Hoarded with world-renowned art museums, canal landscapes, colourful homes with flower-decked windows, vintage windmills, tulip gardens, chimerical architecture and a string of unprecedented masterpieces, Holland is that realm where culture and reform interlace like no other. It’s the land where you beheld the reminiscences of celebrated Dutch artists who bring alive the very essence of artistic legacy. Alongside the genteel-range of timeless works, there is also the present-day pioneering and a nightlife culture that makes the Netherlands one of the favourites of international tourists. The recreation opportunities are endless, whether you plan on touring art museums, canal-side villas, candlelit cafés or canna coffeeshops to lift your spirits. Above and beyond all, each Hollandic city is different than the other.
In the city of Amsterdam, Dutch Renaissance looms across its centuries-old architecture from Romanesque to gothic to golden age palaces and gabled houses. Wherever you go, you will find magnum opus trailblazing harmoniously with nature. The city’s backdrop is ‘largely’ overlaid by canals, prized museums, vintage shops, weed cafe’s and ingenious drinking and dining scenes. The interiors are painted with entwined cobblestone streets leading the way to hidden gardens, tiny boutiques, Dutch distilleries and florist shops packed with flowers in rainbow colours. Deeper inside, you will discover distinctive Dutch classics such as an ancient monastery transformed into a music venue, a sculptural a masterpiece or a reinvented restaurant. Neighbourhoods are fringed, with smart businesses, museums, breweries and clubs that make no apologies for their extravagance.
You can’t walk a kilometre without sniffing the sweet aroma of THC that naturally elevates your spirits. Moreover, for thriving displays, Amsterdam delivers mega exhibitions, a massive harbour, glorious summertime terraces, church towers, regimental rows of polders, 13th-century windmills, and the kaleidoscopic fields of crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips. In Amsterdam, rather, the whole of the Netherlands, two-wheeling is a way of life. Either that or yachts (boats) and sometimes hop-on-hop-off buses. Either way, getting around and exploring is easy. To unwind hit cafés over dusk-time borrel to foster camaraderie or a fabulous meal any time of day. Some of the best landmarks to explore in Amsterdam, are the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein, 19th-century Oud-Zuid and the open square that transforms into an outdoor ice rink in winter. The Amsterdam Central Station is always buzzing with a lively cultural scene, so is the city’s UNESCO protected canal belt offering picture-perfect landscapes of the city.
Located an hour away from Amsterdam, is Rotterdam, a quiet port city in South Holland. A respite from Amsterdam’s hustle-bustle, Rotterdam is aligned with maritime museums elaborating marine history, one of its kind vintage stores and beautiful churches. This neighbourhood does not have many weed cafes, and locals prefer to keep away from smoking culture. Navigate through Rotterdam’s quiet lanes to stumble upon the 17th-century Delfshaven neighbourhood, Pilgrim Fathers Church, post-WWII modern engineering and lovely restaurants offering Surf and Turf near the old harbour. This peaceful harbour town is dwelling with delightful hotels and makes a great staycation if you want to avoid the flashing mayhem of busy neighbourhoods.
Den Haag Or The Hague
Den Haag, on the North Sea shore of the Netherlands, is a cultural town where you will get to explore Holland’s exquisite Gothic complexes, historical centres and a sybaritic bistro culture. The Hague is also the seat of the Dutch parliament. While here, take a look at the 16th-century Noordeinde Palace, Peace Palace, Grand place and indulge in the refined culinary scene beside the suburban shoreline. All along, you will find yourself strolling across green streets lined with serene parks. In the 20th-century, Den Haag received the honour to become the home of the UN’s International Court of Justice. It’s one of those still-hamlets that has on display, some of Holland’s most rewarding experiences including Madurodam, a miniature park that sums up the whole of Netherlands by exhibiting model replicas of renowned Dutch landmarks, ancient cities and extensive reinforcements.