South Holland is the place where the world's vision of The Netherlands comes into focus. It has a wide array of windmills in Kinderdijk, the seat of government in The Hague, and a thriving port in Rotterdam.
The Hague is the country's administrative center, and Queen Beatrix lives and works there, but not its capital; though it is the capital of the province, it lacks fortification and was only designated as a center of legislation as a compromise with other cities vying for the honor. Old World splendor graces the eclectic charm of Binnenhof, a series of buildings in the center of town around a courtyard, while the Knight's Hall is a castle built by an official who died in battle before its completion. For culture, there's the Royal Cabinet of Paintings, which includes works by Rembrandt as well as other Dutch artists. There is also odd charm on the outskirts of the city in Sand World (a collection of sand sculptures), Madurodam (a town in miniature) and the Panorama Mesdag, the largest panoramic painting on the globe and an optical illusion.
Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and the fountain of commerce for the Dutch economy. It's still a very exciting and beautiful city, though, with the Euromast and Space Tower perfect for viewing from a high vantage point; boat tours around the numerous waterways; the Museum Boymans van Beuningen, with its outstanding selection of art; and the harbor itself, which mixes wharves and warehouses with gardens and beaches. There are also a number of architectural highlights in Rotterdam as a number of professionals have converged on the city to help it rebuild since its damage in World War II.
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