The Netherlands

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For a mix of bustling cities and sprawling countryside, look no further than the Netherlands. Also known as Holland, this small country is one of the most densely populated in Europe, ensuring that there is always something exciting going on.

Spend your weekend in busy Amsterdam, dodging the local cyclists as they zip around the city. Head to the Keukenhof countryside for a leisurely bike ride through the seasonal tulip fields or over to Kinderdijk to observe the typical flat Dutch landscape dotted with old-fashioned windmills.

The Netherlands may be known for its liberal tolerance, but the country offers visitors much more than just Amsterdam's red-light district and has plenty of diverse options for an unforgettable holiday.

The appeal of Netherlands holidays is the possibility to see a bit of everything and the country is small enough to do it all in a short period of time. For those who enjoy the countryside, Netherlands tours can take you to places like Hoge Veluwe National Park in Gelderland or picturesque South Limburg, a part of the country where people enjoy biking tours among the region's green hills, old castles and wild orchards.

If you are more of a city person, consult your Netherlands travel guide for a neverending list of things to do in popular cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Maastricht.

Flights to the Netherlands are frequent and depart from many airports throughout Europe every day. Most fly into Amsterdam, a European hub for international travel. Amsterdam is also well-connected to the rest of Europe by train, bus and even boat.

As a former port city, Amsterdam is still recognised for the lovely canals that flow throughout the city's charming streets. Amsterdam itself has more than enough to keep a visitor occupied for a week and some of its main attractions include the enormous Vondelpark, the Rijksmuseum of classical Dutch art and the Anne Frank House.

On your bike - The Netherlands are a'knockin!

The Netherlands' colonial heritage continues to influence the country today and Dutch Indonesian culture can be observed by its signature shops and cultural fairs that take place throughout the year.

While not especially known for a signature cuisine, Dutch eating habits have been directly influenced by its colonial past. Much of the food you'll find in the Netherlands has its roots in a former Dutch colony and Indonesian food is especially popular and easy to find.

Considered a cycling haven because of its low, flat land that is perfect for first-timers and professionals alike, the Netherlands attracts cyclists from all over the world. One of the best areas to plan a bike route is Texel, a Dutch island that offers great cycling, swimming, hiking and horseback riding.

Sports enthusiasts will be happy to know that the Dutch are self-proclaimed sports fanatics, with two-thirds of the population participating in sports on a weekly basis. Soccer is the most popular sport in the Netherlands and watching a professional game is always an exciting way to spend an evening.

The Netherlands offers visitors the unique opportunity to experience big cities and small towns in a short period of time, making it the perfect place to plan a getaway. Whether you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the big cities or dream about a leisurely bike ride through the windmill covered countryside, the Netherlands is an ideal holiday choice.

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