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Netherlands Travel Books and Guides

Are you searching for the most reliable and insightful netherlands travel books.

Then, you’ve landed on the right page. I’ve spent years exploring the Netherlands, both as a local and travel guide , offering curated experiences for visitors.

Netherlands travel books on sale in the beautiful church turned bookstore in Maastricht.

My carefully chosen list is divided into six categories:

  • Guide Books : Comprehensive and practical guides to help you explore every corner of the country.
  • Hidden Gems : No tourist traps in these books!
  • Pocket Guides : Quick and easy references for your travels.
  • Culture Books : Dive deep into the history, traditions, and social customs of the Netherlands.
  • Maps : Your essential tool for navigating cities and the countryside with ease.
  • Learn Dutch: If you want to take your language skills to the next level.

Table of Contents

1. netherlands guide books.

Here is my selection of the most popular Netherlands travel guides . I always love getting myself the Lonely Planet, but I have to admit mainly for their amazing covers 🙂 But I always get something out of them I did not know!

I like DK books too because of their visual 3D maps, which are so detailed and helpful.

Rick Steves is known for his practical advice , and he includes this amazing fun walking tours. Ricks Book is my favorite travel guide for Amsterdam and The Netherlands.

I love how Rick Steves' guidebooks offer a traveler's perspective. This is my favorite Amsterdam guidebook by far! Rating 4.8/5 on Amazon.

Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands

Lonely Planet guides have changed but I still enjoy this book, it's pretty and up to date though it's not as hands-on as Rick Steves'.Rating 4.6/5.

Lonely Planet Amsterdam

2. Hidden Gems Guides

Here are my favorite Hidden Gems guidebooks . These are for those who want to get away from the tourist spots. The authors take you around the country far away from the tourist crowds.

Hidden Holland The Book

3. Pocket Guides

These are not full-sized guidebooks , but they are filled with the highlights. Perfect for those not wanting to have/carry full-sized guidebooks.

The Rick Steves pocket guide contains six detailed walking tours , making it super practical!

Rick Steves Pocket Amsterdam

4. Culture Books

Here is my selection of books to learn more about the Dutch .

The Undutchable book is hilarious . I have read this book and laughed front to back, it’s all so true. You see two versions below. One available right now, and a completely revised version for available for pre-order and comes out in February 2024.

Plus three amazing art books from Holland’s three most well-known artists : Van Gogh, Vermeer and Rembrandt.

Besides the fun book below, here is also a list of my relevant blog posts:

  • 16 Fun Facts About The Netherlands And Its People ‍
  • Van Gogh in The Netherlands, learn about his life and work
  • Are Dutch People Rude? Or Is It A Myth?
  • Dutch Winter Paintings

The UnDutchables (2017)

5. Netherlands Maps

Sometimes you just want a map in your hands, and not a phone, of one these free maps cluttered with advertisements. Below you find a selection of maps that I like . I like especially the Amsterdam City map that is re-writable for your notes, and then just wipe it!

If you’re going a roadtrip, the spiral bound map (the only one I could find for the Netherlands) can be a lot more practicle then the folded versions, but the fold out is more detailed. Depending on your how you use it, both can be a good choice.

Michelin Amsterdam City Map - Laminated

6. Learn Dutch

Overkill maybe for you a trip, because everyone speaks English here. But maybe you’re an expat coming here for work, or you have Dutch heritage, or you just like to learn. Here are two fun books to master Dutch . I like the coloring book in particular.

Here is also my article on how to learn Dutch – Hello in Dutch and 51 other phrases .

Dutch For Dummies Guide

Final Thoughts

These listings link to Amazon.com . If your country has a local Amazon store, you will be automatically redirected there, for example, Amazon.co.uk . Prices are displayed in USD $ here but will vary in local Amazon stores.

I hope this curated selection of Travel Guides , Maps, and Cultural Books will be a helpful addition to my free blog content.

These are books I would use myself , it’s just fun going through them before you leave, and a helpful resource on the road!

If you miss a good book, please let me know in the comments below.

Safe travels, have an amazing time here in the Netherlands!

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Although almost half of it was once under water, the Netherlands is one of the most urbanized – and densely populated – nations on earth, with a huge range of places to visit packed into a relatively small area. A remarkable country – no more than the size of the US state of Maryland – it’s a largely man-made affair, around half of which lies at or below sea level. Its fertile, pancake-flat landscape is gridded with drainage ditches and canals, beneath huge open skies, while the country’s towns and villages are often pristine and unchanged places of gabled townhouses, pretty canals and church spires. Despite the country’s diminutive dimensions, each town is often a profoundly separate place with its own distinct identity – indeed there’s perhaps nowhere else in the world where you can hear so many different accents, even dialects, in such a small area. In spring and summer the bulbfields provide bold splashes of colour, and in the west and north the long coastline is marked by mile upon mile of protective dune, backing onto wide stretches of perfect sandy beach.

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The best of the Netherlands and Belgium

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The best of the Netherlands and Belgium

This trip will bring you the best of two countries: the Netherlands and Belgium. From the quaint streets, canals and windmills of Holland to beer and Belgium chocolate tasting in three beautiful Belgium cities. This trip has it all.

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Experience the Liberation Route in BeNeLux

Explore the path of the World War II Liberation Route through Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Visit important landmarks and museums on the way with this self drive itinerary, with enough time to explore cities such as Brussels and Rotterdam on the way.

A major colonial power, the Dutch mercantile fleet once challenged the English for world naval supremacy, and throughout its seventeenth-century Golden Age, the standard of living was second to none. There have been a few economic ups and downs since then, but today the Netherlands is one of the most developed countries in the world, with the highest population density in Europe. It’s an international, well-integrated place too: most people speak English, at least in the heavily populated west of the country; and most of the country is easy to reach on a public transport system of trains and buses, whose efficiency may make British and American visitors weep with envy.

Successive Dutch governments have steered towards political consensus – indeed, this has been the drift since the Reformation, when the competing pillars of Dutch society learnt to live with – or ignore – each other, aided by the fact that trading wealth was making most people richer. Almost by accident, Dutch society became tolerant, and, in its enthusiasm to blunt conflict, progressive. These days, many insiders opine that the motive behind liberal Dutch attitudes towards drug use and prostitution isn’t freewheeling permissiveness so much as apathy –and even that is under threat, with an official clampdown on Amsterdam’s coffeeshop culture. In addition, the country’s avowed multiculturalism has been severely tested in recent years, with the shootings of Theo van Gogh and the politician Pim Fortuyn persuading many to reassess the success of the Netherlands’ consensual politics.

Mention you’re going to the Netherlands and most people assume you’re going to Amsterdam . Indeed for such a small and accessible country, the Netherlands is relatively unknown territory. Some people may confess to a brief visit to Rotterdam or Den Haag (The Hague), but for most visitors Amsterdam is the Netherlands, the assumption being that there’s nothing remotely worth seeing elsewhere. To accept this is to miss much, but there’s no doubt that the capital has more cosmopolitan dash than any other Dutch city, both in its restaurant and bar scene and in the pre-eminence of its three great attractions. These are the Anne Frank Huis, where the young Jewish diarist hid away during the World War II Nazi occupation; the Rijksmuseum, with its wonderful collection of Dutch paintings, including several of Rembrandt’s finest works; and the peerless Van Gogh Museum, with the world’s largest collection of the artist’s work.

Zuid-Holland and Utrecht

In the west of the country, beyond Amsterdam, the provinces of Noord- and Zuid-Holland are for the most part unrelentingly flat, reflecting centuries of careful reclamation work as the Dutch have slowly pushed back the sea. These provinces are predominantly urban, especially Zuid-Holland, which is home to a grouping of towns known collectively as the Randstad (literally “rim town”), an urban sprawl that holds all the country’s largest cities and the majority of its population. Travelling in this part of the country is easy, with trains and buses that are fast, inexpensive and efficient; highlights include easy-going Haarlem; the old university town of Leiden; Delft, with its attractive medieval buildings and diminutive, canal-girded centre; and the gritty port city of Rotterdam, festooned with prestigious modern architecture. Den Haag (The Hague), is well worth a visit, too, a laidback and relaxing city, seat of the Dutch government and home to several excellent museums. Neither should you miss the Keukenhof gardens, with the finest and most extensive bulbfields in the country. To the north of Amsterdam, the old Zuider Zee ports of Enkhuizen and Hoorn are very enticing, as is the small town of Alkmaar, with its unashamedly touristy cheese market, and the small villages and unspoilt dunescapes of the coast.

Beyond lies a quieter, more rural country, especially in the far north where a chain of low-lying islands – the Frisian Islands – separates the open North Sea from the coast-hugging Waddenzee. Prime resort territory, the islands possess a blustery, bucolic charm, and thousands of Dutch families come here every summer for their holidays. Apart from Texel, the islands lie offshore from the coast of the province of Friesland. Friesland’s capital, Leeuwarden, is a likeable, eminently visitable city, while neighbouring Groningen is one of the country’s busiest cultural centres.

To the south, the provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland are dotted with charming old towns, notably Deventer and Zutphen, while their eastern portions herald the Netherlands’ first few geophysical bumps as the landscape rolls up towards the German frontier. Here also are two diverting towns: Arnhem, much rebuilt after its notorious World War II battle, but a hop and a skip from the open heaths of the Hoge Veluwe National Park, and the lively college town of Nijmegen.

Further south still are the predominantly Catholic provinces of Limburg, Noord-Brabant and Zeeland. The last of these is well named (literally “Sealand”), made up of a series of low-lying islands and protected from the encroaching waters of the North Sea by one of the country’s most ambitious engineering plans, the Delta Project. Heading east from here, you reach Noord-Brabant, gently rolling scrub-and farmland which centres on the historic cities of Breda and ’s Hertogenbosch, and the more modern manufacturing hub of Eindhoven, home to electronics giant Philips. The hilly province of Limburg occupies the slim scythe of land that reaches down between the Belgian and German borders, with its cosmopolitan capital, Maastricht, being one of the Netherlands’ most convivial cities.

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• The Netherlands has a population of just over 16.6 million people. Of these, some 790,000 live in the capital, Amsterdam, 620,000 in Rotterdam and 500,000 in Den Haag (The Hague). “ Holland ” comprises just two of the twelve Dutch provinces: Noord-Holland around Amsterdam, and Zuid-Holland around Rotterdam and Den Haag.

• One-fifth of the Netherlands is made up of water. Without protection, two-thirds of the country would be regularly flooded. The lowest point in the Netherlands – at seven metres below sea level – is also Europe’s lowest point.

• With 20 million bikes in the country – 1.25 for every inhabitant – the Netherlands has the highest level of bicycle usage in the world. However, one bike is stolen every minute of every day around the country.

• The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy presided over by Queen Beatrix, who was crowned in 1980. The country’s bicameral parliament sits in Den Haag and comprises an Upper House or First Chamber of 150 directly elected deputies and a Lower House or Senate of 75 senators.

• Every year each Dutch person eats four kilos of Dutch liquorice or drop , which comes in a never-ending supply of sweet, salty and flavoured varieties. Often sold in pharmacies, it was once believed to have medicinal properties, and is as Dutch as tulips and clogs.

• The Dutch concept of gezelligheid has no direct translation, but loosely speaking it means cosy, convivial or fun – and it’s the mission of Dutch folk to create a gezellig atmosphere or enjoy a gezellig time on most occasions.

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Last Updated: April 18, 2024

a view of a canal in the Netherlands with a bike leaning against a bridge

When most people think of traveling in the Netherlands, they think of Amsterdam , with its semi-sleazy Red Light District, charming canals, historic windmills, and laid-back “coffee” shops where you can smoke pot.

But there is much more to the country than its largest city.

The Netherlands is a country filled with centuries-old brick homes, an interconnected system of canals (you can travel most of the country via the water), expansive farmland, and even some really nice beaches. It’s one of my favorite countries in the world. The people are wonderful, there are tons of small towns to explore, and its small size means it’s easy to visit in a short time.

Most travelers come here just to see Amsterdam for a few days before moving on.

