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Located in Western Europe, The Netherlands is often called Holland and is famous for its windmills, wooden shoes and tulips. It is bordered by the countries of Germany and Belgium.

The Netherlands is an exciting place to tour, especially on bike. Windmills and old dikes offer an authentic taste of the past as you travel about the countryside. The bright yellow daffodils issue in the spring months while the summers offer terrific weather for biking and other outside activities.

Canal in Amsterdam
Canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam blends the old with the new, fusing ancient architecture and modern technology. The streets are cobbled, the canals are lined with trees, and the cafes offer beer. The city is filled with culture including world-class museums such as the Rembrandt House Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, and Van Gogh Museum. The Concertgebouworkest is one of the world's finest symphony orchestras, and it performs its concerts at the Concertgebouw. Other popular tourist attractions include the Anne Frank House, where Anne Frank and her Jewish family hid from the Nazis during World War II.

Amsterdam's Red Light District, where various vices are legalized, is an interesting area for curious tourists to see. However, it is not appropriate for everyone, and as one can imagine it isn't really a spot for families to visit.

Keukenhof Gardens
Tulips and Other Flowers in the Keukenhof Gardens
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Hoge Veluwe National Park, the largest one in the Netherlands, is full of forests, sand dunes, and marshlands. Since the park is quite expansive and can take more than a day to explore, free use of bicycles is provided. Its museum adds to the lure of this location. The museum was begun as a display site for the works of Helene Kröller-Müller. In the Kröller-Müller Museum you cand find over 275 works by Vincent van Gogh, which is second in quanity only to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Collections of paintings from Pablo Picasso, Georges Seurat and Piet Mondrian can also be found here, as well as an exquisite sculpture garden featuring works by Auguste Rodin, Joep van Lieshout and Henry Moore.

Maastricht is decidedly an old town that dates back as far as 50 BC to the days of the Romans. It offers an interesting exploration of its maze of tunnels. The Keukenhof Gardens is one of the largest in the world. Unfortunately, its beauty is only visible for two months of the year. If you enjoy daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths in full bloom, it is definitely worth the trip.

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