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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.

Dutch Traditions

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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Dutch Traditions

Windmills

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

Dutch Traditions

Cheese

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

Dutch Traditions

Wooden Shoes

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

Dutch Traditions

Delft Blue

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

Dutch Traditions

Canals

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

Dutch masters

From Rembrandt van Rijn to Rem Koolhaas. Discover the Dutch masters, both old and modern.

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Bicycles

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

Dutch Traditions

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.

Cycling holidays past the icons of Holland

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