Our reason for choosing Holland was its flatness. We always take cycles and felt that riding in Holland may be good. We weren't wrong as we enjoyed the experience. However, the number of cycles been used was initially worrying and especially some of the risks they seemed to take. It took us a little while to realise that bikes tend to take precedence over everything except boats. We found some very good routes both rural and urban. There was still flowers been grown and their colours still light up the scene. Amsterdam was a little bit of a disappointment, very expensive but Leiden was brilliant and the Dutch rail system was great.
Really enjoyed Leiden and found the bus service clean and punctual. Also visited Volendam which was a beautiful coastal village. Tried to visit Schevenigan and Delft but couldn't find anywhere to park as all the car parks were full. The bicycle certainly rules here. The new system for using the trains was too complicated and consequently we did not visit as many places as we would have liked.
We went to cycle and the cycle tracks alongside each principal route avoiding traffic are superb. We had a couple of days in Amsterdam - Holland is small so distances are easy. Amsterdam is wonderful. Near the campsite are many lovely towns and the pool at den Bosch is great fun.
Friendly and laid back. Most people could speak English and were all happy to converse with us tourists. We got lost a couple of times but were soon put on the right track when we asked for directions. Lots of thing to see and do.