55 days in Europe Itinerary

55 days in Europe Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe route builder

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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Train to Frankfurt, Fly to Basel
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Basel, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bern, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Trento, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Florence, Italy
— 5 nights
Train
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
Fly
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Krakow, Poland
— 5 nights
Train
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Lodz, Poland
— 1 night
Drive
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly
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Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Train
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
Fly
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Copenhagen, Denmark
— 6 nights
Fly
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sluis, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Cologne, Germany

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildpark and then admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Gereon's Basilica, admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read Cologne trip maker tool.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Düsseldorf Airport, Cologne Bonn Airport, Dortmund Airport and Weeze Airport. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Basel.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Basel, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
On the 3rd (Thu), steep yourself in history at Wehrkirche St. Arbogast, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Ebenrain, then explore the galleries of Wildegg Castle, and finally examine the collection at Pantheon Basel. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, contemplate the long history of Wartenberg, then contemplate the long history of Ermitage, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom von Arlesheim.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Basel itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Cologne to Basel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Bern, Switzerland

— 5 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of Communication and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus). Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Chillon and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Lucerne (Hofkirche & Jesuitenkirche) and Pisciculture de la Gruyere (in Neirivue). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, and get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum.

Start your trip to Bern by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Basel to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June in Bern, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Trento.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Trento, Italy

— 1 night

Painted City

Tyrol's capital and one of the nation's wealthiest cities, Trento serves as the commercial and cultural center of the region.
On the 10th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Castello del Buonconsiglio Monumenti e Collezioni Provinciali, then explore the engaging exhibits at MUSE - Science Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Duomo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Trento planner.

Getting from Bern to Trento by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bern in June, with highs in Trento at 34°C and lows at 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Florence.

Things to do in Trento

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Florence, Italy

— 5 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Pitti Palace. Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Museo dell'Opera Metropolitana will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Florence side-trips: Siena (San Francesco, Palazzo Pubblico and Museo Civico, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, ponder the world of politics at Museo Nazionale del Bargello, explore the historical opulence of Palazzo Vecchio, and snap pictures at Ponte Vecchio.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Florence journey app.

Traveling by car from Trento to Florence takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
You'll explore and learn at Vatican Museums and Galleria Borghese. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colosseum and Piazza Navona. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rome: Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Basilica, delve into the distant past at Pantheon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cupola di San Pietro, and take a stroll through Trastevere.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rome online travel planner.

Traveling by train from Florence to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Krakow, Poland

— 5 nights

Slavic Rome

One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Get some cultural insight at Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wawel Royal Castle. Wieliczka Salt Mine and Muzeum Krakowa, oddzial Fabryka Emalia Oskara Schindlera will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wawel Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), take an in-depth tour of Muzeum Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego Collegium Maius, and see the interesting displays at Stained Glass Museum (Muzeum Witrazu).

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Krakow sightseeing planner.

Fly from Rome to Krakow in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, Krakow is slightly colder than Rome - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Lodz.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Lodz, Poland

— 1 night

Boat City

Nicknamed the "Polish Manchester" because of its largely industrial character, Lodz draws a growing number of tourists with its rejuvenated central districts, which offer shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Alexander Newski Cathedral, examine the collection at Herbst Palace Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum SGGW, then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of the Independence Traditions in Lodz Radogoszcz Martyrdom Memorial, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reicher Synagogue.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lodz trip planner.

Traveling by train from Krakow to Lodz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Lodz

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Berlin, Germany

— 5 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Dresden Zwinger and Topography of Terror. Pergamonmuseum and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Berlin to go to Dresden and see Katholische Hofkirche, which is approximately 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and see the interesting displays at Neues Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lodz to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Moscow, Russia

— 3 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Get a sense of the local culture at Red Square and Saint Basil's Cathedral. Popular historic sites such as Moscow Kremlin and Lenin's Mausoleum are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, steep yourself in history at Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and see the interesting displays at Andronikov Monastery.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Moscow online route planner.

Getting from Berlin to Moscow by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Berlin to Moscow, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July in Moscow, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 6 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Palace Square. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sobor Petra I Pavla, take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, and steep yourself in history at The Marly Palace.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the St. Petersburg road trip planning site.

