Summer is here! This summer, there will be plenty of things to do in the big cities of the Netherlands. Every year, this beautiful season brings a lot of fun activities. Such as countless events, but also intimate to do’s for you and your friends. Are you in the Netherlands this summer and looking for inspiration? The best activities are listed in this article!
Visit various festivals and parties
Besides the summer, the festival season has also started! There is a party for every music lover. So put on your sunglasses, your comfortable shoes and go wild on the best music tones.
Nowadays, a festival is more than just dancing, enjoying music, and drinks. Are you a real foodie? Then visiting a food truck festival is a must! Or be entertained by theatre, music, and dance performances at De Parade. This travelling theatre festival provides plenty to do for both young and old. A city trip in the Netherlands? The Parade is coming to Amsterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht!
Vamos a la playa! With the high temperatures during the summer months, cooling off in the sea is a good idea. In the Netherlands there are several beaches that you can visit for a relaxing day. Are you looking for an adrenaline rush? Try surfing or power kiting at the beach of Scheveningen! Tip: Don’t forget to apply SPF!
Are you not visiting the coast this summer? No problem, in the Netherlands there are several city beaches. Experience the beach vibe and discover the most beautiful city beaches!
Shopping and terrace hopping
During your city trip, spending an afternoon of shopping is a must! For a real shopping spree you are in cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven at the right place. Visit the cosiest shopping streets and hidden boutiques with your friends.
Done shopping? Time for terrace hopping! End your day by visiting the nicest terraces. Enjoy the warm summer evening while drinking delicious cocktails and eat small bites.
You can read an overview of the best terraces in the Netherlands here.
Discover the city from the water
Nothing is better than floating on the water on a hot summer day with the wind blowing through your hair. A boat tour allows you not only to enjoy the company of your friends on the water, but also the various sights.
Almost in every city it is possible to make a boat tour. For example, discover the Zaanse Schans via different routes over the Zaan, visit the canals of Amsterdam and Utrecht or cruise through the ports of Rotterdam. A unique way to discover the city.
A fun way to discover the city with your friends is to hop on a bike. This way, you find all the hidden gems. Also, spring and summer are ideal seasons for bike rides. Because of the longer days and short evenings, you can also choose to cycle in the morning or evening hours.
Looking for nice cycling routes? In the Zaan region you have beautiful nature reserves and plenty of sights that you can easily reach by bike. In this article a number of cycling routes have been mapped out.