See our recommendations on how to enjoy the best of Traditional Holland in just 24 or 48 hours:
In the spring months, there’s no better way to start your day than hunting for tulips.
Experience the many sublime bulb flower arrangements at Keukenhof, or during the Flower Parade from Noordwijk to Haarlem.
Next up, must-see windmills. So true to Holland, visit the famous windmills which have played a major role throughout Dutch history. Schiedam is home to the world’s tallest windmills, while Kinderdijk (near Rotterdam) or Zaanse Schans (just outside of Amsterdam) are also worth visiting.
With so much to see, it’s time to stop and enjoy some fine Dutch cheese, like a true local. The cheese markets in Alkmaar, Gouda and Edam every spring and summer remind us of the origins of a flourishing cheese trade, and are now popular tourist attractions.
You can’t avoid cycling, walking or driving past the breath-taking canals along the way. Many cities were built around canals, such as Amsterdam, Leiden, Alkmaar, Utrecht, Dordrecht, Groningen, Delft, Leeuwarden and Amersfoort are all great examples of canal cities.
And finally, why not end it all off on a creative note? Experience the work of Dutch painters such as Rembrandt van Rijn (best seen at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam), Johannes Vermeer (Mauritshuis in The Hague and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam), Jan Steen (Mauritshuis in The Hague and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam) and Frans Hals (Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem), all of whom developed a worldwide reputation in the 16th and 17th centuries.