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River Cruise Experiences: Tulips and Windmills

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Spring is the best time of year to discover The Netherlands during tulip season. Besides tulips, cruising in The Netherlands is also famous for taking travelers into the heart of Kinderdijk to learn about windmills.
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Dam, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands
The central hub of downtown Amsterdam is Dam Square, and it’s been at the heart of the city’s history since the 13th century. Today, the open-air public space is ringed by shops and restaurants and packed with people, including street...
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Singel, 1012 XG Amsterdam, Netherlands
Since 1862, fresh flowers and plants have arrived by barge from the Dutch countryside to Amsterdam. While this assemblage of flora still shows up daily, it comes by van, not boat, to the Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower market. Here,...
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Herengracht 316, 1016 BW Amsterdam, Netherlands
The impressive facades of Amsterdam's 17th century canal houses conceal stunning gardens that come alive in spring. During Open Tulip Days in late April/early May, one ticket buys access to more than a dozen secluded gardens, most of which are...
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Prinsengracht 112, 1015 EA Amsterdam, Netherlands
As we walked across a bridge over a canal, seeking things that make Amsterdam unique, we found the Tulip Museum and of course obliged to enter. As two women from the States, we had little knowledge of the fields of tulips just outside this Dutch...
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2961 Kinderdijk, Netherlands
"God made the world but the Dutch created the Netherlands" goes an old saying, popular in Holland. For proof, visit Kinderdijk—19 spinning windmills in a stunning natural landscape that would be underwater were it not for Dutch ingenuity. Built in...
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2961 Kinderdijk, Netherlands
Hop on a bus in Rotterdam and you'll be transported to the past. Around 1740 about 19 sturdy windmills were built in Kinderdijk outside of Rotterdam. They have been well preserved to the present day and are even listed as a Unesco World Heritage...
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Keukenhofdreef, Lisse, Netherlands
Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands isn't one of the seven wonders of the modern world, but it very well could be. With over 7 million flowers, including a vibrant sea of tulips, orchids, hyacinths, lilies, and countless other varietals,...