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Netherlands Travel Guide

by our Netherlands expert Paul Baderman
 
Paul BadermanSo low-lying they named the country after it – though just to confuse us, the two flat coastal regions with their dykes and polders sea-reclamation schemes, provided the alternative name of ‘Holland’. (‘Dutch’ comes from the linguistic connection with Deutsch – German.). The flatness makes for easy riding (by bike), and a tremendous canal network, over 100 km in Amsterdam alone, makes for leisurely sight-seeing by boat.

While the centre of government is The Hague, the capital is, in fact Amsterdam, a vibrant and varied city. Music (the Concertgebouw) and art (Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Van Gogh at the Rijksmuseum) provide the culture, the historic liberal attitudes of the Dutch provide a café society that makes everyone feel at home.

Rotterdam is still a major port, reflecting the long Dutch association with the sea that built a major maritime empire. One outcome is the many Indonesian influences, notably in some of the most wonderful restaurants and food. There are windmills in Amsterdam itself; there are tulip fields outside (though the city’s flower market is a visitor highlight); you may even still see the occasional clog. It’s a great blend of traditional and modern.

Netherlands Facts

National Flag: Dutch Flag
Language(s): Dutch
Currency: Euro
Capital city: Amsterdam
Total Area: 41,543 km2
Population: 16,445,000
Dialling Code: +31
Time Zone: GMT + 1
Tourism Website:
http://www.holland.com


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FCO Travel Advice for the Netherlands

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Netherlands Travel News

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