's most recent campaign, "Faces of Holland
," allows travelers to get to know the iconic facets of the region. Here are the six "faces," and how you can meet them for yourself.
Biking and Holland are almost synonymous. In fact, out of Holland's 16 million inhabitants, 18 million own bicycles, which means there are more bikes than people. With a flat landscape and over 18,000 cycling paths, there are many opportunities to enjoy the active pursuit.
Biking in Holland is safe and there are many marked routes, even in busy cities. In Amsterdam
, a majority of bikes are old-fashioned, one-speed cycles with a back-pedal brake. You can get a biking map from the tourist office, which also gives information on safety, routes, repair shops and restricted areas. Major rental shops include Bike City
, which use traditional bikes to disguise you as a local, Mike's Bike Tours
, which offers daily tours and rentals, and Damstraat Rent-a-Bike
, one of the cheapest options.