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There’s plenty more to Holland than sumptuous tulips, picturesque windmills and the world-famous bicycle culture, although that’s three great reasons to visit already. Beyond the clog-wearing, cheese-making stereotypes we all know, Holland is an essential stop for art and architecture enthusiasts, and its capital, Amsterdam, is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with much history and creativity around every corner.
While in Amsterdam, investigate the magnificently regal 13th century Dam Square featuring the striking Royal Palace and New Church. Here, choose from a wealth of world-class museums and galleries including the Rijksmuseum (the largest museum in the Netherlands hosting a fabulous collection from Rembrandt; look out for his famous ‘Nightwatch’), and wander the charming canals to find a rich array of fabulous cafes, social squares, energetic nightspots and quirky independent cinemas to name but a few attractions. A trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete though, without a journey along the canals on a glass-topped boat, so you can admire that typically decorative Dutch architecture.
If visitors can tear themselves away from this picturesque canal-filled city, it’s hard not to fall in love with Holland as a whole, especially with such young and dynamic cities as Rotterdam which is known as the most important river port in Europe, Arnhem with its World War II bridge, and the traditional town centre of old-fashioned Zaanse Schans. And that’s even before mentioning the beautiful sea-side town of Scheveningen or the important political city of Den Haag (or The Hague).
For a taste of Holland’s countryside, Aalsmeer is the place to go. Here you can experience a flower auction and visit the near by bulb fields at Keukenhof. Delft is another picture-perfect town where you can see Royal Delft Pottery being made at the factory and buy some of your own authentic Delft pottery as souvenirs. Nijmegen is a well-loved habitual town worth visiting for the museum at Groesbeek, which is dedicated to the history of Operation Market Garden in 1944.
Art fans will relish in the Kroller-Muller Museum at Hoge Veluwe Park where some of Van Gogh’s most famous works can be found. For more regal sites, visit Apeldoorn which features 17th century Het Loo Palace with its beautiful formal gardens. Edam is the cheese-making village everyone looks forward to seeing though. Here you can sample that world famous cheese and admire a time-honoured industry at its tastiest!
From Vermeer and Rembrandt’s art to rolling fields of primary coloured tulips, with so much to enjoy, Holland is one of the brightest gems in Europe, and we want to share it all with you.
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