The Volkskrant magazine recently ran an interview with Rik Zaal, who has written a guidebook to the best of the Netherlands: Het best van Nederland: een eigenzinnige reisgids. Here is his top 5 things which every Dutchie should have visited.
1. The medieval churches of Groningen
There are, Zaal says, around 100 medieval churches in in total, but he highlights those in Westerwijtwerd, Huizinge, Westeremden, Stedum, Loppersum, Zeerijp, Leermens, Oosterwijdwerd and Marum. Not only a tour of ancient churches, but a geography lesson at the same time.
2. The Slufter on Texel
Part of the holiday island where the sea has reclaimed the dunes, creating an area of wetland with edible plants like marsh samphire.
3. The Planetarium in Franeker
We love this place – the world’s oldest working planetarium built by into the ceiling of an ordinary house in one of the 11 cities of Friesland.
A 15th century ‘city’ in the Veluwe, which Zaal says may well be the most beautiful place in the Netherlands
5. Museum Beelden aan Zee in Scheveningen
From medieval houses to the horribly developed seaside town of Scheveningen. This museum is the only reason to visit the town, says Zaal.