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The Netherlands (Holland)
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— The Hague

The Netherlands (also known as Holland*) is located in Northwestern Europe — bordering Belgium to the South and Germany to the East. The North Sea lies to its north and west (see map below). Similar to Venice (a quarter of Holland is below sea level), its scenic waterways, canals, arch bridges, history, art and culture, draws visitors from around the world — it's a FUN family and vacation destination.

Amsterdam is the Netherlands' most popular city — and one of Europe's most visited tourist destinations.

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Map of the Netherlands from CIA Facts Website

*North Holland and South Holland are provinces of The Netherlands.



Best Time to Visit the Netherlands
Although the Netherlands is a fun year-round destination, the best time to visit is during the Spring and Summer. Mid-April to mid-May is the best time to see the beautiful Bulb Fields (near Amsterdam) — millions of Dutch Tulip, Hyacinth and Daffodil bulbs blanket the area with vibrant colors. It's a "must-see" for flower lovers! June-August are the warmest months and peak tourist season. Winter is also a good time if you want to avoid the crowds — and it's fun during the Holiday Season.

Tip: Wear layers when visiting the Netherlands — that way you'll be prepared... whatever the weather.

Queen's Day
Another FUN time to visit the Netherlands is during Queen's Day (Koninginnedag), usually celebrated on April 30, when everything shuts down for this national holiday. The day is proceeded by Queen's Night (Konninginnenach). Be prepared for very large crowds celebrating in the streets, at music concerts and along the canals in Amsterdam. Tradition is to wear anything orange — it's the national color and relates to the Dutch royal family name, "The Nassau Family, House of Orange."



Tulips & Windmills
Land of the windmills, the Netherlands is also famous for its beautiful tulips, delicious Dutch cheese, wooden clogs, and Delft pottery — enjoy eating and shopping your way through Holland!

History, Art & Culture
Steeped in history, art and culture — the Netherlands was home to Dutch Masters Rembrandt and Vermeer... and other world-famous artists including Van Gogh, Mondriaan and Willem de Kooning.

The Hague
The Hague is the third largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. As the country's seat of government, it is home to the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Peach Palace is one of the most photographed landmarks of the Hague — guided tours are offered to the public.

The Dutch city has many fine museums, cultural institutions, famous landmarks and monuments, drawing visitors from around the world.

Scheveningen seaside resort offers visitors one of the most beautiful long sandy beaches in the Hague — it also features an esplanade, pier and lighthouse. Fun watersports include windsurfing and kiteboarding.

 

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The Netherlands is the land of the Windmills and Tulips

Amsterdam Quay - enjoy Canal Cruises along Amsterdam's scenic waterways

Beautiful Tulip Fields near Amsterdam

Dutch Windmills in the Netherlands (also known as Holland)

Visit Keukenhof Tulip Gardens during your trip to Amsterdam

Visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and see Van Gogh's paintings


Volendam
— Popular Tourist Attraction

Volendam, located in North Holland, is known for its old fishing boats and traditional Dutch clothing. Some local women still dress in traditional Dutch costume (full dress, striped apron and famous high-pointed winged white cap). Stop by Volendam's small museum to learn more about its history and culture — today, visitors can have their picture taken in traditional Dutch costumes.

Fun Netherlands Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips and Activities


Alkmaar
Alkmaar is located about a 35-40 minute train ride from Amsterdam. Known as Holland's Cheese Town, it's a "must-see" for cheese-lovers. The famous Alkmaar cheese market is one of the country's most popular tourist attractions. It's also home to a variety of fun museums.


Leiden
The historic city of Leiden is well-known as a University town. It is also home to many churches and musuems, including Naturalis — one of the largest Natural History Museums in the world.

Visit Oudt Leyden, the oldest Pancake House in the world — it has served famous customers from around the globe, including Sir Winston Churchill and the Dalai Lama.


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