Guest post by Maria Kruk, an author for Holland.net
It’s no secret that Holland attracts a large group of young tourists, eager to explore the entertainment and attractions of the riveting country. But what might have attracted so many college students before, the commonly known ‘light drugs’ liberty’, is not the primary one any more: since 2013 a new law has been put into place, banning tourists’ from visiting coffee shops in the southern Netherlands. Dutch people, rightfully so, got tired of uncontrollable and antisocial behavior of tourists coming here solely for legal debauchery. But while this might put off some backpackers, there are many other amusements young travelers can get excited about outside of the coffee shops:
Fans of adventurous travel might find themselves on the same page with the Dutch, who are true adherents of ecofriendly lifestyle and outdoors activities. Amongst the latter, cycling is a traditional way of life, rather than a sport in Holland. Cyclists will find lots of trails, both in big cities and across the countryside, in the company of local pros. If cycling isn’t for you, consider an adventure underground: caving! Trips are arranged mostly in the vicinity of the Maastricht caves. It is interesting to know that caving and speleology are claimed to be a primary mode of transportation in the country. And the fact that there are only a few countries in Europe able to boast of such opportunity adds one more reason to go!
Young travelers also might consider a vacation by the seaside. While most of the foreigners prefer to wander along the beach line and enjoy scenic marine landscapes, those in search of extreme adventures can find traditional cycling across the coastal dunes, yachting (romantic, isn’t it?) or a speedboat tour to the open sea. Surprisingly, Dutch beaches are also a great spot for surfers and kitesurfers, which come here all year round to take part in international tournaments.
It is clear as a day that the biggest share of tourists prefers to stay in Amsterdam, rather than on its outskirts. Amsterdam is a city of contrasts: modernly-shaped constructions emerge alongside old-fashioned and charming buildings; calm and cozy atmospheric downtown, with all its art galleries, museums and parks, perfectly co-exists with buzzing nightlife and the vibrant spirit of the Red Light District.
The variety entertainment young adults can find at nighttime never ceases to amaze. Nightlife is centered on the Leidseplein, with its many jazz clubs and theaters, Rembrandtplein, where gay clubs and night dj-cafes pull in visitors, and, of course, in De Vallen quarter. Cassarosso Theater in Amsterdam is likely to be the most popular place, buzzing with performances equal to those in Bangkok, Paris, and other big cities. You don’t have to be a young adult to enjoy a night out here.