Explore the ocean of Netherlands with your fellow travelers
Netherlands - About 6000 km of canals and rivers connect the Netherlands, so you can experience the whole country by water. It allows for a different family vacation. Watch dikes, dams, lakes and bridges glide past. Experience the rush when the water masses are emptied, when the boat is raised or lowered through a lock. Visit historic windmills and modern cities. And watch the evening lights turn on in the narrow, old gabled houses along the canals.
The country is a large lowland that is 38% below sea level. There is no other country where man has so intervened in nature. Nearly 20% of the country’s land has been artificially laid down by dams over the centuries, and the natural waterways have been expanded with a very well developed network of canals. Almost half of the population lives in the big cities in the west, where the population density is approx. 900 people per km2. The Netherlands is thus one of the most densely populated areas in the world. The Netherlands houses a very intensive agricultural production, whose main products are meat, dairy products and vegetables. The country is highly industrialized and the world’s third largest producer of natural gas. It plays an important role in oil production with refineries in the Dutch Antilles in the Caribbean and in Rotterdam, which is also the world center for the free trade in the oil spot market. As a result of the intensive use of fertilizers and pesticides, groundwater is heavily polluted and the rivers are also heavily polluted by organic and industrial waste from the Netherlands itself and from countries further up the rivers.
Traditional Dutch cuisine is simple and straightforward, with many vegetables and a little meat; breakfast and lunch are typically bread with toppings, while dinner is meat and potatoes, supplemented with seasonal vegetables. The Dutch are known for making cheeses that are very rich in flavor. The best known cheeses are Edam and Gouda.
Amsterdam offers many cultural attractions. Amsterdam is called the city of museums from Van Gogh over Anne Frank to the Rembrandt Museum and the great masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum. In Amsterdam you will also find cozy canals, bridges, hip cafes and restaurants as well as a relaxing atmosphere – but the Netherlands is far more: Impressive national parks, fine beaches, idyllic small towns, bizarre seals on the Frisian islands, world art and front-running metropolitan culture. The Rikj Museum in Amsterdam is the largest museum in the Netherlands and houses the works of all the great painters in the Netherlands, not least from the golden age. The museum has been open to the public since 1885. The collection contains paintings, pottery, tiles and more dating back to the 15th century. Today, Rembrandt’s home in Amsterdam for almost 20 years is now a museum of course with his works. No less than 250 of his paintings can be seen in the three-storey house built in the 17th century. Rembrandt’s own work is put into perspective by the works of his students, which are also on display at the museum. Van Gogh has added names and most paintings to the museum in Amsterdam not far from the other museums. If you look inside, you will find that works of Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin are also on display. The museum is divided into the five periods that also divided Van Gogh’s life and work.