Don’t do that.

Spend time exploring outside of Amsterdam and you can discover the country that keeps me coming back every year.

Whether you are backpacking or just traveling on a budget, this Netherlands travel guide can help you plan your trip, save money, and ensure you make the most out of your time here.

Table of Contents

  • Things to See and Do
  • Typical Costs
  • Suggested Budget
  • Money-Saving Tips
  • Where to Stay
  • How to Get Around
  • How to Stay Safe
  • Best Places to Book Your Trip
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Top 5 things to see and do in the netherlands.

Cluster of bikes locked up along a canal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

1. Visit Amsterdam

The capital and center of tourism in the country, Amsterdam is as beautiful as it is crazy. There are famous canals, beautiful and historic houses, tons of parks, a foodie scene, art, coffee shops, and, of course, the infamous Red Light District and its wild nightlife. It’s perfect for exploring by bike and it’s every museum lover’s dream, with exhibitions on everything from Anne Frank to van Gough. Take a free walking tour to really get a feel for the city.

2. Explore Rotterdam

Rotterdam is one of the busiest shipping ports in the world. It may not get the attention Amsterdam does, but this city is a great place to visit if you want good parks and modern architecture (most of the old buildings were bombed in World War II) — including some futuristic cube houses. The port has an interesting harbor to explore (you can learn more about it in the attached Futureworld) and a few decent museums. It’s an often-overlooked city that’s worth a few days of exploring.

3. Take a canal tour

Whether in Amsterdam or in another city, make sure you take a canal tour to see the canals that made the country famous. The canals are such an integral part of life that you can’t really understand the country until you spend time boating on the canals. You can take a tour with a large company (there are tons of different canal tours on offer including a pizza cruise, cruises with wine and cheese, and booze cruises with unlimited drinks) but if you can, I suggest you rent your own boat which is much more affordable (prices start at 50 EUR) and gives you a more intimate experience.

4. Tour Leiden

Head to this small town and see where the Pilgrims lived before they left for America. It’s a historic city and filled with beautiful 17th-century buildings and landscaped parks. There are over a dozen museums in this small city, including the Museum of Antiquities and the National Museum of Ethnology. It also boasts in one of the Netherlands’ largest flower-growing areas. Go in May to catch the best of the tulip season.

5. Wander The Hague

Other things to see and do in the netherlands, 1. day trip to historic haarlem.

Haarlem, located just outside Amsterdam, was a cultural and economic hub during the Dutch Golden Age (1588-1672). Wander the city and take in the historic homes of the merchant class who brought the city to prominence. There’s not a ton to do here but the town center has a good market, a towering Gothic church, and it’s a low-key alternative to the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam. It makes a nice escape for an afternoon.

2. Celebrate King’s Day (Koningsdag)

Every year on April 27th (April 26th if the 27th is a Sunday), the Dutch celebrate the birthday of their King, Willem-Alexander for Koningsdag . For 33 years, they celebrated Queen Beatrix on April 30th as part of Queen’s Day, however, in 2013 she passed the throne to her son so the holiday changed dates, and Queen’s Day became King’s Day. It’s a national holiday filled with outdoor concerts, lots of orange (the national color), plenty of drinking, and insane celebrations on the canals. It is one of the wildest national holidays I’ve ever celebrated.

3. Visit Edam

Edam is a popular cheese from the Netherlands. It’s also a town just 21 kilometers (13 miles) north of Amsterdam. Edam is a picture-perfect Dutch town with iconic windmills, rolling farmland, and quaint houses. It’s one of the most quintessential Dutch towns. You can explore the 18th-century cheese warehouses, go on a boat tour, or just come here to eat cheese and be as Dutch as possible!

4. Head to the Keukenhof

The Keukenhof is the largest flower garden in the world, boasting 79 acres of spectacular floral displays. Located between Amsterdam and The Hague, the garden is open between March and May of each year when the tulips are in season. More than 7 million bulbs are planted annually and the garden has around 800 different types of tulips. When you picture Holland, you picture flowers and there is no better place to see them than here! Admission is 19 EUR.

5. Bike through Hoge Veluwe National Park

Hoge Veluwe National Park is the largest national reserve in the Netherlands. Covering some 55 square kilometers (21 square miles), the park is composed of sand dunes and woodlands and is home to deer, wild sheep, foxes, badgers, boars, and more. You can rent bicycles to explore for 5 EUR. Don’t miss the Kröller-Müller Museum while you’re here. It has works by artists like van Gogh, Picasso, Rodin, and other masters. Admission to the park is 12.30 EUR.

6. Relax in Maastricht

One of the southernmost towns in the Netherlands, this city is famous for having the country’s only “mountain.” At 322 meters high (1,056 feet), Vaalserberg is really more of a hill and doesn’t take long to climb. But this often-overlooked city is a great place to experience Dutch life away from the hordes of tourists who frequent Amsterdam.

7. Go cycling

As one of the most popular activities throughout the country, you would almost feel out of place not on a bike. The Netherlands is covered by over 20,000 kilometers (12,400 miles) of paths dedicated to two-wheeled transportation. Hoge Veluwe National Park is a particularly beautiful place to ride, but the entire landscape of the country is quite scenic as well. Other popular places to cycle are the Dunes of Texel National Park, Kinderdijk (to see the windmills), and Lauwersmeer National Park. Bike rentals cost around 10-12 EUR per day.

8. Tour Delft

This is a fascinating little town, making it the perfect destination for a day trip. The town is known for its blue pottery (Delftware), but has a handful of other worthwhile sights to see too, including a Gothic church in the old town with a leaning tower (the foundation developed problems during construction); the Oostpoort, a city gate from 1400 that remains from the original city wall; and the stout City Hall building, part of which dates to the 17th century. The town lies just 20 minutes from The Hague and Rotterdam so you can visit as a day trip from either.

9. Admire van Gogh’s work

Open since 1973, this museum in Amsterdam is host to over 500 original works by Vincent van Gogh, in addition to works by some of his contemporaries and friends. The exhibits chronicle his life, showing the progress and development of his work, alongside Gaugain, Monet, and Toulouse-Lautrec. Van Gogh didn’t earn fame in his lifetime and was actually constantly struggling with poverty, making his accomplishments all the more impressive and inspiring. Admission is 20 EUR. Note: Pre-book tickets online to avoid massive queues when you arrive.

10. Visit “Venice of the North”

Slow-paced Giethoorn, located east of Amsterdam, is a charming place with lots of picturesque canals. With no cars allowed in the city center, this peaceful town is a good change of pace from the busyness of the Netherlands’ larger cities. Rent a small boat and spend the day floating by charming cottages and enjoying the slower pace of life.

11. Learn about the Netherlands’ past

Opened in 1912, the Netherlands Open Air Museum is a sprawling 100-acre space that highlights what life was like in historic Netherlands. You can see traditional cabins and houses, learn about trades and crafts, and discover more about the country’s history from the Middle Ages to the present. The museum is located in Arnhem and is a great place to visit with kids. Admission is 19.50 EUR.

12. Have fun at an amusement park

Efteling, in Kaatsheuvel, is one of the oldest theme parks in the world (it opened in 1952) and is the Netherlands’ biggest amusement park. It has all the usual theme park attractions like rollercoasters, games, and performances and is open year-round (each season has different features like fairy lights and bonfires in the winter, and tulips and Dutch terraces in the spring). Admission costs 38 EUR (prices vary by day and season). You need a reservation as well as a ticket.

  For more information on cities in the country, check out these guides:

  • Amsterdam Travel Guide
  • The Hague Travel Guide
  • Rotterdam Travel Guide
  • Utrecht Travel Guide

The Netherlands Travel Costs

The iconic Cube Houses near the Erasmus Bridge in sunny Rotterdam, Netherlands

Accommodation – Hostels typically cost between 15-35 EUR per night for a bed in a dorm with 6-8 beds. The most popular hostels in Amsterdam can be closer to 50 EUR in the summer so avoid visiting in peak season if you’re on a budget (and book early if you do). Private rooms in hostels cost at least 65 EUR per night for a room that sleeps two (closer to 115 EUR in Amsterdam). Free Wi-Fi is standard, and many hostels also have self-catering facilities. In some cities, the hostels close in winter.

Camping is available around the country, with campgrounds costing around 10-15 EUR per night for a basic plot without electricity.

Budget hotels with basic amenities such as free Wi-Fi, TV, and AC cost around 55-85 EUR per night. Expect to pay 10-20 EUR more in Amsterdam and The Hague.

Airbnb is also an option, with private rooms averaging around 50 EUR per night (it’s more like 80 EUR in Amsterdam) and entire homes (including studio apartments) averaging around 100 EUR per night (but again, much higher in Amsterdam). Book early or prices can double.

Food – The Netherlands isn’t famous for its food, but there’s still good stuff to be had. Dutch cuisine typically involves lots of vegetables, bread, and cheeses (gouda originated here). Meat, while historically not as prominent, is a staple of dinner meals. Breakfast and lunch usually involve open-faced sandwiches, often with cheeses and cold cuts. Dinners are very much a “meat and potatoes” meal, with meat stews and smoked sausage being two popular choices. For those with a sweet tooth, the stroopwafel (a waffle cookie with a syrup filling) is the go-to choice, though apple tarts/pies are also local favorites.

Other things to try include poffertjes (fluffy mini-pancakes served with powdered sugar), gouda and edam cheeses, and patat (thick-cut fries with toppings).

Cheap meals at fast food joints or places like Maoz or Walk to Wok cost around 10-15 EUR. Casual restaurant meals average around 15-20 EUR for a main dish while a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant costs around 30-35 EUR.

Chinese food costs between 10-15 EUR while a large pizza costs around the same. Beer costs 5 EUR while a latte/cappuccino is 3 EUR. Bottled water is around 2 EUR.

If you cook your meals, expect to pay around 40-65 EUR per week for groceries. This gets you basic staples like pasta, seasonal vegetables, rice, and some meat.

Backpacking the Netherlands Suggested Budgets

If you’re backpacking the Netherlands, expect to spend around 65 EUR per day. This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, cooking most of your meals, using local transportation to get around, and doing mostly free activities like walking tours and lounging in the parks.

On a mid-range budget of about 160 EUR, you can stay in a private hostel room or Airbnb, enjoy some fast food and other cheap eats, have a few drinks, take the occasional taxi to get around or rent a bike, and do more paid activities like guided tours and museum visits.

On a “luxury” budget of 280 EUR or more per day, you can stay in a hotel, eat out anywhere you want, drink more, rent a car to explore, and do as many paid tours and activities as you want. This is just the ground floor for luxury though. The sky is the limit!

You can use the chart below to get some idea of how much you need to budget daily, depending on your travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages – some days you spend more, some days you spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in EUR.

The Netherlands Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

While not the most expensive country in Europe, the Netherlands isn’t super cheap either. Here are some ways to help save money in the Netherlands so you don’t blow your budget:

  • Limit your partying – Many people go to Amsterdam to party — and to smoke pot. While the city is cracking down on this, it’s still an unnecessary expense that can add up quickly. Limit your smoking (and limit your expenses in the coffee shops; you don’t need to buy something in every shop).
  • Get the Museumkaart (Museum Card) – Good for one month for non-residents, this card gets you into several museums for only 64.90 EUR. You get access to 400 museums throughout the Netherlands and it’s good for repeat visits as well! If you’re visiting multiple cities in the country, this is a must! Compare the price to the museums you want to visit to see if it’s worth it for you.
  • Bike everywhere – Biking is the cheapest form of transportation. You can rent a bike for only a few euros a day. While most Dutch cities are easily walkable, cycling is what the locals do. It’s the most bike-friendly country in the world so don’t pass up the chance to explore on two wheels. Prices average around 10-15 EUR per day but can be as low as 5 EUR.
  • Attend a free festival – During the summer, everyone goes outside. Check local tourism boards for a list of free concerts, festivals, shows, and markets. Once the weather gets warm, the social calendar fills up!
  • Stay with a local – Couchsurfing is a service that lets travelers stay with locals for free. It’s a fun cultural exchange platform that not only saves you money but connects you with a local who can share their insider tips. Since a lot of travelers use this service, make your requests for hosts early (especially in Amsterdam).
  • Cook your own food – Dutch food isn’t going to win any culinary awards (sorry, my Dutch friends) so skip the restaurants and cook your own food. It saves you a ton!
  • Bring a water bottle – The tap water here is safe to drink so bring a reusable water bottle to save money and reduce your plastic use. LifeStraw is my go-to brand as their bottles have built-in filters to ensure your water is always clean and safe.

