Get Inspired / Netherlands Experience the Netherlands Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Netherlands Experience the Netherlands story by: Mike Williams The Dutch say that while God made the Earth, they made Holland. It’s an understandable claim given that about half of the Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea. Today, almost a quarter of the Netherlands is below sea level and the country is a latticework of canals, rivers and lakes. Nowhere has the landscape been more elegantly tamed than in Amsterdam, the city of canals and bicycles. Cruising the canals is a little “touristy” but it’s a wonderful way to admire classic Dutch architecture and see at close quarters how these waterways are still very much the arteries of the city. With the lure of some of the world’s great art museums, the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh’s Museum and Anne Frank’s House, it’s no wonder many visitors never leave Amsterdam. beyond the city lie quintessential Dutch towns such as Delft and windmills gently turning sails reflected in still more canals, reminders of the Second World War at Arnhem (the Bridge Too Far) and, of course, tulips. The Keukenhof Gardens at Lisse explode into colour every spring with nearly eight million bulbs of all kinds. You’ll want to sample the famous Amstel beer and visit the cheese-makers who gave us edam and gouda. No need to worry about a spreading waistline as the Netherlands is perfect for biking and the Dutch are incredibly cycle-friendly! > Click here for our HOT deals to the UK & Europe Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - October 2017 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Foodie's Paradise: Escape to Europe Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.