Flat and not the place you’d necessarily think of for a beach holiday, Holland is nevertheless popular with couples and families alike. Campsites in Holland are superbly equipped but perhaps most importantly they put you right at the heart of all sorts of fascinating towns and cities and are just a few steps away from the lovely Dutch countryside. Holland is famous for its canals, in particular in Amsterdam with its 100km of canals. They make a great way of getting to know what life in Amsterdam is really like.
Don’t expect the rolling green hills of northern France, Holland is famously flat with much of its landscape having been reclaimed from the sea. Pretty little communities, often with famous windmills, shelter behind dikes which are there to provide protection against possible flood damage. Because the land is flat bicycles are a great way to travel when you are on holiday. In fact the Dutch people and bicycles seem to go everywhere together, hand in hand. You’ll find many cycle paths alongside the canals and crossing the open heath land and countryside further inland.
Holland is a very cosmopolitan country and you will see signs of how well they take on other nations cultures and this is particularly true of food. Indonesian food is very popular but the real local speciality is Poffertjes which are small fluffy pancakes that are especially nice served with plenty of butter and sugar.
Dutch culture is very hard to describe briefly. The best thing to say is get involved and experience it. Take a canal tour through Amsterdam, visit the cheese market in Gouda, relive Dutch history at Zaanse Schans, or eat a fresh or pickled herring in Volendam. Other places to see include a cheese-making dairy, an old bakery, a grocer’s shop, a clog-maker’s workshop, a pewterer’s workshop and the Zaans Uurwerken Museum (Clock Museum), with a collection of old Dutch clocks.