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The Randstad Travel Guide

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Plan Your Randstad Vacation

If beauty, venerable history, sylvan gardens, majestic cathedrals, and great art are at the top of your list, it can be hard choosing between the towns of the Randstad, that horseshoe arc of urban centers which dot the heartland of Holland. So visit them all.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Paintings, paintings, paintings Take in the old masters in Haarlem's Frans Hals Museum. Marvel at Vermeer's View of Delft
  2. The views Climb Utrecht's Domtoren—the Netherlands' tallest church tower. Or take the elevator up Rotterdam's Euromast, the country's highest observation deck, for a bird's-eye view of Europe's busiest harbor.
  3. Old-world charm Wander Delft's canal-lined medieval streets—time-travel at its best. And step into history in The Hague, inside the 13th-century Knights' Hall.
  4. Holland in half an hour Visit the miniature world of the Madurodam in The Hague, and teach kids all about the Netherlands in 30 minutes.

When To Go

When To Go

This part of Holland is at its best in late spring or early autumn. High summer means too many visitors, and touring in winter often puts you at ...

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