Where to Stay in the Netherlands

Here are some of my favorite places to stay in the Netherlands:

  • St. Christopher’s (Amsterdam)
  • Hostel Room (Rotterdam)
  • Stayokay Rotterdam Cube Hostel (Rotterdam)
  • Pink Flamingo Hostel (The Hague)
  • Kingkool (The Hague)
  • Stayokay Utrecht Centrum (Utrecht)
  • Hostel Strowis (Utrecht)

How to Get Around the Netherlands

A massive historic building near The Scheveningen Beach in The Hague, Netherlands

Public transportation – It’s easy to use public transportation to get around the Netherlands’ cities. One-way fares in major cities start at 4 EUR. All public transportation uses an OV-chipkaart, which you can load with money. You can also get a day travel pass (starting cost is 7-9.50 EUR).

Bus – Buses are an affordable way to get around the Netherlands, but they aren’t as fast or efficient as the train. Flixbus is the cheapest bus operator. A trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam costs as little as 3 EUR and takes just over 1 hour, while Amsterdam to The Hague can be done for the same cost and takes 40-50 minutes.

Train – The Netherlands is so small that all major tourist destinations in the country are within a 2.5-hour train journey from Amsterdam. The national rail system is Nederlandse Spoorwegen and their service is clean and efficient. Train travel in the Netherlands is a thing of beauty!

You can use the official rail site to look up itineraries and ticket prices. Intercity train tickets around Holland are cheap and cost between 10-20 EUR, though for super short distances, they can be as little as 5 EUR. Amsterdam to Rotterdam is 11 EUR and takes 40 minutes while Amsterdam to The Hague is also 11 EUR and takes 50 minutes.

The national rail service also has special tour programs for travelers. This gives you unlimited travel throughout a period of consecutive days (such as 3-8 days of unlimited travel in a 30-day period). There’s also the Benelux Pass, which gives you access to public transportation like trams and buses for a certain number of days. Prices begin around 109 EUR and go up to 206 EUR depending on how many days you want (maximum is 8 days in a month).

To find routes and prices for trains around Europe, use Trainline .

Ridesharing – BlaBlaCar is a ridesharing website that lets you share rides with vetted local drivers by paying a small fee. You simply request a seat, they approve, and off you go! It’s a cheaper and more interesting way to travel than by bus or train and is perfect for medium and long-distance trips.

Bike rental – The Netherlands is one of the best cycling countries in the world and bike rentals here are cheap. You can rent bikes starting for around 10-15 EUR per day (sometimes as little as 5 EUR).

Car Rental – Car rentals can be as low as 25 EUR per day, but the bus and train systems in the Netherlands are so excellent and affordable that you really don’t even need to bother. For the best car rental prices, use Discover Cars .

When to Go to the Netherlands

The Netherlands receives the most tourist traffic from mid-April to mid-October, but the real peak season is July and August. However, the weather is never very extreme, and visiting during the off-season or shoulder season is also worth your time. Prices are also a lot more affordable during the off-season, and if you come between mid-April and mid-May you can see the incredible tulip fields in bloom. Just bring a rain jacket.

The average daily summer temperature is around 19°C (67°F), but it can get a lot hotter than that during July and August. The average daily temperature in the winter is 2°C (35°F). Still, coming here during the Christmas season is always a good time as the cities light up with markets and festivities.

Since the Netherlands is located below sea level, you can expect to encounter a few days of fog or rain no matter when you visit. The winters can be damp as well. Be sure to pack a warm layer or two and a waterproof jacket if you’re visiting in the shoulder season or the winter.

How to Stay Safe in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is an incredibly safe place to backpack and travel – even if you’re traveling solo, and even as a solo female traveler. Violent attacks are rare, as is petty theft.

There are a few common scams around, however, such as people trying to sell you used public transit tickets or stolen bikes. Avoid interacting with them and you’ll be fine.

If you’re worried about other travel scams, you can read about the most common travel scams to avoid right here.

Solo female travelers should generally feel safe here, however, the standard precautions apply (never leave your drink unattended at the bar, never walk home alone intoxicated, etc.).

If you experience an emergency, dial 112 for assistance.

Always trust your gut instinct. If a taxi driver seems shady, stop the cab and get out. If your hotel is seedier than you thought, get out of there. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID. Forward your itinerary along to loved ones so they know where you are.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. You can use the widget below to find the policy right for you:

The Netherlands Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources

These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • Booking.com – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • HostelPass – This new card gives you up to 20% off hostels throughout Europe. It’s a great way to save money. They’re constantly adding new hostels too. I’ve always wanted something like this and glad it finallt exists.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • The Man in Seat 61 – This website is the ultimate guide to train travel anywhere in the world. They have the most comprehensive information on routes, times, prices, and train conditions. If you are planning a long train journey or some epic train trip, consult this site.
  • Rome2Rio – This website allows you to see how to get from point A to point B the best and cheapest way possible. It will give you all the bus, train, plane, or boat routes that can get you there as well as how much they cost.
  • FlixBus – Flixbus has routes between 20 European countries with prices starting as low 5 EUR! Their buses include WiFi, electrical outlets, a free checked bag.
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.
  • Top Travel Credit Cards – Points are the best way to cut down travel expenses. Here’s my favorite point earning credit cards so you can get free travel!
  • BlaBlaCar – BlaBlaCar is a ridesharing website that lets you share rides with vetted local drivers by pitching in for gas. You simply request a seat, they approve, and off you go! It’s a cheaper and more interesting way to travel than by bus or train!

The Netherlands Travel Guide: Related Articles

Want more info? Check out all the articles I’ve written on backpacking/traveling the Netherlands and continue planning your trip:

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About netherlands.

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  • History, language & culture
  • Weather & geography
  • Doing business & staying in touch

Plan your trip

  • Travel to Netherlands
  • Where to stay

While you’re there

  • Things to see & do
  • Shopping & nightlife
  • Food & drink
  • Getting around

Before you go

  • Passport & visa
  • Public Holidays
  • Money & duty free

Book your flights

  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • Rotterdam The Hague Airport

Netherlands travel guide

As flat as a local pannenkoek , the Netherlands is a land of colourful tulip fields and canals, sophisticated cities and some of the most striking coastline in Northern Europe. It punches well above its weight culturally, laying claim to the likes of Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Mondrian, amongst others.

At the head of the state sits the country's constitutional monarchy, whose palaces dominate many of the larger cities, including The Hague and the capital city, Amsterdam. The latter, renowned for its step-gabled houses, ubiquitous bikes, seedy red light district and hazy coffeeshops, is bisected by a UNESCO-listed network of waterways, many of which are spanned by beautiful, latticed bridges.

To the south lies Rotterdam, an industrial port city that has benefitted from a complete makeover in recent years, acquiring a slew of excellent museums and an unlikely affinity for hip-hop in the process.

The butt of many a northern joke, the southern city of Maastricht lies in the much-maligned Limburg region. Despite the teasing, this is a city of delicate beauty, dotted with churches, bisected by a mighty river and home to what is almost certainly the best bookshop in the world, Selexyz Dominicanen.

Back towards the coast, the Netherlands becomes more stereotypically Dutch, with vast colourful fields of tulips dotted with windmills and dairy farms producing the wheels of cheese for which the country is so famous. The low-lying Dutch countryside is scattered with a network of charming towns and villages such as Edam, Haarlem and Leiden, which have changed little over the centuries.

Best of all though, are the sandy, North Sea beaches of Zeeland, which stretch for an almost unbroken 650km (403-miles). With more sunshine than any other part of the Netherlands, Zeeland is the Dutch riposte to the Caribbean – and with better cycling trails and museums, if not the hot weather, to boot.

41,543 sq km (16,039 sq miles).

17,020,000 (2016 World Bank).

488 per sq km.

Constitutional monarchy.

King Willem-Alexander since 2013.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte since 2010.

Travel Advice

Check separate travel advice pages for advice on travel to the constituent countries and special municipalities located in the dutch caribbean..

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides advice about risks of travel to help British nationals make informed decisions. Find out more about FCDO travel advice .

Before you travel

No travel can be guaranteed safe. Read all the advice in this guide as well as support for British nationals abroad which includes:

  • advice on preparing for travel abroad and reducing risks
  • information for women, LGBT and disabled travellers

Follow and contact FCDO travel on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram . You can also sign up to get email notifications when this advice is updated.

Travel insurance

If you choose to travel, research your destinations and get appropriate travel insurance . Insurance should cover your itinerary, planned activities and expenses in an emergency.

This advice reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in the Netherlands set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact the Netherlands’ embassy in the UK .

Countries may restrict travel or bring in rules at short notice. Check with your travel company or airline for changes.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Visit TravelHealthPro (from the UK’s National Travel Health Network and Centre) for general COVID-19 advice for travellers .

Travel to the Netherlands

There are no COVID-19 travel restrictions for the Netherlands. See the Dutch government website for information on COVID-19.

Passport validity requirements

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must follow the Schengen area passport requirements .

Your passport must be:

  • issued less than 10 years before the date you enter the country (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

You must check your passport meets these requirements before you travel. If your passport was issued before 1 October 2018, extra months may have been added to its expiry date.

Contact the embassy of the country you are visiting if you think that your passport does not meet both these requirements. Renew your passport if you need to .

Passport stamping

At Dutch border control, you may need to:

show a return or onward ticket

show you have enough money for your stay

Check your passport is stamped if you enter or exit the Schengen area through the Netherlands as a visitor. Border guards will use passport stamps to check you’re complying with the 90-day visa-free limit for short stays in the Schengen area. If relevant entry or exit stamps are not in your passport, border guards will presume that you have overstayed your visa-free limit.

You can show evidence of when and where you entered or exited the Schengen area, and ask the border guards to add this date and location in your passport. Examples of acceptable evidence include boarding passes and tickets.

If you are a resident in the Netherlands, read our living in the Netherlands guide .

Visa requirements

You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel:

  • as a tourist
  • to visit family or friends
  • to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events
  • or for short-term studies or training

If you are travelling to the Netherlands and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.

To stay longer (to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons) you must meet the Dutch government’s entry requirements. Check which type of visa or work permit you may need on the Dutch government website .

If you are travelling to the Netherlands for work , read the guidance on visas and permits.

If you stay in the Netherlands with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.

Vaccination requirements (other than COVID-19)

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the vaccinations and vaccination certificates you may need on TravelHealthPro .

Customs rules

There are strict rules about goods that can be brought into and taken out of the Netherlands. You must declare anything that may be prohibited or subject to tax or duty.

Taking food and drink into the Netherlands

You cannot take meat, milk or products containing them into EU countries. There are some exceptions for medical reasons, for example certain amounts of powdered infant milk, infant food, or pet food required for medical reasons. Check the rules about taking food and drink into the EU on the European Commission website.

You should also read FCDO’s overall travel advice .

There is a high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals, including from groups and individuals who view the UK and British nationals as targets. You should remain vigilant at all times.

UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on  staying safe abroad  and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out  how to reduce your risk from terrorism while abroad .

Terrorism in the Netherlands

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in the Netherlands.

Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners. You should remain aware of your surroundings, keep up to date with local media reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Recent attacks include:

in 2019, 4 people were killed and 6 injured in a shooting incident in Utrecht

in 2018, 2 people were seriously injured in a knife attack at Amsterdam Central Station

On 12 December 2023 the Netherlands raised its National Terrorist Threat Level. This means that they assess there is a heightened risk of a terrorist attack in the Netherlands.

