Did you know? Almost half of it was once underwater and it's now one of the most densely populated places in the world. The Netherlands is best known for tulips, windmills and cycling routes but it's also home to the Van Gogh Museum and the house where Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid during WWII.



It's a very fertile, flat country that's smattered with drainage ditches and canals. In spring and summer the bulb fields burst into life and provide massive splashes of colour. It also boasts beautiful wide stretches of perfect sandy beach dotted along its coastline, making it a perfect destination closer to home for those who have a great love of the outdoors but don't want to venture too far afield.

In the west of the country, beyond Amsterdam, the provinces of Noord- and Zuid-Holland are worth a visit, and travelling in this part of the country is really easy as trains and buses are inexpensive and very efficient. Rotterdam also makes for an interesting trip. Its a port city lined with modern buildings and very interesting museums worth exploring. In particular, the Maritime Museum has vintage ships and artefacts that trace the city's seafaring rich history, and the neighbouring town of Delfshaven is home to quaint canal side shopping. It has a pretty yacht marina, lots of cosy cafes, antique shops and more.

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