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Land of iconic windmills and charming tulips, the Netherlands has long captured the world’s imagination. Rather small compared to other European nations, the Netherlands nonetheless holds it own, especially when it comes to art. It has produced Rembrandt and Vermeer, Dutch masters whose masterpieces are some of the most valued in the world. Present-day Holland, as The Netherlands is also called, also has many ways to keep its visitors interested: this generally flat land is ideal for cycling, or walking without too much exertion; its big cities are known for their festive spirit; and the Dutch themselves are a fun-loving, amiable people.
Amsterdam, the beautiful capital of the Netherlands, has the wonderful atmosphere of a 17th-century city combined with the contemporary character of a modern metropolis. It is a treasure chest of superb architecture: Amsterdam’s waterways create a very special ambience, and the delightful buildings that line the canals only add to the city’s charm.
Ijmuiden is your gateway to Amsterdam.
The world's largest port, Rotterdam is the perfect starting point for excursions to the cities of Holland. Few cities rebounded as quickly as Rotterdam following the Nazi invasion, which leveled the medieval heart of town, burning down most of it. Today, some of Europe's most bold contemporary architecture can be found amid classic 18th- and 19th-century buildings in this gateway to the Netherlands.