For a country with 26% of its land under sea level, the Netherlands really does have a surprisingly rich history to be explored! The Dutch rivalled England with its navy during Golden Age in the 17th century, and the country still retains aspects of that illustrious past. Now one of the most open-minded and well-run countries in Europe, the Netherlands has really come into a modern era with style and spirit. The contrast between the densely populated cities (the highest in Europe), the sprawling national parks and sparkling coastline makes this country a must-see destination during your European travels! The incredible friendliness of the Dutch and their mastery of the English language is another perk.