With its pretty canals, Renaissance architecture, sprawling tulip fields and rustic villages, the Netherlands is every cultured traveller’s dream destination. Boasting a very liberal culture, the Netherlands (often referred to as Holland) is a fascinating country and you’ll be made to feel most welcome in whichever city you’re in. Blend in with the locals and explore the cities’ attractions by bicycle.
Amsterdam is the bustling capital city, with its colourful flower markets, stunning architecture and cosy coffeeshops. Renowned for its red-light district and cannabis cafés, Amsterdam offers up a bit of risqué culture with its laidback atmosphere. Stroll through the markets and enjoy a cruise along the pretty canals, taking in the surrounding historical buildings. Summer days bristle with open-air concerts, while the city’s nightlife and arts scene paint the town red. Must-see attractions include Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark and the Anne Frank Museum.
A stone’s throw from the capital lies the university town of Leiden, interlaced with old buildings and canals. Visit the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens for a blooming marvellous display of Holland’s national flower – tulips. The Hague (or Den Haag) is home to a multitude of museums and restaurants, and the International Criminal Court.
The modern city of Rotterdam hosts interesting artworks and cultural attractions, including Museum Park.
The less-popular towns and villages in the eastern Netherlands are home to quaint, medieval buildings, burgeoning with history and tales of long ago.
The history-steeped cities and hamlets in the northern region attracts tourists to their cobblestone streets, elegant windmills, silky beaches and dune-swept islands. Its woodland walking trails, art festivals and vibrant bars are wonderful summer attractions.
Aside from its historical attractions and picturesque countryside, Holland will excite you with its wonderful shopping and delicious cuisine. The bitterballen and stroopwafels are out of this world!
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