THE NETHERLANDS TRAVEL GUIDE
If you're looking to visit a captivating country where icons abound, look no further than The Netherlands.
Small, yet bursting with character, this picture-perfect nation is renowned for its traditional charm, however there's far more to Holland than whimsical windmills and brightly coloured tulips. Eagle eyed adventurers are spoilt for choice of things to see and do; from distinguished museums and galleries to ultramodern architecture and classic European café culture. If a ramble in the Dutch countryside is what you seek, a family camping holiday in one of the beautiful National Parks could be just the ticket.
For those living in the UK, a visit to The Netherlands is as simple as hopping on a P&O ferry from Hull to Rotterdam.
Awesome Dutch Architecture
Labelled 'Manhattan on the Meuse' thanks to its stunning skyline, Rotterdam is a great starting point for any adventure in the Netherlands. In the comfort of your own car, you're free marvel at landmarks including the elegant Erasmus Bridge and the mammoth Euromast lookout tower. On a clear day, you can see as far as Antwerp from its 94m high observation platform, but if you're seeking more modest pursuits, Rotterdam also offers plenty of relaxing options. A wander around town allows you to soak up the melting pot culture and fascinating maritime history at your own pace.
Attractions in Amsterdam
For many people, a stop by Amsterdam is essential on any holiday to The Netherlands. This legendarily liberal capital is just an hour's drive from Rotterdam and is known for being a cyclist’s paradise, so park up and see the sights on two wheels.
Lined by 17th Century houses and laced with interlocking canals, it’s easy to see how the city acquired the nickname 'Venice of the North'. History buffs and culture vultures are spoiled for choice of attractions, from the world-famous Van Gogh Museum to Anne Frank's House, where the author's original diary is on display.
Discover Holland's Smaller Cities
Just half an hour away from Rotterdam you'll find The Hague - the political powerhouse of The Netherlands. Known as the judicial capital of the world, The Hague has a distinctly continental character and visitors will find the baroque design quite different to other Dutch cities. Areas like The Plein and Grote Markt squares are peppered with stylish shopping streets, fine restaurants and coffee houses.
Other charming smaller cities worth a visit include Edam, Haarlem and Delft, which all retain their own distinct character.
Al Fresco Dutch Beauty Spots
If you're keen to drive through some delightful Dutch scenery, the stunning canal towns of Leiden and Utrecht are brimming with gorgeous gardens to explore.
For nature lovers, The Netherlands boasts twenty national parks brimming with forests, dunes, creek valleys and lakes. These botanical beauty spots are dotted across the country, offering the chance to get up close to some of the most stunning flora and fauna you will ever see, including unique bird species, reptiles, red deer, otters and seals.
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