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Netherlands (Holland) Travel Notes

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Holland is officially called the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands, or Nederlanden, in turn forms part of the Benelux countries; along with Belgium and Luxembourg.

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Netherlands Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to The Netherlands (Holland).

Amsterdam, Amsterdam Accommodation, Around Holland, Discovering Holland, Holland Transportation, Holland Travel Guides, Map of Holland, Museums in Holland, The Low Countries.

Driving From Amsterdam, Driving From Rotterdam.

Kingdom of the Netherlands

Countries neighbouring Holland are: Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.

Map of Netherlands

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Discovering Holland

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.

The Netherlands:
Official tourism site of The Netherlands; where cycling is a way of life.

The Low Countries

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 Catholic church.

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.

Amsterdam Card:
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.

Amsterdam Fact Sheet:
A handy little page to print out and actually use when you're in Amsterdam and away from your computer.

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.

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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.

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Amsterdam Accommodation

Hotels in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Stay:
Amsterdam apartments, Amsterdam hostels, Amsterdam budget hotels and even Amsterdam Houseboats available for short-term rent.

Holland Transportation

Dutch Railways:
Plan your journey on the rails in Holland at the home of Netherlands Railways (NS).

Schiphol Airport:
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.

Around Holland

The Hague

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.

Den Haag Tourism:
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 and Apeldoorn.

Paleis Het Loo, Apeldoorn.

Paleis Het Loo:
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 Year’s 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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