This small, densely populated country, criss-crossed with rivers, canals and dikes, has waged a centuries-long battle against water and, having reclaimed vast areas from the sea, half its area lies below sea level, protected by an amazing network of sea defences. Small but beautifully formed, and incredibly easy to explore with its fast, dense railway network
Once a great maritime and mercantile power, this small country has an extraordinarily rich cultural and architectural heritage and is famous for its iconic windmills, clogs, tulips (April is bulbfield time) and notoriously flat lands, the so-called polders. In the world of art, it has also given us Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, Hieronymus Bosch, Van Gogh and Piet Mondrian.
A vibrant modern, cosmopolitan European country famed for its liberal mentality, it has preserved constant reminders of its rich past. Its size, welcoming attitude to travellers and many sights make it a unique and fairly easy to discover destination and a great addition to any European tourist itinerary. Its exciting capital Amsterdam may be the jewel in its crown, but provincial centres such as Delft, Haarlem, Leiden and Den Haag are both easily accessible and attractive destinations in their own right. In addition to Amsterdam French Travel Service can also book hotels in these Dutch cities; please phone or e-mail for details and prices.