If you are a traveler looking to experience a land with a vibrant history and cultural heritage, then a visit to the Netherlands is definitely one you will relish as this land is home to some of the world’s renowned cultural events, as well as famous historical, natural and archaeological sites.
Let’s take a look at 3 Dutch historical and cultural attractions that stand out.
#1 The Tulip festival
The Tulip is undoubtedly the most important flower in Dutch history and a symbol of the country’s rich culture and economic prosperity. The Tulip festival draws its history back in the 16th century when Tulips became a very popular flower in the Netherlands and the center of the Dutch Golden Age. This festival has now become a tourist sensation and an epitome of Dutch culture worldwide as it is commemorated annually in every country that has a Dutch presence.
2 The Historical Dutch Castles
Netherlands is home to over 700 castles most of which were in use in the Middle Ages and have now been converted into archaeological sites and tourist attractions. The most famous castle is the Castle Durweth which is one of the oldest Dutch castles that dates back to the 12thcentury. This castle is renowned for its beautiful architecture, pristine and tranquil surrounding, as well as its strategic positioning on the banks of the Rhine river, which contributes to its picturesquescenery. Other notable castles are the castle of Amerongen and the Weldem Castle.
3 The Hollandic waterline
The Hollandic water line was a series of water-based defenses that were conceived and built in the 17th century and further improvements made over the centuries. This water line essentially transformed Holland into an island thereby offering good cover against ground invaders. The Dutch successfully used these defenses to win a number of important battles in their history. Today, many of the forts that were built along the water line throughout the centuries are still intact and provide an interesting tourist attraction to both local and international tourists. You can opt to take a bike ride or a hike along the water line as you learn more about the history and appreciate the medieval architecture of the various forts.
There are of course plenty more attractions that the Netherlands has to offer but we believe the above options should be at the top of your itinerary as they will give you an opportunity to fully appreciate the Dutch history and rich cultural heritage.