Category: The Netherlands

Amsterdam: canals

Amsterdam has more than 100 kilometers of canals, about 1500 bridges and 100 islands. The main canals are Herengracht (Patrician’s canal), Keizersgracht (Emperor’s canal) and Prinsengracht (Prince’s canal). They exist since the 17th century. The canal ring area of Amsterdam including these three channels has a status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Amsterdam
The Dutch capital is often called the Venice of the North

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Kinderdijk

Around 17% of the land area of the Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea or lakes. This was achived by building dams and windmills. The latter were used to pump the water (as well as to grind grain into flour and to saw wood).

In 1740s a system of 19 windmills was built in Kinderdijk in order to drain the polders. Today these windmills are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands.

Kinderdijk
The windmills of Kinderdijk

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Keukenhof

Thinking about a romantic present for your girlfriend? Invite her to Keukenhof in the Netherlands. This is one of the largest gardens in the world with millions of flowers. Most of them are tulips.

Keukenhof flower garden
You will not find so many sorts of tulips elsewhere

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Baarle-Nassau

Baarle-Nassau is a little town in the South of the Netherlands. What makes it special is that there are numerous little exclaves of Belgium just next to this town. The borderline is extremely complicated. At many places it is depicted on the ground, which allows you to take funny fotos.

Baarle-Nassau
The borderline goes through the church

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