Attractive towns of Old Holland
Slightly smaller, but certainly no less interesting for a city break are the Old Dutch towns of Zuid-Holland. The cities of Delft, Dordrecht, Gouda, Leiden and Schiedam are a short distance away from The Hague and Rotterdam, so it is easy to visit a combination of them.
Delft is the city of Delft blue porcelain and the royal house of Orange. Saunter along the quaint canals or settle down at a pavement cafe on the pleasant Beestenmarkt square. Dordrecht, Holland’s oldest city, has almost 1000 listed buildings that recall the glorious past of this historic port.
Gouda is, of course, the cheese city of The Netherlands. Visit the traditional cheese market and enjoy this charming cultural city. With its wealth and academic fame, Leiden was the second most important city of The Netherlands during the Golden Age. Today the historic facades are accompanied by a modern mix of shopping, pavement cafes and nightlife.