- 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.