The Netherlands has long been famous for the gorgeous tulip fields, romantic canals, and massive windmills. This is what attracts millions of tourists who come to the small country every year to see the little magical things we adore. However, there is much more than this to explore and experience as a tourist. In this article, you will find 5 reasons why people, including me, keep traveling back to the Netherlands only to love and crave for it more.
The country of art
The Netherlands is the homeland of many famous artists, even people with little knowledge of art have heard of Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Frans Hals. There are 75 museums in the small capital of Amsterdam, including some of the most significant ones such as the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum which is the National Art Gallery, Stedelijk Museum dedicated to modern art, and Anne Frank House. Art is also made affordable in the Netherlands, with many public galleries open for art lovers who cannot afford the luxurious pieces of artwork, offering cheaper and creative works by artists from around the world.
The old and new architecture is a gorgeous complex of structures
Holland is also home to many architectural gems spreading all over the country. A couple of stunning significant places for artwork to visit are the EYE Amsterdam, Cube Houses of Rotterdam, Van Nellefabriek (UNESCO World Heritage), Groningen Museum, and the Blob in Eindhoven. Most of these massive works of art have a quite contemporary look in contrast to the abundant typical old houses lying along the various canals around cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Groningen. This embraces Holland’s classic and modern beauty perceived from versatile perspectives.
The bike culture can be fun and crazy!
The symbolic bike is an integral part of life for the Dutch Even the Dutch Prime Minister was seen going to work by bike. People of various professions and ages commute within big and small cities on just two wheels. Both locals and tourists love getting around by bike, so as to keep the environment green, save energy, and make commuting easier. Keep in mind that the cyclists can be really ‘crazy’ on the road, as these experienced bikers, since childhood, know how to roll their wheels fast while still obeying the Dutch traffic regulation (e.g, traffic lights for cyclists, front and back light at night, etc.). You will get used to it after a while!
People’s education and lifestyle
The Dutch are not only known for their care for the surrounding environment, but also the education. Almost every young person speaks fluent English, good German, and another European language as well due to their university studies thus language is not an issue for travellers here. The Dutchies are also known for being friendly, straight-forward, open-minded to sexuality, and different cultures. However, you have got to remember that they can be very passionate when it comes to expressing opinions and beliefs.
Nightlife and party culture - coffee shop
The Dutch not only know how to educate themselves, but also know how to party! The country is a popular hotspot due to its famous red light districts and coffee shops, in not just Amsterdam, but many other big cities - especially student towns, such as Rotterdam and Groningen. Young people love spending the night strolling through dozens of bars and clubs for a pub-crawl, relaxing at a coffee shop to enjoy a conversation with fellow smokers, or just walking by the flickering streets watching half naked ladies behind the windows. During one of the biggest national holiday,King’s Day, people are dressed up in orange costumes while partying both indoors and outdoors all over the country.
The country for everyone
Whether you are an art-enthusiast or nightlife bee, travel alone, in groups or with families, it is always possible to enjoy the best of what the Netherlands has to offer. Street markets, national parks, zoos, tulip fields, and beaches can be fun places for families with kids to visit. They will love the little local deep fried snacks sold in abundant typical stores all over the Netherlands that make the Dutch cuisine fascinating.
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