AMSTERDAM CANAL

AMSTERDAM CANAL

Amsterdam, Holland - Holland

Amsterdam is the most watery city in the world.Its canals and harbours fill a full quarter of her surface.Its waterways have always been its essence and its source of wealth. A canal cruise along the Amsterdam Canals is undoubtedly the number one attraction and for first time visitors like me, a canal cruise is a great introduction to the city. The Amsterdam Canals also celebrate their 400th birthday in 2013 and many special events and festivals are helping the city celebrate.Small or large, if you prefer to rent a private boat instead of a traditional bus-like canal cruise, there is a great service for it. It is easy and transparent to rent a boat in Amsterdam for an event with your friends or colleagues.


THE HAGUE

THE HAGUE

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The Hague is a city on the North Sea coast of the western Netherlands. Its Gothic Binnenhof complex is the seat of the Dutch parliament, and 16th-century Noordeinde Palace is the king’s workplace. The city is also home to the U.N.’s International Court of Justice, headquartered in the Peace Palace, and the International Criminal Court.The Royal City by the sea is known for peace, justice, and music. With a wide variety of venues The Hague prides itself on its diverse culture and anyone looking to hear new music will be stunned by the incredible array of sounds on offer in Den Hague.The Plein and Grote Markt squares abound with great restaurants, eateries, coffee houses and night clubs and are lively and welcoming places every day of the week. The Hague’s shopping is as varied as the city itself. It also has a lot of internationally renowned art and culture to offer.


ROTTERDAM

ROTTERDAM

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Rotterdam is a major port city in the Netherlands' province of South Holland. The Maritime Museum's vintage ships and exhibits trace the city's seafaring history. The 17th-century Delfshaven neighborhood is home to canalside shopping and the Pilgrim Fathers Church, where pilgrims worshiped before sailing to America. After being almost completely reconstructed following WWII, the city is now known for its bold, modern architecture.Rotterdam will revolve around culture and contemporary art during Art Rotterdam Week,Art lovers will have the opportunity to visit numerous art and design fairs, unique exhibitions, site fairs, open studios and pop-up shows during the February.Most attractions have a strong connection to water; the reconstruction of the 18th century warship ‘De Delft’, the historic vessel ‘De Rotterdam’ and the Spido tours through the port of Rotterdam. You can also visit the Euromast and Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp).


MAASTRICHT

MAASTRICHT

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Maastricht, capital city of the province Limburg.The name of the city is actually derived from the Latin and essentially means “crossing at the Meuse” in reference to the bridge that was built by the Romans during the 1st century AD, during the reign of Claudius Caesar. Today a bridge still connects the two parts of the city on either side of the river. Explore the canals, walk through the inner city and eat one of Limurg’s famous pies. Or maybe have a look inside the Saint Peter’s Church or visit the limestone mines, Maastricht has a lot to offer.The city is located in the southeast of the Netherlands.  It is located on both sides of the Meuse River, and is one of the oldest cities in the region, and is rich in history and cultural importance.Along with its antiquity, the city has also been working to remodel many of its districts, resulting in a city that is culturally, historically, and architecturally diverse.  It offers a mixture of the old with the promise of the new.  From shopping, sightseeing, or learning, this city truly offers something for everyone.  


UTRECHT

UTRECHT

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Utrecht is the beating heart of the Netherlands. With a medieval city center small enough to explore on foot. Large enough to enjoy world class festivals, modern architecture, trendy shops and interesting museums. Since Roman times it is at the crossroads of just about everything, a hub for new meaningful ideas and talent. With a population that is the youngest of any Dutch city. Utrecht provides a vibrant, creative, inspirational environment for leading innovations. The city is developing from a medium-sized provincial city into a regional capital of European importance. Utrecht is the fastest growing city and the most healthy city of The Netherlands. On top of that, Utrecht is one of the most happy cities in the world according to the United Nations.Discover the secrets and charms of Utrecht. A medieval city centre small enough to explore on foot, yet large enough to host world-class festivals, fashionable shops, modern architecture and fascinating museums. Friendly outdoor cafés and restaurants.


