Join us on an exciting journey through the most beautiful and picturesque places of one of the best regions in Europe. In Holland you will find a surprising variety of landscapes, places with charm and full of culture, and a very rich and varied gastronomy, the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable vacation. As always, we can arrive by plane to Amsterdam Airport, where car rentals are very economical, even from 95 euros a week. There is a lot to see in Amsterdam (you'll find more information about the city in the link).
But after visiting the capital we can go to Haarlem, only 24 km away. This province is placed right in the North Sea area and the most important city in the region is Haarlem. Visiting this area is really interesting since most of the peninsula is located below sea level.
Haarlem is known as the historical capital of Holland and it dates back to the 10th century. Historic buildings and their streets full of culture are a landmark in the province. There are many advantages to visiting the city, one of them is that it takes just a day to see the most interesting places, such as the Grote Markt, the Frans Hals Museum or the beautiful Adriaan Windmill.
A curious fact of Haarlem is that its name sounds familiar by the district of Haarlem in New York. This is because the Dutchman Peter Stuyvesant, from the city of Haarlem, founded the city of New Haarlem in the United States in 1658, which ended up being absorbed by the present city of New York and became the district of Haarlem.
We continue our journey through the Netherlands to Drenthe, 200 km from Haarlem. Visiting the Drenthe region is a pleasure. The capital of this region is Assen, where you will enjoy unrivaled museums such as the Drents Museum of Art, or the Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork, a museum dedicated to the Nazi genocide in the invasion of the Netherlands in 1940. You can also visit the prehistoric museum of Ellert In Brammert, where you will see a settlement thousands of years old.
80 km from the Drenthe region we find Friesland, located in the north of the country. Sightseeing in Friesland means visiting a very peculiar Holland because its inhabitants have another language and culture. This happened when, in 1932, the government isolated this region with the construction of the Afsluitdijk, an impressive dike, which prevented half of the region from having access to the sea.
This area is full of lakes and charming villages, and when travelling near this place you should not miss the villages of Makkum, Harlingen or Hyndeloopen.