Tulips, windmills, clogs and canals are the first things that come to mind when you think of Holland. This magical country is located at the heart of the Netherlands and is bordered by Germany and Belgium, with a North Sea coastline.
Amsterdam, the capital city, is undoubtedly the most popular place to visit in Holland. Combining modern city living with canals, squares, ancient streets and abundant museums, Amsterdam has something for everyone. Live like the locals and get around by bike, taking in the must see sight of Anne Franks House, the Van Gogh Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum along the way.
Holland is packed with many other cities and towns, each offering something special for visitors. The port city of Rotterdam is a top notch choice for shopping, culture and a trendy nightlife. The Boijmans van Beuningen and Kunsthal Museums, Euromast Space Tower and Rotterdam Market are on its must visit list. The Hague is the seat of government and home to the Royal Family and some great beaches and sights. The seaside resort of Scheveningen, Madurodam miniature city and the Maurithuis Royal Picture Gallery are just some its attractions. Built around the Dom Tower, the city of Utrecht boasts a car free city centre, the Railway Museum, a Saturday flower market, pretty canals, spacious parks and superb shopping. And, finally, no holiday in Holland would be complete without a visit to Maastrict. Easily explored on foot, Maastrict is the site of the St Pietersberg Caves, Fort St Peter and a magical Old Town.
If you are a fan of flowers, the bulb fields in Holland are in full bloom from the end of March to the second week of May. Holland is also famous for its Edam cheese and Delft Blue earthenware pottery. Dutch painters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer are famous the world over, with their art works in abundance in the art galleries across Holland. With so much to experience in one country, it is easy to see why holidays in Holland are a popular choice.
You will be spoilt for choice of things to see and do during a holiday in Holland. A visit to the Heineken Experience brings to the life the history of the famous brewing family and all things beer related. Take a trip on a canal boat and explore the country from the water. Vondelpark in Amsterdam is the Dutch equivalent of New York Central Park and boasts cafes, ponds and gardens to enjoy. The Van Gogh Museum chronicles the artists life and art works. The Anne Frank House features a reconstruction of her bedroom and the actual diary. The House of Bols hosts an hour long tour including a sniff test, company history and a freshly made cocktail. Get close to the windmills in the village of Kinderdijk. Keukenhof Gardens is the largest flower garden in the world with over 7 million bulbs planted annually. For the children, there is the Nemo Science Museum in Amsterdam, the Euromast Tower and Maduradam in Rotterdam, the Efteling Amusement Park and the Space Expo in Noordwijk.
Whether you are visiting Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastrict, Utrecht or The Hague, you are sure to find great nightlife within easy reach. There is a great choice of nightclubs, bars and discos and pubs to enjoy late into the evening.
There is an excellent choice of restaurants and cafes to satisfy all tastes across the Holland. Indian, Chinese, Turkish, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine puts in an appearance in most Dutch cities. Regional specialities such as Snert (pea soup with sausage), Stamppot (winter stew), Poffertjes (mini pancakes) and Stroopwafel (treacle waffle) also appear on the menu. Dutch beers and wines also make a great accompaniment to any meal.
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