Protect your belongings

Pick-pocketing and bag snatching are common, particularly in central Amsterdam and around Amsterdam Central Station. Thieves often operate in gangs on the trains and trams to and from Schiphol airport and Central Station. One thief distracts you while another steals your bag. Sleeping on trains can make you an easy target.

Thieves can enter restaurants attempting to sell you something or look for someone. Bags have been stolen from between people’s feet while they were distracted.

You should:

  • keep sight of your luggage and belongings
  • keep valuables safely on you
  • not leave bags or jackets hanging on the back of a chair in restaurants
  • avoid falling asleep in public or on public transport

If you are a victim of theft, contact the nearest police station and get a police report.

Scams – fake police ID

Amsterdam police have warned of criminals using false police identities to trick tourists into handing over cash and credit cards. They will usually say that it is part of and investigation into counterfeit money and false credit cards. Be very cautious about any approaches.

Genuine plain-clothed police will rarely carry out this type of inspection. Dutch police don’t have shiny badges, which the fake police sometimes present as ID.

  • be cautious if approached
  • ask for identity and check it thoroughly
  • not let them intimidate you

Call 0900-8844 to contact the nearest police station if you are unsure whether a police person is genuine.

Drug sellers

Avoid confrontation with anyone offering you drugs. Stay away from quiet or dark alleys, particularly late at night.

Drink spiking

There is a risk of drink spiking, particularly for young women and solo travellers. Don’t leave your drink unattended.  If you think your drink has been spiked, seek immediate medical help and inform the police. If you are in a group, make sure you leave together.

Laws and cultural differences

Personal id.

By law, anyone from the age of 14 and over must always be able to show a valid form of identification. British nationals should use their passport as ID. Dual-nationals can show a valid Dutch driving license, passport or Dutch/European identity card. For people aged 16 or over who fail to comply with the requirement to identify themselves, the fine is 100 euros. For persons aged 14 and 15, the fine is 50 euros.

Illegal drugs and prison sentences

Don’t carry or use drugs. The Netherlands has a reputation for being tolerant on the use of ‘soft drugs’, such as cannabis. However, drugs are illegal and drug use is only tolerated in designated premises in the major cities. Buying or possessing prohibited drugs and substances outside of designated areas, is illegal and can result in a prison sentence.

Buying or smoking soft drugs in public places is an offence. There are specific cafés where the use of cannabis is tolerated.

The sale of dry and fresh psychoactive mushrooms is illegal. However, the truffle (sclerotium) form of psychoactive (psilocybin) mushrooms are not covered under Dutch law (Opium Act) and are still sold in regulated ‘smart shops’. Be extremely careful as mixing alcohol, cannabis and wild mushrooms can be fatal.

Transport risks

Road travel.

If you are planning to drive in the Netherlands, see information on driving abroad and read the RAC guide .

Licences and permits

When driving in the Netherlands, always carry your:

  • driving licence
  • insurance documents
  • vehicle documents
  • photo ID such as a passport or residence permit

If you are driving a vehicle that does not belong to you, you may need written permission from the registered owner. You are not allowed to drive on a provisional license.

If you’re living in the Netherlands, check the living in guide for information on requirements for residents.

Driving a British car abroad

You may need a UK sticker to drive your car outside the UK. From 2021, UK stickers have replaced GB stickers. Find more information on what to do if you are driving outside the UK .

Driving regulations

Traffic offences can carry heavy, on-the-spot fines. If you are fined, always ask for a receipt.

Watch out for trams. They have priority over other traffic. You must stop if a tram or a bus stops in the middle of the road to let passengers on and off.

Speed cameras, speed traps and unmarked vehicles are widely used. Motorway speed limits can vary. You must follow overhead illuminated lane indicators when in use.

Pedestrians and road safety

Be careful when crossing roads, especially on zebra crossings. Look out for cyclists and mopeds, who have right of way over motor vehicles and often ignore road traffic rules and red lights.

You could be fined for jaywalking.

Amsterdam canals

Every year people drown in the canals of Amsterdam. The majority of drownings happen after heavy drinking or smoking cannabis. Take care when travelling beside canals.

Before you travel check that:

  • your destination can provide the healthcare you may need
  • you have appropriate travel insurance for local treatment or unexpected medical evacuation

This is particularly important if you have a health condition or are pregnant.

Emergency medical number

Dial 112 and ask for an ambulance.

Contact your insurance or medical assistance company promptly if you’re referred to a medical facility for treatment.

For more information, read our guidance on healthcare when travelling in Europe .

Vaccinations and health risks

At least 8 weeks before your trip check:

  • the latest information on health risks and what vaccinations you need for the Netherlands on TravelHealthPro (from the UK’s National Travel Health Network and Centre)
  • where to get vaccines and whether you have to pay on the NHS travel vaccinations page

The legal status and regulation of some medicines prescribed or bought in the UK can be different in other countries.

TravelHealthPro explains best practice when travelling with medicines .

The NHS has information on whether you can take your medicine abroad .

Healthcare facilities in the Netherlands

You can view a list of English speaking doctors in the Netherlands .

COVID-19 healthcare in the Netherlands

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms during your stay, follow the advice about preventing the spread of respiratory infections on the Dutch government website .

If you need a COVID-19 self-test, you can buy them at a chemist or a pharmacy.

Self-isolate if you have a confirmed or suspected case of mpox (monkeypox). Report any mpox symptoms to the Dutch Municipal Health Service (GDD).  Find your local GGD centre on the GGD website or GGD Amsterdam . See further information on what to do if you have mpox on the Dutch Government website .

Health insurance cards

Apply for a free UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. If you already have an EHIC, it will still be valid as long as it remains in date.

The GHIC or EHIC entitles you to state-provided medical treatment necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Dutch nationals. If you do not have your EHIC with you or you’ve lost it, contact the NHS Overseas Healthcare Team .

It’s important to take out appropriate travel insurance for your needs. A GHIC or EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance and you should have both before you travel. An EHIC or GHIC does not cover all health-related costs, for example, medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment and non-urgent treatment. Read more about what your travel insurance should cover .

EHIC and GHIC cover state healthcare only, not private treatment. You will be responsible for the cost of any treatment provided by a private doctor or private clinic.

Travel and mental health

Read FCDO guidance on travel and mental health . There is also guidance on TravelHealthPro .

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) cannot provide tailored advice for individual trips. Read this travel advice and carry out your own research before deciding whether to travel.

Emergency services in the Netherlands

Telephone: 112 (ambulance, fire, police)

Contact your travel provider and insurer

Contact your travel provider and your insurer if you are involved in a serious incident or emergency abroad. They will tell you if they can help and what you need to do.

Refunds and changes to travel

For refunds or changes to travel, contact your travel provider. You may also be able to make a claim through insurance. However, insurers usually require you to talk to your travel provider first.

Find out more about changing or cancelling travel plans , including:

  • where to get advice if you are in a dispute with a provider
  • how to access previous versions of travel advice to support a claim

Support from FCDO

FCDO has guidance on staying safe and what to do if you need help or support abroad, including:

  • finding English-speaking lawyers , funeral directors and translators and interpreters in the Netherlands
  • dealing with a death in the Netherlands
  • being arrested in the Netherlands
  • getting help if you’re a victim of crime

what to do if you’re in hospital

  • if you are affected by a crisis , such as a terrorist attack

Contacting FCDO

Follow and contact FCDO travel on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram . You can also sign up to get email notifications when this travel advice is updated.

Help abroad in an emergency

If you are abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission .

You can also contact FCDO online .

FCDO in London

You can call FCDO in London if you need urgent help because something has happened to a friend or relative abroad.

Telephone: 020 7008 5000 (24 hours)

Find out about call charges

Risk information for British companies

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

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The Netherlands Travel Guide

This Netherlands Travel Guide aims to provide you with simple and stress-free travel planning information and inspiration for planning a trip to The Netherlands.

On this regularly updated page you will find links to useful posts on The Trusted Traveller, budget information, details on types of accommodation available, information on getting around the country and more useful links to resources around the web.

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Quick Facts

Capital:  Amsterdam

Language:  Dutch

Currency:  € Euro which is made up of 100 cents. Coins come in 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2 denominations and notes in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 denominations.

Electricity:  230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs with two round pins are standard. Outlets for 110 volts for small appliances can be found in most hotels.

Travel Tips

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The Netherlands is a small country in Western Europe bordered by Belgium to the south, Germany to the east and the North Sea to the north and west.

The country is one of the flattest in the world with one-fifth of the country being below sea level. Water is everywhere in The Netherlands with it being criss-crossed with canals and rivers and quite a big coastline for such a small country.

The Netherlands has a moderate climate with warm summers and relatively mild winters.  Spring and summer bring longer and warmer days with light sometimes until 10:30pm and day time temperatures up to 30°c. Winter can be quite cold with icy winds from the North Pole, snow common in January and temperatures dropping to -5°c some days.

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Best Time to Visit

The Netherlands has its charms all year-round and you should plan your visit based on the types of activities you wish to enjoy.

June to September (summer) sees lots of sunshine and longer days giving you more day light hours to explore. It is a popular time to visit the country so expect the top attractions to be busy and cities like Amsterdam to be a little on the crowded side.

From November to March (winter) the weather is much cooler and days can be quite short around January. Late November, into December is a popular time again because of the festive season with Christmas Markets and festivals going on all over the country.

Another popular time of year to visit The Netherlands is in spring when the country’s iconic tulip fields are in full bloom and putting on a world class display.

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It is always recommend to have a mixture of cash and bank/credit card with you when you travel anywhere in the world and this is no exception in The Netherlands.

In The Netherlands you’ll find cashpoints (ATM’s) in all major towns and cities across the country. As well, credit cards are widely accepted although some establishments such as small hotels and shops may only accept cash.

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Getting There

Getting to The Netherlands from surrounding European countries is simple, quick and cheap by bus or train. You can find out more about rail travel in Europe, including timetables and purchasing tickets, on the Rail Europe website (for residents of North America  click here  or for the rest of the world  click here ); and about bus travel on the  Eurolines  website.

The Netherlands is also well-connected by air with flights arriving in Amsterdam from all across Europe and the UK and parts of the US, Middle East and Asia.  A flight from London to Amsterdam will take just over an hour and a flight from New York to Amsterdam about seven hours.

I use and recommend  Expedia  for researching and booking flights all around the world.

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Getting Around

The Netherlands is a relatively small country so getting around it is pretty simple and cheap.

Europe’s excellent network of trains means that getting around The Netherlands and in fact to/from other European countries is the most prompt and cost-effective way to travel. All the major cities are connected to one another and you will find that most regional areas are well-connected to at least one or two of those major cities.

There are two classes on the trains, 1st and 2nd class, with the only real difference being slightly more leg space and room to move about in 1st class.

Most trains you can just show up at the train station and buy your ticket on the day, while a few (mostly high-speed intercity trains) may require a seat reservation to be made in advance. This can be done either at any train station in the country or online through a ticketing agent in your home country. Here are a few that I recommend depending on where you are from:

  • Rail Europe  for residents in USA, Canada & Mexico.
  • Rail Europe  for residents in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Europe and other select parts of the world.

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Eurolines  run bus services around the country and they are a cheaper alternative to train travel but will take longer to get from a to b.

Because The Netherlands is a small country, it is relatively easy to navigate if driving yourself. Highways are excellent and traffic problems almost unheard of except around the bigger cities in peak hour.

With a green card you can bring your own vehicle from a neighbouring EU country and an international drivers permit is not necessary but recommended if you will be in the country for a while.

You’ll be able to collect a hire car from all major airports and cities with most allowing you to pick up in one location and drop off in another, which makes sense if you’re road tripping around the country.

The roads in The Netherlands are well maintained and easy to navigate because they are well signposted. During the winter months remember that weather conditions can change rapidly. Be sure to obey all signs and drive with care in slippery conditions.

I use and recommend  Expedia  for researching and booking car hire all around the world.

