Holland has been reclaiming land from the sea for centuries. As a result, the country has doubled in size over the last four hundred years, and the remains of small fishing villages can be found in the midst of farmlands.
Holland is the home of Van Gogh (the museum has five hundred of his works) Heineken beer, Delft pottery and the largest flower garden in the world.
All can are easy to reach, as transport in Holland is relatively cheap. Intercity trains are fast and inexpensive and the country has nearly twenty thousand kilometres of cycle paths.