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.
Boat hire in Holland makes an ideal holiday if you’re a fan of windmills, artists and flowers… and of course boats! Exploring the area by canal boat gives you the chance to take in this land of sailors, which was once the commercial powerhouse of the entire world. 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. A boatholiday through Holland’s waterways is a really special experience, which you can round off with a weekend in Amsterdam or Utrecht to enjoy some cultural heritage. Become your own captain on a riverboat that can be rented without a license. Then you will have the opportunity to explore Holland at the easy pace of the canals and you will discover a fascinating country known for its tolerance as well as its passion for rivers and canals, not to mention Holland's love of flowers, which you can see on display in the famous Keukenhof tulip garden, the largest in the world. From the base in Loosdrecht you can easily sail north to Amsterdam, all the while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. You also have the opportunity to head south and discover beautiful historic cities such as Utrecht or Gouda. See which boats you have the opportunity to rent in yhe Nederlands. See also the possibilities for riverboat holidays in Frankrig, Ireland or Germany.
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.