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Joseph Hollick

Tourists are spoiled for sight-seeing choices in the Netherlands. In addition to seeing the canals, windmills and daffodil fields and taking manufacturing tours, it's possible to visit many historical sights throughout the most populated cities of Holland.

Amsterdam

The picturesque city of Amsterdam features some of the most popular tourist attractions in Holland. Perhaps the best known tourist sight is the Anne Frank House, which is the preserved attic residence of a circle of Jews who lived in hiding during the Holocaust of World War II.

Other extremely popular sights are the Van Gogh Museum and the Rembrandt House Museum. Each museum exhibits a number of works painted by the artist honored by the museum, but the Rembrandt House Museum has the added appeal of being a former home of the painter.

Hermitage Amsterdam is an outlet of the famed Hermitage Museum in Russia. Only fully opened in the late spring of 2009, Hermitage Amsterdam features a number of rotating exhibits, but its two permanent exhibits are about Dutch-Russian relations and the building of Amstelhof, the building in which the museum is now housed.

Maastricht

Maastricht sits on the border of Belgium, and the city is the capital of the Dutch province of Limburg.

Apart from some shopping centers within the city, its most notable tourist attractions are the City Fortifications and the Bonnefanten Museum.

The City Fortifications include the 13th century town gate, fragments of the medieval walls, remains of Fort Willem and some preserved casemates.

The Bonnefanten Museum exhibits an extensive collection of both paintings by the old masters and the work of contemporary artists.

Rotterdam

Besides being able to see Maaslandkering, the storm barrier which is the largest moving structure in the world, it's also possible to visit the shipyard "De Delft," where tourists can follow the construction of the recreated 18th century ship, De Delft, which is among the world’s largest of ship replicas.

The respected Boijmans-van Beuningen Museum, which features a number of notable works of art, is also in Rotterdam.

Utrecht

The 4th largest city in Holland, Utrecht is especially notable for its varied selection of museums.

The National Museum at the center of the city displays a vast collection of mechanical musical instruments, and Centraal Museum features a large collection of art and historical artifacts, while a separate location of this museum acts as the Dick Bruna Huis, dedicated to the creator of Miffy.

Museum Catharijne convent features exhibits about the history of the Catholic Church.

The history of Dutch railroads can be discovered at the Railroad Museum, and located in the building where Dutch coins are minted is the Museum of the Royal Dutch Mint.

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