Getting from Moscow to St. Petersburg by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. July in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Copenhagen.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 6 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Denmark and Thorvaldsens Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nyhavn and Frederiksborg Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Copenhagen: Frederiksborg Slotskirke (in Hillerod) and The Karen Blixen Museum (in Rungsted). Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Tivoli Gardens. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Rosenborg Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Our Lady - Copenhagen Cathedral, admire the striking features of Amalienborg, and step into the grandiose world of Kastellet.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Copenhagen sightseeing planning tool.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Copenhagen by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 6 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Anne Frank House and Grote Markt will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Panorama Mesdag (in The Hague), Haarlem (Cathedral of Saint Bavo, Molen De Adriaan Museum, &more) and Delft (Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, and get curious at NEMO Science Museum.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam trip planning tool.

You can fly from Copenhagen to Amsterdam in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sluis.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sluis, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Sluis is the name of both a municipality and a town located in the west of Zeelandic Flanders, in the south-western part of the Netherlands.The current incarnation of the municipality exists since on 1 January 2003. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at Museum Het Warenhuis - Museum Land van Axel, then get engrossed in the history at Museum Het Belfort, and then see the interesting displays at Bizarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on Valkeniershof, get curious at Industrieel Museum Zeeland IMZ, and then get engrossed in the history at Gemeentelijk Archeologisch Museum Aardenburg.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sluis holiday builder app.

You can drive from Amsterdam to Sluis in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Sluis can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sluis

Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Canton of Bern travel guide

4.4
Mountains · Waterfalls · Parasailing & Paragliding
The Canton of Bern is home to a diverse landscape of plateaus, breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, and lakes. In the capital city you'll find the Old Town, built in a loop of the river Aare. Its sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains, and medieval atmosphere have earned it World Heritage Status. Sightseeing stops on your itinerary include the 101 m (331 ft) high platform at the Rose Garden, the bear family at Bear Park, and the Houses of Parliament that often open their doors to tourists. Shop the 6 km (3.7 mi) long covered medieval promenade, the longest shopping arcade in Europe. The boutiques, bars, and cabaret stages, some housed in vaulted cellars, are among Bern's other tourist attractions. Outside of the capital city, hike valleys and foothills, or take on the staggeringly steep mountain cliffs by ski or snowboard.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Poland travel guide

4.6
Historic Walking Areas · Historic Sites · Landmarks
A massive country in eastern Europe, Poland offers much to those who venture beyond the continent's more traditional touristic destinations. Dating back to the first millennium, the republic has over a thousand years of heritage to explore, including an abundance of World War II history. Bordered by Germany to the west and Ukraine and Belarus to the east, Poland was the rope in a game of tug of war between German Nazis and the Soviet Allied forces. Major cities like Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Poznan, and Lublin are offer an array of cultural attractions. The infamous concentration camp Auschwitz, near Krakow, is a difficult experience but a must for anyone visiting the area. Be sure to sample hearty comfort foods rich in meat, cabbage, and spices--the Polish secret to making it through harsh winters.

Lodz Province travel guide

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Shopping Malls · Specialty Museums · Entertainment Centers
At the very heart of Poland, Lodz Province is full of small cities and towns amid lushly forested plains. The namesake city and provincial capital, Lodz represents a post-industrial city with a mix of Russian, German, Jewish, and Polish cultural heritage. Other places to visit include Pabianice, Belchatow, Radomsko, and Strykow. Discover medieval cathedrals in Tum and Lowicz, and preserved castles spread throughout the province. Much of the area is covered in unspoiled nature, with seven Landscape Parks maintained as protected areas in the region.

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

Denmark travel guide

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Theme Parks · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
Known for its old-fashioned charm, Denmark often is referenced as a fairy-tale setting by visitors and locals alike. With quaint cobblestone streets leading the way to art galleries, museums, and historical sights, plus a modern and easily accessible public transportation system, Denmark seamlessly blends its rich history with modern advancements. Be inspired by the works of local legends, including the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, the symphonies of Carli Nielsen, and the astronomy work of Tycho Brahe, then play a bit at amusement parks like Legoland. Visitors often find themselves developing "hygge," the untranslatable Danish trait that encapsulates a sense of coziness and contentment, which is thought to have a great deal of influence on Denmark's standing as one of the happiest nations on the planet.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Zeeland Province travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Architectural Buildings