Drive through flower-strewn lowlands and pass picturesque canals to funky capital Amsterdam with its exciting blend of culture, history and late-night partying. Or mingle in the hip bars and contemporary design shops of buzzing second city Rotterdam and you'll soon admire how Holland combines the best of the old and the new.
Rotterdam, the second-largest city in Holland is an extraordinarily dynamic city featuring modern architecture, festivals, sporting events, unique shops/boutiques and cutting-edge art and culture.
The new De Rotterdam building designed by Rem Koolhaas is a true reflection of Rotterdam’s innovative thinking. Take a break and enjoy food-shopping across an international selection of products at the lively Markthal indoor food market. More than 4,000 colourful tiles cover the inside of the spectacular roof structure and forms the largest artwork in Holland. The Markthal has been named the modern version of the Sistine Chapel. A true experience, open 7 days a week until 8 pm.
Visit the Hague and enjoy the royal and sophisticated ambiance. Great for shopping and known for its fresh seafood and Indonesian cuisine, The Hague is perfect for a short break. The coast is only a ten minute tram ride from the city centre and is lined with trendy beach-side cafes where you can grab a hot chocolate and a piece of Dutch apple cake, after a stroll along the promenade.
Only 30 minutes from Amsterdam and in the heart of Holland you will find the beautiful city of Utrecht. With a medieval city centre, small enough to explore on foot, Utrecht exudes easy-going Dutch charm everywhere you go. Visit the Dom Tower; the highest and oldest church tower in Holland. The Dom Tower is 112 metres high and even if you do not climb to the top, you are still likely to hear one of its thirteen bells.
Holidays in Holland
Join the Dutch and travel along the Netherlands' canals or see the sights by bike. If you're a nature lover you'll adore the classic landscapes and formal gardens of North Holland or the trails and beaches on Texel Island. Watch windmill sails turning hypnotically around in South Holland. To see the Netherlands at its most vibrant and fun-loving, head for the bright lights of capital Amsterdam.
City breaks in Holland
Visit The Hague for stunning modern architecture. Choose the port city of Rotterdam for its thriving design scene. Follow Utrecht's canals and climb to the top of The Dom Towers for panoramic city views. Or visit peaceful Haarlem to visit the Teylers Museum. See Old Masters in the Museum Quarter of Amsterdam or people-watch from one of the cafes that ring Leidseplein square.
Fly-drive holidays in Holland
The road between Haarlem and Leiden is known as the flower bulb route, and in spring its fields are filled with brightly coloured petals. In South Holland you'll find windmills and historic wooden houses, especially around Zaanse Schans. Journey up the North Sea Coast to the deserted beaches and miles of walking trails of the quiet Wadden Islands.