The Netherlands, informally Holland for the original County of Holland, is a country in North-western Europe with some overseas territories in the Caribbean. In Europe, it consists of 12 provinces that border Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, with maritime borders in the North Sea with those countries and the United Kingdom.
The Netherlands is known everywhere as the land of windmills, canals, and tulips, and today's visitors certainly will find these among its many tourist attractions. But along with the breath-taking gardens and picturesque villages, they'll also find a vibrant capital filled with museums showcasing the country's rich heritage of artists (think Rembrandt and Van Gogh). There are medieval castles and cityscapes, a 13,800-acre national park, and a tide control system that's been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. All these attractions and things to do are within a relatively compact area, and the landscape is quite flat (the highest elevation is barely a thousand feet above sea level). So, it's easy to do at least a little sightseeing the Dutch way: by bicycle. Many communities actively encourage the use of pedal-power and provide free bikes to explore the sights. However, you choose to see the Netherlands, you're guaranteed a great time in one of the friendliest and most liberal cultures in Europe.