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Intro into Holland

The Netherlands shares borders to the south with Belgium and to the east with Germany. The weather in Holland is fantastic and its renowned for being flat, with traditional images of canals, windmills, clogs and tulips. Large areas of The Netherlands have been reclaimed from the sea and consequently one fifth of the country lies below sea level. The landscape is broken by the forest of Arnhem, which was the seen of many battles during World War II.

Holland is a small country, but known around the world for its liberalism. When most tourists go to Holland they only go to Amsterdam for the nightlife and coffee shops. The Netherlands is far more than just its capital, as The Hague and Rotterdam have loads of history and a great nightlife as well. Rotterdam was almost totally destroyed during World War II and it has emerged as Europe’s (and indeed one of the world’s) biggest port and a leader in urban regeneration.

When most people think of Holland, they think of Amsterdam and the coffee shops and how liberal it is. I'm afraid I have some bad news for you that some might find upsetting. From January 1, 2012 foreign visitors are banned from visiting cannabis - selling coffee shops in the south of the country. The decision was made by the government to combat anti-social behaviour among tourists. Licenced coffee shops will now only admit Dutch residents who can present what has been branded a 'dope card'. The new rules are expected to come into force in the rest of the country in January 2013 and this includes Amsterdam.

Besides these new rules please keep in mind that the Dutch love to see people visiting their country, so wherever you go you will be warmly welcomed. The people are great, the beer great, and the festivals are out of this world. Well enough said, have we sold you on the country yet?

 

 

 

 
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