Upon landing at Schiphol near Amsterdam, the main airport in the Netherlands, there are many natural and human-made attractions less than 200km away from you. Tour the city of Amsterdam, one of the top destinations in Europe, and admire its UNESCO-designated canals, colourful houses and expansive parks abounding with wildlife. You can land at Rotterdam The Hague airport and explore Rotterdam, a modern city with skyscrapers defining its skyline. While you are around Rotterdam, use the opportunity to visit the four royal palaces of The Hague and Delft. Delft is the birthplace of the renowned Dutch painter Vermeer, and the city where the story of the 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' novel unfolds. Eindhoven, with the second largest airport in the Netherlands, is ideal for fans of outdoor activities (large parks) and modern art (Van Abbemuseum). You may also fly to Groningen in the north to enjoy rich nightlife and visit unique museums, such as Tobacco and Comic museums.
Tulip fields of the Netherlands, located in the northern part of Holland (northwest of Amsterdam), are one of the staples of the nation. Visit this part of the country to admire the vast expanses of multi-coloured flowers arranged in straight lines. The Keukenhof Gardens property, one of the world's largest gardens, features flowery paths winding through a verdant environment. Besides tulips, you will find daffodils and bluebells among other flowers grown there. The best time of the year to visit flowery fields and Keukenhof tulip gardens is around mid-April. Netherlands windmills are iconic landmarks of the Dutch countryside. These structures used to drain water from the lowlands first, but the producers found them useful for gin production at some point. Zaanse Schans, near Amsterdam, boasts a big collection of authentic windmills, while the windmills of Schiedam, around 30 metres tall, are the world's largest. In summer, visit Zandvoort Beach, west of Amsterdam, to enjoy water sports, cycle or have fun at beach bars.
The Netherlands is mostly a flat country, intersected by rivers, canals and lakes. By travelling through Holland, you may find occasional low rolling hills, while the highest peak, Vaalserberg (322 metres), lies to the south at the base of the Ardennes. The geography of the Netherlands supports large-scale livestock growing. When you visit the country, tour its dairy farms to taste the best of the local cheese. Consider visiting cheese markets that take place in the cities of Gouda, Edam, Woerden and Alkmaar. Think about renting a car in the Netherlands to tour its national parks. Explore sand dunes and dense forests of Hoge Veluwe NP by riding a bike or admire sandy expanses of Dunes of Loon and Drunen. Visit Weerribben-Wieden NP for a canoe ride on its lakes and canals in the shade of lush forests.
Driving is the best way of getting around in the Netherlands since the small country features an extensive and well-maintained network of roads. Well-placed signposts mark the roads, but you may find a Netherlands map useful while driving. Always drive on the right-hand side and adhere to the speed limits, which are 130km/h on motorways, 100km/h on roads and 50km/h in towns if not stated differently. The maximum allowed blood alcohol level is 0.5ml, which corresponds to a small beer. To rent a car in the Netherlands, travellers need to be at least 19 years old and a driving licence for a minimum of one year. Fastening safety belts is mandatory for everyone in the car and you may only have short telephone conversations with hands-free technology while driving. To pay for parking throughout Holland, use cash and credit and debit cards.