Typical Dutch things


The first windmills were invented in antiquity, but it was the Dutch who really hit it off with this wooden giant. In a flat country, where the wind always blows, windmills sprouted from the ground like mushrooms. They were used to mill, saw, pump and press. The production of boards, paint, oil and paper, as well as bread and mustard – among other things – depended on windmills and wind. In addition, windmills were used to pump the water out of lakes and to keep reclaimed land dry.


Discover Holland on a men's bike, mother's bike, upright "granny" bike, tandem bike, racing bike, mountain bike, recumbent bike, cargo bike, three-wheeler, folding bike or electric bike. Bike along the canals of Amsterdam, coast along the Dutch shoreline, cycle through the colourful flower bulb fields, pedal along through meadows dotted with cows and windmills, climb the green hills in the south, tour through the forest and past castles in the east or trek around the Lake IJssel (IJsselmeer) or one of the Wadden Sea Islands.


There once was a flower that was unable to settle down anywhere. From the mountains in Kazakhstan, the flower bulb wandered about in Persia, China and Turkey. Until a Dutch scientist took the bulb with him to a small European country. There the flower enjoyed the climate and the soil, and the inhabitants immediately fell in love with the flower and soon designated it a national symbol. It all sounds like a fairy tale, but this is the true story of the tulip.

Bloem van den Brekel and Zoë Henry