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From 17th-century canals in Amsterdam, royal residences in The Hague, contemporary architecture in Rotterdam and tempting boutiques in Utrecht, the cities of the Netherlands beg to be explored. Wildlife and nature enthusiasts will love the Wadden Sea and its five islands. In spring the country’s tulip fields burst with bright colours. Discover world-class museums and lively fun parks, in a country that’s reassuringly flat for those who like to travel by bike.
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There’s more to the list of activities in the Netherlands than you might think. Museums range from Anne Frank to the Rijksmuseum. The architecture covers everything from UNESCO listed to ultra-modern. And you can shop for anything from fresh local produce to designer labels. Here are our top recommendations.
Lapland holidays will make all your winter wonderland dreams come true. From snow-laden trees to star-studded skies decorated with dancing Northern Lights and cosy log cabins deep within the Arctic Circle. And did we mention it’s the official home of the big man in the red suit? Yes, we can only mean Santa Claus! When he’s not making his list and checking it twice, Father Christmas will be waiting to welcome you to his grotto for some hot cocoa and gingerbread baking with his elves. That’s when you’re not heading on reindeer safaris or riding snowmobiles, of course.
With our festive breaks, you’ll spend your days roasting chestnuts by an open fire, husky sledging through frost-tinted terrain or taking on Finland’s longest ski slopes in Yllas. After all that action, hide away in a scenic woodland apartment or a luxury lodge with a toasty log burner begging you to turn marshmallows into s’mores. For a fairy tale-style getaway, an overnight stay in a glass igloo will see you sleeping under Lapland’s majestic sky. And if Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, then the bubbling hot tubs at Levi’s spa retreats are the answer! Tempted? Our Lapland holidays start this November, so you've got plenty of time to get that wishlist ready for Saint Nick.
Sweden is a combination of incredible countryside vistas and cosmopolitan city charms. Holidaymakers flock to this Scandinavian hotspot all year round. Some head for the snow-capped mountains during winter, while others come to bask in the midnight sun come summer. Two thirds of the country is covered in forest and 30 national parks showcase its natural beauty, making it a paradise for hikers and tree huggers.
It’s easy to see why its capital, Stockholm is described as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Located on 14 islands, you’re never far from the waters of Lake Mälar. Stroll along the pristine streets of the Medieval Old Town and you'll stumble upon the city's most historic architectural landmarks, including the decadent Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and the multicoloured houses of Stortorget, which look like they've been lifted straight out of a story book.
Holidays to Sweden wouldn’t be complete without fully immersing yourself in the culture. More than just a coffee break, Fika is a sacrament to friendship - a moment to appreciate the small pleasures of day-to-day life - coffee and a cake just happens to be part of it.
Things to do
It’s not difficult to find fantastic things to do in Sweden. The north, dubbed the Swedish Lapland, is where you’ll see the country’s most dramatic scenery. Many people also flock here to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Alternatively, there’s Stockholm. The country’s capital makes a perfect weekend getaway and is a great introduction to the Scandi way of life - and cooking. Stockholm has serious culinary chops, boasting a collective 13 Michelin stars and brimming with exciting new concept restaurants, where food is farm-to-table fresh or foraged from surrounding forests.
Just 40 minutes down the road, you can visit the Drottningholm Palace, the official residence of the Swedish Royal Family, which is bound to leave you awestruck. If you want to dive deeper into the culture, there are tons of museums at your fingertips. Marvel at the world’s only preserved 17th century ship at Vasa Museum or walk in the footsteps of one of the most influential bands in the history of pop music at Abba the Museum.