There aren't many countries with so much land below sea level. There aren't many - if any - countries this flat. There aren't many countries with so much reclaimed land. There aren't many countries this densely populated, and yet so liberal. There aren't many countries with so much water and wind, or so many boats, sails, bikes, birds, dykes, polders, windmills, flowers, fish, bridges, cafés, cheese - and tall people. And there certainly aren't many countries who can claim such a vibrant colour (vivid orange in this case) as their own. Simply put, there is no place like the Netherlands.
Here our some of our tips of things to do in the Netherlands:
Especially for children: Efteling
, Walibi Holland
, Apenheul primate park
, Railway museum Utrecht
Typical dutch: Keukenhof
, The Delta works
, Zaanse Schans
Hystory: Anne Frank House, Muiderslot Castle
, Het Loo Palace
, Castle de Haar
, Van Gogh Museum
, Heineken experience
, Kröller Müller museum
, Dutch National Military Museum
Zoo's: Safaripark "Beekse Bergen"
, Artis Zoo
, Blijdorp Zoo
National parks: Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park
, Hoge Veluwe National Park
Visit the beaches (Scheveningen, Bloemendaal, Wadden Islands, Zandvoort)
Who hasn't heard of Amsterdam
, the capital of culture, coffeeshops and canals? Its mesmerising beauty is hard to overestimate, and yet a surfeit of stunning metropoles are only hours, or even minutes, away by train. Haarlem
, Utrecht City
, Den Haag
- the list seems endless, a mind-boggling concept considering the size of this small nation.
Outside the cities, the Netherlands once again borders on over-achievement. Its bucolic splendour of national parks and sheep-patrolled polders is perfectly complimented by shimmering lakes, sandy coastlines, and a chain of windswept islands. Best of all, it can all be seen from the comfort of a bicycle seat.
As we've already said, there's no place like the Netherlands. But don't take our word for it; come join the Dutch in their "gezellig ways"as Obama put it - you won't be disappointed.