The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland) is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Dutch: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden), consists of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, and Aruba; is a constitutional monarchy, located in northwestern Europe, bordered by the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east. The current borders were established in 1839.
Holland is a region in the central-western part of the Netherlands. Holland is a former county of the Holy Roman Empire, ruled by the Count of Holland, and later the leading member of the Republic of the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands (Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden, 1581–1795). North Holland and South Holland lie along the western coast of the Netherlands. Why not take a ferry to Holland with FerryTravels and enjoy the home to Van Gogh, tulips, wind mills and channels and to take a further look at the local attractions.
The Netherlands is often referred to by the name Holland. This is not terminologically precise, as the provinces of North and South Holland in the western Netherlands are only two of the country's twelve provinces. North Holland has everything for a varied short or long holiday. All those elements which are so typical of the Netherlands you will find in North Holland. Beautiful beaches, historic towns and villages with exciting museums and cosy restaurants, water in and surrounding the province, miles and miles of walking and cycling paths, flowering bulb fields in the spring.
Amsterdam is the capital city (hoofdstad), and The Hague (Dutch: Den Haag or 's-Gravenhage) is the Netherlands' seat of government (regeringszetel), the home of the monarch (residentie), and the location of most foreign embassies.
The Netherlands is a densely populated and geographically low-lying country and is popularly known for its windmills, cheese, clogs (wooden shoes), dikes, tulips, bicycles and social tolerance. Its policies are liberal toward drugs, prostitution, same-sex marriage, abortion and euthanasia. The country is host to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
Travel to Holland with Ferry Travels and take advantage of the country's countless options for water sports like sailing, canoeing, rowing, wind or kite surfing, or cruising the water on your own motor yacht, you have plenty of options. Try the veritable water sports paradise between Utrecht and Amsterdam, including the marvelous “waterscapes” of Loosdrecht, Vinkeveen and Aalsmeer.
A remarkable aspect of the Netherlands is the flatness of the country. Hilly landscapes can be found only in the central part, the south-eastern tip of the country and where the glaciers pushed up several hilly ridges such as the Hondsrug in Drenthe, the stuwwallen near Nijmegen, Salland, Twente and the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Further south you will find hilly landscape, great local cuisine and beautiful, picturesque villages - a great setting for a short break or holiday.
This area is also the home of Mondo Verde Gardens near Valkenburg where you can admire ‘China in springtime’, ‘Siberia in the summer’, ‘Portugal in autumn’ and ‘Morocco during wintertime’. These are just a few examples of the many varieties of gardens that Mondo Verde Gardens can offer. Taking a Ferry to Holland will also bring you close to Holland’s famous bulb growing region with numerous flower exhibitions through the year.
The country is also subdivided in water districts, governed by a water board (waterschap or hoogheemraadschap), each having authority in matters concerning water management. The creation of water boards actually pre-dates that of the nation itself, the first appearing in 1196. In fact, the Dutch water boards are one of the oldest democratic entities in the world still in existence.
The Noord-Holland Peninsula's North Sea coast combines kilometers of sand with the unspoilt natural environment of the Noord-Holland Dunes Reserve, popular with walkers and cyclists in summer and winter alike. Travel to Holland with Ferry Travels and explore the Dutch peninsula's North Sea coast! Don’t miss this and book a ferry to Holland. About half of its surface area is less than 1 metre (3.3 ft) above sea level, and much of it is actually below sea level.
An extensive range of dykes and dunes protects these areas from flooding. Numerous massive pumping stations keep the ground water level in check. The highest point, the Vaalserberg, in the south-eastern most point of the country, is 321 metres (1,053 ft) above sea level. A substantial part of the Netherlands, all of the province of Flevoland (contains the largest man-made island in the world) and large parts of Holland, has been reclaimed from the sea. These areas are known as polders. This has led to the saying "God created the world, but the Dutch created the Netherlands."
If art is your interest there will be plenty of options as well with the well-know Dutch masters of painting such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Mondrian. With Ferry Travels you can book your ferry for your next trip to Holland.