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The Netherlands really is a land of windmills, tulips, and canals, while being a progressive 21st-century nation. The capital, Amsterdam, is famous for its waterways and its laid-back atmosphere. The Hague is home to the queen and a center for international diplomacy. And Delft and Haarlem are smaller, character-rich cities.

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam combines the unrivaled beauty of the 17th-century Golden Age city center with plenty of museums and art of the highest order, not...

Rotterdam

Rotterdam looks to the future like almost nowhere else. The decision to leave the past behind wasn't made entirely through choice however—the...

The Hague

It's easy to see The Hague as nothing more than Amsterdam's prissy maiden aunt—it's the Netherlands' seat of government, home to the Dutch royal...

Delft

For many travelers, few spots in Holland are as intimate and attractive as this charming little town. With time-burnished canals and cobblestone...

Utrecht

Birthplace of the only Dutch pope, Adrian VI, Utrecht has been a powerful bishopric since the 7th century and is still a major religious center...

Haarlem

A breath of fresh air just a short train ride from throbbing downtown Amsterdam, Haarlem was the very first center of Dutch art. Walking past...

Nijmegen

If every cloud has a silver lining, then Nijmegen is no exception. Ravaged by World War II—so close to the German border, it was inadvertently...

Arnhem

In war log and movie terms, Arnhem may be known as the basis for A Bridge Too Far, but this historic city is certainly not out of reach for...

Hoorn

Hoorn's development came to an abrupt halt in the 17th century, when England—not limited to flat-bottom boats that could clear the sandbars...

Enkhuizen

Like Amsterdam and its near neighbor, Hoorn, some 19 km (12 miles) to the west, Enkhuizen was one of the principal harbors of the Dutch East...

Dordrecht

Claiming to be the oldest town in the province of Zuid Holland, Dordrecht lies just east of the main road leading south to Antwerp and Brussels...

Otterlo/De Hoge Veluwe

When German heiress Hélène Müller married Dutch industrialist Anton Kröller at the turn of the 20th century, their combined wealth and complementary...

Veere

Put quite simply, Veere is one of the prettiest towns in the Netherlands, and well worth a stop to explore its quiet streets and admire its...

Lisse

On arrival in Lisse in springtime, you will be in no doubt that this is the center of the Netherlands' biggest tourist attraction, with bumper...

Volendam

Assuming that other visitors don't block your view, you can stare to your heart's content at the residents of Volendam still wearing traditional...

Aalsmeer

Thanks to an auction that sells around 12½ billion cut flowers and plants a year, this small town just north of Schiphol Airport, on the edge...

Middelburg

Middelburg, ancient capital of the province of Zeeland, has one great advantage that has helped ensure its safety in this water-dominated area...

Monnickendam

This is a bustling little town without the full-on folkloric ex–fishing village effect of its neighbors Marken and Volendam, but no less charming...

Broek-in-Waterland

With a centuries-old reputation of being "the cleanest town in all the Netherlands," Broek-in-Waterland is still mostly immaculate—so much so...

Marken

The former island of Marken was once an isolated fishing village, but today it's filled with sightseers riding over the causeway to view the...

Kinderdijk

The windmills of Kinderdijk are some of the most photographed sights in Holland. A visit here can feel touristy, but it's also unquestionably...

Amsterdam

Amsterdam combines the unrivaled beauty of the 17th-century Golden Age city center with plenty of museums and art of the highest order, not...

Rotterdam

Rotterdam looks to the future like almost nowhere else. The decision to leave the past behind wasn't made entirely through choice however—the...

The Hague

It's easy to see The Hague as nothing more than Amsterdam's prissy maiden aunt—it's the Netherlands' seat of government, home to the Dutch royal...

Delft

For many travelers, few spots in Holland are as intimate and attractive as this charming little town. With time-burnished canals and cobblestone...

Utrecht

Birthplace of the only Dutch pope, Adrian VI, Utrecht has been a powerful bishopric since the 7th century and is still a major religious center...

Haarlem

A breath of fresh air just a short train ride from throbbing downtown Amsterdam, Haarlem was the very first center of Dutch art. Walking past...

Nijmegen

If every cloud has a silver lining, then Nijmegen is no exception. Ravaged by World War II—so close to the German border, it was inadvertently...

Arnhem

In war log and movie terms, Arnhem may be known as the basis for A Bridge Too Far, but this historic city is certainly not out of reach for...

Hoorn

Hoorn's development came to an abrupt halt in the 17th century, when England—not limited to flat-bottom boats that could clear the sandbars...

Enkhuizen

Like Amsterdam and its near neighbor, Hoorn, some 19 km (12 miles) to the west, Enkhuizen was one of the principal harbors of the Dutch East...

Dordrecht

Claiming to be the oldest town in the province of Zuid Holland, Dordrecht lies just east of the main road leading south to Antwerp and Brussels...

Otterlo/De Hoge Veluwe

When German heiress Hélène Müller married Dutch industrialist Anton Kröller at the turn of the 20th century, their combined wealth and complementary...

Veere

Put quite simply, Veere is one of the prettiest towns in the Netherlands, and well worth a stop to explore its quiet streets and admire its...

Lisse

On arrival in Lisse in springtime, you will be in no doubt that this is the center of the Netherlands' biggest tourist attraction, with bumper...

Volendam

Assuming that other visitors don't block your view, you can stare to your heart's content at the residents of Volendam still wearing traditional...

Aalsmeer

Thanks to an auction that sells around 12½ billion cut flowers and plants a year, this small town just north of Schiphol Airport, on the edge...

Middelburg

Middelburg, ancient capital of the province of Zeeland, has one great advantage that has helped ensure its safety in this water-dominated area...

Monnickendam

This is a bustling little town without the full-on folkloric ex–fishing village effect of its neighbors Marken and Volendam, but no less charming...

Broek-in-Waterland

With a centuries-old reputation of being "the cleanest town in all the Netherlands," Broek-in-Waterland is still mostly immaculate—so much so...

Marken

The former island of Marken was once an isolated fishing village, but today it's filled with sightseers riding over the causeway to view the...

Kinderdijk

The windmills of Kinderdijk are some of the most photographed sights in Holland. A visit here can feel touristy, but it's also unquestionably...

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