The Netherlands are lucky to have several large cities with very different characters. Although Amsterdam may be known for having an unprecedented open nature (it is one of the only cities in the world where homosexuality and the decriminalisation of drugs are widely accepted), it is also a city where you can go on beautiful walks around its canals, its city centre and visit plenty of world-renowned museums, like the Van Gogh Museum. An eclectic museum, the range of works to be discovered are renewed every year. It may be less charming, but the city of Rotterdam shows visitors the extent of the country's global importance, with its port being the fourth most active in the world. A little further back from the impressive district of the quays you will find historical monuments that were spared by the war and a zoo which is worth visiting. From the top of the large tower, Euromast, you can have a global overview of the spots to be discovered. The Hague and Maastricht are also worth visiting. The former for its magnificent palaces, which are still home to the royal family, and the latter for its student life and fabulous historic district, which is very charming.