Although The Hague is a city where the government and all the embassies are, Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands. The most wonderful thing about Amsterdam is the friendly atmosphere combined with all the historical things the city has to offer. The old merchant houses, the canals and the lively streets make Amsterdam incomparable to other cities. Amsterdam pranced into the European stage in what was the province of Holland’s most glorified period: the golden age from about 1580 to about 1740. The era’s wealth was generated by the Dutch East Indian Company which sent vessels to the Far East in search of spices and other exotic goods, while colonising the Cape of Good Hope, Indonesia, Surinam, the Antilles and New Amsterdam (today’s New York) and establishing trading posts throughout Asia. In the meantime Amsterdam’s bourgeoisie indulged in fine, gabled canal houses and paintings of themselves and the remains of last night’s dinner. This in turn stimulated the arts and brought renown to painters such as Rembrandt. But it did not last. In 1795 the French invaded and Napoleon appointed his younger brother Louis as king. When the largely unpopular French occupation came to an end, the United Kingdom of the Netherlands – incorporating Belgium and Luxembourg was born. The first king, King William I of Orange was crowned in 1814, and the House of Orange rules to this day. In 1830 the Belgians rebelled and became independent; Luxembourg did the same soon after. A city full of culture; a variety of large museums; the Rijksmuseum with Rembrandt’s Nightwatch, the Van Gogh Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Historical museum and the Municipal museum of modern art. Many smaller museums include the Rembrandt’s house and the Anne Frank’s house. Among the other places of interest are Holland Experience and Madame Tussaud’s. Amsterdam is known as the centre of diamonds and several diamonds cutting factories can be visited.
Rotterdam is renowned for its enormous seaport (the largest in the world). The city is also increasingly famous for its ever-widening range of architectural and cultural attractions. Whatever your guests would like to do is bound to be possible in Rotterdam. For example, they can visit the harbours by boat, go on guided tour that includes dinner in a brewery, or they can visit the museum of architecture. And for the thrill seekers we can arrange go-kart racing, abseiling from the Euromast, skateboarding through the city or sailing through the Kralingse Bos on a scooter. And if your guests are still not ready to call it a day, they can enjoy the lively Rotterdam nightlife scene until the early hours of the morning!
The Hague has been the seat of the Dutch government for centuries. The palaces (in the city and in the surroundings area), the mansions and the breathtaking parks all add to the air of regal grandeur. The beach at Scheveningen is around the corner. In addition to the many different kinds of excursions that we can arrange for you guests both in the city and in the surroundings area, The Hague is also perfect for gala events. The many special locations – the elegant Kurhaus in Scheveningen, for instance – will make for an unforgettable event.
To tell the truth, the Dutch almost consider Maastricht to be something of a foreign city. The old fortified city situates on the German and Belgian borders are renowned for its beautiful façades, small vistas and age-old churches. Here you can treat your guests to unparalleled culinary and cultural delights. We offer a variety of packages and adventurous excursions, such as a flying lesson (that also includes a first flight),an exploration of the underground passageways of a castle (teams can compete to get to the exit first), rafting on the river Meuse, climbing and archery.
Situated at the heart of the Netherlands is Utrecht with its famous historical yards and canals and its cathedral tower, the highest church tower in the Netherlands. When the sun shines, the entire city centre is one big outdoor café. We have all kind of packages for groups in Utrecht and the surrounding area. To give you a few examples, those who love chocolate might enjoy making bonbons, or there is indoor go-carting in an old factory building, a golf clinic or an extensive package on a beautifully situated golf course, or a fire-fighting survival course that involves using a lot of water!