Cities in Netherland
Although the seat of Netherlands government is in The Hague, Amsterdam is the nominal capital. It is also the country’s largest city, with a population of more than 820,000, and the most visited, with over 3,5 million foreign visitors a year.
The Netherlands is a country situated in Western Europe, bordering Belgium to the south and Germany to the east. To its north and west is the North Sea. Although the Netherlands is the country’s official name, people often call it Holland. The provinces of North Holland and South Holland form only part of the Netherlands.
Rotterdam is a metropolis with a population of 600,000 comprising 160 nationalities. As the biggest seaport in Europe, Rotterdam is one of the most important trading centres in the world, centrally located at the crossroads of major road, rail and water links. The river Maas runs like a lifeline through the city. Busy shipping, iconic bridges and quayside walks fringed by numerous pavement cafes make Rotterdam a city of water par excellence. The river is a great draw for the hinterland whether it be for work or leisure.
The city boasts education institutes at all levels attended by more than 50,000 students, with the lead being taken by Erasmus University and the Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, which is the biggest medical centre in the Netherlands.
The Hague is a city of many faces. As the seat of the Dutch national government as well as the residence of the Dutch royal family, The Hague has an international appeal. It is internationally renowned as the City of Peace and Justice due to its role as the official seat of the International Criminal Court of Justice. But The Hague is so much more. It is a modern city situated in a uniquely appealing location on the shores of the North Sea. As a result, The Hague has both the allure of an international metropolis and the natural beauty and exciting features of a seaside resort.
Utrecht is one of the Netherlands’ oldest cities, with a compact medieval centre set out around canals unique to the Netherlands. There’s a lower level where warehouses were located in the 13th century, giving the canals a split-level character and meaning that diners and drinkers can nip off the street and enjoy a snack or a drink down at water level.
The geographical location of the city of Haarlem makes it an oasis in the lee of the busy Amsterdam and the bustle of Schiphol. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll discover Amsterdam, the majestic windmills at Zaanse Schans, the famous tulip fields in and around the Keukenhof, and historic towns like Edam and Volendam. Take soms time to discover the Metropolitan Area!
Tourist attractions in Netherland
The Netherlands is a densely populated country in part reclaimed from the sea with about half of its land lying below sea level. Many tourist only come to the Netherlands to visit Amsterdam. But Holland has plenty to offer outside its capital. Crisscrossed with canals, the flat landscape is perfect for cycling with historic town centers, classic windmills and other tourist spots sprinkled across the country. In the west and north the long coastline is marked by mile upon mile of protective dunes and sandy beaches. During springtime the flower gardens become great tourist attractions in the Netherlands providing a bold spectacle of vivid colors.
It is home to the three most frequently visited museums of the country, respectively the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and Rijksmuseum.
In South Holland lies the Keukenhof, the world’s largest flower garden
It is possible to climb the Dom Tower of Utrecht, the tallest church tower of the Netherlands at 112.5 meters. The city is also home to the Netherlands Railway Museum, housed in a former station, and the Musical Clock Museum. Kasteel de Haar and Slot Zuylen are castles which can be visited.
Events in Netherland
Holland offers many, many events. Festivals, markets, parades, expositions and events are organized throughout the country in every season. Spring mainly offers flower parades and cheese markets. In summer, there’s a wealth of dance, music and theatre festivals; autumn is the time for art and culture, and Sinterklaas and the Christmas markets bring warmth to cold winter months. The largest national event is celebrated every year on 26 April: King’s Day. It’s a must to come and see Holland turn orange for this event! Here, you’ll find an overview of the annual events that are celebrated during the month of your visit.