The Netherlands – The Flower Garden of Europe – VIDEO
Water mills, tulips, bicycles, water canals, cheese, thousand-year old cities. What do you think of when you hear the Netherlands? This small western-European country is one of the most popular spots among tourists from all around the world. It is great place for students, young couples, families with children, or those who postponed travelling to the end of their carriers.
Let's first define the terms. Country's official name really is the Netherlands. People often call it Holland which actually is the southern part of the country which is the most famous. The citizens of the Netherlands often call themselves as Hollandians. You won't offend anybody if not calling them Netherlanders.
So, why visit the Netherlands? The greatest lure is certainly its capital of Amsterdam. The cities of Rotterdam and Haarlem will be described in separate articles. Amsterdam is famous for beautiful water cannals. You can sail on a boat between beautiful historical houses. Also, the craziest party in Europe is held there. You can buy there light drugs legally. However, Amsterdam is the home to modern art, favorite place for everybody who likes good food, and it is almost the perfect city to live in.
We would say another great thing about the city (and one of the best in Europe) is the flower garden of Keukenhof. Millions of flower come into blossom there every year. Your head will get some hard time to comprehend all of this. We wrote an article about Keukenhof already. There is a video attached to the article. See it! It's worth it!
Visiting the country in spring is a great time to see the area between the cities of Haarlem and Leiden. There are endless vast fields of all inds of colors. Ocassionally you may spot a windmill or two rising above tulips. This would make a great postcard picture.
In case you have enough time at your disposal, visit Utrecht which is a city of many universities, and Den Haag. The latter is the home to the royal family and other important governmental agencies. Other interesting localities include Delft, Gouda and its famous cheese market, Groning (situated in the north). In Amersfoort there is a famous water fortresss. Naarden is seemingly quiet city yet it its historical center there is the grave of John Amos Comenius.
So, how you can get to the Netherlands? Schiphol airport is one of the largest in the world. People can fly from there into the whole of Europe and to other continents as well. It is easy to reachy almost any city in the Netherlands thanks to great railroad connections. By the way, the airport in Eindhoven has many very cheap flights in offer. Bear in mind that Eindhoven is quite far from many Netherlandian cities and trains in the Netherlands are not exactly cheap. There are direct train routes to Amsterdam from Belgium, Thalys high-speed train form Paris, and also train from Germany.
The Netherlands is a place you have to have your own experience with. It is not easy to desdribe with words their life style, streets full of bicyclists, and weirdly flat land. If possible, spend there ten days at least. Thus you can enjoy the country better than from a bus or a boat in Amsterdam.
Do you have some secret gourmet passion, some guilty pleasure you enjoy during Chirstmas markets? Do you have the feeling as if you have already tried everything sold on Christmas market in large European cities? So you think you know pretty much well what regional specialties they sell there? Well, maybe you are wrong. Let's join us and discover the unknown of the gourmet world. Do make experiments and try knew tastes and smells. Make yourselves ready for Christmas markets even if it is only September.
A small, and quite ordinary town in North Brabant province. This town is not only the birth place of the world famous Hieronymus Bosch. There are also many interesting places, and experiences to enjoy.
The most famous city in the Netherlands is known to everyone. Amsterdam is the main tourist attraction. Therefore, it is often overcrowded. Many, however, like less well known cities. If you count yourselves among such toursits, then there is we have great news. We know where to go.
When you say the Netherlands everybody think of wind mills. These are symbol of this prosperous country and have been for a long time. The mills were built to drain water and dry terrain in lower attitude. Such mills are all across the Netherlands. There are, however, several places where you can see more than just one or two.
Den Haag is surely the most attractive city in the Netherlands. Its atmosphere makes it a great competitor to the famous capital of this small yet rich country. If you think there is not much to surprise you than you are plain wrong.
Erasmus University, Europe’s largest port, and the city which was built almost from scratch after the WWII making it sandbox for many architects to unleash their creativity. Rotterdam is unlike any other Dutch city and this also holds true in Europe-wide perspective.
Haarlem used to be one of the most important cities in the Netherlands. Its name also became the name of one of the most famous districts in New York – Harlem. This beautiful, historical city is home to Dutch upper-middle class seeking to enjoy peace and greenery yet be close to the capital. It takes only 15 minutes to travel from Haarlem to Amsterdam. I can recommend to pay a visit to the city.
Most stories about the capital of Netherlands conclude with something which shouldn’t be told to anyone else but the closest. However, Amsterdam is not just a city where crazy parties happen. If you sit on a bike and ride away from downtown you can experience the true Amsterdam, long away from Red Light District.
One of the most sought tourist spots in Europe is the second largest garden in the world. It is a place with the best smell that I have visited. It is an experience of a lifetime. Welcome to a beautiful garden of Keukenhof – several dozen of kilometers southwest from the Dutch capital.
I am falling with Netherlands more and more. During my third visit in this country, in April 2014, I was enchanted by Utrecht. It used to be the most important Dutch city south of Amsterdam. Its population of slightly more than 300,000, is perfectly suited to a group of cities that are not too small but not too big. If we add to this the fact that there is the largest university in the country, it is clear that it will be a quiet and pleasant city, which is on the other hand really alive.
The Netherlands is very often referred to as the Netherlands and the Netherlands, but these names are unofficial. Properly, the country is called the Netherlands or the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The capital is Amsterdam, but the royal family and government are based in The Hague. Amsterdam is therefore mainly a center of culture and tourism, many foreigners come here every year.
We get up a bit earlier in the morning. Between eight to nine o’clock. We need to get to the center before our ticket will lost its validity. We pack our things and after a long breakfast and short farewell to Jell we set off to the main train station. Today, our schedule includes coffee so we find comfy armchairs under blossoming trees on the bank of one of the channels.
Last week we spent some time in Denmark in the second oldest but one of the most popular amusement parks in Europe - Tivoli. Today we visit the Netherlands. Home to the another popular park - Efteling.