Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, is truly a gem. A tangle of winding canals wraps around the walkable, medieval city center. The city's streets, complete with trendy shops and delicious restaurants, embody charm and history.
Amsterdam is a thriving, modern city with an old world feel -- and with over 7,000 buildings from the 18th century or earlier, it’s easy to see why.
Den Haag (the Hague), is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city in the south Netherlands. It’s a political hub, home to the Dutch government and many international courts and, as such, it doesn’t have quite the young, loose feel of Amsterdam.
Keukenhof is the world’s largest flower garden. If you’re in Holland from mid-March to mid-May, make it a point to see these spectacular gardens, as they are likely the most beautiful in the world.
Haarlem is one of the most quintessentially Dutch towns in Holland. Picture wide, meandering canals, cobbled streets, and medieval architecture. In the center of town is an open square called Grote Markt, home to the city’s best street market and a soaring gothic cathedral.
If your first thought upon reading this name is a wheel of cheese, you wouldn’t be wrong. This town gave the world a great gift by inventing its namesake-- Gouda Cheese.