Last Updated: March 2018
The Netherlands is an enchanting destination in terms of its picturesque landscapes, canal-ringed cities, and tulip fields. It’s also a fascinating country 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 also love the Netherlands for their social tolerance and progressive policies with regards to LGBTQ rights, recreational drugs, prostitution, abortion and euthanasia. Walking hand-in-hand, we always felt completely safe and welcome.
This Guide Includes:
- The Netherlands Basics
- Where to Go (Interactive Map)
- What to Experience in The Netherlands
- What to Eat & Drink in The Netherlands
- 8 Day Road Trip Itinerary