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What comes to your mind when you hear the word, “Holland”? For most people, tulips, bicycles, and Amsterdam’s canals come to mind first.

Officially, the Netherlands is bilingual, with Frisian and Dutch as its official languages. The Dutch love their bicycles so much that cyclists have the right of way over pedestrians, even in Amsterdam.

Start your Netherlands visit with a day or two in Amsterdam. With over 7,000 registered historic buildings, the capital has one of the most extensive historic city centers in Europe.

Thanks to the country’s small size, you can visit most of it on day trips from Amsterdam. Begin your exploration with a visit to the famous windmills at Kinderdijk, a UNESCO world heritage site.

From multi-hued fields of tulips to tasty cheese factories and historic town centers in towns like Delft, Rotterdam, the Hague and Gouda, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Holland.

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Tourism website: Holland.com

Time zone: UTC/GMT +02:00

Currency: EUR – Euro

Official language: Dutch

UNESCO World Heritage sites: 10

See more of the country in our Netherlands photo galleries.

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