By Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw

Try out works through Rembrandt and Van Gogh and motorcycle alongside canals fringed with Dutch elm trees—with Rick Steves’ Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels, tourists can event the simplest of this world-class destination—economically and uncomplicated. From historical attractions to innovative politics, the Netherlands deals never-ending attractions and actions, and nobody is familiar with how you can adventure all of it with out losing time and cash larger than Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw. They disguise the recognized locations, corresponding to the Anne Frank apartment and the crimson gentle District, in addition to a couple of off-the-beaten direction concepts that might take tourists clear of town and right into a nation-state jam-packed with windmills and previous farm homes. So even if it’s having fun with Flemish artwork in Bruges or a few of the world's top marijuana in Amsterdam, Rick Steves’ Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels leads the way.

Rick Steves has spent a hundred days each year given that 1973 exploring Europe. Rick produces a public tv sequence (Rick Steves' Europe), a public radio express (Travel with Rick Steves), and an app and podcast (Rick Steves Audio Europe); writes a bestselling sequence of guidebooks and a nationally syndicated newspaper column; organizes guided excursions that take millions of tourists to Europe each year; and gives an information-packed site ( With assistance from his hardworking employees of eighty at Europe in the course of the again Door—in Edmonds, Washington, simply north of Seattle—Rick's project is to make eu commute enjoyable, reasonable, and culturally broadening for Americans.

Gene Openshaw is a author, composer, journey consultant, and lecturer on artwork and heritage. focusing on writing strolling excursions of Europe's cultural attractions, Gene has coauthored 10 of Rick's books and contributes to Rick's public tv sequence. As a composer, Gene has written a full-length opera (Matter), a violin sonata, and dozens of songs. He lives close to Seattle along with his daughter, and roots for the Mariners in solid occasions and undesirable.

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Though only 8 percent of the labor force is made up of farmers, 70 percent of the land is cultivated, and—if you venture outside of Amsterdam—you’ll travel through vast fields of barley, wheat, sugar beets, potatoes, and flowers. “Holland” is just a nickname for the Netherlands. North Holland and South Holland are the largest of the 12 provinces that make up the Netherlands. The word Netherlands means “lowlands,” and the country is so named because half of it is below sea level, reclaimed from the sea (or rivers or lakes).

Consider carefully how long you’ll stay; don’t just assume you can extend your reservation for extra days once you arrive. If the response from the hotel tells you its room availability and rates, it’s not a confirmation. You must tell them that you want that room at the given rate. For more spontaneity, you can make reservations as you travel, calling hotels or B&Bs a few days to a week before your visit. If introduction and kitchen facilities are usually provided. Hostels are also a tremendous source of local and budget travel information.

5 million people (1,023 people per square mile; 15 times the population density of the US). About 80 percent are Dutch, 5 percent hail from other EU countries, and the rest are Indonesian, Turkish, Surinamese, and Moroccan. About a third are Catholic, 20 percent are Protestant, and 6 percent are Muslim. About 40 percent have no religious affiliation. Latitude and Longitude: 52°N and 5°E. The latitude is similar to Alberta, Canada. Area: 16,000 square miles—about twice the size of New Jersey. Geography: The Netherlands is located at the mouths of three major European rivers: the Rhine, the Waal, and the Meuse.

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