The Netherlands is a haven for bike enthusiasts with its flat landscapes and excellent biking infrastructure. Almost everyone owns a bicycle here and uses it to the maximum. With 32,000km of cycling paths crisscrossing the country, it’s no surprise that many visitors choose to explore the country on a rented bike.
There’s a lot to explore on the back of a bike in the Netherlands where only 50% of the land exceeds 1 meter above sea level. Reclaimed lands called polders enclosed within dikes dot the countryside with quintessential windmills turning grandly in the wind. Windmills have been such an integral part of the Dutch landscape that there is also a special day, National Mill Day, to celebrate them. Visit the UNESCO listed Kinderdijk windmills to get a better understanding of their contribution to the land.
Another stereotype associated with the Netherlands are rainbow-colored tulip fields and the countryside does not disappoint on that front either. The myriad of blooms between March and May are the stuff of dreams. Daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, and tulips transform the fields into a kaleidoscope color.
The country that the great masters, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Vermeer, called home, celebrates its art legacy on a big scale. Cutting edge art museums in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Haarlem flaunt the iconic works of these masters for the world to gawk at.
To witness modern-day marvels of the land, head to skyscraper rich Rotterdam. The city which showcases buildings designed by world-renowned architects has some of the most elegant as well as quirky modern architecture. For the enthusiasts of modern architecture, the postmodernist building of the Groninger Museum in Groningen is also worth a visit.
Apart from these eclectic structures, the Netherlands has its fair share of historical monuments too. Striking cathedrals, palaces and gateways stand tall even the beautiful small towns. Ancient Maastricht with its rich Roman past is a city worth exploring, whilst stopping to take a breather at any one of the numerous historic ‘bruin cafes.’

Top 10 Things To Do In Amsterdam

Top 10 Things To Do In Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands an it is one of the greatest small cities in the world. Known as the “Venice of the North” for its 165 canals and 1,281 bridges. Amsterdam’s well-preserved and appealing 17th-century architecture provides a quaint if incongruous backdrop for a city famous for its modern, progressive, charming and cosmopolitan attitudes. It offers…