Marie’s Pick - Tulips, Anne Frank, Clogs, Canals and Windmills
travellers in 2015
years of rail travel experience
I don’t think that there is anyone that loves flowers the way that I do! But, of course, there is. Flowers and travel are my true passions, so when I began traveling so many years ago, I found where my heart belongs – Holland.
Many people refer to the Netherlands as Holland, but the Netherlands is actually made up of 12 provinces; two of those are North and South Holland in the western part of the Netherlands, making “Holland” a region. It’s important to remember this especially when speaking to the locals.
Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Haag (or The Hauge) are the main cities within Holland, and a trip to the Netherlands is not complete without a visit to each of them. Traverse Amsterdam’s many canals on a sightseeing cruise, eat french fries with mayonnaise…YUM!, visit Dam Square, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt House Museum, and the Anne Frank House.
Take a quick day trip on the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, it’s just 37-minutes away. The Sea museum, Kunsthal, cubed houses and the Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk are must-sees in Rotterdam. And don’t forget! From Rotterdam, take a boat excursion to Kinderdijk to view its unspoiled 18th century windmills.
Another quick trip is from Amsterdam to Den Haag by regional train. It can also be done within a day, without ever having to pack and repack. A visit here would not be complete without viewing the Peace Palace, where an Eternal Peace Flame burns. It is surrounded by the “World Peace Path”, where stones tell a history of 196 countries. And, for a bit of family fun, visit Madurodam, a miniature theme park. Discover what makes Holland unique. From the windmills to tulips and wooden shoes, and so much more.