With a robust economy, formidable football team, rich artistic heritage and ever-progressive attitudes on… well, pretty much everything, The Netherlands punches well above its weight, even by European standards. Idealistic and industrious, cosmopolitan and tolerant, it’s a country whose cities continue to set the world pace for all things innovative. In classic Dutch liberal-mindedness, Amsterdam’s colourful cafe culture exists right alongside The Hague’s International Criminal Court, while psychedelic poppy plantations, glistening lakes and the occasional windmill still adorn the countryside. Distinguished, distinctive and damn good fun, The Netherlands is about as impressive and irrepressible as countries come – all the more so given that it was practically built on a swamp.
The Netherlands Tours & Travel
About The Netherlands
At a glance
|Capital city:||Amsterdam (population 820,000)|
|Time zone:||(GMT+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)|
Best time to visit The Netherlands
The Dutch weather can be somewhat unpredictable throughout the year so be prepared whenever you decide to visit. Most people visit between April and September when the weather is warm and the days are long, though showers are always a possibility and it's also a good idea to have a light jacket handy. You'll find smaller crowds during autumn and winter when conditions can be quite cold and wet, though temperatures rarely drop below freezing. The bulb fields near Amsterdam come into bloom from April to mid-May.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Museums in The Netherlands
Recently reopened after a major renovation, this national museum boasts one of the most important art collections in the world, featuring Rembrant's 'The Night Watch' plus works by Jan Vermeer and other masters of the Dutch Golden Age.
2. Anne Frank's House
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Amsterdam, the house where Anne Frank and her family hid from the city's Nazi occupiers is preserved as a museum dedicated to those who hid here and those who helped them.
3. Van Gogh Museum
Home to a collection comprising nearly every painting, sketch, print, etching, and piece of correspondence that Vincent van Gogh ever produced, including his most famous work, 'Sunflowers'.
4. Stedelijk Museum
Focusing on various disciplines of modern and contemporary art, Stedelijk aims to represent all significant art and design movements of the 20th and 21st centuries through its world-class collection.
5. Zaanse Schans
An open-air conservation area and museum not far from Amsterdam, Zaanse Schans provides a unique insight into Dutch industry during the 17th and 18th centuries with its traditional windmills and craft workshops.
FAQs on The Netherlands
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 4 Euro
Basic, takeaway lunch = 6 Euro
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = 15 Euro
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Mar 29 Good Friday
April 1 Easter Monday
April 30 Queen's Day
May 5 Liberation Day
May 9 Ascension Day
May 20 Whit Monday
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Boxing Day
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/netherlands/public-holidays
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
The Netherlands Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for The Netherlands
1. Be considerate of The Netherlands’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
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