Spectacular Countries That Warrant an Entry in your Itinerary: Netherlands and Canada
Thinking about exploring the world but don’t have a clue as to where to start? If you take into consideration the delectable cuisine, mesmerizing scenery, accommodation options, diverse culture, ease of transit along with loads of other factors, here are two spectacular countries you can include in your itineraries for seeing the best of the world! If you have time on your hands, you can even choose to pair them together and be the subject of envy of all your friends. Discover the best of Europe with Musafir’s exclusive range of customizable Europe Holiday packages and enjoy superlative deals & discounts on air tickets offered by verified & trusted travel agents.
Known for it’s for expansive tulip fields, superb museums canals, cycling possibilities, and of course the beautiful city of Amsterdam, The Netherlands is a conversation-worthy destination waiting to be discovered. We all know about the Red Light District of Amsterdam, the classic windmills scattered across the country, not to mention the amazing Dutch food and cheese. But did you know that there’s lot’s more for culture lovers and adventure seekers, thus making it one of the most beautiful places in the world!
A day spent biking through the various locales of Amsterdam is something which will be etched in your memory forever. Forget why twenty-somethings flock here. Go to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and other crannies of this gorgeous country for the quaint cafeterias, unparalleled coffee, and art galleries.
We also suggest splurging on a stay at the newly built Waldorf Astoria — a collection of six townhouses with a Guerlain Spa — on Amsterdam’s oldest and most storied canal. Here are some other highlights which beg exploring!
- Situated in Amsterdam, the Tulip Museum offers visitors an in-depth look into the country’s most famous export, the ubiquitous Tulips. Then there are the flower gardens of Keukenhof, lying on the outskirts of Lisse, with hyacinths and daffodils, including a remarkable 800 different varieties of the tulips which definitely warrants a visit. Spread across 70 acres, Keukenhof is popularly known as the Garden of Europe besides being recognized as the world’s largest public garden.
- Similar to Venice, Amsterdam is a city built on water. The famous canals of Amsterdam spread over 60 miles with 1500 bridges and 1550 monuments. The Grachtengordel is a must visit and is littered with beautiful bridges and 400-year old cobblestone streets which will dazzle many a visitor. Besides, this quiet little neighborhood is also filled with dozens of small boutique shops, cafés, and hotels while being surrounded by stunning 17th-century architecture
- One such neighborhood is the Grachtengordel with its many small bridges and quaint 17th-century homes. You’ll be rewarded as you explore these 400-year-old streets by countless examples of beautiful architecture, small boutique shops, cafés, and hotels, as well as many quaint colorful gardens.
- Nature lovers rejoice as there’s plenty in store for you as well. Indulge yourselves in one of the country’s many national parks. Although a relatively small country, Netherlands is famed for its diverse national park programs. Take a stroll or cycle down one of the several trails at Texel Dunes National Park and gape at the beautiful sceneries and landscapes all around. You could even pay a visit to the largest national park in Netherlands, the Hoge Veluwe National Park and marvel at its beautiful heathlands and art museum. Spread across 13,800 acres, this national park plays host to several deer, birds and other small animals enveloped by dense woodlands.
- Windmills are synonymous with the Netherlands and were originally an integral part of the water management system which was used to drain the fenlands. Currently recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are 19 fully functioning ones built around 1740 located in the famous village of Kinderdijk.
Canada is huge. We spent two weeks here, and barely scraped the surface of what there is to do in this vast and expansive country. From wilderness camping on Vancouver Island to a stay at North America’s oldest Ritz-Carlton in Montreal, Canada attracts travelers of all types and from all over the world. There are several reasons for picking Canada among the most beautiful countries., all you need to do is apply for a Canada visa.
All seasons here are equally beautiful. True, it does get rather cold, but it surely ought to be on your bucket list. It has the greatest ski resorts with powder snow in winter. A ride down the toboggan lanes in Quebec City is a must in the winter time.
As for the summer, there are several breath-taking lakes to explore while the entire landscape takes on a golden hue during fall. Springtime is the perfect time to for the freshest of wildflowers. In short, it’s picture postcard perfect at all times of the year. In fact, they call it ‘Instragam’able Canada and for good reason too. Here are some activities which one must indulge in whilst traversing through this country.
- Billed as Canada’s most famous natural attraction, there’s plenty to do here for families to romantic couples. Located along the American border, Niagara is famed for its spectacular water falls that drop approximately 57 meters along with some scintillating sightseeing spots. You can even stick around to witness some magical live music and theatre
- Popularly known as the dinosaur capital of the world, Drumheller is perhaps the only city in the world where you will come across a massive 86-foot-tall positioned right in the center of the town. The first dinosaurs were unearthed here way back in the late 1800’s and don’t be surprised if you still see a bunch of paleontologists still looking for dinosaur and fossil remains.
- Situated in Eastern Canada in between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, The Bay of Fundy is famed for the world’s highest tides which have claimed to reach 54 feet in some areas. What more, once the waters have ceded during low tide, you can even take a walk along the ocean floor for a once in a lifetime experience.