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Famous 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.

Famous icons

Flowers

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.

Windmills

Windmills

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

Cheese

Cheese

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

Clogs

Wooden Shoes

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

Delft Blue

Delft Blue

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

Canals

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.

Cycling

Bicycles

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

Ice Skating

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.

Traditional food

Sweet and savory snacks: bon appétit!

Bitterballen, stroopwafels and other typically Dutch foods. Discover our top 5 and eat like a local.

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What does the Netherlands look like? Famous images of Dutch canals and channels and of course the flower fields known all over the world. Especially that one iconic flower: the tulip. Other well-known traditional things from the Netherlands are the windmills in the polders, Delft blue pottery and wooden clogs. Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, Mondriaan... they are world famous painters from the Netherlands. Internationally, the Dutch Masters are held in high regarded. But the Netherlands is also known for its famous waterworks such as the Afsluitdijk or the Delta works, and for creating "new land" from the sea. To get somewhere, the Dutch like to take the bicycle. People grow up with Cycling in the Netherlands! In the city, in nature, to work, with bicycle bags, trailers or an electric motor. And do you know typical Dutch food? Cheese, herring, licorice and bitterballen... The Dutch love it.

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