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Where to Stay

The Netherlands caters for everyone when it comes to accommodation. Here is a list of the types of accommodation you’ll find:

  • Camping  – All the main cities have campsites on the outskirts of town, with good transport links into the centre.
  • Hostels –  You’ll find hostels in abundance in The Netherlands bigger cities and one or two in most other regional areas as well. The level of cleanliness in The Netherlands and similar parts of Europe is well above average so you will likely find your room and shared bathroom to be super clean.
  • B&B’s/Pensions –  Small family run style accommodation like B&B’s or pensions can be found all over the country in big cities, small towns and popular rural locations. Accommodation is simple yet comfortable and the experience usually comes with friendly hosts and a home cooked breakfast each morning.

Get up to $45.00 AUD credit when you join  Airbnb using this link .

  • Hotels/Apartments –  You will find both chain hotel/apartment brands and independent hotel/apartments to be in abundance in cities across the country. The good thing about this type of accommodation is in most cases you know what you are going to get, a clean, comfortable and modern room with a decent array of facilities in the room and on the property. Apartments are great for longer stays as they allow you a bit more space and the option to self cater.
  • Luxury Hotels & Resorts –  The Netherlands has its fair share of 5 star properties for those who like a bit of luxury. These will offer you brilliant service and a top location, sometimes with incredible views of the surrounding area.

I use and recommend  Booking.com  for researching and booking hostel, motel, hotel, apartment and resort accommodation around the world.

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The Netherlands has a variety of eating options that will suit all budgets and tastes. And because of the country’s international population, you will find a wide range of restaurants and cafes serving local, European and overseas dishes too.

  • Supermarkets/Markets   –  Save money and shop in supermarkets and local markets for snacks, picnic lunches and even ingredients to make a whole meal in your self catering accommodation.
  • Fast Food / Take-away   –  Chain fast food stores are in all major centres of the country and along highways as well. If you’re looking for a cheap and tasty fast food meal, look to where the locals are, usually getting snacks and light meals from food trucks and stands on the side of the street. A popular street food snack is a frites (hot chips with mayonnaise) and you’ll find stands selling them everywhere.
  • Cafes –  For coffee, delicious sweets and tasty sandwiches, you’ll find cafes everywhere and you can choose to sit down or takeaway.
  • Restaurants –  The Netherlands is abundant in local resources so you can expect the food you get served in restaurants to be super fresh.  Fish and mussels harvested from its North Sea feature on a lot of menus. As does locally bred pheasant, rabbit, venison, beef and lamb, butter, cream, beer and wine are also used heavily in Dutch cooking.
  • Fine Dining –  The Netherlands has it’s fair share of the worlds best restaurants so if it is fine dining experiences you are after then you won’t be disappointed.

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Here is a constantly growing collection of resources from around the web to help you plan your dream trip to The Netherlands.

  • The official  The Netherlands Tourism  website is a great place to start planning your trip.
  • The authority in all things travel,  Lonely Planet  has an extensive section all about The Netherlands. Or why not buy the  The Netherlands   Lonely Planet Guidebook  in hard copy or as an eBook.
  • Rachel lives in The Netherlands and not only loves to travel the world, but also loves to explore her home country whenever she can. Check out her blog Rachel’s Ruminations .
  • Elizabeth and her family moved from the US to The Netherlands and have written a lot about their family adventures in their new home country on their blog Dutch Dutch Goose .

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Best Books About the Netherlands to Read Before Visiting

Whether you’re mapping out your itinerary or dreaming about canals and tulip fields, we’ve rounded up the best books about the Netherlands to read before visiting. In this post, we’ll share a selection of books to enhance your Netherlands trip that will help you appreciate and understand this captivating country, even before you start packing.

From engaging novels and profound histories to enchanting children’s stories, helpful travel guides, and a mouth watering cookbook, there’s a perfect book for every type of traveler and bibliophile. 

As the founder of Trip Scholars, I love diving deep into a country’s rich tapestry before and after my trips. I have had the great joy of exploring the Netherlands myself and here  I’ve compiled some of the finest books on the Netherlands and invited other travel writers to share their top picks as well. Give it a read to find the best books to enjoy before your Netherlands trip!

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Fictional Netherlands Books

Girl with a Pearl Earring: A Novel

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier

“Girl with a Pearl Earring” is a famous painting by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. He is a great master of the 17 th century Baroque movement and is known for his depiction of ordinary people and everyday scenes, often set in his home in Delft. 

This intriguing portrait has raised many questions about the anonymous subject. Who is she? Why is she wearing a huge pearl earring and a turban? What is she thinking? Is she smiling to seduce the painter? 

Tracey Chevalier has imagined a fictional backstory about the girl and the artist loosely based on history. A 16-year-old Dutch girl named Griet is hired as a servant by Johannes and his wife Catharina. Griet cleans the artist’s work area and captures his attention. First, she is his assistant, and as their intimacy grows, she sits for him as a model. 

Catharina discovers the portrait of Griet wearing her pearl earring. She is furious with Griet and tensions rise. Later Griet receives a mysterious package containing the set of pearl earrings from an unknown sender.

Be sure to read the full story and piece together the puzzle before visiting the Hague, Mauritshuis Museum to see the masterpiece for yourself.

Contributed by Jennifer at Illuminated Experiences

Plan Your Visit to the Hague, Mauritshuis Museum

The Assault

The Assault by Harry Mulsich

This not so voluminous, but impressive novel has had great significance for the Netherlands since its publication in 1982 and has quickly become a classic. Mulisch, one of the ‘big three’ of Dutch literature, tells the story of Anton Steenwijk, a boy who witnesses the murder of a collaborating police officer at the end of WWII, and the influence of this event on his life.

Mulisch masterfully connects Anton’s personal tragedy with the post-war history of the Netherlands. He succeeds in providing an in-depth insight into the Dutch national character and the impact of war trauma. Guilt, innocence, victimization, and perpetrator hood seem obvious at first, but gradually Mulisch paints an in-depth, complex picture and in the end, it becomes clear that one story can contain different truths.

The main setting of this book is Amsterdam where Anton spends most of his adult life. A lot of famous places in the city are mentioned in the book, like the Prinsengracht and the Keizersgracht where he lives, the Wilhelmina Gasthuis where he works as a doctor, and the Museumplein, places that you will surely visit when you embark on a trip to Amsterdam!

Contributed by Annelies at Travelers & Dreamers

The Miniaturist: A Novel

  The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is a historical novel set in 17th-century Amsterdam. It follows the story of a young woman named Petronella Oortman, who marries a wealthy merchant, Johannes Brandt. As a wedding gift, Johannes gives Nella a miniature replica of their home, to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist. The miniaturist’s creations seem to expose the secrets of the Brandt household, eerily predicting real-life events. As Nella unravels the mysteries surrounding the miniaturist and navigates the complexities of her new family, she grows from a naive girl into a strong, independent woman.  The Miniaturist is a fascinating novel which brings Golden Age Amsterdam to life. It will add an extra dimension to your  visit to Amsterdam , particularly if you visit the Golden Bend and some of the grand houses in the area. The Huis Willet-Holthuysen and the Museum of the Canals are both wonderful places to visit after reading the book.  Don’t miss seeing the elaborate dolls houses in the Rijksmuseum which inspired the author, particularly the one which was owned by a woman named Petronella Oortman. While the novel isn’t the real Petronella’s story, you can’t help but think about what she was really like.

Contributed by Helen on Her Holidays

Plan Your Museum of the Canals Visit

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“The Fault in Our Stars” is a poignant novel by John Green that follows the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenage girl with cancer, who meets Augustus Waters, a charming and witty boy also battling the disease, at a support group. Despite their health struggles, Hazel and Augustus form a deep and meaningful connection, sharing their fears, dreams, and love for literature. 

As their romance blossoms, they embark on a journey to Amsterdam to meet Hazel’s favorite author, but their journey is fraught with emotional challenges and heartbreaking revelations. Through their experiences, they confront the fragility of life, the complexities of love, and the importance of cherishing every moment. 

Several locations in Amsterdam are mentioned in  “The Fault in Our Stars,” including The Anne Frank House, where Hazel and Augustus visit and learn about the life of Anne Frank and her experiences during the Holocaust, The Rijksmuseum where they view famous works of art, including Rembrandt’s “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp,” and The Hotel Filosoof where stay during their time in Amsterdam. 

When visiting Amsterdam after having read “The Fault in Our Stars,” these local places come to life, allowing the reader to even further understand the love and longing both Hazel Grace and Augustus were feeling at this time and creating an even deeper connection to the sights and experiences in Amsterdam. 

Contributed by Mackenzie Jervis at A Wandering Scribbler

Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland

“Girl in Hyacinth Blue” by Susan Vreeland is a beautifully woven tapestry of stories connected by a single piece of art—a fictional Vermeer painting. Vreeland takes readers on a journey through time, tracing the painting’s history back through the centuries, exploring the lives it touched and the various owners whose stories paint a vivid picture of Dutch history and culture. Each chapter delves into a different period, from the painting’s creation to its existence in modern times, revealing the profound impact art can have on individuals across generations.

This novel is a celebration of the enduring power of art and its ability to connect us to the past. Vreeland’s meticulous attention to historical detail and her deep understanding of human emotions make the stories compelling and the characters relatable. The painting itself, though fictional, embodies the essence of Vermeer’s style and the Golden Age of Dutch art, serving as a focal point for a rich exploration of themes such as love, loss, and the search for beauty in everyday life.

Reading “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” before visiting the Netherlands will enhance your trip by adding depth to your understanding of Dutch art and its historical context. As you wander through museums like the Rijksmuseum or the Mauritshuis, you’ll find yourself looking beyond the surface of the canvases, contemplating the lives and stories that each piece of art encapsulates. This novel promises to transform your museum visits into personal encounters with history, inviting you to see not just the art, but the human experience reflected within.

Plan Your Visit to the Rijksmuseum

Tulip Fever: A Novel

Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach

Before you pack your bags for the land of bicycles and canals, immerse yourself in the intoxicating world of “Tulip Fever” by Deborah Moggach. This novel, set in the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age, a period when the Netherlands was at the zenith of its power and tulips became objects of unprecedented speculation and desire, offers a tantalizing glimpse into a fascinating chapter of Dutch history.

The story revolves around a young orphan, Sophia, who is married off to a much older merchant, Cornelis Sandvoort. Their lives take a dramatic turn when Cornelis commissions a portrait of them from a talented young artist, Jan van Loos, setting off a chain of events fueled by love, betrayal, and obsession against the backdrop of the tulip mania that gripped the nation.

Reading “Tulip Fever” before visiting the Netherlands will enrich your experience by adding layers of historical context and emotional depth to the places you visit. As you wander through Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum or stroll past the flower markets, you’ll find yourself transported back to the opulent world depicted in Moggach’s novel. Understanding the tulip mania phenomenon will give you a unique perspective on the Dutch character, shaped by a history of commerce, art, and an unparalleled affinity for beauty and the risks they’re willing to take for it.

This novel is not just a historical romance; it’s a window into the soul of the Netherlands, offering insights into the complexities of its people and their enduring love affair with tulips. “Tulip Fever” promises to add a vivid, emotional dimension to your Dutch voyage, making the experience not just a trip but a journey through time.

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Lust for Life

Lust for Life by Irving Stone

“Lust for Life” by Irving Stone is a vivid and immersive biographical novel that brings to life the tumultuous story of Vincent van Gogh. Set against the backdrop of the Netherlands, France, and Belgium, this meticulously researched narrative captures the intensity of van Gogh’s world, from the vibrant landscapes that inspired his paintings to the inner turmoil that drove his genius.

Stone’s portrayal of van Gogh is deeply empathetic, tracing the artist’s life from his early attempts to serve as a pastor in impoverished mining communities to his final years as a painter, where he produced some of the most iconic works in the history of art despite struggling with mental illness and poverty. The novel explores van Gogh’s relationships, his unwavering dedication to his art, and his quest for understanding and beauty in a world that often seemed indifferent to his vision.

“Lust for Life” is one of the best books about the Netherlands that you can read before your trip because it offers travelers a profound connection to the landscapes and cities that van Gogh immortalized in his work. I first read this book as a teenager and was transformed by it. Decades later, it helped to make my visits to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam peak experiences and incredibly moving.

