Almost everyone knows that Holland was the first major exporter of tulips, but it’s less well known that tulips actually originated in the country of Turkey. The wildly colored tulips that gave Holland its fame as a producer of fine flora weren’t the result of careful botanical breeding but rather came about because of viruses that infected the plants. The wilder the color patterns on the tulip flowers were, the more seriously affected the entire plant was by Read the rest of this entry »
The Eighty Years’ War
Through the centuries there have been many battles fought in the region now known as Holland. Most notable of these is The Eighty Years’ War, during which sixteen separate battles were fought between 1568 and 1648. The Eighty Years’ War, also known as The Dutch Revolt, was a war fought between the Netherlands and Spain’s king. As a result of the war, one independent state was formed from several united provinces. The provinces that were Read the rest of this entry »
There are a lot of reasons to visit Holland but if you haven’t been yet we suggest you start by buying a ticket, setting your home security and getting over there! If you don’t want to be overwhelmed take our tips on what to seek out in the land of clogs.
Skip Amsterdam. No, seriously. It’s long been hailed as a bastion of crazy culture and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. So unless your dying to experience the wild side of Holland, Move on.
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Holland has a very interesting culture with it’s Dutch influence. However, with the more uninhibited nature of other places in the Netherlands like Amsterdam, there are some very different qualities.
For example, in the culture of Holland, it is much more lay back. In fact, very few women go outside of the house and work a 9-5 job like in most cities or major places. Dinners are much more formal with manners and proper etiquette being a mainstay in their evening engagement. A lot of the Dutch are deeply pious with denominations in 30 Read the rest of this entry »
There are many world famous museums and galleries in Holland. The following are the top ten best to see in the country.
1)Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam ” This is the Dutch National Museum and features many world famous paintings such as Vermeer-s “The Milkmaid.’
2)Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam ” Features the largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world.
3)Mauritshuis Den Hague ” Features the very famous “Girl with a Pearl Earring.’
4)Stedeliijk Amsterdam ” A museum for its Read the rest of this entry »
Exploring the history and culture of Holland immediately sheds light on a very interesting fact. To the rest of the world, Holland and The Netherlands are synonymous terms; however to natives of the country, these designations are definitely not the same since Holland is actually situated in the northwestern sector of The Netherlands encompassing the two provinces of North and South Holland.
The capital of North Holland is Haarlem with the major city being Amsterdam where most of the population resides. This area is home to a live-museum depicting 17th and 18 Read the rest of this entry »
The perfect place to have a family vacation in Holland is The Netherlands. This is because there are a lot of family friendly things to do in The Netherlands. The first thing to do is visit Amsterdam. Amsterdam includes something for everyone like scenic canals and world class museums. They are also some great places to shop and eat. The second thing to do is visit Delft. Delft is a historic town in the Netherlands that has did its best to preserve the town. They Read the rest of this entry »
When traveling to Holland with kids, it is important to keep them entertained. There are plenty of kid friendly activities available to families both local and foreign tourists. Eindhoven, located in southern Holland, is a center of modern art, architecture and fashion. It is associated with the multinational corporation Philips that includes an indoor karting track, plus a park with amenities for families. Speaking of the Philips corporation, there is a historic museum where the corporation first had their start in the 19th century. A great way for kids to learn during Read the rest of this entry »
There are a lot of museums and attractions in Holland. The first attraction is Keukenhof Gardens. Keukenhof Gardens displays the most famous flower of Holland, the tulip. Their most popular exhibits are held in the summer and fall. The gardens are done in the traditional Japanese garden theme. The second attraction is Hoge Veluwe National Park. Hoge Veluwe National Park is the biggest national park in the Netherlands. There are a variety of animals that live in the park including red deer, wild boar and mouflon. The third attraction Read the rest of this entry »
There are a lot of historic sights in Holland. The first one is the Anne Frank House. The Anne Frank House is the house that Anne Frank lived in with her family during World War II. The second one is Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Rooms. Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Rooms are a tasting center of the finest cheeses from the Netherlands. The third one is the Museum van Loon. The Museum van Loon is a house that was built in 1672 that is full of different paintings. The fourth one is the Church of St. Bavo. The Church of Read the rest of this entry »