South Holland

The Hague featuring a river or creek, road cycling and street scenes

Shop in Rotterdam, visit one of  the many museums, go out into the countryside or see our seat of parliament. You can do all these things in this diverse province.

The province of South Holland is very diverse and has something to do for everyone. Visit cultural Rotterdam, stroll through political The Hague or explore the countryside.

The provinces of South Holland and North Holland were one province for a long time but were split in 1840 for practical reasons. The Netherlands had two governments since the beginning of the 19th century.

Over a century after the split, during the Second World War, the province of South Holland fell into German hands and Rotterdam was heavily bombed. This is why Rotterdam’s cityscape is lined mainly with modern and post-WWII structures.

Rotterdam is the perfect city destination if you like museums, shopping and interesting architecture. Admire the famous Erasmus bridge, stroll through the Koopgoot and climb the Euromast for a fantastic view. Diergaarde Blijdorp is a great place to take the kids.

The Hague is of course a must because of its charming city centre, the Mauritshuis and the seat of Dutch parliament, the Binnenhof. Combine a day in town with the dunes and the beach at Scheveningen which is easy to reach by tram from the centre of The Hague.

Leiden, The Hague and Rotterdam have great public transport networks. The province of South Holland also has great motorways, making it easy to visit several cities or spend some time in the countryside.

Make sure your accommodation has parking - parking fees are high in the big cities. A few cities have park and ride (P+R) parking lots.

The country’s excellent train service makes it easy to reach the province's big cities from every corner of the Netherlands. You can fly directly to Rotterdam from London and Manchester or via Amsterdam from numerous other cities. You can also drive and take the ferry from Dover or Folkestone to Calais or from Harwich to Hoek van Holland.

This province has a lot to offer. Discover South Holland!

Popular cities in South Holland

Beestenmarkt showing a small town or village and a river or creek as well as a large group of people
The Hague
Known for Dining, Business and Family-friendly
Shop till you drop in the city centre, visit the former residence of Princess Beatrix and discover the museums of this versatile city which is a stone's throw from the seaside

Reasons to visit

  • Peace Palace
  • Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Rotterdam which includes street scenes, a city and shopping
Known for Shopping, Business and Museums
The second largest city in the Netherlands not only has a lot to show in terms of modern architecture, it also has great nightlife and countless museums.

Reasons to visit

  • Erasmus Bridge
Known for Flowers, Tours and Family-friendly
Romantic Lisse awaits: its castle, forests, gardens and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Keukenhof Gardens
Known for Family-friendly, Swimming and Relaxing
Explore relaxing Hellevoetsluis: its gardens, museums, beaches and more!
Alphen aan den Rijn
Alphen aan den Rijn
Known for Bird watching, Family-friendly and Zoo
Get away to Alphen aan den Rijn! Enjoy the theme park, zoo and churches.
Known for Beach view, Biking and Poolside bars
Explore Ouddorp: its bars, gardens, beaches and more!