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“God created the world, but the Dutch created Holland”. This is because about half of the country has been reclaimed from the sea. The Dutch pumped the water out from the swampy and flooded areas and built dikes around them. This is why the Netherlands is so-named because it is literally “low lands” or Nederland. Though a small country in terms of land area, it is the largest of the Low Countries, a term which includes Luxembourg and Belgium.

Most of the time, this country is referred to as “Holland”, which is a misconception as this name only applies to the northwestern part of the country. Its official name is the Kingdom of the Netherlands or the Netherlands.

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Summers are cool and winters are mild in the country so it would be advisable to dress appropriately. Like most European countries, the skies are normally cloudy and frosts may be a bit prolonged so better be prepared for slightly chilly weather, even during summers.
The Dutch are very friendly people (even to foreigners) and speak good English. In fact 70% of the population speak English, more than 50% speak German, and about 20% speak French. This is attributed to the tradition of learning foreign languages in the country and the prevalence of television programs in the English language.

There are a million and one things to see and do in the Netherlands. For short visits, the following will have to do. Sightseeing in Amsterdam is probably the most logical place to start since it is the nation’s capital and the nation’s business center. Cosmopolitan and carefree, Amsterdam offers the best shopping, dining, and night life experience in the country.

The best word to describe Delft is “tranquil”. Beautiful, historical, and restful, this town boasts of tree-lined streets and canals, serene bridges, and ageless buildings and landmarks. Sports lovers will also be happy here for it has the Delftse Hout, a recreation spot where one can windsurf, swim, and even go camping.
Go to Haarlem and sample its world famous beer. Walk down the Grote Markt and sample their daily offerings from clothes to fresh produce. Haarlem is also known for its Tulips so don’t miss a chance to sample some of the country’s prized flora.

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The seat of government of the Netherlands, Hague offers visitors several museums and historical spots that will show the culture and history of this great city.
If you really want to experience life in the Netherlands (and if you are in perfect physical condition), take a bike tour of the country. It’s a healthy, economic, and authentic way of exploring the nation’s cities and rural areas.
Don’t forget that world famous Dutch beer, Heineken. Where else would it taste better than in the country that brews and exports it? You haven’t been to the Netherlands if you haven’t sampled Heineken.

For garden and nature lovers, the Keukenhof Gardens is definitely a must-see. It is a floral paradise with tulips and hyacinths and other flowers displayed in great abundance. The best way to get there is to take a spring tulip cruise or river cruise.

Art lovers will make a bee-line for the home of the famous Post-Impressionist painter, Vincent Van Gogh. See his work and that of other Dutch painters at the Van Gogh Museum, one of the best art galleries in the world that displays Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. There is also Kroller-Muller Museum, housed in the Hoge Veluwe National Park.

If you want to see the Netherlands in a couple of hours, visit Madurodam, the so-called “miniature city” (because it was built to scale 1:25). It is a miniature representation of life in the Netherlands with a few references to historical events that shaped the nation.

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At least one building is added each year and one is taken away; it is a city in progress and 35 people are detailed to maintain it. The most elaborate model is that of the famous Rijksmuseum which comes complete with exhibits and people. Madurodam will definitely leave a lasting impression on all its visitors.

The Netherlands is much more than windmills, klompens, tulips, cheese, dikes, and beer. It is a country that has made it to the top despite its want of natural resources. It is a country that has bred famous artists such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Vermeer. It has shaped other nations through its exploratory endeavors during the 16th and 17th centuries. Despite its size, the Netherlands has a lot to offer visitors from a historical, cultural, and modern point of view, making it one of the must-see countries in Europe.







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