Tulips, canals and cycling
Renowned for its flat landscape of canals, tulip fields, windmills and cycling routes, The Netherlands also boasts breathtaking gardens, picturesque villages, vibrant cities and medieval castles. And close to the hearts of visiting Kiwis, its surprising number of national parks for such a small country is impressive. In Zeeland the Oosterschelde National Park is a whopping 37,000 hectares.
The Dutch locals are keen cyclists and having such flat terrain makes biking a great way to see around the cities. But take time on foot to explore the quieter streets behind the meandering canals which are as important to the Netherland's cities as they are to Venice. Amsterdam is home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank's house where she and her family hid during the Nazi occupation of their city. Canalside mansions, the rich art of Rembrandt and Vermeer remain from the city's 17th century Golden Age.
Charming neighbourhoods like the Jordaan, built in the 16th century to house workers and immigrants drawn here for the country's religious tolerance, and Grachtengordel, with its many bridges and quaint 17th century homes, are worth packing the walking shoes for.
World Travellers’ consultants are able to help you plan the perfect in-depth experience of this amazing country. Get in touch with your nearest store or broker to start planning an adventure filled with centuries-old history, rich traditions and delicious cuisine.