International Travel — Europe
The Netherlands (Holland)
— The Hague
The Netherlands (also known as Holland*) is located
in Northwestern Europe — bordering Belgium to the
South and Germany to the East. The North Sea lies to its north
and west (see map below). Similar to Venice (a quarter of Holland is below
sea level), its scenic waterways, canals, arch
bridges, history, art and culture, draws visitors
world — it's a FUN family and vacation destination.
the Netherlands' most popular city — and one of Europe's
most visited tourist destinations.
Attractions & Sightseeing
*North Holland and South Holland are provinces
of The Netherlands.
Time to Visit the Netherlands
Although the Netherlands is a fun
year-round destination, the best time to visit is during the Spring
and Summer. Mid-April to mid-May is the best time to see the
beautiful Bulb Fields (near Amsterdam) — millions of Dutch
Tulip, Hyacinth and Daffodil bulbs blanket the area with vibrant
colors. It's a "must-see" for flower lovers! June-August are the warmest months and peak
tourist season. Winter is also a good time if you want to avoid
the crowds — and it's fun during the Holiday
Tip: Wear layers when visiting the Netherlands — that
way you'll be prepared... whatever the weather.
Another FUN time to visit the Netherlands is during Queen's
Day (Koninginnedag), usually
celebrated on April 30, when everything shuts
down for this national holiday. The day is proceeded by Queen's
Night (Konninginnenach). Be prepared
for very large
crowds celebrating in the streets, at music concerts
and along the canals in Amsterdam. Tradition is to wear anything orange — it's
the national color and relates to the Dutch royal family name, "The
Nassau Family, House
Tulips & Windmills
Land of the windmills, the Netherlands is
also famous for its beautiful tulips, delicious Dutch cheese,
wooden clogs, and Delft
pottery — enjoy eating and shopping your way through
Art & Culture
Steeped in history, art and culture — the
Netherlands was home to Dutch
Masters Rembrandt and Vermeer... and other world-famous
artists including Van Gogh, Mondriaan and Willem
The Hague is the third largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and
Rotterdam. As the country's seat of government, it is home to the Senate and
the House of Representatives. The Peach
Palace is one of the most photographed landmarks of the Hague — guided
tours are offered to the public.
The Dutch city has many fine museums, cultural institutions, famous landmarks
and monuments, drawing visitors from around the world.
Scheveningen seaside resort offers visitors one of the most beautiful long
sandy beaches in the Hague — it also features an esplanade, pier and
Fun watersports include windsurfing and kiteboarding.
Fun Sightseeing Tours,
Day Trips & Activities
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Popular Tourist Attraction
Volendam, located in North Holland, is known for its old fishing boats and
traditional Dutch clothing. Some local women still dress in
traditional Dutch costume (full dress, striped apron and famous high-pointed
winged white cap). Stop by Volendam's small museum to learn more about its
culture — today, visitors
can have their picture taken in traditional Dutch costumes.
Fun Netherlands Sightseeing Tours, Day Trips and Activities
Alkmaar is located about a 35-40 minute train ride from Amsterdam. Known as
Holland's Cheese Town, it's a "must-see" for
cheese-lovers. The famous Alkmaar cheese
market is one
of the country's most popular tourist attractions. It's also home to a variety
of fun museums.
The historic city of Leiden is well-known as a University town. It is also
home to many churches and musuems, including Naturalis — one
of the largest Natural History Museums in the world.
Visit Oudt Leyden, the
oldest Pancake House in the world — it has served famous customers from
around the globe, including Sir Winston Churchill and the Dalai
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