More cities where you can enjoy the Dutch Golden Age
This city was the second major city of the East India Company after Amsterdam and until the end of the 16th century, Middelburg was the largest commercial city in the Netherlands with an extensive wine industry. A compact city with many 16 & 17th century buildings and cobbled streets, it is easy to feel like you're back in the Dutch Golden Age.
Dordrecht holds the oldest city rights and its Golden Age started in the 14th century when it was the centre of trade and government in the Holland region. The first assembly of the free states was held in Dordrecht in 1572, which marked the start of the independent republic of The Netherlands. The city was the birthplace of many Dutch Masters and Rembrandt pupils, such as Aelbert Cuyp, Nicolaes Maes, and Ferdinand Bol. Many of their works can be found in Dordrecht's Museum collection.
Delftware epitomises Dutch prosperity in the Golden Age and it is visible throughout the city – there is even one factory that originated in the Golden Age that is still in production today producing Royal Delft. One of the Golden Age's most famous painters, Johannes Vermeer came from Delft and there are many buildings, such as the City Hall, Museum Prinsenhof Delft, Old and New Church and historic squares that date to this time.
Home to one of the most well-known Dutch masters, Frans Hals, Haarlem welcomed many migrants at the start of the Golden Age, which led to economic growth and a fast-growing demand for art and paintings. The Frans Hals Museum offers exceptionally high-quality representation of the entire spectrum of 16th and 17th century painting.
The city emerged as one of the world’s most important centres of trade in the 17th century. With trade came wealth, and a blossoming of arts and science. Amsterdam became a cultural hub and is still one 500 years later. Don’t miss the Golden Age collection in the Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt’s house and the many other Golden Age attractions of the city.