Look to the bright lights of city life in Holland

From the bicycle-filled streets of Amsterdam to the high rises of The Hague, a journey to Holland's vibrant cities is a unique cosmopolitan experience, complete with flowing canals, modern architecture and world famous museums scattered throughout the likes of Rotterdam and Utrecht.

Stroll along the Scheveningen beach and take a trip to Rotterdam's architectural wonder, the Oceanium, before marvelling over the impressive 18m-high Space Tower. Wander around Shipwright's street in Amsterdam and discover the Miniature City of The Hague.

In a place so famous for its tulips, windmills, wooden clogs, coffee shops and bread making, it is in fact the artistic charm that makes these cities so mesmerising and all the more memorable. Holland is quite literally a photographer's perfect setting to capture the magic of urban life through the camera lens.

The streets along the winding canal in Utrecht are scattered with bustling restaurants and boutiques that come to life at night 

The Oceanium aquarium, which opened in 2001, is one of Rotterdam's favourite family gathering spots in the Netherlands. Located in the famous zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp), you can also discover huge Asian elephants and mammoth Polar Bears in the 150-year-old establishment. Explore everything from the rainforests in Asia, the savannah in Africa to the underwater world complete with sharks and stingrays 

Due to the building's form and colour, many people in The Hague have taken to calling the Atrium, ‘Ice Palace.' Designed by American architect Richard Meier, the building is renowned for its minimalist approach and prominent use of the colour white / Tourism Netherlands 

Rotterdam was largely destroyed during World War II, and has since had to reinvent itself with the construction of innovative architecture and modern design / Tourism Netherlands 

Amsterdam's intriguing architecture combines 17th century canals and historical buildings designed by the likes of Berlage, with innovative new projects in the business district of Zuidas and the neighbourhood Eastern Docklands. Other attractions within the city include the Rijks museum, with paintings by Vermeer and Rembrandt and other masters, and of course the Van Gogh Museum / Tourism Netherlands 

The canals that wind through the streets of Amsterdam such as Singel, Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht, are as typical a symbol of the Netherlands as are tulipsand wooden clogs, and have earned the Dutch capital the name 'Venice of the North' since the waterway network was created in the 17th century / Tourism Netherlands 

Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, is built around Dom Tower which is visible from all points of the city centre and is the tallest church tower in Holland / Anne Hamers-Tourism Netherlands 

Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and has become a hit tourist attraction due to its unique architecture 

The Scheepstimmermanstraat (Shipwright's Street) in Amsterdam is world famous for its 60 unique houses designed by architects such as Hertzberger (no.126), van Velsen (no.120), Höhne & Rapp (no.62) and MVRDV (no.26 & 40). You can also visit the majestic 16th and 17th-century architecture of the old town. The stark contrast of architectural wonders makes the city a delightful and romantic location for a short break 

The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Dutch: De Haagse Hogeschool) is a vocational university and was founded in 1987 / Tourism Netherlands 

Rotterdam is known as the Manhattan on the Meuse, due to its exceptional skyline that can be seen from afar and is characterised by landmarks such as the 18m-high Space Tower, Euromast observation tower and the swan-like curve of the Erasmus Bridge / Marc Heeman-Tourism Netherlands 

Holland's famous university city is celebrating its 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht this year with an exciting program of activities. In 2018 it aims to be the European Capital of Culture / Tourism Netherlands