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South Holland

Why go?

South Holland is a province that has something new to offer to visitors every day, from strolling through iconic historic cities like Delft and Leiden to being part of vibrant life in cities like Rotterdam and The Hague. Or how about cycling through the flower bulb fields, or kite surfing off one of the many beaches? Whatever your holiday plans may be, these popular cities are a great starting point for your exploration of South Holland:

See & do

Eating & drinking

Here, there are several sea ports and a long coastline along the North Sea. Fish dishes are served everywhere. Do you see a fish stall? Try some kibbeling (deep fried fish) or Hollandse Nieuwe herring. Big cities like Rotterdam and The Hague have it all, so you can choose your favorite cuisine from around the world. There are also countless restaurants and cafés in Leiden, many with pleasant terraces!

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Check out the best museums in South Holland and buy your tickets online now. Are you going to visit the Vermeer Centre, Beelden aan Zee, or Naturalis? Discover the countless other museums too.

Information about South Holland

South Holland offers pretty much everything that makes the Netherlands so famous. Historic cities like Delft and Leiden, tulips in the flower-bulb fields and Keukenhof, and windmills on Kinderdijk. Don’t forget to enjoy the coast, since South Holland has many lovely coastal towns like Scheveningen and Noordwijk.

Picturesque cities

Many famous painters were inspired by the beauty of South Holland. The Hague, for instance, boasts the well-known Panorama Mesdag. Vermeer created a number of paintings depicting street life in Delft and Leiden is also known for a famous painter, to wit Rembrandt van Rijn. Rotterdam is a more modern city and offers beautiful contemporary architecture. 

Coastal towns in South Holland

If you want to get away from the bustle of the Randstad, you should visit one of the province’s lovely coastal towns. Scheveningen offers many beach pavilions, the beautiful Pier, and the luxury Kurhaus hotel. The Noordwijk beach includes a beautiful dune landscape that is perfect for hiking and cycling. Kijkduin and Katwijk are two other coastal towns worth a visit and many beach clubs are open all year. Enjoy the beaches and nature on the island Voorne-Putten in the province of South Holland; Visit the historic fortified town of Brielle and fine seaside resorts such as Rockanje and Oostvoorne.

Accessibility of South Holland

Public transport services will easily take you to most cities and towns in this province. Trains depart from Amsterdam to most big cities several times per hour. The train service between the cities is excellent as well, with most routes taking less than 30 minutes. If you want to visit one of the coastal towns or Keukenhof, you can travel by one of the great bus lines.

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