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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.

Things you should know about the Netherlands

Famous beer brands in the Netherlands include Heineken (brewed since 1873), Amstel, Grolsch, Bararia, Brand and Hertog Jan.  Pale lager makes up most of the production. As well there are countless specialty beers.

In Amsterdam there are over 160 canals, stretching some 100km in length and linked by 1700 bridges.

Gouda, the world's most popular cheese, has been produced in the Netherlands since the Middle Ages.

Tips and advice from our travel advisors

Many travellers think of just exploring Amsterdam when they go to the Netherlands, but there are so many quaint little villages and amazing experiences to have outside the city. Allow plenty of time in your itinerary to wander away from the tourist hotspots.
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The Netherlands has a very casual culture which makes packing really easy. Good walking shoes, jeans/pants and a few tops will take you anywhere. And a top layer in case the weather changes.
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If you are visiting the Netherlands, I highly recommend day trips. I found that after a couple of days in Amsterdam I had explored most of the town and was looking to branch out further. There are plenty of reasonably priced day trips to see the windmills of Volendam, Bruges one of Belgium's most incredible cities, and Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague.
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