Places to visit in South Holland

Keukenhof, Lisse

If you’re ever planning to visit South Holland, you’ll definitely want to do the trip during the spring or autumn months to be able to see the famous Keukenhof flower garden display (largest flower display in the world).

Keukenhof open its doors only in autumn (Oct 19-21) and spring (Mar 20 - May 21), though spring is certainly the best time to visit Keukenhof because of the spectacular tulip beds and other flowers decorating every corner of the park. You can easily spend all day at the garden park walking and cycling the trails taking hundreds of photos of the flowers. Also, be sure to hop on the park's boat to get more amazing views of the flower fields.

Mauritshuis Museum & Madurodam, The Hague

If you’re interested in learn about Dutch art history, you won’t find a better place to do this in South Holland than at the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague.

The Mauritshuis boasts on display dozens of centuries-old Dutch masterpieces such as the famous “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and “Milkmaid” paintings by renowned painter Johannes Vermeer.

Not far from the Mauritshuis (30 minutes drive), it's the Madurodam which is another cool attraction that you cannot miss visiting in The Hague. Madurodam is easily one of the best miniature parks in Europe and it beautifully showcases Dutch landmarks such as the State Museum (Rijksmuseum), the Dom Tower of Utrecht and The Hague's Binnenhof on a scaled down size.

National Museums of Antiquity & Natural History, Leiden

Two museums that you have to add to your list of places to visit in South Holland are the National Museum of Antiquity (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) and the Natural Museum of Natural History (Naturalis) in Leiden.

These two national museums aren’t far from each other (15 min walk) and offer a nice opportunity to see interesting things on display such as fossils, stuffed animals, silver Viking treasures, Greek vases, Roman armors, gold jewelry and Egyptian tombs, all dating back thousands of years.

Euromast, Rotterdam

The Euromast Tower in Rotterdam is the tallest observational tower in the Netherlands and boasts a viewing platform and a Space Tower with a cool circular elevator that revolves around it letting you enjoy the view up to 600 feet.

Saying this, getting panoramic views of Rotterdam isn’t the only great thing about Euromast. You can also enjoy cool experiences at Euromast such as rope sliding and abseiling down the tower.

Town of Delft

During your travels in South Holland, you certainly want to spend some time in the town of Delft (roughly between The Hague and Rotterdam) to experience the town’s lovely vibe. If you’ve been to Amsterdam or Bruges before, you’ll find the town of Delft very familiar to those places because of the atmosphere, charming canals, bars, narrow streets, canal houses and colorful markets.
Places to visit in South Holland

There are also lots of pottery factories you can visit in Delft such as the Delftware Factory where you can enjoy high tea and high wine in original cups and glasses from Delft Blue plates. There are also lots of cute churches to be seen there such as Oude Kerk – one of the oldest churches in Holland.

Village of Kinderdijk

While staying in Rotterdam, be sure to take a bus ride to the nearby village of Kinderdijk to see its famous old windmills (19 in total). Kinderdijk’s windmills are a UNESCO Site and they’re one of Holland’s most popular tourist attraction.

On a nice day, you’ll really enjoy visiting Kinderdijk, taking photos of the windmills and the area around, and then hop on the Nehalennia ferry boat back to Rotterdam.

The Museum House (Kijk-Kubus), Rotterdam

If you're a fan of quirky buildings, the Kijk-Kubus will be surely another attraction that you'll have to add to your itinerary of South Holland.

The Kijk-Kubus are basically a group of imposing cube house flats with striking sloping walls you won’t see anywhere else in the world. If you’ve got time to see this attraction in South Holland it’s definitely worth the detour just for the photo opportunity.

Panorama Mesdag, The Hague

The Panorama Mesdag will be by far one of the coolest museums you’ll visit in South Holland because it’s home to the world’s largest cyclorama painting (46ft high and 131ft in diameter) by Hendrik Willem Mesdag depicting the beach resort of Scheveningen in the 1800’s.

This amazing panoramic painting gives you the illusion of being inside the painting standing on a tall sand dune overlooking the village and the ocean!

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