I can accurately say that here are many sides to Holland to explore and enjoy as a tourist. Having experienced the country on numerous trips- with friends, alone, and with family- I still cannot get enough of its friendly people or the overall relaxing lifestyle.
On one hand, a trip to this European nation could mean time spent amongst an abundance of tulips, windmills, and quaint cheese markets, especially in the countryside. On the other hand, a trip to one of the Netherland’s most famous cities, such as Amsterdam, could include cruises through the many winding canals, a visit to the ever-notorious coffee shops, and of course, a trek through the red-light district. Here are a few of my most memorable experiences in the Netherlands that everyone ought to enjoy.
Madame Tussauds– This is a museum that allows visitors to get up-close and personal with wax replica versions of their favorite celebrities, athletes, movie characters, and historical figures. Right now, guests can experience figures created in the likeness Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, the Hulk, and even the Dalai Lama. I am always blown away at the undeniable realness of these masterpieces.
Red Light District– Referred to in Dutch as the De Wallen, this area houses the world’s most famous collection of sex shops, brothels, and prostitutes featured in illuminated window displays. This experience is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere, bustling streets, and outrageous views at every corner while here. I recommend a bar crawl with your best mates through this part of Amsterdam.
Anne Frank House– You can take a tour through the actual house where World War II victim’s Anne Frank and her family hid to avoid Nazi persecution during the Holocaust. Simply put, the opportunity to walk in Anne Frank’s footsteps, see the places she described in her diary, and to deeper understand her family’s struggle, is absolutely humbling.
Keukenhof Gardens– Immerse yourself in one of the world’s largest gardens, starring tulips. Keukenhof serves as a space for Dutch flower producers to show off their goods, but more importantly, is a dazzling spectacle for all ages. The garden-park, home to around 7 million new tulip bulbs every spring, is a wonderful place for families to take a boat or bike ride or encounter farm animals in the ground’s petting zoo.
Holland is a place for tourists of all ages to enjoy. Its warm and inviting culture, alongside its metropolitan cities and gorgeous countryside, keeps pulling me back. I would not hesitate to visit the country again and can only hope many others seek out the opportunity to do so.
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