Stop and smell the tulips

Easygoing Amsterdam has made its name as a place that champions tolerance and creativity. While it's the definitive city for pleasure seekers, the city also offers some of Europe's most fascinating museums and art galleries. An absolute must is museum hopping: the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt House, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and Amsterdam Historisch Museum – each has its very own impressive appeal. Shed some insights into the Dutch royal lives at the Royal Palace or have a wistful moment at the Anne Frank House, a reminder of the Nazi occupation. Wooden clogs and blue and white decorative items make perfect souvenirs from Amsterdam, so get a few while at the floating Bloemenmarkt flower market.

Pick any night to paint the town red as Amsterdam's nightlife is unrivalled. Beer lovers should check out the Heineken Experience, home of the famous brew. For a good walk and a collection of basilicas, visit Maastricht located on the outskirts.