As allround Dutchie I think I am qualified to tell you the places you should visit while staying in Holland. It’s not a large country; you drive from one end to the other within 3,5 hours minimum. Of course you should visit Amsterdam and the city of parliament: The Hague, but I want you to show other places that are worth seeing in Holland.
The shore of Zeeland
One of the southern provinces of Holland is Zeeland. If you translate it, it means Sealand. Which will do because Zeeland is famous because of miles of shores and you won’t find any large cities in this province. The shore is naturally and the people who live there (‘Zeeuwen’)are very on their own but still hospitable.
De Hoge Veluwe, Drenthe
When you travel more northern and to the other side of Holland, you’ll strand in National Park: De Hoge Veluwe. This park (1100 km²) is a forest-rich ridge of hills. The park also includes a sand drift and there are many wild animals who live in this beautiful part of Holland.
Celebrating ‘Carnaval’ in North Brabant
First of all, the province of North Brabant is not in the northern part of Holland, it’s in the south (no joke)! On the 11th of November the people who live there (Brabanders) start their own festival, which lasts until the end of February. Especially in February the Brabanders go on the streets with handmade cars with a theme, as you can see in the picture above. Everyone comes to this parade dressed in style of a theme they choose, which doesn’t matter.
Traditionallly this festival is a feast, because it was the last oppurtunity to wolf before the lent term began. But I don’t think only one Brabander will know this… 😉
Markthal in Rotterdam
One of the biggest ports of the world is located in this little country. Rotterdam is not only a port, but also a beautiful and vital city, which is worth a visit. Once you’re there, you really have to go to the Markthal (Market Hall). This Hall contains several stores and stalls. Beside the shopping oppurtunity you have to look up, because the ceiling is the largest art work in the world.
Palace Het Loo, Apeldoorn
This old palace (<1684) was inhabited by several members of the Dutch royal family, but since 1984 it’s open for visitors as a museum. You can walk hours in the garden after you sniffed up some Dutch history in the palace itself. This palace is nearby the National Park De Hoge Veluwe.
Did you visit some great places in Holland? I’d love to hear from you.