Netherlands or Holland is the founder member of the European Union and one of the most beautiful countries of Europe. The language, people, and the culture of this country are ideal for foreign tourists. If you want to soothe your eyes by watching lush green meadows glowing with full blooming tulips or cornfields spreading for miles, Nederland is the ideal country. A large part of the country is flat and at or below sea level making it an ideal place for cycling. The most used conveyance is cycle. There is separate cycling track throughout the city. The farming is highly industrialized; Netherlands is one of the largest food exporters in the world. There are some beautiful spots scattered across the country, the tourist expecting countryside full of picturesque villages, tulips and windmills may be in for a bit of a disappointment. The villages, tulips and windmills are of course there; you just have to find them. Only the local people know where to find the most beautiful places. Asking a Dutch for some ideas of what to see, could be helpful. Otherwise just visit local ‘tourist shops’, they can be found in all the larger towns. It is worth seeing the marvel of the engineering skill of the Dutch people who have built this wonderful below sea-level country. The name ‘Holland’ came from the word ‘hollow of ships’ meaning below sea. Water features dominate this country. The whole of the country is crisscrossed with canals, rivers and dikes. The most beautiful and famous North Sea beaches are on the western coast of this country. It attracts thousands of tourists every year.
Amsterdam is the capital, a large city and a major tourist destination of this country with lovely canals criss-crossing the city and beautiful medieval impressive architecture, and friendly people almost all of who speak English. There is something for every traveler’s taste here. If you want to see the tulips blossom then the best time for you to visit this country is the springtime.
The nearest airport of Amsterdam is Schiphol, which is one of the largest international airports of Europe. Interestingly, the airport is below mean sea level by 4 meters. Tourists fly in from different places of the world and then avail the Netherlands’ biggest airline KLM.
There are excellent railway connections from Schiphol airport to most large cities like Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. You have only to get down by an escalator to go to the railway station, as the station is located underground, under the main airport hall.
As a tourist you must sample the national dish, Boerenkool met worst (“Borecole with sausage”), which consists of potatoes, green cabbage, bacon and smoked sausage. Dutch cheese, beer and dairy products are considered of the highest standard and will provide much joy to the consumers.