The Very Best Of Holland
Holland, which is also referred to as the Netherlands, is one of the gems of Europe. It is tucked in next to Germany and Belgium, and borders the north sea. It is a very popular tourist destination for travelers making a full European trip and those that are focusing on just one country. People are often drawn to the beautiful city of Amsterdam, but Holland has much more to offer than just its most famous city. Check out our top sites in Holland below.
The Amsterdam Canals
Though the canals of Venice seem to get more publicity, the canals of Amsterdam are every bit as beautiful. You have a variety of options for experiencing the canals. One way is to simply walk or bike alongside them, appreciating the beauty and ambiance. Another is taking a water taxi. If you’re headed somewhere specific in town, you can opt for a water taxi over a regular one. Lastly, you can get the full canal experience by purchasing a boat tour. You’ll get to spend a lot of time on the water and learn about the city’s culture and history. When you visit the canals, be sure to check out the various shops and restaurants that are next to it. Take a boat ride, do some shopping, and eat a delicious meal: How incredible does that sound?
The cultural center of Holland is the famous Rijksmuseum. It has hundreds of rooms filled with thousands of paintings and an incredibly impressive library. Holland has a vibrant culture and this museum does a great job of capturing it. The museum features art of all kinds including paintings, sculptures, old scriptures, and more. They also focus on a variety of eras. Some of the rooms will feature art that is thousands of years old while some will house works that are very modern. If you have any appreciation for art, don’t miss Rijksmuseum.
The Windmills of Kinderdijk
For some gorgeous scenery and one of the best photo taking locations in all of Holland, visit the windmills of Kinderdijk. These massive structures were built in the 1700’s and in their day, served the residents of their accompanying town. Now, they are just a tourist attraction and a marvelous piece of history to experience. They are only open from April to October and only on certain days are allowed to spin freely, so plan your visit accordingly.
This is a site that you have to see to believe. Referred to as the “Garden Of Europe,” this 70-acre area is home to over 700 varieties of tulips and many other flowers. The endless rows of flowers have a diverse range of colors and look more like a painting than real life. Beyond the garden itself, there are many exhibitions, patios, and restaurants nearby to keep you entertained through the day. If you come at the right time, you may even catch one of their famous flower shows.
Hoge Veluwe National Park
Much of the attention the Netherlands gets goes to its charming and culture-rich cities. What gets less recognition is its nature areas. Holland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and the crown jewel is Hoge Veluwe National Park. This park features astoundingly beautiful woodlands and wildlife that will delight any lover of nature. The most common activities in the park are hiking and biking. A cherry on top for Hoge Veluwe National Park is that renting a bike is free. We recommend packing a lunch and coming out for a full afternoon of soaking in the beauty.
Anne Frank House
Anybody who has read the famous Anne Frank Diary will love to visit its accompanying museum. The museum is in the house in which Anne Frank and her family hid during her time writing the diary. It is also filled with historic artifacts, old belongings of the Frank family, and much more. This is an especially popular attraction, so be sure to arrive early! If not, you could be in for a long wait.
The country of Holland is filled to the brim with amazing culture and activities that will charm any traveler. It offers rich history in its cities, gorgeous landscapes in the countryside, and everything in between. When you visit Holland, stick to your guide and you can’t go wrong.