No, Holland is not just tulip fields, windmills, cheese, bicycles and coffee shops... It is true that avant-garde Amsterdam is well-stocked in cultural attractions, but do not forget Rotterdam, a laboratory of modern architecture and urban planning. Maastricht and The Hague are for their part charming cities, whose reputations have been forged by their important international institutions. Permanently at war with the sea, the Dutch have turned Holland into a garden, building ramparts of dykes, canals and polders. The impressive Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier will give you an idea of their determination. The National Park of Hoge Veluwe has been created in the heart of this garden and offers a setting equal to the landscape. This precious biosphere invites cyclists and walkers to discover the amazing Kröller-Müller Museum, whose collections of modern painting and sculpture are exhibited both in and outdoors. To finish your journey on an unforgettable note, the sandy beaches along the North Sea are fantastic and frequently laid by bicycle paths. So rent one and taste life Dutch style!
Around 90% of the town was destroyed by the German bombing raids in 1940 which meant that Rotterdam has, in the second part of the 20th century, become a experimental site for modern architecture. It is now filled with skyscrapers. The town has received contributions from some of the greatest names in architecture from Álvaro Siza to Norman Foster and includes local talent such as Rem Koolhas.
Amsterdam’s old docklands are enjoying a new lease of life as cultural venues and businesses fall over themselves to set up shop here. Visitors appreciate the lack of crowds, a break from the city centre museums and a chance to see this site in the throes of an exciting new development project.