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ZUID-HOLLAND

The Dutch province of South Holland is home to Den Haag (The Hague), heart of the government—although the official capital is Amsterdam—and seat of the International Court of Justice of the United Nations (UN).

In the sub-region of Rijnmond, literally meaning “Rhine mouth” where the Rhine River flows into the North Sea, the modern metropolis of Rotterdam holds the 2nd largest port in the world.

Cities and Region

Rotterdam

modern architecture, restaurants, nightlife, large port

The Hague (Den Haag)

Scheveningen beaches, government headquarters, royal palace

Delft

Delftware pottery

Leiden

Lisse and Keukenhof flower garden, bulb fields

Dordrecht

Kinderdijk windmill network, polder area (land reclaimed from the sea and lakes)

Gouda

cheese market, lakes and water sports

South Holland

Historic towns and islands for water sports, cycling and hiking


Weekend in Amsterdam

Diversity is embraced here. “Weird” might be the Dutch norm due to pragmatic tolerance. This trade city has been accustomed to associating with different cultures, ideologies and lifestyles for centuries. Cooperation defines the Dutch. Tolerance makes Amsterdam’s heart beat. Rather than losing control to the social issues that can’t be eliminated through legislation—such as soft drugs,…

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