Literally translated as the “Low Lands”, the Netherlands is much higher in fun and refinement. Though densely populated, the country is highly urbanized, with an intense inclination towards orderly channels, clean streets and packed buildings reflecting the unique Dutch Golden Age architecture. The countryside is a verdant expanse of flat land dotted with picturesque tulip fields, the quintessential windmills, and colorful towns and villages. Very liberal and welcoming, the Netherlands attracts millions to its orderly (kind of disorderly) vibrant life and unique profile which allures the young and the old together.
A walkable city distinguished for its many parks, canals, pubs, flamboyant discotheques, and youthful, liberate atmosphere, Amsterdam attracts millions who flock for short stays, usually weekends, to enjoy a touch of Bohemian lifestyle coupled with friendliness and beautiful sites. The city is a major nightlife hub in Europe as it is ultra-vibrant and packed with pubs, cafes and restaurants. Main attractions include the world-renowned Rijskmuseum, itself near the Van Gogh Museum; the Royal Palace; Dam Square; the rather conspicuous Scheepvaarthuis, or Shipping House; the Concertgebouw Theatre; and the Magere Burg or Skinny Bridge crossing The Amstel River.
The largest port in Europe and 10th largest in the world, Rotterdam is not all too different from its Bohemian sister, Amsterdam, given its huge number of bars, clubs; but is by far quite attractive as well. Its main sights include the towering Euromast; the iconic Erasmus Bridge; its marvelous Stadhuis or City Hall; the Kunstal or Art Hall; the Wereldmuseum; Europe’s first skyscraper, the Art Nouveau Witte Huis or ‘White House’ (no relation to DC…); and the strangely futuristic Cube Homes and Markthal office buildings. Summers become an even brighter sight with the arrival of the city’s Caribbean-themed Summer Carnaval.