The Netherlands is renowned for being unremittingly flat, with traditional images of canals, windmills and tulips complementing its new face as a modern European nation.
Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands (though not the seat of government) is built around a concentric network of canals spanned by over 1000 bridges. As Amsterdam is inextricably linked to water, one of the most attractive ways of viewing the city is on a canal tour. Many of the houses date back to The Netherlands' golden age in the 17th century.These narrow-fronted merchants' houses are characterised by the traditionally Dutch ornamented gables.
It's easy to imagine The Netherlands as just Amsterdam; the nation's capital city is one of the most visually stunning in the world, where you can also delve through centuries of history aboard a canal boat or explore the array of excellent museums. The Netherlands is far more than just its capital, though, with a string of impressive cities including Arnhem, the Hague and Rotterdam.
Out in the countryside any sense of monotony you may have is soon broken by stunning medieval towns like Utrecht and Delft. Holland's main natural attraction is its wide swathe of coastline, much of it peppered with artificial sea walls and inland seas.
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