Apeldoorn is known as the favourite country-seat of the royal family of the Netherlands called the palace Het Loo, which reflects the historical ties between the House of Orange-Nassau and the Netherlands. The palace was built in the 17th century for William III of Orange. Another attraction is the 'Apenheul' primate park housing over 35 species of monkeys, apes and lemurs. Apeldoorn is surrounded by beautiful woods which are very suitable for a nice walk or cycle tour. For the youngsters there's the Julianatoren attraction park.
Easygoing, liberal Amsterdam is "different." Its citizens, bubbling along happily in their multiracial melting pot, are not so easily poured into the restrictive molds of trade and industry. More important, you can enjoy Amsterdam, its culture, history, and beauty, without stretching the limits of your credit cards. Few skyscrapers mar the clarity of the sky and the populace mostly walks or bikes from place to place. The historic center recalls Amsterdam's Golden Age as the command post of a vast trading network and colonial empire, when wealthy merchants constructed gabled residences along neatly laid-out canals.
Europe's largest and busiest port, Rotterdam is also the most modern city in The Netherlands. The symbol of the city is the Euromast Space Tower (605ft/184m) from which you have an excellent view over the city. One of Rotterdam's main attractions is Diergaarde Blijdorp, the extensive zoo that includes the impressive Oceanium, where visitors can walk through the huge shark tunnel surrounded by sharks and giant tortoises. Another worth visiting place is the Boymans-van-Beuningen Museum displaying a beautiful collection of painting, sculpture and design.
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