Late Breaks in Holland
Imagine large shoes, the smell of black coffee beans brewing in the air, multi-colored Tulips and the best tasting cheese you will likely ever try. Now imagine bicycling past green luscious fields that go on for miles without even the slightest hint of a hill or slope nearby. This is what awaits you in Holland during your late break.
The geography of Holland is amazingly unique as much of its landscape features a whopping 7 meters below the sea level. It is a wonder why it is not covered in water. This makes it a wonder to see though because in order to keep the water at bay, sophisticated canals were formed throughout the country. These canals are commonly traveled by tourists and locals alike for some very romantic evenings.
Planning a Late Break in Holland -
When planning a late break to Holland, there are some great places in which you can visit and get a breathtaking experience in a short amount of time. Dutch cites like Maastricht and Nijmegen, located in old Holland, are perfect for this. You can easily and quickly travel to and from each of these cities by using Europe’s world famous railway system. Enjoy a comfortable and fully accommodated ride with stunning scenery on your way to any of these cities. Here are the cities broken down by tourist attractions, history and accommodations.
History and culture- Maastricht is one of the oldest known cities in all of the Netherlands and it is located in a small corner that is very approximate to the Belgium border. The streets are line with cobblestone and filled with tiny boutiques and shopping centers where you can get the perfect keepsake souvenirs. Besides the wonderful sites, Maastricht is full of history that entails an ancient story of the Romans and Celtics.
This city was thriving as early as a hundred thousand years ago when the Celtics settled here. It was the Romans though, who finished the development, making it what it is today. Remnants of the Romans lie all over this city in the form of sculptures and even bathing rooms. The history here also greatly involves religion. Many famous popes like John Paul the second have visited and even lived in Maastricht. The battle for independence in this city took place in early times but was lost to the Dutch. Since then, control over this city swapped hands many times between the Spanish and even the French but ultimately resided with the Dutch.
Places to stay-
The hotels located in Maastricht are cozy and very welcoming. You can stay right in the city or on the borders next to the countryside. Staying in a hotel on the country side promises some very fresh air and fantastic outdoor activities. Although, being in the city is not like staying in a traditional city, it is quiet and peaceful so wherever you stay, you are sure to have a relaxing trip. Prices can range from £33 to £330 depending on location and length of stay. If you are looking for more of a at home kind of feel for your late break, there are always local homes and rooms that are for rent on a short term basis. You can usually find these in local ads online.
Places to see- Maastricht is full of great places to see including museums and ancient artifact sites. Museums like the Spanish Government Museum which can be found on the Vrijthof square is a must see. The museum was home to Charles V and other famous aristocrats during very early times in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries. Here you can see their personal belongings that include riches like porcelain and silver. While it is only open 4 days a week, pricing is very reasonable at € 3.00 and kids under 16 pay nothing to get in. One great site to see here is Fort St Peter. It was built in the early Seventeen hundreds on Mount St. Peter and has many galleries surrounding it. You can climb to the top for a fantastic view of the city.
History and culture- The eldest city in the Netherlands dubbed, the city on the river, Nijmegan is a city with allot of deep history. It is a city surrounded by rivers, canals, and greenery which make the view astounding. Once occupied by the Jewish people, it tells a tale of the many tragedies that took place during the time of the Holocaust. Nijmegan is currently under Roman rule.
Places to stay- Hotels in Nijmegan, are located nestled in the heart of the city where you will be surrounded by large wooded areas, canals and all the local shopping your heart desires. The staff are typically very friendly to visitors and make them feel right at home. You can book some great hotel deals online for your late break in Holland.
Places to see- One of the things that Nijmegan is known for are the many national parks that are located here. A good one to see is The Hoge Veluwe. It is located on the outskirts of the city and contains fifty five hundred acres covered in flowers and trees which hold lots of species that are near extinct. The best thing is that the park provides bikes to ride for free while you are there.
Another magnificent national park is the Veluwezoom. It is known as being larger than any other national park in Holland. Here you will find an abundance of many types of birds including species which are endangered. These National parks are always great for sightseeing and taking a nice stroll through the wilderness.
The great outdoors, fabulous little shops, restaurants and cobblestone walkways. There is nothing more exhilarating than this while you take a stroll through the countryside, city and river canals learning about the fabulous history of Holland. Plan a late break here and you can experience all of this and more that you will be likely to never forget.