"BICYCLES RULES!" Netherlands by pieter_jan_v
Netherlands Travel Guide: 31,780 reviews and 86,416 photos
The picture (made by Jan van Hengel) is the cover of an old tourist record (Philips 632007RL).
You're welcome to visit this beautiful land, which was handcrafted by the people themselves. Remember, a great part of Holland was painfully gained from the sea and nowadays manmade dikes are the only assurance we can live here.
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Visit the OFF THE BEATEN PATH for adresses of Dutch Record Shops outside Amsterdam.
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Bicycles really rule the Netherlands. There are 19 million bicycles in usable state. 84% of the Dutchman owns one or more bicycles. On average a Dutchman cycles 2.5 kilometers per day or around 900 kilometers anually. Each year 4,500.000.000 bicycle rides are made; 200,000.000 are for recreational trips.
The total length of Dutch bicycle paths is 17,000 kilometers and on top of that there's 65,000 kilometers of city roads open to cyclers.
The classic Dutch image is one of windmills, dikes, cheese, tulips, flat lands, bicycles and so on.
These symbols are still used to promote my country, but not all of them are related to the present Dutchies.
So, don't be surprised exploring a modern country, with the classic characteristics only being present at touristic attractions.
- Pros:Flat and green
- Cons:Lack of space
- In a nutshell:More than tulips and windmills
Most people will arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport; see my Schiphol page for all details. Other Dutch Airports... more travel advice
Be aware of trees with a red/whire striped ribbon with the wording: PAS OP EIKENPROCESSIERUPS. These ribbons warn you... more travel advice
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