When you are thinking about taking a vacation to Europe, you may be overwhelmed with choice. The whole of Europe is steeped in rich histories and diverse cultures. The landscapes you will find in each country will vary from region to region, and the choice of foods is incredible. With so much to see and do in each country, you can be forgiven for not knowing where to start when it comes to booking your next European vacation.
If you are looking for something a little different, you might want to take a trip to The Netherlands. This area of low-lying land is as culturally diverse and historic as all the other countries you hear a lot more about. France and Switzerland are very high profile when it comes to tourism, but there are many more countries within Europe that are just as fantastic as a holiday destination. The Netherlands is one of them.
Sometimes this area is known as Holland, but The Netherlands is the correct term to use. The term Holland may actually only refer to two of the twelve provinces that make up The Netherlands. They are North Holland and South Holland. These very low lying areas sit at sea level, for the most part. The Dutch language can sound like an interesting mix of French and German. It is also hailed as one of the easier European languages to try to learn if you fancy picking up some of the lingo. Much of the television broadcasts are from British or American sources with Dutch subtitles. This is probably why our dutch friends can speak better English that we can!
Amsterdam is one of the best-known cities in this area of Europe. Cycling is very popular, so hire a bike or bring your own to navigate around this city. You can easily rent apartments in Amsterdam, particularly during the summer months. This may be a preferable alternative to expensive hotels if you are travelling Europe on a budget. It also means you have access to the facilities to prepare your own foods if you have special dietary considerations.
Two of the most important attractions in Amsterdam are very popular. Those who love art, and even those who don’t can appreciate all that the Van Gogh museum has to offer. Hailed as one of the best museums in the world this building is worth a look on its own. Of course, the star of the show is Van Gogh, and no other place in the world contains as many of his works. The Anne Frank museum is of vital cultural and historical importance to Europe, and can be found in Amsterdam. Known as Anne Frank House, the diary and the hiding place can both be seen here.
If films and movies are more your thing, check out the EYE museum. This is particularly good fun for families. Amsterdam is a lovely place to visit and stay, no matter how old you are, or whatever your budget may be. Take the time to explore everything this city has to offer this year.
Have you got some great tips for taking a trip to The Netherlands?