If you stop and think about Dutch culture and the country of the Netherlands, a couple things likely spring to mind (besides Amsterdam and the ability to smoke pot legally!). Tulips and windmills are two of the most iconic images that people associate with the Netherlands. Venture outside the big cities to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk where you can see 19 vintage Dutch windmills. This is a great spot to spend an afternoon. In the Spring and Summer, it tends to be more crowded, but if you go in the dead of Winter, you may not have any crowds, and if you are really lucky, the canals might even be frozen over and you can see locals ice skating! I wasn’t so lucky — the canals froze over about a week after I took this picture and was no longer traveling in Europe!
About Erin De Santiago
Erin is a US Expat who recently left Taiwan after nearly 4 years and now currently splits time between Belize and the Netherlands. She is a full-time freelance travel, food/wine, and Disney Theme Parks writer who has eaten her way through 60 countries to date. Erin writes for a number of publications and is the local Belize expert for AFAR Travel Magazine.