A Glimpse Into Immaculate Holland -Part I

Amazing Europe | | July 15, 2009 at 1:49 am


Located in the central-west part of Netherlands, Holland is the land of cordial, affectionate Dutch people with a plethora of experiences in its offing bound to leave one clamoring for more.

keukenhofHolland chiefly comprises of North and South Holland. Amsterdam, the capital of Holland is best explored via bicycle. The tapering streets and inland waterways provide a host of journeying options.

One can view splendid sights of close to 15 bridges while standing on the bridge at the bend of Herengracht and Reguliersgracht. The architectural magnificence of the arched bridges is heightened in the glistening radiance of a myriad of lights at night time. One can get on board a water bicycle or boat to explore the canals. The Skinny Bridge located across the Amstel River is among the most splendid bridges of Amsterdam.

The much-visited, Anne Frank House, located in central Amsterdam was the dugout for Anne Frank during World War II where she penned down her famed diary. The Oude Kerk, a hub for cultural hum-drum is the oldest church that dates back to the thirteenth century.

For water babies and those interested in tranquil picturesque beach settings under the gorgeous sun, the beaches of Blijburg, Strand West and Amsterdam Plage are the best bet. One can engage in some sunbathing or make sand castles. For an invigorating experience one can venture into the numerous cafes that dot the place. Amsterdam has an amazing night life with several options like discos, cherished plays ajnd movies that will alter one’s acuity of nightlife evermore.

Leidseplein has the lively feel in the night with numerous pubs located close by like Waterhole, Paradiso, Bulldog, the elegant Jimmy Woo or the pocket-friendly Cafe De Gieter. The infamous Red Light District has some unconventional bars like Bananenbar, The Irish Pub Slainte with its oddly ornate interiors, amongst many others.

The Rijk’s Museum is the largest museum in Holland and globally celebrated for its fine exhibitions. The Kroller Muller Museum houses some world renowned art collections.

The child brigade is bound to enjoy the huge aquariums and the diverse wild life at the Artis Zoo, the Historical Museum or delight in the puppet shows. One can go memorabilia hunting in Beverwijkse Bazaar that has a huge indoor market area, the Antiekcentrum De Looier or the numerous markets spread through the city. A multitude of floral varieties can be found in the Singel Market that is displayed in hanging barges.

The Teylers museum is a treasure chest of exceptional assortment of fossils, minerals, and rare bird species amongst others. Just ten miles from Haarlem is Keukenhof, located in Lisse that has the most exhilarating and vibrant spring attraction in Holland. One can find numerous varieties of tulips, hyacinths, daffodils amongst a host of other flowering plants, in different colors and forms. The latest Japanese Garden is much more ornate than the trademark Japanese gardens is a shinning icon of the long lasting association between Holland and Japan.

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