Dutch tourist attractions receive millions of visitors in 2017

Dutch tourist attractions receive millions of visitors in 2017

According to NBTC Holland Marketing and Response, last year, the number of visitors to attractions in the Netherlands rose by eight percent. In 2016, 16 attractions registered visitor numbers of one million or more. This number rose to 18 last year.

Most visited Dutch attraction

In 2017, around 47 million people visited theme parks, zoos, museums, athletic leisure facilities, and other places of interest in the Netherlands. The 50 biggest attractions drew in more than 12 million foreign visitors.

The most visited of all of these was De Efteling amusement park, which, for the first time ever, received more than five million visitors. Coming in at second place was Lovers Canal Cruises, a great way to explore the waters, which welcomed almost 2,3 million guests. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam ended up placing at the same position as the previous year, namely third, with more than 2,2 million visitors.

Of the attractions visited by foreign tourists, the Zaanse Schans takes the top spot, with almost 2 million visitors. The Van Gogh museum isn’t far behind, with 1,9 million travellers from abroad stopping by to see the world’s largest collection of Vincent’s artwork.

Top 10 Dutch attractions

Of all the attractions in the Netherlands, the following made it into the top 10.

  1. De Efteling
  2. Lovers Canal Cruises
  3. Van Gogh Museum
  4. Zaanse Schans
  5. Rijksmuseum
  6. De Uithof
  7. Stromma Rondvaart
  8. Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo
  9. Artis zoo
  10. Keukenhof
Mina Solanki


Mina Solanki

Completed her Master's degree at the University of Groningen and worked as a translator before joining IamExpat. She loves to read and has a particular interest in Greek mythology. In...

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Brizeida 15:47 | 27 April 2018

Hey, So where exactly are these bright green houses located? :)

minasolanki 09:50 | 30 April 2018

Hi Brizeida, The houses are in Zaanse Schans :).