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Holland Flower Garden

A country that is mostly flat, about half of Holland (also referred to as the Netherlands) is below sea level, making for quite the constant struggle with the sea. And a likely struggle you'll have as a visitor to this European country is what to see first. 

The cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam are usually high on the list...and if you're an art lover, you'll probably want to head to Amsterdam right away. In that city alone, you can see 22 paintings by Rembrandt and 206 by Van Gogh. And for you history buffs (and anyone who made it through third grade), you know the infamous Anne Frank House is also located in Amsterdam. Take a tour of  the tiny attic room where Anne Frank wrote her diary during the two years when her family was in hiding from the Nazis.

You'll want to avoid driving a rental car around city -- parking is expensive and hard to find. Plus, renting a bicycle is much cheaper and you'll find the city is very bike-friendly.

In the country, you'll find the things for which Holland is most famous: tulips and windmills. The bulb fields in the provinces of North and South Holland are at their most beautiful in April and May, when the daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are in bloom. The colorful views are most impressive -- after all, Holland produces 60 percent of the world’s commercially-grown flowers.

And don't forget to sample the many cheeses that Holland has to offer. There are cheese markets in many towns around the country that you might want to explore as well. Enjoy!

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Holland's tourism website is quite a handy tool you'll want to utilize if you're planning to visit anytime soon. Tips on what to see and experience are abundant, as are tips on what to avoid!

Historical Notes: The Second World War caused little material damage in Amsterdam. But the winter of starvation claimed many lives and, as a result of the persecutions of Jews, the city lost ten percent of its inhabitants. After the war, Amsterdam bloomed again.
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