The Netherlands is a small country, so you can see the best of it within a week – that is if you don't linger too long in Amsterdam.
A good place to start, and small enough that you can see its highlights in a day or two.
Only fifteen minutes from the capital, but a place apart, with a nice old centre and plenty to see, including the fantastic Frans Hals Museum.
Lively student town just half an hour from Amsterdam that retains its cobbled old centre.
The Netherlands' most handsome provincial town with plenty of historical attractions and the most classically beautiful canal-riven Dutch town centre.
The country's most significant and accessible wetland, easily explorable by boat or bike.
The most accessible of the Dutch islands, and a wonderfully relaxing place of dunes, birds, beaches and gentle cycling, and with some great places to stay.
Perhaps the most enchanting of the old Zuider Zee ports, its face firmly turned towards the water around its busy inner harbours, and with the excellent Zuider Zee Museum as a bonus.
The northern part of the country's major urban centre, with a huge university population and a buzzy centre full of bars and restaurants.