic center and many other attractions. Walk across the bridge and enjoy the lovely Saint Servatius Basilica or the deep dark Maastricht underworld (not suitable for those with limited mobility). Don’t miss the Fort Sint Peter, you’ll definitely want to take the guided tour to get unique insights into life in the fort and get a feel for what life was like under siege.
Author: Expat Republic