Discover The Netherlands in one hour
Madurodam shows how the Netherlands has grown from our old cities to the country we see today: characteristic, free and eccentric. You can still see the traces of these developments in the buildings, squares and streets, each with their own story. Below you can view several highlights of the Netherlands.
The Netherlands is famous for its windmills that keep our self-made country dry. Nowhere in the world you can find as many windmills as in Kinderdijk: 19! The windmills of Kinderdijk have been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997.
The largest Renaissance church in Amsterdam was built in the period 1620-1638 according to a design by Hendrick de Keijser. At 87 metres, the church’s tower, the Wester Tower, is the highest church tower in Amsterdam.
This building dating from 1885, designed by P.J.H. Cuypers, has one of the largest and most important collections of paintings from the 15th to the 19th centuries.
Anne Frank Museum
In an attempt to escape the persecution of the Jews during the Second World War, the young Jewish girl, Anne Frank, went into hiding with her family in this house behind her father’s business on the Prinsengracht.
Popular Neighbourhood ‘De Jordaan’
De Jordaan, is traditionally a typical working class neighbourhood in the centre of Amsterdam with small houses. It was originally the ‘petite bourgeoisie’ district and is now a very attractive, characterful neighbourhood.
The trade route to the East was opened from the ‘first Dutch ship sailing’ in 1595. Other journeys followed, and the Netherlands soon dominated the international trading community. Johan van Oldenbarnevelt founded the Dutch East India Company (VOC) a few years later.
Royal Palace ‘Huis ten Bosch’
This large country villa is the residential palace of King Willem- Alexander. It was built around 1645 to a design by Pieter Post. The two wings were added in 1735 as a major renovation under the direction of Daniël Marot.
It took 61 years to build the 112-metres high Dom Tower, the tallest church tower in the Netherlands. The Gothic structure was completed in 1382. Now only the choir, transept and the tower of the church still stand. The Dom in Madurodam was unveiled in 1983 to commemorate the 600-year anniversary of the tower.
The construction on the basilica Sint-Jan began in 1380. The church reached its present size 200 years later. It is a Gothic church with five aisles, designed by Willem van Kessel. The double flying buttresses are unique in the Netherlands and the 96 carved flying buttress figures are unique in the world.
The Peace Palace is located in The Hague, the international city of peace, justice and security, also the location of the International Court of Justice. It was built in 1913 to a design by French architect L.M. Cordonnier in cooperation with the Dutch professor J.A.G. van der Steur.
Big stories of the Netherlands
There is so much to see, discover and do at Madurodam. You become acquainted with the stories of the Netherlands in a surprising way. The models are exact replicas of special buildings and objects, on a scale of 1:25. Through intensive daily care, the greenery, especially small-leaved trees and bushes, are kept to a maximum of 60 centimetres high. There are many interactive activities where, for example, you can step into the role of a lock keeper, dike guard, pilot or machinist.