The Netherlands, with a great naval power, boasts a wealth of cultural heritage and is famous for its painters, windmills, clogs and notoriously flat lands. As a modern European country, this small nation preserved its highly international character and is known for its liberal mentality. The Netherlands is at the heart of international cooperation, a founding member of EU and NATO, and host to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. With its welcoming attitude to travellers and many sights, this small-size country is unique and fairly easy to discover destination and a great addition to any European trip.
Amsterdam, Delft and Leiden can represent the traditional Dutch architecture, with 17 and 18th century buildings along the canals. Smaller village architecture with wooden houses is found in Zaandam and Marken. Windmills, tulips, wooden shoes, cheese, Delftware pottery, and cannabis are the popular items associated with the Netherlands by tourists.