Top 10 Things to do in South Holland Province, The Netherlands

August 14, 2017 Etsuko Causey

Encompassing two of the Netherlands’ three largest cities (Rotterdam and The Hague), Zuid-Holland (South Holland) is also home to important towns like Leiden, Gouda and Delft. And many lovely smaller towns dot the gorgeous green landscape. Alphen aan den Rijn has several interesting attractions, including Dutch history theme park Archeon. Picturesque Kinderdijk, birthplace of the legend of the Cat and the Cradle, also has many windmills that together are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Restaurants in South Holland Province

Plein 29, 2511 CS, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 302 3456
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery

The Mauritshuis is home to the very best of Dutch Golden Age painting. The compact, yet world-renowned collection, is situated in the heart of The Hague, right next to the government centre. Masterpieces such as Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, The Goldfinch by Fabritius and The Bull by Potter are on permanent display in the intimate rooms of this seventeenth-century monument.

Reviewed By RATMANDUDE - The Hague, The Netherlands

Excellent museum with a large variety of paintings. Each room provides another opportunity for more great artwork. We spent a couple of hours observing. You could spend the good part of a day!

Stationsweg 166, 2161 AM Lisse, The Netherlands +31 252 465 555
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Keukenhof

Keukenhof? That’s the place to see spring blossom. The park is unique, world famous, and has been one of the most popular destinations in the Netherlands for sixty years now. Haven’t seen Keukenhof? Then you haven’t seen the Netherlands. You won’t find such an abundance of colours and fragrances anywhere else. More than seven million flowers form a glorious decor for the most beautiful photos. Come to Keukenhof and enjoy the ultimate spring feeling, the wonderful works of art, the surprising insipration Gardens and the many flower shows.

Reviewed By KAandCA - Kaiserslautern, Germany

This spring has been cold and we came early, so things were no where near their peak, however I am still stunned. Magnificent garden, exceptional exhibition houses, truly one of the worlds finest bulb Gardens.

Bezoekadres | Stationionsweg 166 A, Lisse, The Netherlands +31 252 465 555
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Keukenhof Gardens

Reviewed By Giorgio P - Ostuni, Italy

When you read about Keukenhof you think about a park full of flowers where the colors are everywhere.Well, in March precisely 26/03/2018 we found a green park with some flower just opened, but fondamentally a green park... I paid a ticket to see the green fields

4. Louwman Museum The Hague

Leidsestraatweg 57, 2594 BB, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 304 7373
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Louwman Museum The Hague

The Louwman Museum is home to the world's oldest private collection of motor cars, compiled by two generations of the Louwman family. The museum dates back to 1934 and now comprises over two hundred and fifty antique and classic motor cars. Experts regard the collection as one of the most beautiful in the World. The museum exudes passion. Each car has its own story to tell, its own contribution to history. The motor car is a mirror of culture. The collection is housed in a purpose-built museum in The Hague, the city where P.W. Louwman established his Dodge and Chrysler import company. The building, designed by American architect Michael Graves, blends in sympathetically with its historic surroundings. The landscape Gardens, designed by Lodewijk Baljon, complement the architecture of the building.

Reviewed By Walkabout-Mike - The Hague, The Netherlands

I like cars and history - that's an important thing with this museum. The building itself is also a good example of post-modern architecture. Are not not really interested in either then go see something else in The Hague. You'll need at least 2 hours to walk through the museum which gives you a good overview of the development of cars from the very beginning. You will also find many celebritiy cars from The Godfather, Elvis, Winston Churchill. There are special temporary Exhibitions so check out the website before coming. The museum also has the most kitch museum café I have ever seen in my life.

5. UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk

Nederwaard 1, 2961 AS Kinderdijk, The Netherlands +31 78 691 2830
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UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk

The Kinderdijk UNESCO World Heritage site is a unique icon of Dutch water management and control. All the phases of the history of our struggle against water are still visible here. The unique collection of 19 mills in an authentic Dutch landscape is an eye catcher. Museum windmill Nederwaard shows how families lived and worked in our mills around 1900. And in Museum windmill Blokweer you can experience working as a miller. View our multi-screen film in the Visitors Centre, located in the former steam-driven pumping station. Get on board of our electric vessel, the Prince Friso, and view Kinderdijk from the water. Feel the wind, smell the water and listen to the sound of the windmills. The Kinderdijk World Heritage site is open almost the entire year!

