Traditional Dutch icons

The Netherlands (or Holland) may be a small country, but it’s packed with world famous icons. Discover our bulb fields, windmills, cheese markets, wooden shoes, canals of Amsterdam, masterpieces of Old Masters, Delft Blue earthenware, innovative water-management and millions of bicycles. Find out more about these and other typical Dutch highlights. 

  • Tulips

    There once was a flower that was unable to settle down anywhere. From the mountains in Kazakhstan, the flower bulb wandered about in Persia, China and Turkey.

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  • Windmills

    The first windmills were invented in antiquity, but it was the Dutch who really hit it off with this wooden giant.

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  • Cheese

    The Dutch are cheese-heads. Archeological digs have proven that cheese was already being made on Dutch soil thousands of years ago.

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  • Wooden Shoes

    Clogs are typically Dutch. Bring them home as a souvenir or visit a traditional clog maker.

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  • Delft Blue

    Delft Blue is the world-famous earthenware that has been produced in the city of Delft since the 16th century.

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  • Canals

    Discover Holland from a different perspective and take a cruise through the canals.

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  • Dutch painters

    Old Masters changed the art of painting forever with their brush strokes. Dutch painters such as Rembrandt & Vermeer developed a worldwide reputation in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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  • Bicycles

    We offer up to 10 reasons why cycling is the perfect way to explore Holland.

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  • Eleven Cities Tour

    The biggest ice-skating tour in the world. The first Elfstedentocht took place in 1909 and has been held 15 times in total.

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Some municipalities still showcase costumes, although this is more for the purpose of folklore rather than a daily tradition. You can be photographed in local costume in Volendam.

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The Netherlands is home to various culinary surprises. The basis is formed from fresh and regional products, transformed into true creations on your plate by way of passionate chefs. Read more about Dutch cuisine.

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