The Netherlands is the land of windmills, prostitutes and legal drugs. At least that’s what you probably already know about the country, but those are just the headline makers: what usually surprises is that this small corner of Europe is overwhelmingly gorgeous.
Yes, capital Amsterdam is a hedonistic playground where you can do things you wouldn’t dream of doing at home, and yes it does have its own sex museum. Amongst the streets of Europe’s most tolerant city, however, are quiet, winding canals, cobbled lanes, gardens of vivid tulips and a regal building full of the works of Van Gogh. So no, it’s not just for party animals and stag nights, though most visitors end up in a coffee shop, or drifting through the red light district at some stage (purely for entertainment value of course – don’t try taking photographs!).
Second city Rotterdam was rebuilt from the bottom up after being left a post World War II pile of rubble. The port town, for years the world biggest harbour, has a fierce rivalry with Amsterdam, one that’s reflected in its rampaging nightlife and anti-Amsterdam branded hardcore techno scene. The 185-meter tower – “Euromast” - offers revolving views over the city’s modern architecture, while you can hunt down that Dutch stereotype in the 18th-century windmill of the only district that survived the attacks, Oude Kerk.
Maastricht – home of the EU treaty – swallows verdant green hills in its aging medieval splendor, and basks in a central European cosmopolitan vibe that sees the average citizen ramble comfortably in several languages. Tiny Haarlem – a mere day trip from Amsterdam – is chock full of café culture, remarkable crumbling buildings and grandiose churches whose spires fill the skyline, while the town of Delft offers similar aging charms alongside its world-renowned blue and white pottery.
Out in the countryside, you can explore the swathes of land reclaimed from the waters of the North Sea, stumble among the cultured parklands and epic art museum of Hoge Veluwe National Park, or explore the natural wonders of Texel Island, a popular local holiday spot. Just don’t pass The Netherlands off as purely hedonistic: this country’s about so much more than cannabis.
We all know what runs through the average young mind when it hears the word ‘Amsterdam’. It might be the liberal home of drugs and prostitution, but the Dutch capital is also a beautiful …
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Zandvoort is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.
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Known throughout Europe as an industrial heartland and as the home of electrical powerhouse Philips, Eindhoven hardly has a pretty reputation. More recently, though, the city has established …
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Nowadays Valkenburg is especially known for its touristic character. There are several attractions within …
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Staying in Haarl…
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This island has a modest 16.000 inhabit…
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Nijmegen is located in the province of Gelderland near the German border. It is founded in 19 AD as 'Noviomagum' and is the oldest city of The Netherlands; it was granted city rights in 98 AD…
Leeuwarden is a little-known town in the northern part of the Netherlands. It is the capital of Fryslân, well-known for its Frisian cattle and Frisian horses. An agricultural province, touri…
Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant. It is situated along the highways N261 and N628, and with a population of roughly 16,600, it is the largest village in the mun…
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Be certain to…
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Apeldoorn is nice to vis…
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You can reach Dordrecht by train, then you can take the bus to the centre. Or you can walk (that takes you 10 minutes).
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From here on it's a couple of minutes (also by bicycle) to Bergen aan Zee, the beach.
Bergen is also an art village, where a lot of art…
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(borrowed from wikipedia)
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The history of Harderwijk
Harderwijk received city rights from Count Otto II of Guel…
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This town is very popular for tourist, in …