NETHERLANDS

The Netherlands is probably most famous for its windmills and the history of the windmills is imperative to the history of the country – for without them, the Netherlands would not exist. Even now, 25% of land in the Netherlands remains below sea level.

Along with the windmills, canal towns, bikes and tulips are some of the Netherland’s best known features and the country is a stunning mix of old and new.

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, and lies on the banks of the IJ bay and the Amstel River. Founded in the 12th Century as a small fishing village, it’s now the largest city in the country.

NORTHERN NETHERLANDS

The province of North Holland is located in the western portion of the Netherlands. The province includes the country’s most famous city – Amsterdam. The capital city of Haarlem also attracts many tourists each year thanks to its many museums and historical monuments. A number of historic Dutch villages can also be found in North Holland whose inhabitants still adhere to the same lifestyle as their ancestors did during the Dutch Golden Age.

CENTRAL NETHERLANDS

The 'forgotten' provinces of the Central Netherlands, Overijssel and Gelderland, combine historic trade centres of abundant cultural wealth with natural beauty. Hoge Veluwe National Park, containing the Kröller-Müller Museum (with the world's finest Van Gogh collection), should star in any Dutch itinerary.

SOUTHERN NETHERLANDS

The province of South Holland sits along the North Sea and is located in the western area of the Netherlands. Its capital city is The Hague, but its largest city is Rotterdam. Not only is the province a popular tourist destination, but it also happens to be one of the most densely populated and industrialized areas of the world.

MUST DO ACTIVITIES

  • Madurodam

  • The 3 Points, Vaals

  • Kinderdijk

  • Anne Frank House

  • Drunense Duinen

  • Scheveningen

  • Keukenhof – Tulips

  • Flevoland

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