Summer is here! This summer, there are plenty of things to do in the major cities in the Netherlands. Every year, this beautiful season brings along a lot of enjoyable activities. From numerous events to intimate to-do’s that you can enjoy with friends and family. If you’re in the Netherlands this summer and looking for inspiration, this article is perfect for you!

Discover the city from the water

There’s nothing better than floating on the water with the wind in your hair on a summer day. With a canal cruise through the city, you not only enjoy the cozy atmosphere on the water but also pass by various landmarks.

Almost every city offers the opportunity to go on a canal cruise. Explore the Zaanse Schans through different routes on the River Zaan, sail the canal belts of Amsterdam or Utrecht, or cruise through the harbours of Rotterdam. It’s a unique way to discover the city.

Festivals and parties

Besides summer, festival season has also begun! This year, various festivals are taking place in different cities throughout the country. So put on your sunglasses, apply sunscreen, and groove to delightful music in a summer festival outfit!

Nowadays, a festival is more than just dancing and enjoying drinks. If you love good food, visiting a food truck festival is a perfect outing! You can also be entertained by  theatre, music, and dance performances at De Parade. This traveling  theatre festival offers many fun activities for  all ages. De Parade will  be in Den Haag, Utrecht, and Amsterdam this summer.


During a city trip, an afternoon of shopping is a must. For a true shopping day, visit the best shopping streets in Amsterdam or Utrecht. Go out with your partner or a friend and discover the most charming  shops and boutiques.

Enjoyed a day of shopping? Then you are probably ready for some relaxation.  The perfect way to end your day is with a stay at Inntel Hotels.  Our luxurious roomtypes even come with a private wellness facility. You can find an overview of hotels with a  bubble bath in the room here.

Sun, sea and the beach

Are you in the mood for sun, great music, cold drinks, and food this summer? Visit the best beach concerts of 2023! At Scheveningen beach, amazing music spectacles will take place this summer, such as the Live on the Beach concert, Beatstad festival, and Het Grootste Zomerfeest . Live on the Beach will feature artists like Anouk and Bløf, while Beatstad will showcase Di-rect, Goldband, Son Mieux, and Prins S. en de Geit. And at  Het Grootste Zomerfeest van Nederland, you can enjoy performances by Guus Meeuwis, Suzan & Freek, Kris Kross Amsterdam, Kraantje Pappie, Donnie, Emma Heesters, and Diggy Dex. After this enjoyable summer day, you can end the day perfectly by staying overnight at Den Haag Marina Beach, just 500 meters away from the festival grounds.

Summer bike routes

A fun way to explore the city is by hopping on a bike with your family or friends. Discover the hidden gems of the city this way.Spring and summer are ideal seasons for bike rides. With longer daylight hours, you can choose to go in the morning or evening.

Looking for the best bike routes? In the Zaanstreek, there are plenty of beautiful natural areas and attractions that are easily reachable by bike. This article provides some suggested bike routes.

Tip: Eat and drink along the way, don’t rush, and take enough breaks! If you’re staying at Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre or Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Landmark this summer, book the Bike Tour Special!

City Deals
Looking forward to your next holiday? Start planning your next trip now! For ultimate relaxation book your stay at Inntel Hotels in a luxury hotel room with access to a wellness centre.

Are you a citytripper or a true beach lover? Then you are in the right place at Inntel Hotels. Discover the beautiful cities in the Netherlands and the gorgeous beach of Scheveningen.

Inntel Hotels celebrates its 40th anniversary! Let’s celebrate together. During our City Deals you get €40 off each night.

You’ll be surprised.