Best sights to see in the Netherlands
As one of Europe’s leading nations the Netherlands has a vibrant Euro culture that blends seamlessly with the country’s historical past. From the famous windmills and the impressive canals the Netherlands has long been a popular destination for British expats. The people are friendly and welcoming and the Dutch way of life offers a high standard living. We take a look at some of the Netherlands best sites.
The Canals of Amsterdam
Almost as famous as Venice, Amsterdam’s canals are an engineering marvel that attracts thousands of tourists every year. The Dutch began building the canals in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age. The three main canals form concentric circles around the city and measure in at an impressive 60 miles long. Over 1,500 bridges cross the canals and over 1,550 monumental buildings stand along the banks.
The Keukenhof Gardens are the world’s largest flower garden, and act as a promotion for the Dutch flower industry. Over seven million flower bulbs are planted yearly in the park with not only tulips, but also hyacinths, daffodils and other spring flowers on display. The gardens are open from the last week in March to mid-May. The spectacular display of millions of in bloom flowers makes it one of the most visit tourist attractions in the Netherlands.
The largest and most famous museum in the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum houses works of art painted by some of the world’s most famous artists. The masterpieces of Rembrandt and Vermeer are on display,
attracting huge numbers of tourists every year. The museum has recently been overhauled and will be reopened to the public in 2013.
The Delta project
Often regarded as one of the seven wonders of the modern world in engineering circles the Delta project is the major reason why the Netherlands isn’t drowning under the sea. The vast feat of engineering is comprised of hundreds of sluices, locks, dams, dikes and storm surge barriers. Tourism has steadily increased at the Delta Project since its formation in the 1950′s, and the natural reserves continue to attract thousands of visitors every year.