Should we go outside of Amsterdam when visiting the Netherlands?
Everybody that has been to the Netherlands knows that Amsterdam is a beautiful city. More and more people want to visit the city. Though tourism expert Stephen Hodes says “even though Amsterdam has the appeal of a major city as New York or Paris, the size of this city is as a small town". Also 7 out of the 10 most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands are in Amsterdam.
Now the Dutch government wants to tempt tourists to visit other regions of the Netherlands. And luckily for everyone, the Netherlands has a whole lot more to offer then Amsterdam. Other regions are benefiting of the popularity and brand awareness of Amsterdam. The West area of the Netherlands in the provinces North- and South Holland have been attracting more tourist over for years, Though last year, the Amsterdam Lake District Tours company was launched to one of the North provinces of the Netherlands. A bus tour that departs from Amsterdam will go to the Frisian Lakes to visit the Wadden Sea, the Woudagemaal, Allingawier and Hindeloopen.
Other cities and sights surrounding Amsterdam are also being rebranded as part of Amsterdam. Such is the case at Zandvoort (Amsterdam Beach) and Muiderslot (Amsterdam Castle).
The cyclist at Holland Bike Tours already knew that there is more to offer in the Netherlands! Though many foreign tourists have trouble pointing out the Netherlands on a map, let alone pointing out the Frisian Lakes, the Hoge Veluwe or Cities as Gouda, Delft, Haarlem and Edam. Though this should change.
Also Rick Steves know’s this. His travel philosophy encourages people to explore less-touristic areas of destinations and to become immersed in the local people's way of life. Watch a video on Rick Steves visiting the Netherlands and explaining why the Netherlands has more to offer than “just” Amsterdam, here:
Source video: https://www.youtube.com/user/RickSteves/videos