The Netherlands river cruises from The River Cruise Line provide a convenient, yet thrilling way to explore the Netherlands.
The name Netherlands is Germanic for ‘lowlands’. Approximately 20% of its area is found below sea level, and 50% of its land sits less than 1 metre above sea level. There are countless canals and rivers throughout the country, making a river cruise and the Netherlands the perfect match.
The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy and is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The rest of the kingdom comprises the Dutch Antilles and Aruba in the Caribbean. The Netherlands is bordered by Belgium and Germany and its vast network of waterways find their way to its North Sea coast.
Netherlands River Cruises
Guide to cruising in Netherlands
The Dutch waterways comprise of a complex network of canals and rivers across the gentle landscapes of the Netherlands, and are the most compact network of inland waterways in Europe. A scenic river cruise along these waters takes you to picturesque towns and cities, quaint harbours and fishing villages. The journey also unearths priceless works of art and historically significant buildings.
There are a variety of locations to visit in the Netherlands. This includes its capital, Amsterdam, which is famed for its network of canals; Arnhem, the site of one the fiercest battles of World War II; and Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world.
Great food and wine
Traditionally, Dutch cuisine has been simple and rustic, with many vegetables and little meat. In recent times, this diet has evolved and is much more cosmopolitan, with most international cuisines being represented in the major cities.
Dutch beer is a famous produce from this nation with Heineken brewed in the west, Grolsh in the east, and Bavaria in the south.
However, the Netherlands is most famous for its cheese – they have been making it since AD400. Nowadays, the nation is the largest exporter of cheese in the world.
The Dutch waterways boast colourful canals, quaint windmills and a rich maritime history. The country is best known for its vibrant tulips; fields upon fields filled with tulip bulbs can be seen across the Netherlands in the springtime.
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• A cruise on Amsterdam's canals is a must for any visitor, as it offers a great perspective of the city.
• Amsterdam has a long heritage in the diamond trade and has been a major diamond centre since the 16th century.
• Keukenhof Gardens is a beautiful spring garden. It has more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths over 32 hectares of land.
• The Netherlands has been home to some of the world’s finest painters, such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Jan Steen. Some more modern artists, such as Van Gogh, Mondrian, Escher and de Kooning can be found in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
• Het Loo Palace, sometimes known as a mini Versailles, is a former home of the Dutch royal family and is open to tourists.
• The medieval town of Franeker is home to the world’s oldest working planetarium.
• Delft can also be explored on a cruise through the Netherlands. It is one of the prettiest towns in the region and is renowned for the pottery of the same name.