Visit the Netherlands

Netherlands

Overview

The Netherlands, also known as Holland is located in North-West Europe.  While the capital city is Amsterdam, the seat of government is in The Hague, which means that the Queen, foreign embassies, and government ministries are all situated there.  The Hague is also famously home to four international courts and 150 international organizations, many of which focus on international justice.

 

As a founding member of the European Union the local currency is Euros, while the local language is Dutch.

 

Sites to See

Most of the popular sites are located in the capital city Amsterdam, including the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House (found in the attic in which she hid during WWII), and the Red Light District.

 

Windmills, tulips and boating along the canal are other popular spectacles.

 

Cuisine

The Dutch are probably best known for their cheeses which include Gouda, Edam, and Leyden.

 

Coenraad Johannes van Houten, a Dutch chemist was responsible for introducing milk chocolate to Europe, having created the first machine for creating cocoa powder.

 

If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, try the popular local treat zoute drop, a.k.a. salty black licorice.

Famous People

There are many famous painters from the Netherlands spanning numerous centuries including Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and Willem de Kooning.  The infamous philosopher Spinoza was from Holland, as was the famous diarist (and Holocaust victim) Anne Frank.

 

Casinos in the Netherlands

The National Foundation for the Exploitation of Casino Games in the Netherlands, better known as the Holland Casino is the largest casino in the Netherlands.  First established in 1976, it now has 14 offices across the country, with a variety of games ranging from French roulette to Caribbean Stud poker, the profits of which go to the Dutch state treasury.  The biggest branch is in Amsterdam, but you can start playing as soon as you land in the Schipol (airport) location.

Map of The Netherlands

Upcoming Events Across Europe

  • Rhine in Flames, Germany

    Germany’s most famous waterway gets lit up by fireworks displays every Saturday night in May. The illuminating spectacle takes place all along various points on the Rhine River each weekend. Each town along the river celebrates with events and festivals which include music, dancing, and great food. There’s no better way to brighten up your weekend German getaway.

  • Cannes Film Festival, France

    The Super Bowl of cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is arguably Europe’s biggest event of the calendar year. Tens of thousands flock to the French Riviera to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top actors walking the red carpet steps. Glitz and glamour rule the day as films of all genres take center stage from May 11–22.

  • Chelsea Flower Show, England

    Put on by the Royal Horticultural Society from May 24–28, be prepared to be greeted by 11 acres of the UK's finest flowers, gardens, and nursery exhibits. You’ll surely develop a passion for plants as you stroll through the vibrant, blooming event grounds.