The Netherlands, a country in northwestern Europe, is known for a flat landscape of canals, tulip fields, windmills and cycling routes. Amsterdam, the capital, is home to the Rijks museum, Van Gogh Museum and the house where Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid during WWII. Canal side mansions and a trove of works from artists including Rembrandt and Vermeer remain from the city's 17th-century "Golden Age."
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Rijks museum: The Rijks museum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. The museum is located at the Museum Square in the borough Amsterdam South, close to the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Concertgebouw.
Anne Frank House: The Anne Frank House is a writer's house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Vondelpark: The Vondelpark is a public urban park of 47 hectares in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is part of the borough of Amsterdam-Zuid and situated west from the Leidseplein and the Museumplein.
Efteling: Efteling is a fantasy-themed amusement park in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands. The attractions are based on elements from ancient myths and legends, fairy tales, fables, and folklore. The park was opened in 1952.
The National Maritime Museum: The National Maritime Museum is a maritime museum in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The museum had 300,000 visitors in 2015.
Dam Square: Dam Square or Dam is a town square in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. Its notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city and the country.
Best time to Visit:
"In season" in Holland means from mid-April to mid-October. The peak of the tourist season is July and August, when the weather is at its finest. But the weather here is never really extreme, and you'll find Holland every bit as attractive during shoulder- and off-season months.
Things to Do
Stroop-wafels (syrup waffles) are a treat consisting of waffles with caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. A seasonal dish, asparagus is popularly eaten with ham, egg, potatoes and a butter sauce. A simple Dutch meal traditionally consists of meat, potatoes, butter gravy, a boiled vegetable, and some salad.
How to Reach
All major carriers from around the world fly into Schipol airport at Amsterdam. Smaller airports serve Groningen, Maastricht, Rotterdam and other cities.