Netherlands Holidays

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A Dutch masterpiece

Netherlands holidays unveil a country of winding waterways and technicolour tulip fields, where pretty windmills still whir.

In the dazzling capital, Amsterdam, you’ll find a passion for art that dates back to the Dutch Golden Age, plus pristine parks and gabled buildings in pastel hues.

The allure of Amsterdam’s canals is matched only by its impressive cycleway system. Take to two wheels as you explore the city’s landmarks, museums and blissful green spaces.

The beauty of this compact capital is that the must-see attractions are never too far away. Even the coastal delights of Zandvoort are less than an hour from the city – ideal for a fun-filled day at the beach. 

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Things to do in the Netherlands

Urban wonders and stunning natural delights await in the Netherlands, here are a few suggestions for what to see and do.

Cruise the rivers and canals

This charming country is best experienced through its famous waterways. Relax on a canal cruise in Amsterdam to see the city from a different perspective. 

There are plenty of options, including hop on, hop off sightseeing boats, romantic candlelit dinner cruises and a specialist Rijksmuseum canal cruise, which tours artistic points of interest.

You can venture beyond Amsterdam on the country's numerous rivers, which include the Rhine, the Meuse and the picturesque Overijsselse Vecht. 

They wind their way through stunning landscapes and past glorious fields of tulips.

 

Where to stay in the Netherlands 

City break splendour

Amsterdam is the perfect spot for a city break in the Netherlands – sightsee during the day and let your hair down at night. 

To be close to the centre, stay in the Canal Belt area, otherwise known as the Grachtengordel.

For a taste of Amsterdam’s hip side, find a hotel in Amsterdam Oost.

This spacious university district is filled with family-friendly parks and trendy concept stores. 

Lakeside retreat

Thanks to Amsterdam’s many peaceful suburbs, you don’t need to journey far from the city to experience the serene side of this magical country.

Zuidoost is a leafy and diverse area which is home to Amsterdam’s largest cinema.

It’s also right next to the lush lakes of North Holland, making this the perfect base for combining a cultural break with day trips into the countryside. 

Cultural adventure 

If you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in cultural experiences, consider booking a stay in the capital’s Museum Quarter.

At its heart you’ll find the 19th-century Museum Square, or Museumplein, which is home to a trio of major museums.

The Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art and the Van Gogh Museum can all be found here, alongside plenty of chic boutiques and stylish cafes. 

All you need to know about the Netherlands 

Local currency

The local currency in the Netherlands is the euro. ATMs are widely available. Most shops, restaurants and attractions accept major debit and credit cards.

Getting around

There are plenty of travel options in the Netherlands. The flat landscape means bikes are a great way to get around cities, where you’ll also find tram and metro systems.

Languages spoken

The official language in Netherlands is Dutch, though the majority of the population also speaks English.

Plugs

Plug sockets in the Netherlands take two plug types – C and F – both of which have two pins. You may need to bring a travel adaptor with you.

More about the Netherlands

Dutch cuisine

Until recently, Dutch cuisine had been something of a hidden gem. Now holidaymakers are discovering the Netherlands has much more to offer than simply cheese and waffles.

Holidays in the Netherlands create the perfect excuse to try the full smorgasbord of delights. For a delicious street food snack, track down a bitterballen stand.

These Dutch meatballs are crispy, deep-fried croquettes with a savoury filling. Choose from beef, chicken or mushroom.

For an authentic taste of Dutch cuisine, head to Bierhandel De Pijp in Rotterdam. The city’s oldest restaurant has been serving traditional recipes from the open kitchen for over 100 years.

Museums

You’ll find a museum in the Netherlands for just about any topic or interest you can think of, from the offbeat exhibits in Amsterdam to the contemporary galleries of Rotterdam.

Immerse yourself in the works of the Dutch Masters in the Van Gogh gallery of the esteemed Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

To see modern creativity, Rotterdam’s Netherlands Photo Museum displays striking shots from sport, nature and journalism  photographers.

In Amsterdam, don’t miss Anne Frank House. It’s a moving experience, telling the story behind the world’s most famous diary.

Tulip fields

Every spring, the Dutch countryside is covered with a rainbow of blooms. The annual tulip crop is estimated to include around two billion flowers, creating a delightful display across the country.

You’ll find the largest kaleidoscope of colour in the northern fields, but with the bulb so embedded in the country’s culture, gardens and parks across the Netherlands celebrate spring with their own plantings.

Keukenhof Gardens – around 45 minutes from Amsterdam – is a great place to see the flowers in full bloom.

The park’s only for a couple of months each year but features  mesmerising displays along with celebrations of national culture. 

In Amsterdam itself, take a trip to the city’s floating flower market to buy some tulips of your own.

Why we love the Netherlands 

“Every time you visit the Netherlands, you discover something new. Amsterdam’s museums and cafes are among the best in the world, while the pretty countryside outside is dotted with traditional windmills and colourful tulip fields.”

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