Sports & Rugby Tour to The Netherlands
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Why go on a Rugby tour to The Netherlands?
If you enjoy walking or cycling through beautiful nature, a rugby tour to the Netherlands is the ideal choice for you. Coupled with beautiful cities and bustling nightlife, it makes for the perfect city break.
The most well-known province of the Netherlands is Holland. It includes the intriguing cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Eindhoven. A rugby tour to any of these cities is guaranteed to be a lively one – packed full of interesting history, beautiful nature, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Keep on reading to learn more about these beautiful locations and find out why a rugby tour to the Netherlands is not one to miss.
Rugby Tour to The Netherlands | Amsterdam
Amsterdam, the trendy and lively Dutch tour destination and buzzing capital of the Netherlands.
The city has beautiful architecture, an indescribable quirky vibe, and a distinct character which makes it different to any other city break. When you first picture Amsterdam, a few stereotypes of the city may spring to mind. However, the city has so much more to offer, turning every sports tour into an exciting expedition.
What to visit on a rugby tour to Amsterdam
To begin with, just wandering around Amsterdam is an experience in itself. There is a distinct edginess to the quaint colourful buildings, pretty streets, quirky cafes and the peaceful canal. By exploring the city by day, you will feel its warm character and welcoming vibe. Moreover, the artistic nature of Amsterdam’s museums and theatres prove its position as a cultural centre of Europe.
Explore the Art Quarter
As a matter of fact, Amsterdam is home to some of the greatest museums in Europe. You can view stunning international art in the city’s famous museum quarter. Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art and the Van Gogh Museum are all located in close proximity to each other, so if you’re an art lover make sure you plan a day trip there. Additionally, the tourist-favourite sign ‘I Amsterdam’ is located near the museum quarter so don’t forget to snap a picture!
The Anne Frank Museum
Furthermore, visiting The Anne Frank Museum is an absolute must. It is one of the most moving experiences, and one highly recommended to do when visiting the Dutch capital. Although a rugby trip to Amsterdam is more commonly associated with nights out and entertainment, you won’t regret taking a trip to such an important part of history.
Rent out a Bike
Finally, Amsterdam famously has more bikes than people on its territory. The city is perfectly organised for cycling with routes connecting all neighbourhoods to the city centre. With this in mind, rent out a bike to cover more territory and explore like a local.
Best places to eat on a rugby tour to Amsterdam
Eating out for breakfast is a great way to experience the local cuisine while on a rugby tour to the Netherlands. If you’re on the hunt for a satisfying morning meal, you should definitely visit these places:
De Bakkerswinkel: The best place to head for a hearty breakfast. Ideal if you’re in need of something delicious to soothe any hangovers, or simply refuel to carry on exploring the city. This café serves deliciously fragrant breads, jams, cheeses, meats and naughty pastries.
Greenwoods: This café is defined as one of the best places to go to eat to satisfy any cravings for a full English breakfast when you’re in the Dutch capital.
Bagels and Beans: A place where you can add anything you desire from a wide choice of options to your bagel. The place to get exactly what you want.
Where to go out in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has a reputation for its great music, venues, and vibrant nightlife. The spirit of the city comes to life after the sun goes down. You can explore the narrow streets of the famous red-light districts, hop between lots of quirky bars, and head to a club to finish the night off. The city after dark is just as diverse as it appears in the light, making it easy to construct your own ideal night out.
Enjoy Amsterdam’s offerings from dusk till dawn in some of its best venues:
Air: The new club with an already shining reputation. Air nightclub offers a different vibe depending on the night you choose to hit it up.
Club Up: A club so secretive and discrete that it can only be found by following the excited queue for its entry. Club Up is spread across two floors and is the place to go if you enjoy a bit of deep house on a night out.
Amsterdam’s nightlife is so diverse, two nights out will never be the same. Head on in to the city after dark to create your own unforgettable stories.
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Rugby Tour to The Netherlands | Eindhoven
On a rugby tour to Eindhoven, you’ll be heading to the Netherlands’ ‘City of Lights’. The growth of Eindhoven as a city is down to the electronics giant Philips being originally founded there. Additionally, it is now one of the greenest cities in the Netherlands.
