Netherlands is also well-known as Holland but the official name of the country is the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The country is located in the Western Europe in the north part of the continent. The Netherlands border Germany, Belgium and the North Sea. The capital city as well as the largest city of the Netherlands is Amsterdam.
The official language is Dutch, but the majority of inhabitants speak also English fluently. The Netherlands is a home for 17,170,000 residents who live in an area of 41,543km².
The most significant cities of the Netherlands
The most important city of the Netherlands is definitely Amsterdam. It is the capital city of the Netherlands located in the North Holland. It is a home for 851,373 residents. During your stay in the city, it is worth to go to Van Gogh Museums, Heritage Amsterdam Museum and take a walk on Historic Canals. The city provides a lot of possibilities to reach the city. The most popular is travelling by plane. The city is served by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol that is the fifth busiest airport in the world and the third largest in Europe.
The second most interesting city in the Netherlands is Rotterdam. The city is placed in the South Holland at the North Sea. It is a port city – it is the largest European Port and the 11th in the world. The city is also the second largest city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam. Rotterdam is full of interesting places worth visiting. Some of them are: the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Netherlands Architecture Institute as well as the Maritime Museum Rotterdam. Every holidaymaker who would like to see the largest port in Europe may arrive in Rotterdam by ship or using the air transport. The city as well as the Hague is served by Rotterdam the Hague Airport that is the third largest airport in the Netherlands that serves mainly European destinations.
The interesting information on the Netherlands
Nevertheless, before you come to the Netherlands, it is worth to learn more about their interesting facts. They are following:
– The Wilhelmus – the anthem of the Netherlands is the oldest national anthem in the world. It was written in the 16th century.
– Holland was the first country where the gay marriages were legalised. It was in 2001.
– The Dutch men are considered to be the tallest men in the world. The ladies are the second tallest women in the world.
– The most notable painters in the world come from the Netherlands. They are Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt.