Holidays to the Netherlands

Holidays to the Netherlands

A small nation which nevertheless managed to become one of Europe's foremost trading centres, the Netherlands is known for its flat landscape, which makes it ideal for cycling tours, as does a well planned network of roads and paths. At first glance, everything about this country seems orderly, with neat houses, elegant public gardens and stately canals. Underneath the surface, however, you'll find a lively arts and live music scene where little is off-limits. People from all over the world settle here and the result is a warm, welcoming culture where you can get by in almost any language and everybody has a story to tell.

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The Netherlands Travel Information

There are direct flights to Amsterdam and Rotterdam in the Netherlands from many UK airports including London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

  • Currency: Euro 
  • Time difference: GMT +1 
  • Flight from UK: Around one hour 
  • Visa: Not required for UK passport holders 
  • Language: Dutch 
  • National Drink: Jenever, a juniper-flavoured gin 
  • National Dish: Hollandse Nieuwe (Dutch new herring)

Travel Tips & Advice for The Netherlands

Netherlands Activities

Physical activity for visitors to the Netherlands generally centres on walking or cycling. You can also take four person pedal boats along the canals or, on sufficiently cold days in winter, go ice skating on them, as captured in the paintings of Hendrick Avercamp. Many people choose to go sailing, either off the coast or on one of the country's many lakes.

Netherlands Food & Drink

Want to try traditional Dutch dishes when in the Netherlands? Number one is Hollandse Nieuwe, raw herring served with onions and gherkins. The country is also famed for its cheeses with Edam and Gouda the most popular - best served with freshly baked rye bread and smoked sausage! Looking for a local tipple? Try one of the bitter beers in juniper-infused gin, the local spirit.

Netherlands Attractions

While many of the Netherlands top attractions are clustered in it's capital city, Amsterdam - including the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank's House - there are hidden gems to be discovered. Step inside Hertogenbosch' stunning cathedral, walk round The Hague and soak up its Gothic architecture or head out to the Frisian Islands and relax on the beautiful open beaches.

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