By reading this book before your trip, readers will feel a deeper connection to the artist and his work. “Lust for Life” is not just a book about an artist; it’s an invitation to experience the transformative power of art and the beauty of the Netherlands through the passionate spirit of Vincent van Gogh.

Get Your Tickets to the Van Gogh Museum

(these tickets are almost always sold out in advance. purchase early to avoid disappointment.).

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The Best Way to See the Amsterdam Museums Mentioned in this Article

Amsterdam boasts some of the most inspiring and thought provoking museums in the world and if you expect to visit more than a couple of them, I highly recommend purchasing the  I amsterdam City Card.  I’ve used it on my two recent trips to the city and loved the freedom it gave me to see many of the best sites!

It gives you affordable access to over 70 museums, a canal cruise, a bicycle rent, and use of city-wide public transportation. You can purchase the card to be active for 1-5 days and just activate it when visiting your first site of the trip. The digital option on your phone makes it very easy to use and navigate your time in the city.

You will still need to make reservations for some sites like your canal cruise and the Rijksmuseum. With the exception of the highest tourist season you can usually book these within 48 hours, and often immediately before entering while standing in line to enter.

Get Your I Amsterdam City Card   Museum Pass

It is very important to note, that both  the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum are not part of the I amsterdam City Card Museum Pass  and need to be purchased separately.  These two museums are almost always sold out weeks or months in advance and you can expect to see very disappointed people outside of both of these museums. Be sure to purchase these particular tickets early in your trip planning process.

I offer all of my best advice on visiting museums in the two posts,  Museum Tips: How To Make the Most of Visiting a Museum  and  Tips For Visiting a Museum With Kids .

If you want to visit the Amsterdam museums mentioned in this article, I recommend purchasing all three of these tickets:  the Van Gogh Museum ,  the Ann Franke House , and the  I Am Amsterdam Card.

Nonfiction Books About the Netherlands

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl By Anne

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

“The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank is an essential read for anyone visiting the Netherlands, offering a poignant and deeply personal perspective on the horrors of World War II and the enduring human spirit. Written by Anne, a young Jewish girl, while hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, this diary is a powerful testament to the optimism, resilience, and introspection of a young soul in the face of unimaginable adversity.

Anne’s observations and reflections, penned in the seclusion of the Secret Annex, bring to life the daily challenges, fears, and hopes of those living under Nazi occupation. Her insightful and often profound commentary on human nature, set against the backdrop of a dark period in history, makes the diary a timeless document of youth, growth, and survival.

Visiting the Anne Frank House, where Anne and her family hid, becomes a much more impactful experience after reading her diary. Walking through the same rooms that Anne described with such vivid detail in her writings connects visitors to her world in a deeply personal way. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the themes of persecution, freedom, and the importance of remembering history.

Reading “The Diary of a Young Girl” before traveling to the Netherlands will not only enrich your visit to the Anne Frank House but also offer a profound connection to the city of Amsterdam itself.

The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation

The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation by Rosemary Sullivan

This book delves into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the discovery and arrest of Anne Frank’ and her family during the Holocaust. 

Part Holocaust history book, part true crime expose, Sullivan meticulously investigates the events leading to Anne’s betrayal, drawing on newly uncovered documents and testimonies. 

The book examines the possible motivations behind her betrayal, exploring the identities of potential informants and collaborators, and unraveling the tangled web of betrayal in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. 

Through thorough research and compelling narrative, the book offers readers a deeper understanding of the tragic fate of Anne, her family, and Jews in Nazi Europe. 

Reading this book before visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam will give visitors a deeper understanding of the mentality of Dutch people under Nazi occupation, and the dangers faced by the Frank family, and the heroism of their friends who risked everything to keep the Franks safe.

Contributed by Tamar of World by Weekend

Plan Your Visit to The Anne Frank House

Tickets to the highly moving  anne frank house almost always sell out quickly  and far in advance. these tickets can only be purchased directly through the museum’s website  here . they become available every tuesday at 10am cet for a visit six weeks later. mark your calendar to get online from home and secure your tickets early to avoid disappointment., consider this supplemental walking tour, (please note this tour  does not  include entrance to the anne frank house).

Why The Dutch Are Different: A Journey into the Hidden

Why the Dutch Are Different by Ben Coates

When planning your trip to the Netherlands, “Why the Dutch Are Different” by Ben Coates is a great addition. This book offers a captivating window into Dutch culture. Coates, who moved to the Netherlands for love, shares his journey of discovering what makes this country unique through a blend of history, personal anecdotes, and insightful observations.

The book delves into the Netherlands’ complex history, from its days as a naval superpower to its unique social policies and cultural practices in the modern era. Coates explores the Dutch approach to issues like immigration, the environment, and their famed cycling culture, presenting a nuanced view of a nation that’s often misunderstood.

“Why the Dutch Are Different” is one of the top books about the Netherlands to read before visiting because it offers travelers a deeper understanding of Dutch culture. You’ll not only appreciate the sights you see but also grasp the significance behind them. Imagine cycling through Amsterdam’s streets, not just as a tourist, but with an understanding of how cycling reflects Dutch values of efficiency, sustainability, and community. Or visiting a café, knowing the role such establishments play in the social fabric of Dutch life. This book transforms the Netherlands from a postcard-perfect backdrop to a rich, living culture where every canal and cobblestone tells a story. It’s an enlightening prelude to your Dutch adventure, promising a journey as enriching as it is enjoyable.

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The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age by Simon Schama

Simon Schama’s “The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age” is a masterful exploration of the Netherlands during its most opulent era. This comprehensive work delves into the social, cultural, and political life of 17th-century Holland, a period marked by unprecedented economic prosperity and cultural flowering. 

Schama weaves a rich tapestry of narratives, examining how wealth, art, and religious tolerance shaped Dutch society and identity. The book covers a wide array of topics, from the intricacies of daily life to the grandeur of Dutch art, providing readers with a deep understanding of the factors that led to the country’s Golden Age. 

For travelers heading to the Netherlands, this is one of the best books about the Netherlands because it offers invaluable context for the art, architecture, and cultural norms you’ll encounter. Understanding the historical backdrop of the Dutch Golden Age will enhance your appreciation of the country’s museums, buildings, and even its landscape, transforming your visit into a rich, educational journey. 

Dutch Feast

Dutch Feast by Emily Wight

For those with a culinary curiosity and a love for Dutch culture, “Dutch Feast” by Emily Wight is an excellent companion for learning about the Netherlands before and after your trip. This cookbook is more than a collection of recipes; it’s a deep dive into the heart of Dutch cuisine, offering readers a taste of the country’s rich culinary traditions and modern twists on classic dishes.

Certainly a highlight for any visitor to the Netherlands is the incredible food. Whether you are enjoying frites with an array of sauces, poffertjes that melt in your mouth, or an elaborate Indonesian Rijsttafel, you will be creating memories to last a lifetime. When home, you will likely want to remember and recreate some of the culinary delights of your trip.

From hearty stamppot to sweet stroopwafels, Wight guides you through the preparation of a variety of Dutch dishes. Beyond the recipes, “Dutch Feast” is sprinkled with cultural insights and historical tidbits, painting a vivid picture of the Netherlands’ culinary landscape.

Reading “Dutch Feast” before visiting the Netherlands will not only whet your appetite for the journey but also equip you with the knowledge to appreciate the depth of flavor in every bite. Whether you’re wandering through a bustling street market or enjoying a meal in a cozy café, you’ll have a newfound appreciation for the ingredients, techniques, and traditions that define Dutch cooking.

Plan Your Dutch Food and Drink Tours

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Best Netherlands Travel Guides

Lonely Planet The Netherlands 8 (Travel Guide)

The Lonely Planet Guide to the Netherlands

A great book to read that will enhance your trip to the Netherlands is the Netherlands Lonely Planet guide.  This guide thoroughly covers the best things to see and do throughout the country.  Topics within the book are organized in a variety of ways.  These include geographical location (Northeastern Netherlands, Central Netherlands, etc) itineraries, need to know information, and more.  

One of the best places to begin with the Netherlands Lonely Planet guide is by reading the top recommended experiences/destinations in the first few pages of the book.  This gives you a round up of Lonely Planet’s highest recommended places to see and things to do in the Netherlands.  Reading this section of the book and adding some (or many) of the suggestions to your itinerary will help ensure you see and do some of the best that the Netherlands has to offer. 

The Netherlands Lonely Planet Guide is a great resource for  travel planning .  Reading it will help you plan your highly personalized trip to the Netherlands.

Contributed by Chelsea Espinoza of Adventures of Chels

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Dutch Phrasebook and Dictionary, Lonely Planet

While you can certainly get away with speaking English during a trip to the Netherlands , learning some conversational phrases in Dutch shows a sign of respect to the locals and it is nice to make an effort.

The Lonely Planet Dutch Phrasebook and Dictionary served as a great little pocket guide that gave you the basic manners and lots of other helpful words and phrases that cropped up all over the place such as transport lingo, dishes commonly found on menus and lots of phrases that allowed you to interact with the locals on a basic level.

The book breaks down every word phonetically which is super useful to make sure you get your pronunciation right!

Something particularly helpful in the book was the section on food. If you suffer from allergies or have any dietary requirements, this book was great for helping translate the back of packages and menus.

You’ll likely not become fluent in Dutch using this little handbook but it is a great starting point for getting more comfortable with the language before your trip to the Netherlands!

Submitted by Charlotte at The Geo Room

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Best Children’s Books About the Netherlands

KeeKee's Big Adventures in Amsterdam, Netherlands

KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Shannon Jones

For families traveling to the Netherlands with little explorers in tow, “KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Amsterdam, Netherlands” by Shannon Jones is the perfect pre-trip read. This children’s book follows the adventurous calico cat, KeeKee, as she explores the sights, sounds, and tastes of Amsterdam. Through KeeKee’s curious eyes, young readers will be introduced to Dutch culture, landmarks, and traditions in an engaging and educational way.

The book is beautifully illustrated, capturing some of the main sites you will see in Amsterdam from the canals and bicycles to the iconic windmills and tulip fields. Each page is a delightful blend of fun facts and vibrant storytelling that invites children to learn in a fun and accessible manner.

Reading “KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Amsterdam” before visiting the Netherlands will ignite children’s imaginations and excitement for the journey ahead. It provides a wonderful opportunity for families to discuss the places they’ll visit and the new experiences they’ll share. As you wander through Amsterdam, children will recognize landmarks and cultural elements they read about, making their travel experience even more meaningful and interactive.

This book not only serves as a delightful story but also as a tool to foster a sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. It’s a heartwarming introduction to the joys of travel and discovery, perfect for preparing young minds for the trip that awaits them in the Netherlands.

Mission Amsterdam: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure (Travel Book For Kids)

Mission Amsterdam: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure by Catherine Aragon

“Mission Amsterdam: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure” by Catherine Aragon is an innovative travel guide and activity book that turns a visit to Amsterdam into an exciting adventure for children and families. This interactive book is designed to engage young travelers with the city through a series of quests and challenges, encouraging them to observe, explore, and discover Amsterdam’s rich history, art, and culture in a fun and interactive way.

As participants work their way through the scavenger hunt, they’re invited to solve clues and complete tasks related to landmarks such as the Van Gogh Museum, and the city’s famous canals and bridges. This hands-on approach not only makes the sightseeing experience more engaging for kids but also educates them about the significance of each site in an entertaining manner.

Reading and participating in “Mission Amsterdam” before and during your trip to the Netherlands will enhance your family’s travel experience by adding an element of gamification to your exploration of Amsterdam. It’s a fantastic way to keep children motivated and excited about sightseeing.

The book is also a great resource for parents looking for an educational yet entertaining way to introduce their children to the joys of traveling and discovering new cultures. By completing the scavenger hunt, young adventurers will not only learn about Amsterdam’s heritage and traditions but also develop valuable observational and problem-solving skills. “Mission Amsterdam”can make your family’s visit to the Dutch capital a more interactive, enjoyable, and enriching experience.

