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A cultural heavyweight with an impressive resumé of painters and museums, a countryside dotted with windmills and tulips of every shade, and a populace game for everything from cycling to psychedelic night life, the Netherlands is small yet surprising.
Zaanse Schans, Amsterdam – Eight working windmills, cheese manufacturing units, bright green and blue houses, some geese and cows lazing about… what a way to spend a day! It is said that Rembrandt made his paints in one of the windmills here. You could go up and watch it at work.
The Alkmaar Market, Amsterdam – Carrying huge blocks of cheese and trading them is an event that warrants loud applause from onlookers at the Alkmaar cheese market. Sample some, buy some, and revel in the spirit of the market.
Zonneberg Caves, Maastricht – 8,000 man-made tunnels complete with homes, churches and monuments form the Zonneberg Caves. This labyrinthine underground complex was used to store Dutch art during World War II and served as a hideout as well. Only guided tours are allowed as the caves have no electricity.
Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – Do you know the story behind Van Gogh’s ‘Almond Blossom’? Simply step into the museum for insights and visual treats. Lectures, workshops for children, walk-in painting workshops are all utterly delightful experiences.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ is the ultimate show stealer in the Rijksmuseum. Also on display are artefacts of Holland’s history, beautifully furnished luxury dollhouses, and works of Frank Halls, Vermeer and other prominent painters.
The Netherlands Open-Air Museum, Arnhem – There are over forty historic houses, a ‘memory machine’ and a historic train among the many things here. The museum recreates the Holland of yesteryears. Traditional Dutch costumes, inspiring stories of heritage, demonstrations of how people made things with their hands, and more are in store.
Royal Delft Factory, Delft – The last remaining Delftware factory of the 17th century is well worth a visit. Watch master painters at work and trace the history of the unique blue delft of Holland.
Wadden Mudflats – Hike from island to island during low tide at the world’s largest unbroken intertidal mudflats. Unbelievably bio-diverse, the flats host thousands of migratory birds every year as well as crabs, fish and seals.
Bloemen Route (Flower route) – See Holland’s flower power on this 40 km stretch starting from Haarlem and running South to Leiden. It contains the densest concentration of flower fields and from late January onwards, the show starts, with crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths and of course tulips taking turns to bloom and enthral!
Keukenhof, Lisse – Dubbed the ‘Garden of Europe’, Keukenhof attracts over 8 million visitors annually to see its flowers. To make your visit extra special, head to the Bulb Information House and take a tour with a gardener, to understand a little bit of the botanical magic!