DELFT

DELFT

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Delft, a canal-ringed city in the western Netherlands, is known as the manufacturing base for Delftware, hand-painted blue-and-white pottery. In its old town, the medieval Oude Kerk is the burial site of native son and Dutch Master painter Johannes Vermeer. Once the seat of the royal House of Orange, the 15th-century Nieuwe Kerk houses the family's tombs and overlooks Delft's lively market square.City of Delft Blue, the House of Orange and Johannes Vermeer. A city of great charm with the best Holland has to offer. Delft is also well known for their pottery.  The Delft Blue Pottery Company, known as Delftware, is very well known for the fine pieces they create.Mooi Weer Spelen is a great place to see street theatre and exhibitions and is usually held in June. Varend corso is a festival and procession of boats decorated with flowers that goes from Westland to Delft and is generally sometime at the beginning of August.


LEIDEN

LEIDEN

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The Dutch city of Leiden Holland (Leyden in Dutch) is a picturesque community located in the tulip-growing district in the Netherlands. Home to the oldest university in the country, Leiden features many interesting tourist attractions and a variety of museums and art galleries.  Leiden is located south of Amsterdam and a short distance from The Hague. Tourists can enjoy its picturesque canals, parks and gardens or do a little shopping in the local shops.The weather in Leiden Netherlands and throughout South Holland is mild throughout the year.  Many tourists visit Leiden during the tulip season which runs from March to May. You can discover Leiden from the water, too. Boats dock at several locations in the city for you to climb aboard and experience a unique tour of special landmarks in Leiden's glorious history. Of course you can also rent yourself a (rowing-)boat and get a canal side view of the city's treasures.


GRONINGEN

GRONINGEN

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As a lively university city, Groningen has the youngest average population in the Netherlands. It has a long and turbulent history, which becomes evident from the historic warehouses, courts and buildings. Groningen is also a city with nerve, with the most numerous examples of innovative architecture within its boundaries. In addition, it was once proclaimed the city with the best city centre in the Netherlands because of its charm. Experience all of this and explore Groningen!Among its many wonderful attractions the province of Groningen can count: the tower in Europe that leans the most (Bedum), the Netherlands’ poet laureate (Driek van Wissen), the youngest average city population in the Netherlands, the birthplace of one of the Netherlands’ most famous stand-up comedians Freek de Jonge, the most Italian city north of the Alps, the world’s most beautiful urinal, the most impressive city fortification.


HAARLEM

HAARLEM

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Haarlem is a charming, medieval city in North Holland with lots for tourists to the Netherlands to see and do. This Dutch city offers tourists a lively cultural scene, oodles of atmosphere, excellent shopping and dining opportunities – and is close to some great beaches too! Haarlem is at the center of the Dutch flower-growing district and is a main export point for flower bulbs. Not far from the famous Keukenhof gardens and flower fields of Lisse and Hillegom, the city is a great base for visitors to the Netherlands to see the tulips in full bloom. It is also very close to historic Leiden, the cheese markets of Alkmaar and an hour from The Hague and vibrant Rotterdam. This makes Haarlem an excellent choice to stay in when exploring North and South Holland.


GOUDA

GOUDA

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Gouda is a municipality and also a city in the west of Holland and is probably best known for the cheese that takes it’s name from the town. it is a very popular place for tourists due to it’s beautiful array of old buildings that are mostly in the compact center, making it very easy to see them all and to enjoy the city.The Stadhuis or the Old Town Hall is a magnificent feat of Gothic building. It was built in the mid 15th century and is as impressive now as it was then. The interior now houses a museum. Well worth a visit just for the architecture. Museum Gouda has some very good exhibitions about the past of the city, including pottery, paintings and some very interesting archeological findings.The central market square, as well as having some tourist shops has some really interesting little stores. Take a wander around the back streets and you will find, as well as the inevitable cheese shops, some interesting boutiques, and craft shops. Every Saturday and Thursday there is a market in the main square, and on Wednesday’s there is a market for antiques and collectibles.



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