5x Hidden Gems in the Netherlands

If you ask us, traveling is the best thing ever. Meeting new people, new impressions and learning new things. However, you don’t always have to cross the borders of your own country to experience this. SUITSUIT’s headquarter is located in the Netherlands and there’s so many places to discover in this country! We’ve listed a number of hidden gems in the Netherlands. For the Dutchies: be amazed by your home country! 

Zoku, Amsterdam
This unique place in Amsterdam isn’t easy to describe. It’s not a hotel, neither a restaurant. Zoku strives to become the ‘international living room’ of Amsterdam, and it certainly has potential. Zoku focuses on people who work abroad. For example, they rent out lofts that are perfect for a few weeks in the city when working on an project. Besides that, their rooftop Living Room is a place where many people come together to work. This ‘international living room’ is the real hidden gem of Zoku. As soon as you exit the lift to the rooftop, you enter a glass greenhouse where you’re surrounded by plants. It’s bright, cozy and you can also order delicious food and drinks. If that doesn’t sound like the ideal office… Zoku is located on Weesperstraat 105 in Amsterdam. Want to read more about this hidden gem? Visit their website here

Pampus
Everyone knows the famous Alcatraz in San Francisco, but did you know that the Netherlands has such an island too? Well, almost then. Pampus, and the large fortress that’s located on the island, was build in the late 19th century to protect Amsterdam from attacks. Today, the fort island is no longer in use and is open to visitors. Inside the fort you can discover 400 years of Dutch history. Besides that, there’s a cafe on the island which is perfect for an nice lunch or drink to complete your visit to Pampus! 

Want to know more about what your visit to Pampus might look like? Pampus.nl is full of info. 

Clingendael Park, The Hague
This park in The Hague has something that will come as as surprise to many: Japanese Gardens, the real hidden gem of this large park. You’ll find beautiful trees and rare plants here. A walk through these gardens is truly magical and makes you forget that you’re still on Dutch soil. However, the gardens are very fragile, hence they’re open to visitors for just 8 weeks a year. The next opportunity to take such a magical walk is between October 10th and 25th of this year. Besides the Japanese Gardens, Clingendael Park is worth a visit in itself. You’ll find beautiful forests and lakes on the estate, but also some impressive architecture. The combination of culture and nature makes it fun for young and old! Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path, Eindhoven
In the city of Eindhoven, you can find a 600-meter long cycle path in which thousands of sparkling, colored stones are incorporated. The stones are charged during the day by daylight and show fragments of Van Gogh’s famous work ‘Starry Night’ as soon as it gets dark. In this way, artist Daan Roosegaarde pays a tribute to Van Gogh. The location of the cycle path is remarkable too. The path is located where Van Gogh got his inspiration and where he painted ‘The Potato Eaters’, the ‘Opwettense Watermill’ and the ‘Collse Watermill’. It is exactly between these two mills that you’ll find the magical cycle path. Thorn, Limburg
Thorn, also known as the ‘white town’, is one of the gems of Limburg (and therefore a hidden gem in the Netherlands!). The town owes this nickname to the white-painted houses and monumental buildings. You shouldn’t miss the Abbey Church during your visit to Thorn. The oldest part of this building dates from the 10th(!) century. Through the narrow and cobbled streets you’ll find cozy terraces, which serve many regional specialties. In short, a visit to Thorn is the perfect way to experience the Limburg atmosphere! 


Want to discover more of the Netherlands? Maybe curious about the nature it has to offer? Look into the 12 best walking routes here.

Marina van Hooft

Hi! My name is Marina and I’m 20 years old. Besides my Creative Business studies, I’m a freelance writer. My greatest passion is writing, and besides that I love good music, traveling and photography. I prefer to do that last thing at a beautiful destination across the border, obviously ;). From me you’ll mainly read blogs about beautiful travel destinations, travel tips and lifestyle. 

@marinavanhooft 

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Marina van Hooft

Hi! My name is Marina and I’m 20 years old. Besides my Creative Business studies, I’m a freelance writer. My greatest passion is writing, and besides that I love good music, traveling and photography. I prefer to do that last thing at a beautiful destination across the border, obviously ;). From me you’ll mainly read blogs about beautiful travel destinations, travel tips and lifestyle. 

@marinavanhooft