Holland is Beautiful!
Hi! My name is Gerrit and I will be your guide today.
Our destination is Holland, the country where I was born and raised.
On this website I will take you on a trip trough my country and I will show you many beautiful places. Our tour will cover but also go beyond the traditional destinations like Amsterdam, the flower bulb fields and a day trip to the former island of Marken. The best part of it all is that you don't have to leave your house.
Are you ready? Let's go!
Amsterdam is the most popular tourist destination in Holland. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, explore the beautiful canals, the many world class museums, the cafés, the parks; there's so much to see and to do!
Amsterdam's history goes back around one thousand years. The area was one big swamp in those days and by digging canals and building dikes the land was made usable for living and working.
If you ever flew to Holland in spring time and you approached Amsterdam Airport form the west you have seen the beautiful colorful tulip fields. From the air it looks like a patchwork of different colors, it's simply amazing!
Since the 16th century the Dutch have been growing Tulip bulbs and other flower bulbs. Originally form Turkey and Iran the tulip was introduced in Western Europe. The area just behind the dunes at the North Sea beach is very suitable for flower bulbs - it is known in Holland as the "Bollenstreek" (bulb area).
A rural village in the northwest corner of the province of Overijssel, Giethoorn is a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours. There are no roads within the the old village; all transport was done by boats trough the canals. Known in the Netherlands as "Venice of the North" Giethoorn has become a tourist attraction. Take a trip on a sightseeing boat or rent a "whisper boat", powered by an electric engine.
Just north of Amsterdam, the rural area called Waterland is an insider tip for people who want to see the breathtaking scenery of the countryside in the province of North Holland. Rent a car or, even better, a bicycle and explore the narrow roads, visit small villages, a farm museum, see and visit windmills, dream away in the unspoiled countryside, only miles from the vibrant city of Amsterdam.