Wedding Honeymoon Tourism Netherlands | Where to Stay?

wedding honeymoon amstedam canal belt by night bridges are lit up

With the rise of wedding honeymoon tourism, the Netherlands is the perfect location for you and your husband to enjoy a romantic love retreat for two. It’s an inspiring place to celebrate the first steps of your new married life together. So, where can you stay?

Even more importantly, where can you start your journey? Breaking free as a newly wedded couple from the usual sunny destinations may feel scary.

But, imagine the fetching dykes, canals and iconic levees as the backdrop for your ideal holiday snaps. Better still; you can cruise beside the breathtaking Dutch waterways and discover the untouched splendour of the secluded spots.

From UNESCO world heritage sites, tulip fields, castles and windmills, these best kept secrets are taking the world by storm. So, get your colourful map of Holland out and scout out the top wedding honeymoon destinations in the land of cheese, clogs and bikes. And get ready to have a Dutch travel experience of a life time…

Wedding Honeymoon | The Netherlands

Amsterdam North – Shane Taremi

Main photo credit:Kenneth Garcia

1. Wedding Honeymoon: Amsterdam City Centre

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and called the Venice of the north. It’s the perfect wedding destination. Another thing, Amsterdam is more than sex, coffee shops and rock and roll. Moreover, this liberal European city is where anything goes and the famous Red Light District and Jordaan adorned with tree lined canals will catch your eye, too. Better still, walk hand in hand along the “Oranje loper” and soak in the houseboats and ferries that encircle the waterways.

2. Wedding  Honeymoon: Amsterdam East-side

Furthermore, create a cozy setting for your holiday in this surprising honeymoon location. Take a jaunt to the hip East-side of Amsterdam and mingle with the locals. Discover the  rich history and enjoy a shopping spree at the colourful Dappermarkt. Stay in the area and visit the Tropenmuseum dedicated to people of different races. Check out the nightlife at the Wibautstraat. Or head back into the centre of town. Dance the night away at the clubs on the Rembrantplein, Max Euwenplein and Leidseplein.

3. Wedding Honeymoon: The Hague 

Dotted all over the Netherlands you will find a romantic secluded spot for your getaway abroad. Holland is steadily becoming one of the best ranked wedding destinations in Europe. For instance, discover the Dutch masterpiece “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Vermeer in the Hague. This metropolitan is a few steps away from the coast Scheveningen, an idyllic seaside resort. The unique gem is part of The Hague, seat of the Dutch parliament. And don’t forget to try the “Haagse” delicacy warm chocolate milk with cream (warme chocomel met slagroom).

Windmills – Sander Klaver

 

4. Wedding Honeymoon: Scheveningen

Scheveningen is the place for true beach lovers. So, take a tram ride to the coast and stroll on the pier. There are modern windmills in the distance and you can delight in the scenery. Or head back to the Hague, relax at “de Boterwaag café and the restaurant at the Grote Markt. Later, return to the seaside and find the unbeaten walkways on foot. Alternatively, hire a bike for a pleasure trip and become more accustomed with the area.

5. Wedding Honeymoon: Rotterdam

Rotterdam, also known as Manhattan on the Maas, has futuristic architecture, great art and endless drinking, dining and nightlife venues. It’s a thrilling city for the modern and diverse wedding couple. You won’t run out of fun stuff to do and there’s a choice of cruise outings to try. Many newlyweds like you, choose Rotterdam for your honeymoon destination because there is no language barrier.

Rotterdam harbour – Roman Boed

6. Wedding Honeymoon: Delft

In addition Rotterdam is the perfect spot for your cast away holiday. Just on the outskirts you’ll find Leiden. This is where you can tour the canals and moats together. Hand in hand, you can explore the historic inner city with its beautiful merchant houses and monuments. The place is home of the renowned Delft Blue pottery factory. Delft Blue is similar to Chinese porcelain, dating back to the 17th century.

Haarlem Harbour – PetrOlly

7. Wedding  Honeymoon: Haarlem

In addition, Haarlem is a captivating, medieval city in the North of Holland. It’s a perfect Dutch city break for a brisk walk. And you can enjoy an inclusive, peaceful yet exciting honeymoon. Choose from numerous sightseeing tours or just explore the city. This is the place to create a wonderful wedding photo album full of breathtaking scenery. It’s a stunning backdrop. Look no further for an energetic nightlife, fantastic ambience, first-rate shopping and fine dining.

8. Wedding Honeymoon: Den Bosch – ‘s-Hertogenbosch

The beautiful city of Den Bosch (‘s-Hertogenbosch) also known as the Duke’s Forest is warm and welcoming. The Saint John’s Cathedral is a good location to start. This is without a doubt one of the architectural highlights in relaxing Den Bosch. Don’t forget to visit the famous Dutch paintings from Jheronimus Bosch. You will find his masterpieces at the Noordbrabantsmuseum. There are stunning canals to cruise along while enjoying the special sights. Whether it’s raining or the sun beaming, you’ll have an awesome experience.

Saint John’s Cathedral – Shirley de Jong

 

9. Wedding Honeymoon: Gouda

Gouda is a wonderful town in the South of Holland, famous for its distinctive cheese. This is where the city earned its name. Another thing, Gouda is a delightful hideaway, popular for its spectacular old buildings, court yards located in the center of the city. Getting around by foot is easy. To satisfy your sweet, craving tooth, indulge in “Stroopwafels” (thin waffles layered with caramel-like syrup). They are delicious after a meander around the city or after the cheese market.

Gouda cheese – I Love Butter

 

10. Wedding Honeymoon: Schiermonnikoog

And there’s more…The treasured island of Schiermonnikoog is a hidden gem for wedding couples looking for an exclusive holiday. Reached by ferry, the island offers you a chance to explore together. Travel by bike or foot to your location. So, bask on the unspoilt beach and explore the nature. And enjoy one of the many campsites and caravan parks jotted all over Schiermonnikoog. Furthermore, you’ll get to know surprising walkways, cycle paths and the largest tucked away places.

Eerste blik op SchiermonnikoogPhoto credit: webted

11. Wedding Honeymoon: Friesland

Finally, Friesland is one of the best-kept secrets and the Frisian people are genuinely hospitable. And this breathtaking spot, known as the Dutch Lake District is worth exploring. Located around the intimate capital city Leeuwarden are national parks, polders, and private landscapes with gorgeous forests. So, take a romantic excursion on the riverboat tours and admire it from the water. And travel along the finest scenic routes. Moreover, easily recognising the history of the province in the ancient cultural landscape, you’ll unearth more things. And you’ll adore the incredible untouched nature.

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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a specialist celebrant | marriage officiant | wedding ceremonies MC with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hotspots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!