Explore the incredible Holland culture
When it comes to the culture of the Netherlands, the country is perhaps most famous for its painters. Rembrandt van Rijn, JohannesVermeer and Jan Steen where just three of the Dutch Masters that emerged in the 17th century. The 19th and 20th century saw the emergence of artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondriaan. More recently, Willem de Kooning climbed to the top of the art scene - most notably in America. Han van Meegeren also gained acclaim as a master art forger. Their architecture is also notable and has even been duplicated in other parts of the world.
Dutch culture is also world renown for other reasons. Few people do not associate the wooden clog shoe with this country. The same is true of the tulip flower which caused such uproar in the 17th century. Tulips are still popular in the country and are available in an amazing abundance of varieties. The windmill is virtually and icon for the country - being a mainstay in the country for many thousands of years. It has been used as a power source and a way to keep water at bay for ever since its inception and the Dutch people continue to use them proudly. Cheese is another important part of the Dutch culture and many good varieties are both made and enjoyed here. The Netherlands is also famous for its Delftware pottery which could be called the Dutch version of painted chinaware.
The Netherlands has also seen many great philosophers, astronomers, writers and mathematicians. Erasmus of Rotterdam, Spinoza and Descartes all noted interesting philosophical studies which were made in the Netherlands. Christiaan Huygens was both an astronomer and mathematician from the country. He is credited with discovering Titan - Saturn's moon - and for inventing an accurate clock. Over the years, the Netherlands have seen the likes of Joost van den Vondel, P C Hooft, Multatuli, Jan Wolkers, Gerard van het Reve and Willem Frederik Hermans who are all exceptional Dutch writers. It is also worth noting that the Diary of Anne Frank was written in this country.
The Netherlands is also famous for its somewhat relaxed policies on certain social affairs which are considered to be outrageous in other countries. They permit the regulated use of recreational drugs and prostitution is legal and most notably practiced in the infamous Red Light District. The Dutch were also the first to recognize same-sex marriages and they human euthanasia is permitted. For these reasons, the Netherlands is considered to be the most liberal country in the world.