1 Den Haag

The political capital of the Netherlands and home of the Dutch royal family is an enjoyable city, which boasts the impressive Mauritshuis art gallery and has an extensive coastline.

2 Delft

A lovely little town and one-time home of Vermeer, with one of the prettiest market squares in the Netherlands and picture-perfect canals flanked by old mansions.

3 Rotterdam

This gritty and boisterous port city has resurrected itself in flash modern style after extensive war damage, complete with its own Museumpark and a vibrant nightlife.

4 Gouda

Archetypal Dutch country town, home of the famous round cheese and a splendid set of stained-glass windows in St Janskerk.

5 Utrecht

Lively university town wound around a tight skein of narrow canals, with the Domtoren – the highest Gothic church tower in the Netherlands – dominating the city skyline.

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