"Tradition and innovation intertwine here: artistic masterpieces, windmills, tulips and candlelit cafés coexist with groundbreaking architecture, cutting-edge design and phenomenal nightlife." - Lonely Planet
TRAVELING TO AMSTERDAM, THE REST OF THE NETHERLANDS, AND BELGIUM
When traveling through Europe, don’t miss the Netherlands and Belgium. Amsterdam is a very vibrant city with winding narrow houses on narrow cobbled streets, cozy cafes and craft breweries, some world-class museums, and of course the celebrated canals. We love both countries as well for the lovely green countryside, tulip fields, and the friendly people. Here are our recommendations on the best travel books for the Netherlands and Belgium.
Rick Steves : Amsterdam & the Netherlands
First-time visitors to Amsterdam and the Netherlands might like the Rick Steves guidebook. This series is always a good choice for travel in Europe, best known for its specific advice on what to see and do, and how best to save time and money. Steves only recommends what he feels is best, which can be especially helpful when exploring an unknown place.
Lonely Planet: Belgium & Luxembourg
Those looking for an even more comprehensive guide for a visit to the Netherlands can’t go wrong with Lonely Planet. We always like the breadth of their coverage and the honesty of their reviews. The book has numerous insider-type local recommendations that reflect the character and history of Amsterdam and the country in general.
111 Places in Amsterdam That You Shouldn't Miss
Amsterdam is a unique place, known for canals, some amazing museums, and the Red Light District. Those who want to go deeper to find a more authentic less-touristy experience will enjoy 111 Places That You Shouldn’t Miss. The 111 Places guide provides insider-type ideas not normally found in other travel guides, with quirky recommendations on local cafes and bars, music venues, interesting neighborhoods, brewery tours, and more.
Bruges City Guide
Bruges is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe (featured in the photo above), and a truly magical place to visit. The city deserves its own travel guide, and our recommendation is the Bruges City Guide, published (impressively) by the Bruges tourist board. The book includes detailed information on all places of interest, three suggested walks, and a lot of advice from local specialists on how to best experience the history and culture of the city.