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The Dutch have made a garden out of this low-lying country, struggling obstinately against the water by building a patchwork of dykes, canals, polders, and clumps of trees. Now they are lovingly renovating their mills, ancient homes and old warehouses, the success symbols of a nation that had its hour of glory in the days of the Hanseatic League.
Although the charming city of Amsterdam boasts a high concentration of cultural attractions, Rotterdam was the testing ground for modern architecture and urban planning in recent decades, a topic that might have given pause to Renaissance humanist Erasmus, author of In Praise of Folly! Maastricht and The Hague are charming little cities whose reputation as a place for European institutions is due to their being the headquarters for the International Criminal Court and International Court of Justice.
Within this setting they have created another wonderful garden: Hoge Veluwe National Park, a precious biosphere reserve where cyclists and pedestrians can also explore amazing modern paintings and sculptures both indoors and outdoors at the Kröller-Müller Museum. All of which goes to show that the Netherlands has a great deal more to offer than just tulip fields, cheeses, bicycles and coffee shops.

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Netherlands : Must-see towns and regions

  • Amsterdam

    Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, stands on the banks of the rivers IJ and Amstel. With its atmospheric network of canals, its brick houses, its port, its intense commercial bustle, and its rich ...

  • The Hague

    The Hague, although robbed of the title of capital of the Netherlands by Amsterdam at the beginning of the 19th Century, is capital of the Zuid-Holland province, and the seat of government and of the ...

  • Leiden

    Built on the Old Rhine, to the west of Rijnland, Leiden is a pleasant, lively town crisscrossed by canals. The town is famous for its university, the oldest in the country and has a large number of mu...

  • Maastricht

    At the junction of three countries, Maastricht, famous for the Treaty, holds sway over the "boot" of Dutch Limburg and is its capital. It is separated from Belgium by the Albert canal. The town is loc...

  • Rotterdam

    The third largest port in the world (1997), the city of Rotterdam has the second largest population in the Netherlands. The Nieuwe Maas (New Maas or Meuse) river, on which the city grew up, together w...

  • Utrecht

    The main town in the province of the same name, Utrecht is a lively place. Its maze of steets still maintains a certain intimacy and its many historic buildings bear witness to the rich history of the...

  • Scheveningen

    Scheveningen belongs to the community of the Hague. It is an elegant resort with a huge busy beach. Often ravaged by storms, it is protected by breakwaters and a high dyke. Following the storm of 1570...

  • Zandvoort

    Zandvoort is one of the busiest resorts in the country Since 1976, the resort has had a casino. A broad avenue runs along the dunes which look over the beach.

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