Netherlands is also known as Holland, which is a name derived from the name 'Houtland' meaning a low lying country is located in Northwestern Europe. Most of the land in Netherlands was once underwater, but that has not stopped it from becoming one of the most urbanised and also most densely populated nations in the world. Netherlands has a wide range of places for people to visit all confined to a relatively small area.
The Geography of Netherlands. This country has one of the most unusual geographical characteristics since most of the land is reclaimed from the sea and some of it is mostly below sea level. This land is protected by the dikes found along the border to the sea. However, this country can be divided into two areas which are the low flatlands at the western and northern side, and the higher grounds which has a few minor hills on the east and southern parts. Netherlands is protected from the sea by a wide range of coastal dunes, seawalls. The dikes and levees that are along the rivers also help in protecting the country from facing flooding problems.
People and culture in Netherlands. People of Netherlands, also referred to as the Dutch speak the Dutch language and they share a common culture. There are many traditional arts, dances, cultural styles of clothing and music among the culturally rich community.
Traveling in Netherlands. People planning to visit Netherlands are most likely to visit the following six places;
Amsterdam. This city is one of Europe's most prominent short- break destinations. The warm, welcoming locals and the beautiful environment around the city make it one of the most attractive places in the world to visit. The summer events around the area and meeting the diverse cultures are just but a few of the memorable moments that one can have while visiting Amsterdam. The world's most famous sights in Amsterdam include the Anne Frank Huis, the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum.
Zuid-Holland and Utrecht. The Zuid-Holland is the province with the densest population in Netherlands. It comprises of a series of towns and cities. This province has a series of museums and galleries around the towns attracting visitors from all over the world.
Noord-Holland. Noord-Holland is mainly a rural area to the North of Amsterdam and is constituted of long stretches of green, and flatlands with extended horizons with only a few windmills and farmhouses in the fields.At the west coast of this province are the dunes along which are shielded by broad sandy beaches which attracts many tourists and local people to this province.
The eastern Netherlands. Eastern Netherlands a combination of three provinces which include, Flevoland, Overijssel, and the Gelderland province. These provinces comprise of a string of many country towns, with some old historical buildings.
Outdoor and activities in Netherlands. Most people who visit the Netherlands will mostly engage themselves in walking and cycling because the terrain there is flat. There are many sporting facilities in the Netherlands which include horse riding, swimming, and golfing among many others. However, it is advisable to apply sun protection measures and UV safety while attending the outdoor activities. Use of sunscreen, putting on a hat and wearing rap on sunglasses to protect the eyes are some of the ways to sun protection against UV rays.