Holland is officially called the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Netherlands, or Nederlanden, in turn forms part of the Benelux countries; along with
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Much of the north and west of the country lies below sea-level.
The Dutch have managed to increase their land area by up to one fifth,
due to an elaborate system of water drainage dating back to medieval times; using dykes,
canals, dams sluices, and windmill- powered pumps.
Nature almost always wins in the end, and much of The Netherlands
still suffers from flooding.
Holland in Miniature:
Miniature city, Madurodam, is now open all year round. Windmills turn, ships sail, and the
most modern trains enter and leave the train stations, while traversing the city on the
world's largest miniature railway.
Official tourism site of The Netherlands; where cycling is a way of life.
The Low Countries were ruled by Philip II of Spain, until the late
16th century, when the Protestant Dutch in the northern provinces rioted against the Roman
The Spanish measures to put down the revolt, only encouraged William I
of Orange to lead a fight for Independence.
William the Silent was assassinated in 1584, but the British defeat of
the Spanish Armada in 1588 was a major setback to the Spanish war mobility.
The Dutch Republic was officially established in 1648, but fell to
France in 1795.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands gained statehood when Napoleon suffered
defeats in 1814-1815. Belgium was also a part of the new
kingdom, until it seceded in 1830, to form an independent country.
From its humble beginnings as a 13th century fishing village on a
river bed to its current role as a major hub for business, tourism and culture, Amsterdam
has had a strong tradition as a centre of culture and commerce.
While many visitors head to the canals, coffee houses,
and red light district of Amsterdam, it is also interesting to view the coastal
sand-dunes, and the reclaimed province of Flevoland.
You can explore the capital of Holland from the station. Choose whether to go on foot or
by tram, and watch the city unfold through someone else's eyes.
The I Amsterdam Card comprises a transportation ticket, a chip card (for free admission to
the museums) and the 'I Amsterdam Guide'; a multi-lingual voucher booklet for discounts at
restaurants and attractions. Collect the card and free guidebook upon arrival at Amsterdam
Schiphol Airport, or in the city centre, and you're ready to explore - for free.
Amsterdam City Tours:
From guided city tours to the Red-light District and canal boat trips. If it's a part of
Amsterdam, you'll get to see it. Any tour can be tailored to your personal needs.
A handy little page to print out and actually use when you're in Amsterdam and away from
Amsterdam Travel Tips
Visitors to The Netherlands should consider taking a hotel, hostel, or
B&B in Haarlem rather than Amsterdam. Haarlem is less than 20 minutes by train (6 per
hour) from Amsterdam making it especially convenient for rail pass holders.
The tourist information office is just outside the Haarlem station, on
the south-west corner. Travellers will save significantly on hotel rates and enjoy a
beautiful city with even friendlier Dutch people.
By John Bermont.
If you are going to spend more than three days in Amsterdam, it is
cheaper to buy a strip card to use on Amsterdam's public transportation system.
By Rafa Veiga.
Amsterdam apartments, Amsterdam hostels, Amsterdam budget hotels and even Amsterdam
Houseboats available for short-term rent.
Plan your journey on the rails in Holland at the home of Netherlands Railways (NS).
It's always a breeze to transfer through Amsterdam with
KLM. Now the Schipol airport site lets you check all
the arrivals and departures online.
The Hague is not the capital of Holland, although it is the seat of
the government and has some wonderful architecture; including the Houses of Parliament.
Discover some of the attractions in and around The Hague. The Hague Visitors and
Conventions Bureau also offers suggestions of where to stay, eating out and things to do.
Apenheul Primate Park:
Situated within the woods of the Park Berg en Bos, Apenheul harbours over thirty species
of primates, many of them ranging freely among the visitors. Open every day from 1st April
to 1st November.
Located between Arnhem, Ede and Apeldoorn, National Park
De Hoge Veluwe is one of
Holland's oldest and largest national parks.
Some 2,000 white bicycles are available to
help visitors get around the 5,500 hectares.
The entrances to the Park are in Hoenderloo,
Otterlo and Schaarsbergen. Buses run from the railway stations in Ede
Located in Apeldoorn (bus 102 and 104 from Apeldoorn Central Station, the palace and
gardens are open all year round from Tuesday to Sunday (10:00 to 17:00). Closed on New
Years Day and Mondays, unless it's a Dutch public holiday.
Another interesting location is the historical city of Delft, founded
in the 11th century, on the River Schie.
Together with Groet and Camperduin, Schoorl forms an area of small
village centres, boasting excellent facilities, great pavement cafes and delightful
churches. Located on the coast of the province of North Holland, close to Alkmaar.
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