In the Netherlands, the people are tall, the land is flat, and if it weren’t for the ingenious system of dykes they would both be underwater. With a bucolic countryside and cities renowned for their art and culture, Holland is a unique and charmingly romantic destination. Although it is known for its rustic windmills, clogs, and fields of tulips and Holsteins, Holland’s most popular attraction remains Amsterdam, a capital at once cosmopolitan and cozy. Many-chimneyed houses packed along a maze of canals, a wealth of cafés and museums: this city is the civilized traveller’s dream, with an architecture reflecting its Golden Age in the 17th century, when merchant shipping made Amsterdam the richest city in the world. Discover the imposing Royal Palace and Vondelpark or visit the Rijkmuseum with its masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals. Rotterdam stands in stark contrast to Baroque Amsterdam, with a richly multicultural population, anything-goes postmodern architecture, a vibrant arts scene and non-stop nightlife.