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GENERAL OVERVIEW OF HOLLAND VIDEO
Wooden shoes, tulips, Dutch cheese, and windmills are synonymous with the
Netherlands. Windmills are still an integral part of Holland's picturesque
landscape. Amsterdam's series of canals are an enduring image, diamond
cutting is exceptional, artists like Rembrandt thrived here, and the Red Light
District is unique in the world.

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TRANSPORTATION IN HOLLAND VIDEO
The green "E" symbol marks an international highway, while the red "A"
means it's a national roadway. The highways are all free to use, and
motorists will appreciate the many camping areas and scenic rest stops.
Seeing Holland by water makes for good touring. Schiphol Airport in
Amsterdam is a major hub and HQ of KLM, and train links connect the airport
with the city, which also has a subway, trams and canal boats.

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AMSTERDAM VIDEO
Holland's cultural capital with less than a million people, Amsterdam is
surprisingly busy. Islands and canals create the city's trademark images, and
buildings from the 14th to the 18th centuries add enormous character.
Flanked by a palace and churches, Amsterdam Square is busy, surrounded
by historical streets laced with markets, shops and trendy cafés.


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GETTING AROUND AMSTERDAM VIDEO
Central Station is the city's main transportation hub where you'll find detailed
tourist information, making getting around way less intimidating. With 70
islands and 80 kilometers of canals connected by more than a thousand
bridges, Amsterdam is scenic. Bikes & blades are ideal modes of transport
here, and can be brought on the subway except at peak times. Trams &
trains round out the many traveling options.


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HEMP, SOFT DRUGS AND "COFFEE SHOPS" VIDEO
Limited marijuana consumption is legal in Holland and is served at hundreds
of coffee shops in the country, listed on the menu along with beverages and
snacks. Drug related paraphernalia is widely available, and non-hallucinagetic
hemp products have become popular also, especially manifested at the hemp
Hotel, where everything is made from hemp.


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THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT VIDEO
With origins in the 17th century when sailors that landed in the port here
sought comfort at local brothels, the Red Light District is today still an
enigma. It's quite a tourist attraction where travelers can feel safe, as long
as they're not taking any pictures.


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HOSTELS IN HOLLAND VIDEO
For youthful and budget conscious travelers, Holland offers many options.
Some 38 youth hostels are open to anyone carrying a youth hostel card, and
hundreds of campgrounds are sprinkled around the country. A campsite for
tents, campervans and with cottages is located right in Amsterdam and does
brisk business, with its own bus stop linking to Central Station.
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DIAMONDS VIDEO
Known as "the City of Diamonds," Amsterdam has a proud history of
diamond cutting that dates back to 1586. One million visitors annually tour
various diamond factories to see how they're cut and polished, as well as
selecting from the wondrous gemstones.


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DUTCH CUISINE VIDEO
Locally grown produce dictates the choices of chefs in Holland. Some of the
world's finest cheeses are produced here, and Dutch beer and gin are highly
prized. A lovely sidewalk café ambiance prevails in warmer months, fast food
chains are all present, and the famous Five Flies Restaurant offers authentic
Dutch selections fashioned from local organic produce, while featuring
original Rembrandt etchings on the walls.

				
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