Amsterdam (world: 17)

High scores on culture and environment shouldn’t come as a surprise with Amsterdam. The city of canals, barges, flowers and free-thinking is a perennial favorite when it comes to living and visiting. There are enough museums, from Anne Frank to Van Gough, from the Rijksmuseum to Rembrandt’s house, the Science Centre to the Museum of Bags and Purses for you to never see the light of day, but that would be a shame. Mix it up and enjoy a trip on the canals in a brunch boat, shop at the Albert Cuyp Market and the flower market. But most importantly, hire a bike and do as the locals do: go and explore the parks, along the canals, and outside of Amsterdam in this, probably the flattest country in the world.


City break

The city of Nimwegen is on the fifth place in a ranking of the best destinations for a city break in their own country. According to a study Zoover among more than 200,000 reviews on their website in 2016 Maastricht proved the best to be assessed. After Maastricht Breda is in second place, followed by Rotterdam and The Hague. The capital of Limburg scores among users of the review website Maastricht won an average of 9. Last year also the Zoover Award for Best Breaks Netherlands, when a 8.8 as a final mark. Users are particularly positive about the cafes and the atmosphere in the city. Nimwegen scored an average of 8.4. The city earned a 8.1 for general impression, a 8.3 for pubs/restaurants, a 8.6 for culture, a 9.0 to 8.0 for setting and atmosphere. Also from reactions at the site shows that many visitors are positive about the area where the old city is often referred to as a highlight. The top ten is completed by further Haarlem, Roermond, Leeuwarden, Utrecht and Amsterdam.