Holland Panorama Photo


Guide to Holland

Where is Holland?

Holland is a small country in Europe which is totally flat. That is because the land was reclaimed by a series of dykes, having originally been below sea level. Holland is bordered by Germany to the east and Belgium to the south. To the west it faces the UK across the North Sea. There are various Caribbean islands which also belong to Holland.

What is Holland?

Holland is also known as The Kingdom of Netherlands. In fact the term Holland only refers to two provinces within Holland - North Holland and South Holland. As a low lying country which is below sea-level Holland is also known as the Lowlands.
Today it is a parliamentary democracy which is under Constitutional Monarchy. But it was once part of the Holy Roman Empire before national hero William of Orange led the Dutch revolt.
The Dutch have always been a seafaring people and used their large navy to create a sizeable empire which included Indonesia. The Dutch also created settlements in South Africa and New York. Back home they made their own country highly developed and some economic historians think that Holland was the world’s first capitalist country. Holland is considered to be a very liberal country as prostitution and soft drug use are tolerated. However that attitude is changing rapidly at the behest of the people and many of the brothels and pot bars are being closed down. The country is a member of NATO and the European Union.

Why go to Holland?

Holland is extremely picturesque because Dutch people have striven to make their otherwise featureless landscape very attractive with stunning architecture. The country prides itself on being tolerant of races and religions, although the flood of immigrants has panicked many Dutch nationals. Holland is also home to some of the foremost art galleries in the world. Holland makes fantastic cheeses and breads, and increasingly international food is part of the Dutch cuisine, especially Indonesian food.

Who lives in Holland?

Holland is one of the most densely populated countries in the world with 16 million people packed into a small country. While Dutch people make up 80% up the population there are a lot of immigrants including Indonesians, Turkish, Surinamese, Moroccan, Caribbean and some others. Because of that there is a growing prevalence of Muslims. However most Dutch people are not religious. The most prevalent religion is Roman Catholic and there are also a lot of Dutch Reformed, Calvinist and other Protestants.

How do you get into Holland

Holland is an EU member so all EU members can enter with ease. It is also a member of the Schengen agreement. For EU and EFTA members such as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland you do not need a visa and can enter with an officially approved ID card. Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Republic of China, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela.

1) By Air
The main Dutch airport is Amsterdam Schiphol and it has a huge array of international flights all around the world. There are also smaller airports in Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Maastricht/Aachen, Groningen-Eelde and The Hague. The national air carrier is KLM.

2) By Land 
Holland is easily accessible from all of its bordering countries by car. There are also train and bus services which go throughout Europe. For more information on driving in Holland take a look at our Drive Smart Holland page.

 

What to do in Holland

See amazing museums in Amsterdam including the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank museum.

Take a walk along the canals of the capital city and marvel at the permissiveness of Dutch society in the bizarre Red Light District and Coffee Shops.

Watch the national football team play on a screen in the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam to see true supporter devotion.

There is more to Holland than just Amsterdam. See the Royal Noordeinde Palace and the Houses of Parliament in Den Haag.

What to do in Holland

Delft Market Square is incredibly beautiful and it has one of the oldest churches in Holland where many previous monarchs are buried. 

Meanwhile although Rotterdam is mainly an industrial city it has fantastic architecture and one of the most impressive ports in the world.

Sample an array of beach bars and entertainments in Scheveningen which is the main beach resort along the North Sea.

Visit Madurodam which is a model of Holland in miniature with all the main cities and towns set out.

Go cycling through the massive tulip fields in the spring and enjoy areas such as Keukenhof and the Waterland and Zaan region.

Sand Sculpture at Scheveningen

Sand Sculpture at Scheveningen

Madurodam Miniature City

Madurodam Miniature City

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