Keukenhof

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  • One of the world’s largest flower gardens
  • 7 million flower bulbs are planted every year
  • Open from mid-March to mid-May

 

Rijksmuseum

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  • Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history
  • #15 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Founded in 1800
  • Originally located in the Royal Palace
  • Contains 1 million objects from the years 1200-2000

 

Van Gogh Museum

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  • Art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries
  • #17 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Opened in 1973
  • Largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world

 

Windmills at Kinderdijk

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  • Group of 19 monumental windmills
  • Built in 1738 and 1740 to keep water out
  • Largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Rietveld Schröder House

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  • House built in 1924 by Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld, now a museum
  • The house was commissioned to not have walls and created with a connection between the inside and outside
  • Only known example of De Stijl architecture
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal

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  • Largest still operational steam-powered pumping station in the world
  • Built to pump excess water out of the province Friesland
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Canals of Amsterdam

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  • Canals made of 90 islands and 1,500 bridges
  • The 3 main canals were dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age
  • Main canals run alongside 1550 monumental buildings
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Jordaan

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  • Neighborhood in Amsterdam that was originally populated with the working class, but has become one of the most expensive and upscale locations in the Netherlands
  • Home to modern art galleries, speciality shops, and restaurants
  • Rembrandt spent his last years of life in the neighborhood, on the canal
  • The Anne Frank House is located there, where she went into hiding during World War II

 

Vondelpark

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  • Park opened in 1865 and named after playwright and poet Joost van den Vondel
  • Contains an open air theater and a playground

 

Anne Frank House

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  • Writer’s house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank
  • During World War II, Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th-century canal house
  • Anne Frank did not survive the war but in 1947, her wartime diary was published
  • In 1957, the Anne Frank Foundation was established to protect the property from developers who wanted to demolish the block

 

Mauritshuis

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  • Museum housing 841 objects, mostly Dutch Golden Age paintings
  • Collection contains works by Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt van Rijn
  • Originally, a 17th century building that was the residence of a count
  • Now the building is property of the government

 

Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery
  • Established in 1945
  • Home to 1,759 graves from World War II
  • Men killed in these battles are still discovered in the surrounding area even in the 21st century, and so the number of people interred in the cemetery continues to grow

 


 

Costs

all flights $859

food $56/day x 16 days = $896

hotel $82/day x 14 days = $1,148

tickets (all attractions) $134

TOTAL for whole itinerary $3,037