The Netherlands Holidays 2014 - 2015

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Windmills and Clogs

The Netherlands is a country rich in culture, history and sophistication, famous for windmills, clogs, cheese and tulips. Perhaps the latter three are what spring to mind when conducting a stereotypical picture of this country, but the former three will be the overriding theme of your Netherlands holidays – though admittedly a windmill or two may make an appearance.

You’ll be immersed in cultural heritage in the wonderful capital Amsterdam, a beautiful city decorated by canals and charming villages, as well as some striking architecture and world-class museums. You’ll find equal proportions of culture across the majority of the major towns and cities in the country, with Rotterdam contributing a bustling port, beautiful skyline and several historic churches. In The Hague you’ll find the country’s governmental and royal occupancy, as well as several other attractions, while in Nijmegen you’ll discover the oldest city in the country and moving WWII remembrance.

City Charm and Cultural Prowess

Amsterdam provides a spectacular gateway to the Netherlands’ cultural prowess, as well as serving as a fantastic city break destination. The endless network of canals provides a beautiful setting for a stroll, or alternatively you could enjoy a drink in a traditional coffee house beside one of the city’s many pretty bridges. You’ll find some great 5-star Netherlands hotels and apartments situated in the historic centre, meaning you’ll never have to leave your room – but you probably should.

Culture lovers will revel in the city’s fantastic range of museums; picking which ones to visit will be the toughest part of your holidays to the Netherlands. Make time to duck into the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum with its extensive art collection, and the Van Gogh Museum to witness the largest exhibit of his paintings and drawings of anywhere in the world. You’ll find an equally vibrant art scene in Rotterdam as well as many engaging museums.

A Political Powerhouse

The Hague is a particularly important city, home to both the royal and governmental HQ. A holiday to The Netherlands should try and incorporate a visit to this powerful city, if not for the politics and monarchy then at least for the myriad of beautiful buildings, informative museums and canal trips.

The Netherlands also boasts a myriad of vibrant and atmospheric student towns, including Utrecht and Groningen. Both are predictably home to a lively nightlife and a rich culinary scene, and are equally as beautiful, with various historic and architecturally striking sites and a pretty canal network.

There are a number of smaller, lesser-known destinations that will add an untouched flavour to your Netherlands holidays, and escaping the big cities will give you the opportunity to delve further into the country’s charm and heritage. Leiden is a historic student city home to the oldest university in The Netherlands as well as being the birthplace of Rembrandt. It also boasts three fantastic national museums, including the exceptional National Museum of Antiquities. Delft is an equally attractive and historic city with unspoiled architecture and sedate canals. The city offers many of the attractions served up by Amsterdam yet with half the crowds. If your holidays in the Netherlands aren’t complete without a dose of traditional charm, you’ll find it in various locations. Keukonhof boasts an armada of tulips, Kinderdijk is home to an assortment of windmills and the villages of the Waterland and Zaan Region bring the clogs to the party.

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Travel Information
Language: Dutch (English widely spoken)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +1 hour

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Attractions

The Wadden Area is a region of real natural beauty with islands shaped by the sea and rivers. The region in northern Netherlands is home to a large number of wildlife and some truly spectacular scenery.

Activities

There are a number of breweries in The Netherlands many of which run brewery tours, ideal for anyone who is interested in the brewing process or beer lovers; most tours usually end in a tasting session. Walking is one of the best ways to explore and discover the beautiful Dutch countryside and cities

Festivals

The Flower Parade in the Dutch flower growing region is a 40 kilometre long parade that celebrates the flowers grown in the region. Queens Night in The Hague is a large open air festival held every year in the city with a number of concerts and performances. Sand Sculpture Festival is an annual festival held in the beach area of Scheveningen in The Hague.