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South Holland is one of the most densely populated and most industrialized regions in the world. Most people in the Netherlands live in this province. The Hague is the capital of the province, although Rotterdam is the largest city in the province. In South Holland you will find a lot of variety. From the big cities, to the beaches and from the harbor to the tulips in Keukenhof. For nature you can go to Dordrecht for the Hollandse Biesbosch.
Cities in South Holland
Although South Holland is a relatively small province in terms of surface area, this province has many cities. So you have the largest port in Europe in Rotterdam. The picturesque cities of Delft and Leiden. Of course the Binnenhof and Catshuis in The Hague. De Biesbosch near Dordrecht, not to mention the cheese city of the country, Gouda
In Rotterdam you will find many tourist attractions. It is a city with many faces. The harbor, the nightlife, the shopping streets including the shopping gutter and the art. But most importantly, Rotterdam is a Dutch architectural city, innovation is the focal point and the skyline is constantly changing. Perhaps the most famous, the Erasmus Bridge or Euromast. You can walk in all directions between the skyscrapers of Rotterdam. Great shopping, great food and numerous museums and attractions in the center and surrounding areas. You can also visit the Zoo Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam.
The Hague is one of the most special cities in the Netherlands. Not only because our government is based here, but also because of its many monuments, historic communities and its proximity to the coast. On Plein and Grote Markt there are many cozy restaurants that are buzzing every day of the week. The types of shops vary, as does the city itself. From luxury department stores and world-famous brands to cozy streets, there are boutiques and small accessory stores everywhere, you will find everything. In addition, The Hague also offers many world-class art and cultures. You can also enjoy yourself in The Hague at Madurodam or the Omniversum.
Leiden and Delft
Leiden and Delft are both historic and picturesque cities. Yet they are both unique in their own way. Leiden is known for its Leiden courtyards, among other things. The city has no fewer than 35 courtyards. Furthermore, Leiden and Delft are both real strolling cities. The best way to explore the city is by walking through it. Delft is of course known for its Delft blue pottery. At Royal Delft and the Delftse Pauw you can discover for yourself how this has been produced since the sixteenth century.
Dordrecht is the oldest city in the Netherlands. The city's rich past is still clearly visible. Dordrecht is best explored on foot. In the city, for example, the "circle of Dordt" is indicated, which takes you past most of the highlights. Near Dordrecht you will of course find the National Park De Biesbosch. In De Biesbosch you can enjoy walking, cycling or canoeing.
Gouda is mostly known for its world famous cheese. It is therefore the cheese city of the Netherlands, but actually much more than that. Gouda has a historic center with picturesque streets and attractive shops. A cheese market is organized every Thursday between April and August. This cheese market is still the same as the cheese market from 1935.
The beaches of South-Holland
If you say South Holland, you also say Scheveningen. Scheveningen is the most famous coastal town in the Netherlands. In Scheveningen you will find many beach pavilions, restaurants and the Kurhaus. However, Scheveningen is not the only coastal town to which you can escape from the busy Randstad. You can venture a visit to Kijkduin, Noordwijk or Katwijk. In Noordwijk you will find a dune area where you can walk or cycle. Many beach bars are open all year round.
Other activities in South Holland
South Holland is known for even more tourist attractions. Keukenhof takes place every year in the spring. You can then visit the largest flower park in the world. More than a million visitors come to see the Dutch tulips every year. In The Hague you can go to Madurodam. In Madurodam you can discover the whole of the Netherlands in one day. The miniature images show you what the Netherlands has to offer. In South Holland you will also find the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kinderdijk. At the windmills of Kinderdijk you can discover how the Netherlands has been dealing with water for 1000 years. You can visit Panorama Mesdag in The Hague, this gives a unique picture of Scheveningen in 1880.
Transport in South Holland
Almost all places and attractions are easily accessible by public transport. You can easily travel by train, bus, tram, metro or waterbus.
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