Netherlands Dotted With Windmills

By: Douglas Scott

Netherlands is a very picturesque country, dotted with windmills, little churches and grassy dunes. Thanks to the enormous colonial influent in the seventeenth century, the Netherlands enjoyed a Golden Age of prosperity. Nowadays, being one of the most developed countries in the world, Netherlands is also the most populous European country, sixteen million inhabitants are concentrated into an area about the size of southern England.

Great majority of tourists choose its extraordinary capital, Amsterdam for their visit. But dont forget that there are many other important places worth visiting. One should travel to the west of the Netherlands, a region dotted with interesting historical landmarks. Cities that are concentrated in this region, such as Leiden, the port city of Rotterdam, The Hague, Delft, Haarlem, known collectively as the Randstad, offer the visitors great spectrum of tourist attractions and historical sights. Besides big cities of Randstad, life moves more slowly. The southwest part of the country is typically agricultural.

The Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC, and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999.

Netherlands is a small country, but it also represents one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world. The first things that come to mind when you we think about the Netherlands are windmills, tulips and complete freedom to pursuit ones desires. However, there are many other things to see and experience in the Netherlands. This beautiful country is a mixture of the old and the new, the quiet villages and noisy metropolis, the traditions and customs and a pulsing nightlife. Even if the people in Netherlands are traditionally guided by the Calvinist rigid principles, they are very tolerant and encourage freethinking. Netherlands guides itself by a liberal law that accepts the use of soft drugs and prostitution. Netherlands represents a huge attraction for young people because of this liberal law. However, this does not mean that you will not find the Netherlands appealing if you are travelling with your family or if you are not very young. Outside the big cities, the Netherlands is a quiet and peaceful country that has many interesting cultural and historical sights of great interest.

The name of the country means Low Countries. This name is very appropriate because Netherlands is one of the most geographically low lying countries in the world. The English speaking world uses the name Netherlands to describe this country, while the term Holland is mostly used in the German countries.

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