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The best books to read before your netherlands trip.

I hope you found the perfect books to read before you travel to the Netherlands and that they help you make the most of your travels! Trip Scholars is committed to helping you learn more through travel, both about your destinations and about yourself. 

We have many articles to support your particular travel interests. Find advice and engaging activities on ancestry travel ,  family travel to the Netherlands,, to visiting churches and museums. We even have suggestions for crafting your trip around your favorite books ! 

Do you plan to visit the Netherlands or have you in the past? Are you someone who enjoys reading books before you travel? Do you have any favorites in this article? Tell me about it in the comments, I would love to hear!

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Your Trip to the Netherlands: The Complete Guide

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The Netherlands is a beautiful country with glorious national parks, picturesque windmills, and romantic canals all waiting to be explored. Cyclists will feel right at home in a country where there are more bikes than people while history, art, and architecture lovers will have plenty of sights to pique their interest. Plus, the cannabis is legal, and cheese and beer are celebrated; what’s not to love? This guide will help you plan your trip to the Netherlands from start to finish.

Planning Your Trip

Best Time to Visit: Being a Northern European country, the Netherlands doesn’t experience much extreme weather, however rain is common all year round. During the depths of winter, the temperature can drop down to 35 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius), whereas in July it only makes it to 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius) (66 degrees F). On any given day, the weather can quickly switch from sunny to rainy and back to sunny again and, being a flat country, the wind can feel quite strong. For more information, read our complete weather and climate guide for the Netherlands .

Language: Citizens in the Netherlands speak Dutch as their first language, but almost everyone speaks at least some English and many are fluent,   making communicating in the Netherlands easy for English-speaking tourists.

Currency: Euros.

Getting Around : The NS rail system in the Netherlands is fairly clean, modern, and runs on time. If you’re traveling around the country and want to do so on your own time, it’s easy to hire a car from Schiphol (the Netherland’s largest airport) and in Rotterdam. In the country’s big cities everyone tends to travel by bicycle, which are easy and affordable to rent. Uber is available in the Randstad area (covering Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht), as well as Eindhoven, Haarlem and ‘t Gooi. You can see where in the Netherlands that Uber is available on their website .

Travel Tip: The cities of Rotterdam and Amsterdam have the metro, trams, and buses, while The Hague and Utrecht offer buses and trams to get around. In each city, you can buy day tickets that allow you access to all modes of transport. 

Things to Do 

The Netherlands is famous for so many things, from canals and clogs to windmills and tulips, so it can be hard to decide what to do while there. A visit to the country wouldn't be complete without taking a boat tour and winding your way through Amsterdam's waterways. It's also well-worth hiring a bike like a local and heading to Zaanse Schans , a picturesque village with beautiful traditional windmills. 

  • If you find yourself in the country in spring, you should take a trip to Keukenhof. The park welcomes over one million visitors each season and you'll be greeted by seven million blooms including the iconic Dutch tulips.  
  • Love being by the water? In summer, be sure to check out the beach clubs at Zandvoort or Noordwijk for instant Ibiza vibes.
  • A trip to Amsterdam is all about balance. Learn about one of the most famous Dutchman at the Van Gogh Museum , then head to a coffeeshop (a cannabis cafe).

Explore what else this country has to offer with our articles on the best things to do and how to spend a week in the Netherlands .

What to Eat and Drink

Dutch cuisine is tasty and very reminiscent of home cooking. There is bitterballen , a thick stew which is breaded and fried, a perfect partner to a small beer (for which the Netherlands is also known). Stamppot is a traditional comfort food consisting of boiled, mashed potatoes mixed with vegetables and sometimes meat. Stroopwafels, a large caramel-filled wafer cookie, are plentiful and can be bought plain or dipped in melted chocolate and loaded with different toppings like marshmallows or hazelnuts.

Then there are Dutch cheeses, which are typically relatively hard and fairly mild like gouda and edam. You can visit the cheese market in the town of Gouda or head to the cheese market in Alkmaar, the oldest cheese market in the Netherlands.

As for the beers we mentioned, Jopenkerk in Haarlem is an old church that has been converted to a craft beer brewery and restaurant, where you can take a tour, taste the beers, and stop for lunch. Alternatively, head to Amsterdam and hotfoot it to the old Heineken Brewery (now a museum) if you want to see how a household name beer is brewed. More into wine? Take a tour and have a tasting at Amsterdam's own winery.

If you're more interested in gourmet fare, the Netherlands has a variety of Michelin-starred restaurants, including three-Michelin-starred De Librije in Zwolle and Inter Scaldes in Kruiningen. 

Want more in-depth information on Dutch food? Check out our guides to the top foods and dishes to try in the Netherlands , plus the best places for craft beer .

Where to Stay

Most first-time visitors head straight to Amsterdam which is the country's capital and most popular city welcoming 20 million visitors in 2019   (compared to one million residents). From here you can take day trips to Utrecht, Haarlem, The Hague, and Gouda. You can also get to Rotterdam in a day, but this city, known for its contemporary art and architecture, is worth spending a few nights in. Plus, from Rotterdam you can reach Tilburg, Breda, and both the De Biesbosch and Drunen National Parks.

Interior design in the Netherlands is incredibly chic, and there are plenty of luxe hotels to stay in such as The Dylan in Amsterdam and Hotel Pincoffs in Rotterdam. Airbnb is available around the country, in fact you can even find some houseboats on the site, if you’re looking for somewhere different to stay. 

Getting There

From the U.S. you can fly to Schiphol airport on various airlines including American Airlines, British Airways, and KLM. You can also fly into Rotterdam, but flights can be limited and more expensive. It could work out cheaper to fly to Amsterdam and travel by train to Rotterdam, which costs around 18 euros per person.

You can rent a car but parking in the Netherlands, especially in the bigger cities, is incredible expensive. If your hotel doesn’t have free or affordable parking, it’s best to get around on a bike, tram, bus or metro. The country isn’t huge—it’s roughly half the size of South Carolina—so it’s easy to get around on public transportation. 

Culture and Customs

The Netherlands is a safe country where most people speak at least some English.

You generally only tip waiting staff if the service was good or exceptional, at which point you tip around 5 to 10 percent. Otherwise, you can round up the bill or leave the change. 

Typically, Dutch people are quite formal which can come across as being a little standoffish. 

Money-Saving Tips 

  • Want to travel the city freely? Get a GVB (in Amsterdam) or RET (in Rotterdam) day pass, which allows you to travel on most buses, trams and the metro, from eight euros.
  • Taxis from the airports are expensive but don’t be tempted to hop in an unlicensed cab. Uber operates in the country and costs around 30 euros from Schiphol to Amsterdam. From Rotterdam airport to the city center is around 16 euros.
  • Museums are not free in the Netherlands, so if you’re heading to Amsterdam and want to head to some of the cultural sights it’s well worth buying an I amsterdam City Card (starting at 65 euros for 24 hours). It gains you free entrance to the best museums and galleries, free travel within the city limits, and discount on food and a canal cruise. With or without the card, if you want to visit the Van Gogh Museum, be sure to book your slot in advance as it sells out fast. You can only visit the Anne Frank House by booking online beforehand.
  • There are 20 National Parks dotted all over the country that are beautiful, free to explore, and rich in various fauna and wildlife. Head to one for a walk or do as the Dutch and cycle.

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Welcome to the Netherlands

A small country that’s big on culture and nature

The Netherlands: fiercely independent, open-minded and full of pleasant surprises. Visit our amazing country and discover all the wonderful things it has to offer. Admire the groundbreaking architecture in our green cities, follow in the footsteps of the Dutch Masters or unwind in one of our many beautiful nature reserves. You’re cordially invited to immerse yourself in Dutch culture and truly feel like a local.

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Cycling Lifestyle – How the Dutch spend their lives on bikes

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If you come to the Netherlands, there is one thing you can be sure of and that is excellent public transport. Because whether you set off by train, bus, tram or metro, you can get around the whole country in a sustainable and pleasant way. Check out all the available options here.

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The best places to visit in the Netherlands

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Contrast days exploring the Netherland's many cultural institutions with outdoorsy pursuits on Texel © Sara Winter / Shutterstock

The Netherlands is a treasure chest of exquisite art-filled cities and towns, canals, windmills and tulip fields, along with shiny-new sustainable urban environments, and glorious natural landscapes, coastlines and islands. While it’s one of Europe’s smaller nations (you can cross the entire country in a handful of hours), choosing where to spend your time takes planning.

These are the best places to begin your explorations.

Rembrandt’s 'The Night Watch' at the Rijksmuseum.

1. Amsterdam

Best city for culture.

Ribboned by UNESCO-listed 17th-century canals that are lined by tilting gabled buildings that form its central core, the Dutch capital is a cultural jewel.

Amsterdam brims with museums headlined by the national showpiece the Rijksmuseum, neighboring Van Gogh Museum and modern-art Stedelijk Museum, with eye-openers like the Wereldmuseum museum of world cultures, and scores of smaller, specialist gems as niche as piano-player pianolas or sustainable fashion.

Music spanning classical to EDM spills from historic churches, hallowed concert halls (the Concertgebouw has near-perfect acoustics) and legendary venues like Melkweg, as well as open-air spaces such as the stage in the sprawling green Vondelpark.

Planning tip: It’s easy to avoid overtourism and escape the crowds by heading to less-visited neighborhoods. Amsterdam Noord is a fantastic starting point, home to a state-of-the-art film museum, the world’s biggest street-art museum, vast art "breeding ground" in former shipping warehouse NDSM-Loods, and eco-focused cafes and bars, many built from recycled materials. 

Find the ideal neighborhood to base yourself in Amsterdam.

Rotterdam's new Market Hall, located in the Blaak district, decorated for Christmas.;

2. Rotterdam

Best city for contemporary architecture.

The Netherlands’ second-biggest city and Europe’s largest port, Rotterdam has triumphed over the adversity of its WWII devastation, transforming into a veritable gallery of contemporary architecture and public art. Standout structures include the Overblaak "forest" of tilted cube-shaped houses (one houses the Kijk-Kubus museum), the soaring, horseshoe-shaped Markthal with original food stalls and restaurants, and the gleaming mirror-ball-like Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen – a world-first open-access art storage facility. Repurposed spaces abound, such as the Schieblock, a mid-century office building converted into creative studios, topped by a harvestable roof terrace.

Planning tip: An exhilarating way to see the shapeshifting cityscape is aboard a water taxi zipping across the harbor. Daredevils can even abseil 100m (328 ft) from Rotterdam’s iconic 1960-opened Euromast observation tower.

Save this guide to the top things to do in Rotterdam.

Best spot for outdoors activities

Basking less than 2 miles off the Dutch coast, the bucolic Wadden Sea island of Texel (pronounced "Tes-sel") is capped by a crimson lighthouse and fringed by sweeping white-sand beaches. With its lush pastures grazed by fluffy sheep (prized for their wool) and dairy cows (producing milk used in local cheeses, chocolate and ice cream, mixed with freshly picked berries), along with rambling forests and nature reserves, Texel is an outdoors paradise. Cycling trails crisscross the island, with activities ranging from horse riding and skydiving. Watersports include sailing and kite-surfing.

Some 10,000 seals swim in the surrounding waters; you can spot them on boat trips or at Ecomare’s seal sanctuary.

Planning tip: Ferries carry foot passengers, cars and bikes from mainland Den Helder to Texel in just 20 minutes. In summer, there’s also a service linking Texel with the Frisian island of Vlieland . 

Delft, Markt, view of the market square with the spires of Maria van Jesse Church in the background

Best for time-honored streetscapes and artistic traditions

Lovely little Delft , with its web of narrow canals lined by quaint, colorful buildings, seems preserved in another era. Centered on its medieval Markt, one of Europe’s largest market squares (markets still set up here on Thursdays), it’s crowned by the lopsided 14th-century spire of its Oude Kerk (Old Church), and 17th-century-completed Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) – climbing its tower’s 376 spiraling steps provides beautiful views of the town.

