Even if the Dutch flag is red, white and blue, we often associate the orange color to the country, and we will see it being worn by sports teams and the everyone on national days. The orange comes from a long time ago when the original Dutch flag had this color in the middle stripe (instead of white), and although Dutch people tried several times to get this color back on the flag it never happened. Orange is as well the color of the Dutch Royal family and that is why you see people celebrating the King’s Day (Koningsdag) proudly wearing this color. This is one, if not the most important celebrations for Dutch people. The king’s birthday means gathering everyone in the streets singing, dancing, eating, and drinking, having free markets, boat parades, free concerts… all a royal birthday is entitled for!
There are over 1000 windmills in the Netherlands and although most of them are not serving their purpose anymore they are kept well preserved and on National Mill day, 600 windmills and watermills around the country open their doors to visitors. More than windmills are the 7 million tulips that cover the country during springtime! Either if you are a flower lover or not, you will be amazed by the long fields of Noordoostpolder.
The Netherlands is as well a place of art and gave to the world-famous names as Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Van Gogh is probably one of most famous painters in the world, leaving behind more than 900 paintings. MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York is home for one of his most famous paintings – Starry Night and Musée d’Orsay in Paris home for his Self Portrait.
About 200 years before, it was Rembrandt who made the Netherlands known in the world of art, being his most famous work The Night Watch, painted in 1642 and you can see it in Rijksmuseum, the national museum in Amsterdam.