AMSTERDAM: Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. The 17th century is considered Amsterdam’s Golden Age, during which it became the wealthiest city in the western world.

THE HAGUE: The Hague not only bears the traces of its 900-year history, it’s also a city where history is still made, thanks to its status as a hub for both Dutch politics and international law. With some of the best attractions and more diverse restaurants in the country, The Hague is just a quick sprint from Amsterdam. Don’t miss the Mauritshuis and the Gemeentemuseum – two of the top museums in the country – for Dutch Masters and 20th-century art, respectively.

ROTTERDAM: Rotterdam is the most important port city of the Netherlands and the number two in terms of population. The city is also known for its rivalry with the capital because of a different culture, history, industry and of course because of the football history of the city.

UTRECHT: Utrecht feels like a small university town, but in reality, this city of 328,000 is the fourth most populated in the country. Located in the eastern portion of the Randstad, the city of Utrecht is the capital of the province of Utrecht, which also contains the lovely medieval city of Amersfoort.