Eindhoven is a city with a vibrant atmosphere, intricate designs, and a diverse vibe. It’s the ideal hub for any rugby tour, being a gateway to traditional Dutch host clubs in the low lands. If you take your rugby team to Eindhoven, you won’t be short of Dutch teams that are ready to take on a challenge.
What to visit on a rugby tour to Eindhoven
Eindhoven has an array of activities and excursions to experience during the day. With this in mind, why not try something a little different from the usual?
The Bottle Distillery is a must-do activity when visiting the Dutch city. A trip to the distillery is highly recommended by all those that visit. Visitors can both make and try different types of gin and learn about the origins of the drink. You can visit in a group or head there on your own if your teammates aren’t big on gin.
The Feel Good Market is an event that happens on the third Sunday of every month. If your trip falls over that day, it is well worth checking out. There is a wide variety of food, arts, and gifts to browse and buy, so leave a little room in your suitcase!
Fancy doing something both active and a bit different whilst exploring Eindhoven? Bouldering at Monk BoulderGym is the thing to do. The gym has over 500m2 of climbing wall and more than 200 boulders.
Where to go out on a rugby tour to Eindhoven
Eindhoven has a diverse social scene and nightlife, meaning there is genuinely something that will appeal to everyone. In contrast to Amsterdam and Rotterdam, it has a more chilled-out nightlife, but it still has a cool and energetic vibe after sundown. To help you find the best place, here are the distinct districts you should consider:
This is the longest pub street in the whole of the Netherlands. From Thursday to Saturday, there is a street party which carries on until the early hours of the morning. It’s safe to say this is one of the best places to go out while on a rugby tour to the Netherlands. It’s easy to find the place which gets you the most excited or spend the night hopping from one pub to the other.
The ideal part of the city for a slightly quieter time. This area is full of streets lined with patios, restaurants, and bars – perfect for a chilled one with your mates.
This part of the city is great for a more intimate night out. This area is full of bars where you can easily chat with your friends over a few drinks in a cool atmosphere.
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Rugby Tour to The Netherlands | Rotterdam
A rugby tour to Rotterdam is a great opportunity to visit one of the upcoming Dutch cities to travel to. The city possesses a slightly different vibe to the historic and quirky Amsterdam and is another great choice for your rugby tour to the Netherlands.
Rotterdam is a city located in the Southern part of Holland. The city boasts some incredibly striking and new architecture, something to be admired after the devastation of many of the city’s historic sites during WWII. Simply take a walk through Rotterdam and you’ll quickly see where it gets its reputation for innovation from.
What to visit on a rugby tour to Rotterdam
A must-do in Rotterdam is exploring the outdoor art galleries of the city. Moreover, the experience is free to enjoy and very relaxing. In addition to art, you can feast your eyes on some of the most intriguing sculptures on the ‘sculpture route’ alongside Rotterdam’s Westersingel Canal.
Rotterdam has its humble beginnings from a fishing village formed next to the waterfront. With this in mind, take a boat tour from the Leuvehoofd to view the city’s marvelous skyline. Additionally, you can head to the water and hire a hot tub boat. It’s a great way to relax and take in the views of the cityscape whilst bobbing around the harbour in the most unique way possible.
Rotterdam is the up-and-coming city break for a rugby tour to the Netherlands. It has the lively vibe every tour wants and is certain not to disappoint.
Where to go out on a rugby tour to Rotterdam
Albeit not the official capital of the Netherlands, Rotterdam is certainly the clubbing capital of Holland. Described as the birthplace of dance and house music, it’s no wonder the nightlife is an absolute blast. Moreover, with most clubs within walking distance of each other, it’s easy to navigate between different venues. You need to head to the Stadhuisplein area to discover the best pubs to hit in Rotterdam. A few of the best clubs to hit for a lively night in this district are:
Get Back: Nostalgic party-goers can take a trip back to the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Get Back will take you back a few decades.
Apres-Ski Hut: A lively and energetic pub. It has won awards for its attraction on a night out, making it a great place to check out.
If you are looking for a place filled with students, then café De Beurs is the place for you. It offers the chance for a cheap night and lively evening with some of the local students who are no rookies to the Dutch party scene.
On the other hand, a more chilled-out atmosphere can be found in the area of the Old Harbour. There are many charming bars with waterfront views and a cosy atmosphere. Rotterdam’s red-light district is not quite so prominent in the city, but it certainly is still present.