Perhaps most famous for its stunning tulip displays, windmills, cheese markets, canals, wooden shoes, millions of bicycles and artistic masterpieces, the Netherlands may be small but has so much on offer for holiday visitors. Take a look at our Netherlands travel guide and get travel tips and advice from our local hoteliers.
With a population of around 17 million inhabitants, the Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in Western Europe. It is full of lively cities, each with their own distinctive culture and heritage. The Netherlands is made up of 12 different provinces, many of which are visited by tourists in large numbers, such as Gelderland which is home to the Hoge Veluwe National Park, the largest area of parkland in the entire country. As well as its famous tulips and windmills, the Netherlands is a producer of great cheeses.
Transports in Netherlands
The Netherlands railway network is extensive and connects all of the major towns and cities with one another. Many people find it preferable than trying to use the bus services. In major cities, like Amsterdam, there are trams which offer a reliable means of getting about. If you are driving our hoteliers recommend being very bicycle aware! Avoid dipping into cycle lanes and bear in mind that traffic coming from your right has priority over you.
WHEN TO GO TO THE NETHERLANDS ?
When the first tulips are coming into bloom, from around late March, it seems as though the whole of the Netherlands is a riot of colour. If you are coming with kids, then an international children's art festival called De Betovering takes place in the Hague every autumn, usually coinciding with half-term. Rotterdam is a great place for music lovers with a string of festivals throughout the summer including the delightful North Sea Jazz Festival.
There is no shortage of exciting things to do in the Netherlands as well as plenty to amuse you if you want to take life at a slower pace. Here’s a selection of some of the best things to do, places to see and attractions to visit in the Netherlands recommended by our local hoteliers.
VAN GOGH MUSEUM
The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is a wonderful place to spend a rainy afternoon in the city. It houses plenty of masterpieces, not just those by the great man.
A BOAT TOUR IN ROTTERDAM
A Rotterdam boat tour is the ideal way to see this city which is built around its relationship with the sea. Tours are offered in several languages including English.
There are at least a dozen skydiving centres in the Netherlands where you can book a tandem jump and have a go at throwing yourself out of a plane under expert instruction. Try the Flying Dutchmen Club or Skydive Hoogeveen, for example.
The Netherlands is underrated as a place to find gourmet food. In Amsterdam, there are a number of superb fine dining establishments. Try booking a table at Restaurant De Utrechtsedwarstafel for a pleasant atmosphere, cleverly put-together signature dishes and a rather good tasting menu. If you’re not sure where to eat near where you’re staying, talk to your hotelier and get some local advice.