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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

Read all about Dutch tulips here. When do they flower and where can you see the most beautiful tulips? Read all about Keukenhof as well.

Windmills

Windmills

Read all about Dutch windmills here. Which mills can you visit? Check out photos of the best windmills in Holland.

Cheese

Cheese

Discover everything about Dutch cheese. Visit the cheese markets and read more about the types and history of cheese.

Clogs

Wooden Shoes

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

Delft Blue

Delft Blue

Discover everything about the famous Delft Blue pottery. Where is it made, what is its history, and where can you buy it?

Canals

Canals

The canals of Holland are in one word beautiful. If you visit Holland you should tour the canals of Amsterdam. Learn more about the canals of Holland.

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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Traditional food

Tasting beer and jenever: the best tips

Discover the history of these traditional and typically Dutch drinks.

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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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