Although officially called Kingdom of the Netherlands, most folks simply refer to this country as Holland. North Holland and South Holland are actually provinces within the country, and The Netherlands' Antilles and Aruba in the Caribbean are also Dutch territories. Here, in this populous land, you can eat delectable cheeses and delicious sweets, like stroop waffles and Oliebollen, take in the quaint charm of tulips surrounding windmills, add to your collection of delftware, and view the diamonds of Antwerp's world-renowned diamond industry. And while Dutch is the national language, English-speaking travelers will have no difficulty getting around.
LITTLE AMSTERDAM Leiden, the Netherlands
Discover the town of Leiden, which many refer to as "Little Amsterdam." It's the birthplace of the esteemed painter Rembrandt, and tourists are drawn to the city's historic sites and numerous cultural attractions.
BOOK A ROOM Hotels in the Netherlands
Planning a trip to the Netherlands? Amsterdam is only one of the Netherlands' hotspots that boasts a wide selection of great accommodations. So, regardless of which corner of the Netherlands lures you, you should be able to find your ideal hotel with these ratings, reviews and photos.
A LESSON IN LUXURY Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam
Every guest will feel pampered with this landmark hotel's "Legendary Services," which encompass everything from butlers and carriage tours to royal breakfasts and grand boat excursions.
A TASTE OF JAPAN
Hotel Okura Amsterdam
Towering 23 stories above the winding canals of Amsterdam and just south of the city's heart, this sleek hotel offers a Zen-like atmosphere of refinement and harmony and a progressive jet lag program.
DUTCH DINING Amsterdam Restaurant
Find the best dining options in Amsterdam with GAYOT's Restaurant Search. Pictured above: Vinkeles, a luxurious eatery in The Dylan Amsterdam hotel featuring French-inspired cuisine.
EXECUTIVE TRAVEL Business Travel Guide: Amsterdam
the traditional Dutch live-and-let-live attitude, but
plan ahead and find all you need to know for your stay, including top business hotels, restaurants for impressing clients and after-hours pursuits with fellow execs.
Each year on the first day of spring, millions of narcissi, tulips, hyacinths and other bulb flowers bloom throughout the 600-acre Keukenhof Park near Amsterdam. The famous flower display is the site for the largest annual flower parade from Noordwijk to Haarlem.
TOP HONEYMOON HOTELS The Dylan
If you want to honeymoon in an elegant setting, here you can sleep in pristine white sheets with a single flower at the foot of your bed and a slanting roof overhead. Or if you prefer something less demure, book the peppermint candy-striped Klassbols Room.
FULFILL YOUR ROYAL FANTASIES Château
Consider them the original luxury hotels. Built as private
residences, they were also often designed with accommodating
guests in mind. This 15th-century castle was rescued
from ruins and makes you feel like royalty during your
ROCKIN' OUT Pinkpop
Reputedly the world’s oldest rock festival, Pinkpop attracts over 60,000 folks each year and has drawn the likes of Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello and Bjork to perform at this three-day jam fest.