I present to you.. my country, The Netherlands
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I was born in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. When I was a few weeks old I was adopted by a family from the Netherlands. Since then I've lived here in this small country in Europe. A small country yes, but it should not be underestimated :) When you're planning a trip to Europe make sure you don't skip my country. Especially our capital city Amsterdam should not be missed.
Basic Info The Netherlands got it's name because of the location below sea-level. The Netherlands is a very flat and small country. The Dutch are known for their skills of managing water and building bridges. The Netherlands is also known for the harbour of Rotterdam, its windmills, tulips and wooden shoes.
Amsterdam is our capital. Amsterdam is a great city to visit. The atmosphere is very nice.
Other cities that are worth paying a visit:
Rotterdam is very famous for the international harbour. The Hague is the political capital of our country. The government is seated in this city. You can visit the Binnenhof and the Ridderzaal. The Binnenhof is free accessible, but to see the Ridderzaal you will need to go with a guided tour wich are being held from monday trough saturday. In The Hague you will also find Madurodam wich should really not be missed. Madurodam is a themepark where you can find the miniature version of every sight/building/attraction in the Netherlands that is worth mentioning. It's been copied exactly up and to the last detail with even sailing ships and little trains that run over the miniature traintracks.
Other nice cities: Breda, Nijmegen the oldest city in the Netherlands. Let me know when you will visit Nijmegen, I live there. Utrecht is also very much known by tourists. I personally also like Den Bosch. Groningen is nice and also Maastricht is very nice.
Sights Some sights/attractions in my country you could visit: (there are a million but I've choosen some main ones)
De Efteling is the most populair themepark of our country. The themepark has a lot of different rides wich are all based on/connected to fairytales and old legends. (Like the stories by Hans Christiaan Andersen for example or the story of the Flying Dutchman.). The Efteling is located in Kaatsheuvel and it also has a Golfpark and the very nice and luxurious Efteling hotel.
De Keukenhof When you visit our country in spring you should stop by the Keukenhof in Lisse. There you will find beautifull gardens filled with every colour of tulips imaginable. Its openend from March 'till May because that's the time when the bulbs bloom.
Deltawerken Neeltje Jans In Vrouwenpolder you will find the Deltaworks. Our country is below sea-level wich became a treath to the country. After the flood of 1953 (nearly 2000 people died and more than 150.000 hectares of land were flooded) the Dutch decided that something had to be done to protect the country from the water. That is why the Dutch are known for their skills in watermanagement. The plans for the Deltaworks were born. Some of them can be visited. Here u can see all kinds of dams and different types of sluices. The Deltaworks have improved the safety for the inhabitants, have improved the mobility between different parts of the country, have had a positive influence on tourism and recreation in the area so the Deltaworks are very important.
The Zaanse Schans is a small town with green wooden houses, charming gardens, small hump-backed bridges, tradesmen's workshops, historic windmills and little shops.
More tips about nice places to go to and to see in my country (Like attractions, sights and restaurants etc) can be found in my reviews!
See you in the Netherlands!