NETHERLANDS - TRAVEL AND TOURISM

The Netherlands is generally considered as Europe’s most national country. Among the things that characterize the country, one can find windmills, wooden shoes and tulips.

Windmills

You can see most of the classical and well-kept windmills standing along canal shores in west and south-west part of the Netherlands. Especially famous is the set of 19 windmills in Kinderdijk (near Dordrecht). One of those is always open for tourist sightseeing. All of those windmills are revised in 19th century style.

Kinderdijk windmills

Kinderdijk windmills - source

Cheese

We can divide hard and ripe Dutch cheese into many categories. The youngest ones are called jong (young), and their ripening period is shortest. They are also the cheapest ones. The ones with the longest ripening period, thus the oldest ones are called oude (old). Their ripening period is over one year and they are the most expensive ones. Among the highest quality cheese, one can find for example belegen.

Dutch cheese

Dutch cheese - source

Traffic

For foreigners the Dutch are famous for bicycle ownership. Almost everyone in the Netherlands owns one (according to statistics there is about 15 million bicycles in the Netherlands). Thus, the Netherlands is after China the second "bicycle superpower". Bicycles are popular here mainly for their positive environmental impact and manoeuvrability in traffic jams in big cities. Many Dutch people are protecting their bikes from theft by having a bicycle holder in front of their houses, since bicycle robberies are on daily agenda in the Netherlands. Thus should you plan a bicycle trip to the Netherlands, make sure that you equip yourself with a high-quality bicycle lock, or may be two

Group of bicycles

Group of bicycles - source

Tulips

Tulips are undoubtedly the typical symbol of the Netherlands, even though one can find plenty of other kinds of flowers here as well. In total, there are about 300 unique kinds of tulips in the Netherlands. Should you wish to visit a flower fair, you can head to the Keukenhof exhibition area, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1999. It is located in the town of Lisse, halfway between Amsterdam and Den Haag.

Tulips

Tulips - source

There are many interesting places to visit in The Netherlands. Among the most interesting ones are the capital city of Amsterdam and Europe’s biggest port Rotterdam. Holland is also known for its beautiful countryside, about 20 national parks and hundreds of national reserves including lakes, woods and dunes. You can also visit many museums which are included on the list:

List of Museums

www.holland.com

You can visit some of those astonishing places by just clicking on one of the links below:

www.amsterdam.arounder.com

www.portofrotterdam.com

www.360travelguide.com

ww.flickr.com

www.wikitravel.org