The Faces of Holland is the country’s most recent tourism campaign. Here’s a look at the iconic facets of the region to make your visit to Holland not only fun but also meaningful.
Meet the famous Canals
Many cities in Holland have been established near and around the graceful canals. The most popular is in Amsterdam. In fact the Amsterdam Canal is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Amsterdam itself is also now known as the Venice of the North. Enjoy one of the awesome beauties of Holland by taking a cruise through its famous canals.
Taste the ‘yellow gold’
When you say Dutch, you also say cheese. It seems one just can’t be without the other. In fact archeological digs have shown that the Dutch have been making cheese since thousands of years ago. In ancient time cheese was mainly for personal consumption but as civilizations grew Holland learned the benefits of trade and in the Middle Ages the Dutch started exporting cheese. Cheese markets in Holland especially Alkmaar, Gouda, and Edam are popular tourist attractions.
Take a bicycle ride
Holland is the perfect place to ride a bike. In fact biking is so much in the Dutch’s system that as of the latest count there are more bikes in Holland than there are people. The Dutch ride their bikes for every reason. They take to the handlebars for short errands as well as long trips. With its 18,000 miles of biking path and picturesque landscape it’s like you are biking inside a painting.
The Dutch masters
Did you say painting? With Holland’s beautiful scenery it isn’t a wonder that this country produced the best masters of all time. The masterpieces of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Jheronimus Bosch, Mondriaan to name a few of the pioneers can all be viewed and enjoyed at the Dutch Museums along with renowned artists after the golden era of painting.
The Dutch flower
Treat yourself to an unparalleled scene of color and scent as you visit the world’s largest flower park in Keukenhof. It is estimated that about seven million tulips bloom here annually. There is quiet nothing like the experience of seeing a sea of flowers in all its beauty and splendor.
The windmills of Holland
When Napoleon first set foot at Zaanse Schans he was noted to have said, “Unique in its kind”. This was when he first saw the windmills of Holland the first industrial area of the world. Today it is a 250-year old windmill park and is a fascinating open air museum. When it comes to beauty the UNSECO site Kinderdijk wins hands down.