To most people, a mention of Holland conjures up a picture
of a whimsical land of windmills, tulips, dykes and wooden
shoes. Even though North and South
Holland are only two of the Netherlands twelve provinces,
most tourists refer to the whole country as Holland. If you
are planning a trip to Europe you may want to experience
some of the highlights of this historic country, and for an
unforgettable experience, consider renting a holiday home from a
genuine Dutch owner, as an alternative to staying in a
Amsterdam, in North Holland is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city
and one of the major tourist destinations in the
Noted for its canals and bridges, Amsterdam can easily be
explored by foot, bike or a canal boat ride down one of the
150 canals from your rented
Amsterdam apartments. Visit the thriving flower markets, canal side
houses, boutiques, and cafes that make Amsterdam famous, or
stroll through the renowned Red Light District, of which the
Dutch say they are very proud.
In this famous capital city you will find many Amsterdam
self catering canal apartments within walking distance to the
multitude of museums and galleries, which make Amsterdam a
history and art lover’s dream. View masterpieces at the
world famous Rifksmuseum, which houses the world’s largest
collection of paintings by Dutch masters such as Rembrandt
or visit the Van Gogh Museum or the Stedelijk Museum of
Modern Art, or Nemo, a fascinating science museum. Also in
Amsterdam is the Anne Frank House, where Anne Frank and
seven other Jews spent two years in hiding, as related in
her famous diary.
Just a short train ride from Amsterdam, Haarlem makes a good
day trip and gets you away from the hustle and bustle of
city life. Highlights of the city are its impressive
architecture and museums, including St. Bavo's Cathedral
Archeologisch Museum (archaeology museum) and the
Spaarnestad Fotoarchief photography archives. Just north of
Haarlem, in the village of Spaarndam, there is a statue of
Hans Brinker, the fictitious character made famous by
American children’s writer Mary Mapes Dodge in her book,
“Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates”. For accommodations look
for some more Netherlands Vacation Rentals in Haarlem.
Perhaps rent a country house or houseboat for a new
Delft, famous for its Delft Pottery, is one of the
best-preserved, "historic" towns in the Netherlands. Like
Amsterdam it is known for its canals, walkways, old
churches, and museums, not to mention The Market featuring
many shops selling pottery. You are sure to find some
holiday lets or apartments to rent in Delft.
Rotterdam, one of Europe’s major ports is a working city
that has been rebuilt since the devastation of World War II.
The boat tour of the harbor is popular and it is also home
to Netherlands' best art museum, the Boymans van Beuningen
Museum, in the Museumpark section of the city. While
you are in Rotterdam you may find a bed and breakfast inn or
perhaps a holiday apartment to rent from an owner.
Also worthy of a visit, Arnhem is the city in the book and
movie "a Bridge Too Far", a World War II battle for a bridge
crossing the Rhine between the Netherlands and Germany. In
addition, Arnhem features the Open Air Museum (Openlucht)
which replicates how the Dutch lived, farmed and built homes
and windmills in the past.
Hoge De Veluwe National Park is the site of the Kroller-Muller
Museum, with its collection of nineteenth and twentieth
century art, and the Sculpture Garden, featuring whimsical
sculptures in a pleasant outdoor setting.
Other place to visit in the Netherlands, include Utrecht,
with its historic “Old Town” and interesting antique stores,
the university town of Leiden with its interesting museums
and scenic canals, and historic Maastricht, a fortified
The Hague is another highlight for your visit to the
Netherlands. Even though the city has a slower pulse than
Amsterdam, not only is The Hague the center for government
and diplomacy in the Netherlands, but it is the home of the
The Hague has several interesting museums, including the
Municipal Museum of the Hague, which features a significant
collection of painting by Piet Mondrian.
Also, worthy of a visit, Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
is housed in a beautiful building that contains paintings by
Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other Masters.
In conclusion, during your visit to Holland consider staying
in a vacation rental that you rent directly from the owner.
Netherlands vacation rentals include Amsterdam self catering
apartments, family-friendly vacation cottages, country
houses or even houseboat rentals. If you choose to stay in a
vacation rental as an alternative to a hotel you will be
sure to find a Netherlands vacation rental that’s perfect
for you, offering affordable, self catering accommodations
and holiday lets. You will also take home rich memories of
the friendly hospitable Dutch people and the windmill
studded countryside of Holland.