Welcome to the Netherlands, a low country that has hit the
heights in terms of all the stuff that really matters from art to
architecture and finance to football. Our toe is being dipped into
the dyke gently as we concentrate (to begin with) on the
magnificent capital Amsterdam. Artist and thinker John Ruskin once
said 'the measure of any great civilisation is in its cities' and
if small but perfectly formed Amsterdam is anything to go by then
the Dutch civilisation is very civilised indeed.
The recently reopened Rijksmuseum is the jewel in the city's
crown but this is a city of museums and the Van Gogh Museum, as is
so often the case just a few minutes walk away, is another
Excellent shopping, a thriving restaurant scene determined to
reach the quality in neighbouring Belgium and France, a vibrant
nightlife and excellent boutique hotels in which to stay complete
the Dutch master picture in this superb Big Short Break destination.