Keeping the North Sea from completely swamping the northernmost part of the Netherlands is a series of barrier islands called the West Frisian Islands. They ring the entrance to the inland sea and are a popular holiday destination for the Dutch, easily reachable from Amsterdam by train or car and ferry. Five of the islands are inhabited – from west to east: Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and Schiermonnikoog – with small villages, holiday cottages, and hotels, and also farms. In fact, the lovely black and white dairy cows, Friesians, which are now found all around the world originated in this region.
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