World-famous as the land of tulips, beautiful paintings, and easy to acquire hash and pot, the Netherlands has something for every student’s taste. The Netherlands is such a small country you can get around easily by train and bike. Visit beautiful historic Haarlem; the relatively hilly medieval city of Maastricht; and gentle Delft, which makes signature blue and white pottery, perfect for gifts. Amsterdam, the largest city in the Netherlands, is of course the Cool Capital of Europe. Amsterdam is definitely party central and you’ll meet students from all over Europe who come to Amsterdam for weekend fun. The Netherlands is a perfect stop on your backpacking tour. Or better yet, come for study abroad in Amsterdam, because the city has two major universities. Pre-law students will also want to check out the Hague (den Haag) because it’s the base of the International Criminal Court. If you’d like to relax amid the partying, visit Hog Veluwe National Park, which is also easy to get to. Thanks to this active student life, there are loads of college hostel deals in the Netherlands plus student travel deals on flights and rail passes.
There are all kinds of activities in the Netherlands. Do a brewery tour and sample the goods in Amsterdam at the Brouwerij de Prael. Or taste a variety of unusual and outstanding liquers at De Drie Fleschjes. You wouldn’t think you’d find Spanish and Roman ruins in the Netherlands, but you’ll be amazed by the sights in elegantly medieval Maastricht. Hike the cobblestoned hills and check out the spires, then dip into Take One, a cute bar with more than a hundred different beers from around the world. Dig art? For students who are into the arts, visiting the famous Van Gogh Museum, where the largest collection of paintings by the world-famous artist Vincent Van Gogh is exhibited, is really exciting. Other must-sees include the Anne Frank House. Meanwhile in Haarlem art lovers enjoy the Teylers Museum, which is the oldest museum in the country, built 250 years ago. Haarlem’s Frans Hals Museum sports some greatest hits by the famous painters called the Dutch Masters.