School trips to The Netherlands

Home to one of Europe’s most liberal and beautiful cities, school trips to the Netherlands offer numerous learning opportunities for students. A country steeped in history, the Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam boasts some of the best art museums in the world, including the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, to name but a few.

Top attractions

Anne Frank Museum and Jewish Historical Museum

As well as the city’s artistic flair, Amsterdam played a pivotal role in the Second World War, offering a poignant insight into what life was like during the Nazi reign. The Anne Frank Museum allows pupils on school trips to Holland to see first-hand the oppression inflicted during that period, while tours of the Jewish District and the Jewish Historical Museum show the lasting influence the war had on this community.

Amsterdam Dungeons

Similar to dungeons found in London, York and Berlin, the Amsterdam Dungeons allow visitors to see what life was like for prisoners throughout Amsterdam’s history. A great attraction for history students, the dungeons are a fantastic and immersive way to learn more about Amserdam’s ‘bad old days’.


Containing some of the most famous art works from around the world, the Rijksmuseum is a must-visit for art students on a school trip to The Netherlands. The official state museum, it’s home to works of Rembrandt, Vermeer and van Dyck, among many others. Opening hours are from 9am to 5pm every day and the museum is free to enter for those under 18 years old.

Canal Cruise

Known widely as the city of canals, Amsterdam’s maze of waterways are a great way to soak up the sights on offer. Head on a canal cruise, either by day or night, to get a unique view of this postcard-worthy city. A hop-on-hop-off ticket also allows visitors to get on and off the boat whenever they would like, while the free audio guides offer a look into the history of the sights along the canal.

Van Gogh Museum

Although just one of the Netherland’s many museums dedicated to the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh, this is arguably the best - housing the world’s largest collection of the artist’s works. Students studying art and design should make sure to visit here, with free entry available for under 18s.

The Netherlands accommodation

We offer a fantastic range of accommodation in The Netherlands that are well experienced in catering for school groups. Some school groups sometimes prefer to be situated outside of Amsterdam, on the beautiful Dutch coast in Noordwijk, which also allows access to places of interest such as Rotterdam and The Hague.

Local cuisine

Dutch cuisine uses lots of the Netherlands’ traditional cooking techniques, with savoury dishes utilising lots of fish and meats. For a sweet treat, make sure to try a stroopwafel; a caramel wafer that goes perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee.

Recommended Activities

A’dam lookout

Take a swing 100m above the skyline of Amsterdam on the A’dam lookout. Priced at ‎€12.50, and an extra ‎€5 for access to the swing itself, you can get an extraordinary view of the the city and take the ultimate selfie.

GLOW Lights Festival

Held across the month of November, the GLOW lights festival is a sight not to be missed if you’re in Eindhoven. The city is filled with LED lights, with walking tours created to make the most of the installations.

De Efteling Theme Park

Set in the heart of a forest, this fantasy-themed amusement park is designed around ancient myths and fairytales. Located in Kaatsheuvel, about an hour outside of Amsterdam, De Efteling is home to exhilarating rides, a fairytale forest and even an ice rink in winter.

Get in touch

At WST, our specialist tour operators will help you plan your school trip from start to finish, offering expert advice on everything from finding accommodation options to suit your budget, to which study visits will help you best achieve your learning objectives. With a wealth of experience planning school trips abroad, we will also be on-hand throughout your trip to answer any questions or to help you with any issues that may arise.

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