Going Dutch in The Netherlands
Posted on March 19, 2013 by sguese
The Netherlands packs in the people, history and attractions. Complete with shimmering lakes, sandy coastline, windswept islands and classically Dutch cities, it’s a country that makes you high on life, even though you are on land significantly below sea level. The highs continue in the Netherlands, from its reputation for tolerance and freethinking, it is difficult not to find charm in the conversation. The tiny and flat country lends
you tulips, canals and pretty countryside. Going Dutch never felt so good.
Begin with Amsterdam
The Dutch capital is a playground for the foot-loose and fancy-free. Known for its coffee shops, culture and canals, Amsterdam is also a city of world-class museums and galleries. If you enjoy museum scenes, you won’t want to miss the Museum Het Rembrandthuis, home to the world’s best collection of the master’s etchings. Also worth a look is the Van Gogh Museum. The museum houses over 200 paintings. Those in search of a market of diversity shouldn’t leave Amsterdam without a trip to Albertcuypmarkt.
Discover the small cities
Amsterdam and Rotterdam tend to win most of the city-slicker attention in the Netherlands. However there are a number of smaller cities and towns that warrant a look while in the country. Haarlem presents a small city with charm. It boasts good museums and a great historical significance. You can get lost in its cobblestone streets and grand churches. Delft is also one of the Netherlands’ smaller towns that don’t always receive the attention it should. The town is known the world over as the home of the famous artist Vermeer. Vermeer wasn’t the only one from this town. The distinctive blue and white pottery of the Netherlands also hails from Delft.
Park in the Country’s National Park
The Netherlands house a number of national parks, tucked away from the chaos of the cities. Hoge Veluwe National Park presents astounding parkland. It is the largest national park in the country, covered in marshlands, forests and sand dunes. Anton and Helene Kröller-Müller, a couple with love for hunting grounds and art, purchased the space. Their remarkable art collection sits right in the middle of the park, an art museum amidst a national park. Also worth a gander is Weerribben National Park. Migrating birds, making it a favorite of nature lovers, frequent the surreal wetland oasis.
Explore the islands
The Frisian Islands represent a string of islands complete with pristine beaches. The island also lends miles of cycling and walking paths. It is a good spot in the country if you are in search of splendid isolation. Another one of the Netherlands’ standout islands is Texel Island. The diverse island holds beaches, forests and sand dunes all in one island. It is also a nice place to bike or walk.
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