Holland; small in size, big in events, attractions and activities!!!!

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Holland is a great holiday destination with plenty to offer everyone, good for grown-ups and entertaining for children. People looking for a cultural holiday and those into sports, nature or city lovers will find something to suit their needs in this eclectic Country.

Holland, the low-lying northwest region of the Netherlands comprises the provinces of North Holland and South Holland. Though the whole Country is commonly known as Holland, the official name is actually the Netherlands.
Situated on the North Sea, Holland is almost completely flat except for some small hills in the southeast, and considerable areas of land have been reclaimed from the sea. Rivers including the Scheldt, Maas and Rhine, together with many canals form an efficient system of inland waterways.

The Netherlands is a densely populated and geographically low-lying country and is popularly known for its windmills, clogs, dikes (construction built along the edge of a body of water to prevent it from flooding onto adjacent lowlands), bicycles and social tolerance. The countryside with cows grazing in the fields next to canals and windmills is a reminiscent image of the harmony captured by many Dutch artists, while the cities balance traditional architecture with modern tendencies. Amsterdam for example has gabled houses, priceless paintings, multilingual people, coffee shops selling cannabis and prostitutes behind picture windows, all accepted with complete tolerence.

Although not large in size, Holland is full of interesting sites, therefore to make the most of your trip it would be advisable to prepare a journey plan selecting the areas you intend to see and the sites that most interest you. To help with your search we have put together selected destinations inclusive of general information and the most interesting sites across various categories.

On this website we have gathered some useful information on Holland’s history, culture and major events taking place there. Each individual destination comes with information about airports, transport, places of interest, museums complete of addresses and eating out tips. You can browse through our selection of pictures and even check out our maps which are fully interactive: you can search the place you need to find on the map and even have a close up satellite view. Try it now for an aerial view of the locations that interest you!

Holland

Holland is a region in the central-western part of the Netherlands.

Holland is a former county of the Holy Roman Empire, ruled by the Count of Holland, and later the leading member of the Republic of the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands (Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden, 1581–1795).

North Holland and South Holland lie along the western coast of the Netherlands.
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North Holland and South Holland lie along the western coast of the Netherlands.

The area is today divided between two provinces of the Netherlands: North Holland (Noord-Holland) and South Holland (Zuid-Holland) that were created in 1840, and make up roughly 13% of the area of the Netherlands.

A few regions that were historically Hollandic became part of other provinces as a result of reforms during the French occupation (1795-1813): Willemstad and surroundings, Biesbosch and the Land van Altena became part of North Brabant. In 1940, after the German occupation of the Netherlands, the islands of Vlieland and Terschelling went to Friesland. This was not changed back after World War II. In 1950, the island of Urk went to Overijssel (in 1986 to Flevoland). More recent territorial changes are the transfer of Oudewater, Woerden and Vianen from South Holland to the province of Utrecht, in 1970, 1989 and 2002 respectively.

Etymologically the word Holland is derived from holt land ("wooded land"). A popular, but incorrect, fake etymology holds that it is derived from hol land ("hollow land"), inspired by the low-lying geography of both the Dutch and the English region (Holland, Lincolnshire).

The province of Holland was the cultural, political and economic center of the United Provinces. The greatest cities of the provinces were located within the province of Holland such as Amsterdam (capital of The Netherlands), Rotterdam, Leiden, Alkmaar, the Hague (the seat of government), Delft and Haarlem (capital of Noord-Holland). Today, together with Utrecht, this group of cities form what is called Randstad Holland.

From the great port cities of Holland, Dutch merchants sailed to and from destinations all over Europe, and merchants from all over Europe gathered to trade in the warehouses of Amsterdam and other trading cities of Holland. As a result, many Europeans heard of the United Provinces first as "Holland" rather than "Republic of the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands". This tradition continues to this day.

From 1806-1810 Napoleon styled his vassal state, which included much of the modern Netherlands, as the Kingdom of Holland

 County of Holland

Holland arose as a county of the Holy Roman Empire in the 9th century. The counts of Holland were also counts of Hainaut, Flanders and Zeeland for several periods in the 13th-15th century.

In 1432, Holland became part of the Burgundian Netherlands, and after 1477 of the Habsburg Seventeen Provinces.


After 1795

The formation of the Batavian Republic, inspired by the French revolution, led to a more centralized government. The dominance of Holland was reduced by an administrative reform in 1798, in which its territory was divided over several departments: Amstel, Delf, Texel, and (part of) Schelde en Maas. During the French occupation (1810-1813), Holland was divided over the départements Zuyderzée and Bouches-de-la-Meuse. After 1813, Holland was restored as a province of the Netherlands. It was divided into the present provinces North Holland and South Holland in 1840.

It observed the destruction of most of Europe as a neutral nation during World War I, however it was occupied by Germany during World War II and was host to heavy fighting in the southwestern/central region as the Allies unsuccessfully attempted to push across the Rhine and into Germany during Operation Market Garden in September, 1944.

 

Tviet says:
Sorry...........nice..........not nive
Posted on: Aug 09, 2007
Tviet says:
Nive to read that you enjoyed your stai in Holland!
Posted on: Aug 09, 2007
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