Sandwiched between Belgium and Germany, Netherlands or commonly referred to as Holland, is a beautiful country with historic beauty, known for its charming canals, vibrant nightlife, world-class museums, chess markets, and endless fields of blooming tulips and windmills dotting the countryside.
There is a Dutch saying â€œGod made the earth, but the Dutch made Hollandâ€ â€“ this saying came about as the city is incredibly flat and The North Sea would have washed away Netherlands had the Dutch not constructed dikes and dams to prevent flooding. Drainage and canals give rise to agricultural land powered by windmills churned from the wind coming from the North Sea which resulted in the landscape today.
Amsterdam, the 17th century capital is a charming city with its rich architectural buildings dominated by the winding canals. The city boasts some world-class museums from Rijksmuseum to the Anne Frank House, market squares, trendy cafes and several Michelin starred restaurants and the infamous red light district.
Beyond Amsterdam, the country continues to attract visitors with its charming countryside dotted with windmills nestled within blooming flower fields. The vibrant Rotterdam with its 17th century historic Delfshaven and Utrecht, the lively, beating heart of Netherlands are waiting to be explored.
The best time to visit Netherlands is from April to October, with the summer months being the busiest. If you wish to coincide your visit with the blooming of the tulips, the bulbs will be in full colour from mid-April to mid-May.