The Netherlands effortlessly enchants visitors with its picturesque landscapes, canal-ringed cities, and tulip fields. People come to Europe to be romanced, and the Netherlands more than outdoes itself in that department. Romance aside, this Northern European country is also fascinating in terms of its innovative water management systems. They say “God created the world but the Dutch created the Netherlands.” That saying speaks to how the Dutch people have shaped their landscape, by reclaiming land from the sea and keeping formerly unusable land (e.g. soggy peat bogs) dry through a system of windmills, pumps, ditches, sluices, and weirs. While thatched-roof windmills look almost decorative today, they were essential in keeping polder land dry for centuries, before steam, diesel, and electronically powered pumping systems were in use. We invite you to read on to discover the absolute best travel experiences to have in the land of tulips.