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The 17th century was the Dutch Golden Age when the country dominated international trade and engineered advances in science, philosophy, math and art. It was the time of the great Dutch masters like Vermeer and Rembrandt as well as architects who showcased the country’s prosperity and power in their buildings.
The Dutch have always put a premium on preservation. Many mansions from the 1600s and 1700s have been converted into museums while others have remained in private hands, renovated and expanded over the centuries. Historic residences encompass an eclectic mix of country estates once own by merchants and regents, water castles surrounded by moats and knightly manors.
The country still holds clout. It is a founding member of the European Union and seat of the International Court of Justice.
Within its dozen provinces, International buyers gravitate to cities with financial sway like Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. These cities, along with Utrecht, represent the priciest real estate markets in The Netherlands. Nevertheless, the cost of living is still lower than in many other European nations. Parks, squares and gardens dominate the famously flat topography. Bicycles are as numerous as people, and bike lanes are everywhere.
Amsterdam has been called the Venice of the north for its canals, islands and bridges. Three main manmade canals, Golden Age marvels, form concentric rings around the historic center of the capital. This district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city’s Museumplein, or museum quarter, is in the Oud Zuid neighborhood, the site of some of the country’s most important institutions like the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum of modern and contemporary art and the Rijksmuseum, the Dutch national museum. Situated on the south side of popular Vondelpark, the city’s largest, Oud Zuid is known for its fine schools and century-old brick villas. The Jordaan is another desirable area of art galleries, top restaurants and prestigious properties.
After Amsterdam, Utrecht is the most expensive housing market in The Netherlands. Considered quintessentially Dutch, Utrecht is a medieval city of religious note and an important university town. West of Utrecht on the North Sea is The Hague, seat of the Dutch government as well as headquarters of some 150 international organizations and many foreign embassies. The Hague also includes a pair of beach resorts, close to most of the city’s most upscale neighborhoods.
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