Learn About the Netherlands
The country of windmills, canals and tulips, a free thinking and liberal society... a trip to the Netherlands can bring a variety of experiences, plenty of excitement and unforgettable sights.
A rather small country by today's standards but nevertheless a former maritime power and an important economy inside the European Union, the Netherlands makes for a great travel destination, with some of the most unique landscapes in the world, in a constant interaction between the land and the sea. The country of windmills, canals and tulips, a free thinking and liberal society... a trip to the Netherlands can bring a variety of experiences, plenty of excitement and unforgettable sights.
Influencing the European culture, economy and commerce for centuries, the Netherlands today is an extremely pleasant destination, with a modern general infrastructure, excellent tourist facilities, beautiful cities and authentic old villages and towns, and plenty of attractions spread around the flat terrain, much of which has been reclaimed from the sea.
Any visit to the Netherlands has to include the charming capital of Amsterdam, a universal destination for anyone interested in art, architecture, sports or entertainment. With its dense network of fascinating canals, beautiful architecture including the old centre with its wooden houses and magnificent cathedrals, captivating museums like the Rijksmuseum, Maritime Museum, Van Gogh Museum, lush green parks and unforgettable canal cruises, topped by a liberal ideology and plenty of entertainment or nightlife opportunities, make Amsterdam one of the best holiday destinations in the world.
Another beautiful city is Rotterdam, the largest port of Europe, with its modern architecture and determined atmosphere, its huge port area and charming zoo, alongside museums and windmills. Other interesting cities include Arnhem, famous for its picturesque beauty; Den Haag aka The Hague, the seat of government in the Netherlands; 's-Hertogenbosch, where Hieronymus Bosch was born; Delft, known for its historic town centre with canals, the painter Vermeer, and its Delft Blue pottery; Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands; Utrecht, the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century; and Maastricht, containing no less than 1677 national heritage sites.
The countryside of The Netherlands is unique, with endless fields of flowers, windmill villages, old castles and charming islands. Among the best known and loved destinations within the Netherlands, travelers should not miss the villages of Broek in Waterland and the Zaan Region, the Hoge Veluwe National Park, the Efteling theme park at Kaatsheuvel, Palace 't Loo in Apeldoorn, and the tulips of the Bulb Region (Bollenstreek) - most notably Keukenh, also known as the Garden of Europe, near Lisse. While visiting the country, it would be a shame not to try the most popular activity for Dutch people, which is cycling! The flat landscape is ideal for this and discovering the country on a bike is amongst the most exhilarating experiences possible. These are some of the reasons that make the Netherlands a great travel destination for you.
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