Reviewed By Carlene A - Ocala, Florida, United States

The landscape of all 19 windmills is breathtaking! The welcome center video was informative and prepared you for your journey. The walkway is very good, be prepared to walk A LOT! But it is very worth it! Getting to go into 2 windmills, one that is working is an unforgettable experience. I'm very grateful I was able to experience this history.

6. Nieuwkoopse Plassen

Dorpsstraat 116, 2421 BC Nieuwkoop, The Netherlands +31 172 520 010
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Nieuwkoopse Plassen

Reviewed By EuroYankStar - center of the world

Two ladies and one dog in a "whisper boat" - beautiful!
Easy to follow the signs and well worth the time. Quiet, beautiful - a little get away to this beautiful bird paradise.
We rented our boat in Noorden, but went to the lovely little town of Nieuwkoop later for lunch.

7. Panorama Mesdag

Zeestraat 65, 2518 AA, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 310 6665
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Panorama Mesdag

A magnificent experience in time and space.

Reviewed By Cristiano_9 - The Hague, The Netherlands

This 360 gigantic view of the beach in Scheveningen is absolutely amazing. It is also combined with a beautiful collection of paintings by Mesdag and other great Dutch artists.

8. Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)

Lange Voorhout 74, 2514 EH, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 427 7730
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Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)

Escher at the Palace is dedicated to the work of Holland’s most famous graphic artist M.C. Escher. Nearly all his prints are exhibited, among them Belvedere, Drawing Hands, Waterfall and Ascending and Descending. Here you can see how Escher changed fishes into birds, made water flow upstream and his less known, but very attractive early Italian landscapes. On our main- and first floor you can see how his work progressed from depicting the real world to his constructed worlds. Optical illusion is a key word in his work.An optical illusion depicts something which is in fact impossible. M.C. Escher was a master in this field. An optical illusion literally means doing puzzles with your eyes. The visitor will be able to unravel some of Escher’s mysteries like the Impossible Penrose Triangle by constructing one himself. The extra presentation “In the Eye of Escher” shows various themes in which Escher was involved, like reflection, perception and perspective.

Reviewed By GoneTravelin07 - Boston

If you love Escher's work, this is a must do when in The Hague. Gorgeous building. His works are laid out perfectly and it's incorporated so well into multiple rooms within the Palace along with some pretty cool chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. Only bummer is that this isn't covered under Museumkaart, but it was worth the price of admission.

9. Huis Sonneveld

Jongkindstraat 12, 3015 CG Rotterdam, The Netherlands +31 10 440 1200
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Huis Sonneveld

Reviewed By Katrien S - Ghent, Belgium

Located very close to the Boymans van Beuningen museum, it is well worth a visit if you are interested in architecture or interior design. The house was designed for one of the directors of the van Nelle factory, his wife and 2 daughters. It is set up as a grand villa, with bedrooms for 2 maids, a studio for the 2 daughters to study, and several large and interconnected rooms. Although the architects did not design the furniture, they did decide upon the furniture that was to be used in the house. Most of that furniture is still present, the original or a replica. Build in 1933, the house is full of technological novelties. Make sure to aks for the free audio guide, as you will see much more as well as hear the reasoning behind several colours.

10. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Stadhouderslaan 41, The Hague, The Netherlands +31 70 338 1111
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Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

The monumental Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, designed by the architect H.P. Berlage in 1935, is perfect for wandering around in. It houses a varied collection and many changing Exhibitions. You will find the world’s biggest collection of works by Piet Mondrian, the highlight being his last abstract work Victory Boogie Woogie, along with some of the finest works by artists of the Hague School, paintings by Picasso, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Monet, Toorop and many contemporary artists. Gemeentemuseum Den Haag also houses one of the biggest and best collections of Delftware.

Reviewed By Nauris B - Kaunas, Lithuania

Great museum of modern art, full of interesting masterpieces. Very interesting architecture of museum building itself and very good layout of Exhibitions. A touch of architecture and interior design history.
A lot of original masterpieces - such as Picasso, Van Gogh, Mondrian, etc.
When I visit this museum - there was exposition of Art Deco - furniture, fashion design, sculpture, ceramic - running. I got such a great experience of that period...

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