Once renowned for it's windmills, canals, tulips and wooden clogs, Netherlands is now an affluent and a urban 21st-century nation. Not many countries can boast of a cultural legacy and glorious heritage as well as this European country which is deeply encrusted in the walls of the ancient structures with a rich historical significance. Even though Netherlands still retains it's traditions and roots, it is still known as one of the most liberal and broad-minded countries that we have today.
Begin the holiday tour of Netherlands by making a pit-stop in it's capital, Amsterdam. Affectionately nicknamed 'Venice of the North' due to 100 canals flowing through the city, be sure to take a popular canal cruise to marvel the unique step-gabled homes housed on either side. Sight-seeing while riding a bicycle can be a lot of fun and do visit it's notable attractions such as the renowned Anne Frank House, the impressive Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum - exhibiting rate art and antiquities since 1809 and the famous De Wallen, city's red light district with legalized prostitution.
Leiden is another stunning city known for it's beautiful canals. The birthplace of Rembradt is also renowned for being home to the oldest university in the Netherlands and it's old city center. This friendly student town also houses three national museums that are a great draw for the tourists. Netherlands and tulips are synonymous to each other. And what better place to admire rows and rows of tulips and other varieties of flowers such as hyacinths, crocuses and daffodils in the country's most popular flower garden known as Keukenhof in Lisse. Also called as the Garden of Europe, Keukenhof is the biggest public garden in the planet with the land encompassing over 70 acres.
Netherlands is not known as the land of windmills for no reason as over 1,000 old windmills continue to be prevalent in this country. The largest number of Dutch windmills are seen adjacent to the village of Kinderdijk which are not only maintained very well but popular tourist attractions as well. Taking technology to a new level is the Delta Project - a series of constructions erected between 1950 and 1997 in the regions of Zeeland and South Holland to shelter specific land areas from the sea such as dams, sluices, locks, dikes and storm surge barriers. They have been rightfully announced them as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern Word by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Residing between Arnhem and Apeldoorn lies one of the most diverse and magnificent National Park known as the Hoge Veluwe National Park. Spanning over 13,800 acres, this national park is the biggest continuous nature reserve in the planet with heathlands, sand dunes and woodlands plus is also the home of several red and roe deers. The Hague is the seat of the Dutch parliament and government as well as houses Scheveningen and Kijkduin, popular beach reorts. Do head over to the Vrijthof, well known city square in Maastricht and marvel at the impressive and remarkable Saint Saint Servatius and Saint Jan's Cathedral.
Netherlands is known for it's wooden shoes known as Klompen. These comfortable and durable shoes are available in several tourist shops in the country. The nation is also known for it's wide array of flowers. Shopaholics can drop by at the planet's only floating flower market, the Bloemenmarkt in Amsterdam to look at abundant garden shops to numerous florists selling tulip, daffodil, narcissus and so on. Shoppers may be interested in procuring Delft pottery - blue and white pottery crafted in and around Delft in Netherlands.
While holidaying in Netherlands, be sure to gorge into the quintessential Dutch pub snack bitterballen, a beef or veal speciality served with mustard or sip a rejuvenating dose of jenever - a Dutch spirit, similar to gin. Netherlands houses abundant stay options catering to the rich who seek the best luxury hotels their money can afford and at the same time houses several budget hotel apartments and cheap accommodations for those who are light on the pocket.
Netherlands experiences moderate martime climate. The best time to visit the country would be from April to May and September to November for the weather is pleasant and crowds are less.