Netherlands are famous for tulips, of course, but as a country with a
rich artistic and cultural history, it has a lot more besides.
western provinces of this land of water are populated by windmills which
sit above the polders along the very river that gave its name to
Amsterdam. Discover cities such as Haarlem and Delft which are meccas for lovers
of pottery and art. A barging cruise uncovers some of Holland’s hidden
gems and is the perfect way to experience the best the country has to
Gardens. People from all across the globe come to indulge
in and be inspired by the natural beauty of Holland; famous for
its bulb fields and wide variety of flowers.
Visit the historic and charming 800-year old city of Haarlem. Once a major trading port, Haarlem is an exciting maze of cobbled
streets and gabled houses at the center of a major bulb growing
Aalsmeer Flower Auction.
million plants and flowers from all over the globe traded here. They set
the world price for flowers and plants. This happens by bringing supply
and demand together by means of the auction clock. Each day, 19 million flowers and two million plants are sold through 13 clocks. The auction begins when each cart of flowers is presented to the buyers, one at a
time. As soon as the carts are displayed, the famous Aalsmeer clock
starts ticking down from 100, and as the time falls, so does the price
of the cart. The first person to make a bid gets the cart and they have
been known to sell within hundredths of a second. Buyers don’t have to
purchase the entire cart which is compiled of a number of crates, but
the bidding continues until everything is sold.
Zaanse Schans conservation area was created in the 1960s in order to
preserve the buildings and crafts of the country’s industrial revolution
in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With a dozen windmills, a
collection of traditional houses and workshops and a number of museums,
it offers an unparalleled insight into Dutch social and industrial
Vermeer, is home to the
Royal Dutch Delftware Porcelain Factory. This country has so many museums. Amsterdam alone has over 50 museums: the Dutch Masters and Golden Age paintings, modern art, press,
film, theatre, photography, shipping, science & technology, bags & purses, as well as the Tropical museum and the Jewish museum. The Netherlands may be a small nation but there’s plenty to do and see. Enjoy!
Springtime really is a glorious time of year to embark on a hotel barge
cruise. We offer a wide variety of destinations, from the colorful
waterways of Holland to the picturesque landscapes of Burgundy; from the
sunshine of the Canal du Midi to the unspoiled countryside of
Gascony… Don’t forget England, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy!
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