48 hours to discover Holland, its cultural gems and hotspots
Are you looking forward to exploring the four main Dutch cities and discover the wealth of inspiring museums, restaurants and impressive hotspots?
This 48 hours Arts Holland tour will help you find a great place to stay, sneak in a perfect place to enjoy breakfast or lunch, and see some amazing venues along the way whilst enjoying a scope of artsy hotspots.
Within the cities walk from one venue to another, or simply take the tram. Between cities enjoy a train ride while the Dutch landscape unfolds.
Follow this Arts Holland trail and see a different side of cultural
Holland… or pick your favourite venues and events and create your own cultural travel planner.
1. Lloyd Hotel
Travel from Schiphol to this impressive hotel with its fabulous designer rooms. Start this unique trip by celebrating your stay with a coffee or fresh mint tea with some delicious cake. Arriving at the end of the afternoon or the beginning of the evening? Order a water taxi and cross the IJ, enjoy the view and have dinner at the amazing restaurant De Goudfazant.
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2. Beurs van Berlage
The Beurs van Berlage is easy to get to by tram and a great starting point to explore the vibrant city of Amsterdam. This former exchange building built by Dutch architect Hendrik Berlage is famous for its phenomenal architecture and the inspiring exhibitions.
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3. Temporary Stedelijk
After having explored the centre, it's time to move towards the museum district. One of the gems to be found there is the famous Stedelijk Museum. Officially still under construction, but for the time being the museum opened its doors for a temporary version, the ‘Temporary Stedelijk’. This museum houses an inspiring collection of modern art, imaginative augmented reality tours and ingenious installations.
4. Flatland Gallery
From Amsterdam you 'train' to Utrecht in 30 minutes only. From the Utrecht Central Station a 15 minutes walk will bring you to Flatland gallery. This gallery is internationally acclaimed in the field of contemporary photography, and where you'll find stunning works from renowned photographers such as Erwin Olaf.
5. Centraal Museum
Only a short walk away, the Centraal Museum is the next highlight in the city of Utrecht is to be found. This museum is home to the largest Rietveld design collection, and showcases a wide range of artistic and cultural talents. Designs from Viktor & Rolf are being presented next to amazing works from Damien Hirst and Karel Appel.
Another unique gallery in Utrecht that should not be missed is The Toonkamer. Only 10 minutes walking from the Centraal Museum, this gallery is a centre and platform for contemporary, high-quality Dutch and international interior design. Discover amazing design from new talents and renowned names.
From either Amsterdam or Utrecht the train hits The Hague in 50 minutes. After a 10 minute walk from The Hague Central Station the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis arises in front of you. This enchanting museum is famous for paintings such as the beautiful 'Girl with the pearl earring', also known as the 'the Mona Lisa of the North'.
The Mauritshuis is temporarily closed. A large selection of the collection can be seen at the Hague Gemeentemuseum.
Now that you have seen the impressive brick art of the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, it’s double the fun visiting the Gemeentemuseum. Jump on the tram and visit the Gemeentemuseum which was designed by Berlage. The great museum houses a wonderful collection with works such as Mondriaan’s Victory Boogie Woogie.
Walk from the city to the beach, visit the Museum Beelden aan Zee in the dunes and than top off your The Hague visit in style by having lunch (or dinner) at this unique and exclusive venue. The Kurhaus is known for its history and architecture it is one of The Hague's well-known landmarks.
10. Erasmus Bridge
25 minutes by train will take you from The Hague to Rotterdam. Visible from afar, the Erasmus Bridge connects the Rotterdam north and south bank. With a impressive length of 802 meters this distinctive landmark is the largest and heaviest bascule bridge in Western Europe.
11. Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen is a 15 minute walk from the Erasmus Bridge. This museum is an extremely versatile museum. Visitors journey through the history of art from the Middle Ages to today. In addition to paintings by old masters, the collection also includes contemporary works by modernists, impressionists and surrealists.
Located in the bustling heart of Rotterdam’s, you’ll find this multi-cultural hotel and restaurant Bazar 5 minutes walking from the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. After enjoying some galleries across the street this is a great exotic venue to end your cultural 48 hours tour. Cheers!