"The Netherlands is a traveler’s cultural delight,
no matter from which part of the world you come."
Tulips, Insatiably delicious cheese, Clogs, Windmills…
the Netherlands is a traveler’s cultural delight, no matter from where you come.
Depending on what month you travel to Holland, it can have you packing your Winter Woolies
or packing your favourite shorts and beachwear! The weather varies considerably, but pick
your favourite season and it is sure to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world to
visit. The Netherlands provides you with a mixture of stunning stoned-walled architecture
(with many castles and structures dating back to the 1300’s), Renaissance and baroque styled
buildings (particularly in Amsterdam) through to the most modern and practical designs all
over the Netherlands. It is a treat to walk through any neighbourhood of the Netherlands,
whether City or Countryside and find immensely traditional architecture.
Did you know?
The Kingdom (of the) Netherlands is the official name of the Country. Holland refers to the two provinces of North and South Holland (combined). These two provinces combined (formerly named the County of Holland) is located in the West of the Netherlands. These two provinces are integral to the Netherlands as they include the Netherlands’ three largest cities; Amsterdam (Capital city), Rotterdam (Europe’s largest Sea port) and the seat of government, the Hague (and home to the International Peace Palace).
Many people know the Netherlands by the name of Holland. Of course, known by most, the inhabitants of the Netherlands are called Dutch.
So, where is the Netherlands?
The Netherlands is the most North Western part of Europe. It borders the North Sea,
Germany (to the East) and Belgium (to the East).
What is the Netherlands known for?
The Netherlands is known for an incredible number of landmarks and exports (including oil,
machinery and equipment). Their Sea Port of Rotterdam is a substantial to the economy with
over 30,000 Seagoing vessels travelling through the port each year.
Tourism is also important to the Netherlands with many tourists visiting major cities like
Amsterdam, the Hague, Rotterdam and so on. The most famous and well-known of items that
are considered very dutch include cligs, tulips, produce and flowers, chocolate and cheese.
Things you can do in the Netherlands with the kids...
Of course, the Netherlands includes many large cities with their own impressive landmarks and activities, however, across the entire country, some of the most fun and wondorous activities that the kids can see and do in the Netherlands includes:
Madurodam, The Hague
Possibly one of the most fun things you can do in the Hague region. Madurodam is a miniature Park and tourist attraction in the Scheveningen district of The Hague in the Netherlands. It is home to a range of 1:25 scale model replicas of famous Dutch landmarks, historical cities and large development. Its a good day out having fun, and you can have your chance to purchase some lovely souvenirs. The address for Madurodam is George Maduroplein 1, 2584 RZ Den Haag
The Netherlands. Tel. +31 (0)70 416 24 00.
Scheveningen Beach, The Hague
Where the Netherlands meets the North Sea. Scheveningen beach is one of Hollands fun seaside Resort
areas. Walk along the boulevard or enjoy sunset dinner or milkshake and coffee in one of Scheveningen's
pavilions. The best time to see Scheveningen beach is in Hollands summer time. November through to
February are really not optimal months for visiting Scheveningen beachside.
Canal Boat Ride, Amsterdam
You cannot visit Amsterdam without taking a canal boat ride around the Canals of Amsterdam.
Travel in the shallow roof-topped boats, see the City of Amsterdam and hear about the city via commentary.
This is a great idea as chances are you will not take journies around Amsterdam by foot so much with the
children. This way you will enjoy the city comfortably and rather thoroughly. A common place to embark
the canal boat rides is on the canal nearby the Central Station.
Rotterdam Zoo, Rotterdam
Rotterdam is a major City in the Netherlands that is one of the fast developed cities in the whole of the
Netherlands. The Rotterdam Zoo is a nice place to visit. You will particularly love the immensely large
Gorilla. The Diergaarde Blijdorp (Foundation Royal Zoo of Rotterdam) is a zoo in the northwestern part
of Rotterdam(Blijdorp), one of the oldest zoos in the Natherlands.
Want to see some real traditional Dutch Windmills?
Zaanse Schans is a small village on the banks of the Zaan River in the province of North Holland,
just outside of Amsterdam. It is without a doubt one of the best locations in The Netherlands to see
some real working traditional Windmills (dating back to the 18th and 19th Centuries) and wonderful
How to reach Zaanse Schans, near Amsterdam?
Visit the website www.dezaanseschans.nl for details on how to get there.
Open Air Museum, Arnhem
Want to witness and mildly experience old-fashioned dutch life? The Open Air Museum is a fabulous
place for the whole family to visit. The Netherlands Open Air Museum (known by the dutch as the
Nederlands Openluchtmuseum) is an open air Museum and park located near Arnhem with antique
houses, farms and factories from different parts of the Netherlands.
The address is Schelmseweg 89, Arnhem, Netherlands.
Did you know?
The word “Netherlands” has a literal meaning of “lower country’.
Which is very true of the Netherlands with only 50% of the country reaching 1 metre above sea level.
Local Netherlands bits and pieces:
Getting around the Netherlands
There are many ways to see the Netherlands which are all reasonably priced, efficient and safe.
Taxi services are proficient but are possibly the most expensive option to get around. The railway
system is excellent. You can reach almost anywhere in the country in a morning trip via the
railway system. Make sure you purchase a Transport Chipcard "OV-Chipkaart" swipecard payment
system). This will allow you travel on the metro, tram and bus systems. (Keep in mind though you
keep a minimum balance of 20€ on the card).
You can buy prepaid daily cards for the children which will only cost them €2.50 per day.
The official language is dutch, which is spoken by the absolute majority of the population.
Other languages spoken very widely, albeit, not as dominant include English and German.
The Netherlands is one of the most secular countries in the world and ensures religious freedom.
The main religion practiced of the dutch, however, is Christianity.
The Netherlands' currency is the Euro, of which it shares with the other European Union members.
The conversion against the US$ is .92.
For instance, for every 1 Euro = .92US$.
For a tip scenario, with consideration to a $3-$4 tip, this would be the equivalent to 2.70 - 3.70 Euro's (€).
Accordingly, $100USD is equivalent to 92€ (Euro's).
When it is warm it is lovely, but when it is cold, it can be very cold and also very windy.
The best time to travel to the Netherlands is during their Summer or Spring time. (April through to September).
The number of things to see and do in the Spring and Summer is amazing considering how small the country
in fact is.
The Netherlands is at UTC +1.
The Netherlands does have day light savings time which starts at th end of March and finishes in October.
Emergency Numbers when in the Netherlands..
Ambulance, Fire, Police - 112
Calling 112 is free from any telephone (mobile cellular or fixed-line).
Where to stay?
Depending on which City/Town you stay there are numerous known Hotel Chains that you can stay with.
Amsterdam, the Hague and Rotterdam are the Netherlands’.
Similar to any large City, the larger cities have a wide variety of hotels and accommodation that range
from great value hotels to wonderfully luxurious hotels.
Look here for some accommodation.
Do not forget to…
Check if you require a Travel Visa.
Read here to find out if you need one.
The International Peace Palace - The Hague
A beautiful Canal - City of Utrecht
Binnenhof Palace - The Hague