Country full of water, flowers, gardens, with great freedom for minorities and well known relaxing coffee shops. Amsterdam itself is absolutely one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world.
Language: Dutch / Population: 16.8 millions / Currency: Euro
Climate The Netherlands have a temperate maritime climate, with cool summers and moderate winters. Daytime temperatures varies from 2°C-6°C in the winter and 17°C-20°C in the summer. Especially in fall and winter strong atlantic low-pressure systems can bring gales and uncomfortable weather. Sometimes easterly winds can cause a more continental type of weather, warm and dry in the summer, but cold and clear in the winter with temperatures sometimes far below zero.
Suggested Clothing: Lightweights with rainwear for summer, waterproof and warmer clothing for winter. An umbrella and a sweater are necessary almost any time of year.
Cuisine The Dutch cousine is shaped by the practice of fishing and farming, including cultivation of the soil for raising crops and the raising of domesticated animals and the history. The Dutch meals are simple. For breakfast bread with wild variety of cold cuts, cheese (Gouda, Edam, Leyden) or seet toppings. Most often you will get soup for a starter. For main course a large portion of vegatables with potatoes and a small portion of meat with gravy or vegatables stew as a side order. For dessert, yogurt, pudding or light crusty pie. Do not forget to try the Dutch beer (Heineken, Bavaria, Grolsch) with delicious syrup waffles.
Foreign Relations member of a large number of international organisations, most prominently the UN, NATO and the EU.
Holland Pass How do you get free and discounted entrance to popular museums, attractions and even free public transport? Simply choose Holland Pass. This city card offers a choice of FREE and reduced entrance tickets to a wide range of museums, attractions, restaurants and shops. Holland Pass includes a FREE 24H Hop on- Hop off City Sightseeing bus OR 1-hour canal cruise in Amsterdam. The pass is accepted throughout the Netherlands, including the major cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague.
Cycle Netherlands travel guide recommend cycling as the cheapest form of transportation during your netherlands travel time. You can rent a bike for only a few euro a day. However, Dutch cities are also very small and easily walkable.
Look for a free festival During the summer, everyone goes outside. Check local city boards for a list of free concerts, festivals, shows, and markets. Once the weather gets warm, the social calendar fills up.
Think about boat Instead of taking an expensive canal cruise, you can hire your own boat. If you have 3 or 4 people, it works out to be about 7 EUR per person’ you can drink and smoke green on it!.
Expense report for Netherlands travel guide are based on my individual experience, big Mac index and online research. (2015)
|Big Mac||€ 3,45|
|Bread||€ from 1,00|
|Budget Lunch for 1 (with drink)||€ from 14,00|
|Budget Dinner for 1 (with drink)||€ from 15,00|
|Beer (0,5)||€ from 0,70|
|Wine (0,75)||€ from 4,00|
|Museum (Anne Frank)||€ 9,50|
|Bus Ticket||€ 2,60|
|Hotel (**** double room)||€ from 90,00|
|Budget Hotel (double room)||€ from 65,00|
|Hostel (dorm)||€ from 19,00|
I wrote as well article about Top 10 tourist attractions in Netherlands, so if you like, go and read it.
Capital of the Netherlands. Largest city and its financial, cultural, and creative centre. Derives its name from the city’s origin as “Dam” of river “Amstel”. In the past, the name was „Amstelredamme” which later changed as “Amsterdam”. Amsterdam is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, attracting over 7 million international travellers per year. Amsterdam is colloquially known as Venice of the North because of its lovely canals that criss-cross the city, its impressive architecture and more than 1,500 bridges. Yo an find here whether you like culture and history, serious partying, or just the relaxing charm of an old European city.
2. The Hague is the seat of government in the Netherlands, and the capital city of the province of South Holland. The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State, but the city is not the capital of the Netherlands which constitutionally is Amsterdam. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands plans to live at Huis ten Bosch and works at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague, together with Queen Máxima. Most foreign embassies in the Netherlands and 150 international organisations are located in the city, including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, which makes The Hague one of the major cities hosting the United Nations.
3. Rotterdam Young, dynamic, international city with a passionately beating heart. The city keeps reinventing itself at a rapid pace, redefining and expanding its already impressive skyline every time you visit and presenting new cultural and sporting events to surprise and delight you.
4. Leiden is known for the oldest university in the Netherlands, the birthplace of Rembrandt and its beautiful canals. The two branches of the Old Rhine enter Leiden on the east and unite in the city center which also contains several smaller canals. The old center of Leiden is one of the largest 17th century town centers in the Netherland.
5. Utrecht ancient city centre features many buildings dating far back to the High Middle Ages. It has been the religious centre of the Netherlands since the 8th century. Utrecht was the most important city in the Netherlands until the Dutch Golden Age, when it was succeeded by Amsterdam as the country’s cultural centre and most populous city.
6. Roermond charming Dutch city on the Maasplassen, a labyrinth of lakes, canals, and rivers that’s billed as “the largest connected watersports area of the Netherlands. In the protected city centre you’ll find today, many monuments and several churches remain, Netherlands travel guide suggest Roermond an interesting town to visit.
7. Haarlem not only in New York, Haarlem is a charming, medieval city in North Holland with lots for tourists to the Netherlands to see and do. Haarlem offers tourists a lively cultural scene, oodles of atmosphere, excellent shopping and dining opportunities – and is close to some great beaches too!
Most visitors to the Netherlands choose cycling and walking, both of which are ideally suited to the flatness of the terrain. The Netherlands also offers, from golf to gymnasia, swimming pools to horseriding, football plus one or two more distinctive activities: these include Korfball, canal ice skating, though this is of course dependent on the weather being cold enough, and the idiosyncratic pole sitting, wherby participants literally sit on top of a pole for as long as possible.
Visit Nature Parks The Netherlands has 20 national parks, which are areas with exceptional wildlife fauna and landscapes. All of the parks are over 10 Km² and have been developed for visitors to enjoy them, with walking routes and cycle paths. In some cases, bikes can be rented free of charge.
Hiking and Walking The Netherlands are well-suited to walking and rambling – from coastal walks along the dunes and mud flats, to trekking in the national parks – and there is a wealth of information on these activities. The official Dutch walking association is the Stichting Wandelplatform-LAW.
Canoeing and Kayaking In addition to the sea, there are plenty of inland waterways in the Netherlands suited to canoeing and kayaking.
According Netherlands travel guide The European emergency number 112 is not the only one in Nethelands, you can use as well:
|Police, Ambulance, Fire||Tel: 112|
|National Police (non-emergency)||Tel: 0900 8844
|Telephone (KPN)||Tel: 0800 0407|
|Gas, Electricity Emergency||Tel: 0800 9009|
|Sea Rescue / Coast Guard (Kustwacht)||Tel: 0900 0111
|Tourist Medical Service (ATAS)||Tel: 020 592 3355|
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