A less demanding but equally picturesque impression is across the canal at Hooikade, where 17th-century Deft-born artist Vermeer, painted his famous View of Delft that’s still recognizable today. Vermeer’s life and techniques are covered at the Vermeer Centrum Delft.

The 17th century also saw artisans create an enduring legacy with the production of blue-and-white-painted pottery, known to the world as Delftware. Operating since 1653, Royal Delft has behind-the-scenes tours.

Kitesurfers and sailboarders on Scheveningen Beach.

5. Den Haag (The Hague)

Best for regal museums and performing arts.

Stately Den Haag (The Hague) , the Netherlands’ third-largest city, isn’t the capital – that’s Amsterdam – but it is the seat of government and royalty. The glimmering Hofvijver pond relects the Gothic-style Binnenhof (Inner Court), the permanent home of the Dutch parliament (temporarily relocated until renovations that began in 2022 wrap up around 2028). The country’s monarch King Willem-Alexander works from adjacent Noordeinde Palace and lives at nearby palace Huis ten Bosch.

You won’t need a royal invitation to visit the dazzling royal picture gallery the Mauritshuis, hanging such masterpieces as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and Fabritius’ The Goldfinch . Former royal residence the Lange Voorhout Palace showcases the mind-bending works of Dutch graphic artist MC Escher. Bringing together organizations including the Royal Conservatoire and modern-dance Nederlands Dans Theater across four halls, 2021-opened performing arts complex Amare is the city’s cultural meeting point.

Planning tip: When the weather warms up, join locals unwinding at laid-back beach bars along the long, sandy strand at Scheveningen.

6. Maastricht

Best for roman relics and revelry  .

In this otherwise-flat country’s hilly southeast, Maastricht upends most visitors’ impressions of the Netherlands. Bordered by Germany and Belgium, its location on the ancient trading route between Cologne and Boulogne-sur-Mer saw the Romans establish a fort to guard the crossing on the Maas (Meuse) river. You can see the site of the original bridge from its replacement, the arched, stone footbridge Sint Servaasbrug, begun in 1280 and the Netherland’s oldest bridge.

Maastricht’s unbuttoned joie de vivre harks back to the 15th century when it was part of the vast Burgundy powerbase, resulting in rich food and flowing wine, beer and merriment. Great places to whet your appetite are the city squares Markt, Vrijthof (overlooked by Romanesque basilica Sint Servaasbasiliek) and Onze Lieve Vrowplein (by Romanesque church, Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek).

Planning tip: Carousing peaks during Carnaval, in the lead-up to Shrove Tuesday (February or March), when many businesses otherwise close and costumed parades and parties take over.

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Volkenkunde museum and spring blooming trees in Leiden, Holland, Netherlands

Best spot for history lessons

Whether your historical interest is academia, art or trans-Atlantic history, Leiden is a must-visit. Threaded by canals, it’s home to the Netherlands’ oldest and most illustrious university, gifted to Leiden by Willem the Silent in 1575; its botanical garden, the Hortus Botanicus Leiden, opened in 1590, shelters rare species from all over the world.

Befitting an academic city, Leiden is stuffed with fascinating museums; the flagship Museum De Lakenhal, in a former cloth warehouse, displays works by artists including Rembrandt, who was born in Leiden in 1606. The Pilgrims, religious refugees who had fled England for Amsterdam in 1608, moved to Leiden the following year, raising money to lease the Speedwell to commence their journey to the New World in 1620. The tiny Leiden American Pilgrim Museum charts their story.

Planning tip: Leiden is a jumping-off point for springtime trips through the rainbow-striped tulip fields and Keukenhof Gardens , 10 miles north at Lisse, when some seven million bulbs bloom.

Best place for unique perspectives

Utrecht ’s university was founded in 1636, and this vibrant student city buzzes with independent shops, bars and bakery-cafes.

The city has some singular vantage points. From the top of its Utrecht's medieval landmark, the 112m (367ft) belfry Domtoren, reached by 465 steps, you can see as far as Amsterdam on a clear day. The Domkerk cathedral’s nave was destroyed by a hurricane in 1674 and never rebuilt. Below ground DOMunder guided tours take you to an underground archaeological site covering two millennia of history. Paleis Lofen tours explore the subterranean remains of this residence built by the Holy Roman Emperors around 1020 AD, incorporating Roman remains.

Also unique to Utrecht are its canals. Sluicing through the historic center, the Oudegracht and Nieuwegracht have double-decker towpaths, at both river level, where merchants offloaded goods into kelders (cellars), many of which house cafes and accommodation, and street level above. You can see another side to them from the water by boat, kayak or canoe.

Best for beaches, dunes and wildlife

The grand city of Haarlem – with its Grote Markt (Great Market) square, centuries-old churches (try to catch a Müller organ recital at the Grote Kerk) and impressive ensemble of museums (notably Frans Hals and Teylers) – is a splendid place to visit in itself.

When you’ve had your fill, the city is an ideal base for accessing powdery-soft, white-sand beaches at Zandvoort and Bloemendal aan Zee, via the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park , which teems with wildlife: along with birds and bats, you might spot bison, red foxes and fallow deer, as well as 2016-introduced horned Highland cattle. Kopje van Bloemendaal is the Netherlands’ highest dune, with views of the sea and Amsterdam (the capital is just 20 minutes from Haarlem). 

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A Guide to Utrecht, The Netherlands: What to See, Eat, and Do

L ively university vibes, frisky nightlife, iconic canals . . . Utrecht offers much of what nearby Amsterdam does, without the crowds and fuss. (It also has delights all its own. Devotees of Miffy, the cartoon rabbit immortalized by Dutch artist Dick Bruna, are cheering the recent renovation and expansion of the city's beloved Miffy Museum .) In addition to the classic sites-the Rietveld Schröder House , the Centraal Museum , the Van Schijndel House -the following belong on the traveler's itinerary.

What to do in Utrecht

Utrecht's most visible landmark, this 14th-century Gothic bell tower rises 369 elevator-free feet above the city, an athletic attraction as well as a historic one. The heart and bowels of two Holy Roman emperors are allegedly interred here. This is old Utrecht distilled.

De Stijl Bike Tour

In honor of De Stijl's 100th anniversary in 2017, the Utrecht tourism board, in collaboration with the Centraal Museum, designed a bicycle route to traverse the movement's pivotal sites in the province: the old mansion where Gerrit Rietveld first designed furniture, Robert van't Hoff's modernist Villa Henny, a full-scale replica of Piet Mondrian's studio, and more. Running 26 miles between Utrecht and Amersfoort, the gentle ride doubles as an idyllic tour of the surrounding region.

As Utrecht's western edge grew, this urban park came along. Opened in 2013, Máximapark covers 741 gorgeous acres that are crisscrossed with bike paths, canals, gardens, marshes, art installations, and farms, making it a lovely place for a picnic and an all-day visit.

The painting didn't stop after De Stijl. Contemporary Utrecht is jammed with inventive street art. Take a 1.5- to 2.5-hour walking tour with local operator Greetings from Utrecht to see the literary, the romantic, the notable, and the 3D, or download a map from the company for a self-guided jaunt around town.

Where to stay in Utrecht

The Nox Hotel Utrecht

  • Location: Keistraat 8, 3512 HV | Find on Google Maps

A short stroll from Domtoren but tucked away on a quiet side street, this 23-room hotel blends modern with grand: Think hip globe lights in a 17th-century building. Great food awaits in every direction, including at French restaurant Hemel & Aarde downstairs.

Moxy Utrecht

  • Location: Helling 1, 3523 CB | Find on Google Maps

Just outside the historic center, the 172-room property features a canalside terrace and, yes, an Instagram-ready model of Gerrit Rietveld's famous chair. For a bigger helping of De Stijl, the Centraal Museum is a short bicycle ride away.

Where to eat in Utrecht

Location: Heuveloord 25A 3523 CK | Find on Google Maps

On the top two floors of a 1907 brick water tower, fine vistas collide with fine dining. Watertoren 's offers dishes such as haddock with sea buckthorn berry, and beetroot with furikake and elderflower, which diners can enjoy while gazing at panoramic views from the 10th-floor terrace or while watching the busy chefs from the tables on the ninth floor that encircle the open kitchen, effectively creating a high-end cooking show.

Location: Korte Jansstraat 23, 3512 GM Find on Google Maps

Originally a flower shop in a grand 1904 art nouveau building, Ruby Rose is a delightfully garish shrine to all things floral. The decor is a vibrant setting for the next-level charcuterie and salads (don't miss the burrata). The café is on the Korte Jansstraat, near the sea of tulips and roses that is the Saturday Bloemenmarkt.

The best time to visit Utrecht is May through September.

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Two iconic options in Tuscany earned a bevy of Keys: the castle hotel and the classic farmhouse. The former speaks for itself — ancient fortifications that were once private residences, built to house the handsomely titled, and fortified against attack. Towers, turrets, and crenellations give way to handsome wine cellars and vineyard views. Look to Castello di Casole for a masterclass in how to convert a thousand-year-old estate into a historically preserved, contemporarily luxurious hotel. Meanwhile, the motif of the Tuscan farmhouse has been emulated throughout the world — but there’s nothing like the real thing. Hotels like Lupaia and Conti di San Bonifacio make farmhouse charm into nothing less than a work of art.

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"It’s something I do every year and the best way to maintain friendships." Sat on a comfy armchair in a quiet neighbourhood of Los Angeles, Brian Chesky – the man who brought the world Airbnb – is feeling reflective.

"I make sure I go on an annual trip with my college friends because that’s the way I maintain the relationships with my past. One lives in North Carolina, another in LA, another in New Jersey and I’m in San Francisco so these trips are how we stay in touch and stay connected."

Brian, who started Airbnb in 2007 by renting out three inflatable mattresses to people attending a nearby conference, understands that keeping friendships alive is not always easy and requires work. "Because you have no new experiences together you end up just talking about the same old stuff," he says. "Group travel is one of the best ways to maintain friendships because you make new memories and share them together."

"Last year we went to Europe and visited a couple of cities including Venice . We stayed in a 500-year-old house that was right on the canals. It was from the Renaissance period and completely nuts to be staying in a place with that much history. The whole trip was magical, a real once-in-a-lifetime experience that none of us will ever forget."

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Given the rise in popularity of group bookings – something that shows no sign of slowing – it’s hardly surprising that Airbnb has introduced new features to its app to cater for multi-person trips. These include shared wishlists and group chat facilitates enabling friends to pick the perfect place to stay more easily and also allow everyone within the group to communicate with the host whereas before only one person could do so.

The 42-year-old has his sights fixed firmly on the future in the hope of changing the world even further. "Five years from now I would like to read the headline that Airbnb has created one billion new friendships. I want to focus on connecting people and helping them have magical and memorable experiences together."

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Consisting of two identical villas next to each other on the island’s southern shore, the 10-bedroom Posidonia is the perfect place for a group of pals to enjoy a Greek adventure. Boasting traditional Myconian architecture – think white plastered walls, local stone and charming Cycladic arches – the property has a gorgeous pool and is blessed with a location other properties can only dream of. Not only is Mykonos Town just minutes away but there’s a local market nearby and some of the island’s loveliest beaches are a short drive away. The views down towards Nammos beach are pretty special, too.

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Bursting with character, this historic hilltop hideaway dates back to the 18th century when it started life as a wine press. Fast forward a few hundred years and it’s welcoming groups to experience the magic of rural Spain. Surrounded by olive, oak and fig trees which hide caves said to be more than 6,000 years old, Lagar los Pilones offers a rustic retreat with wooden beams, an open-plan living area complete with fireplace and stop-in-your-tracks mountain views. The best bit? The museums, bars and beaches of Malaga are just 20 minutes away.

Brežice, Slovenia; up to six guests

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Unwind in the wilds of Slovenia with five of your closest friends at this one-of-a-kind Airbnb on the banks of the Krka River. The property – just 45 minutes from Zagreb airport – is a former 19th century mill encircled by verdant forests and boasting indoor fireplaces, two terraces, a zen garden for meditation sessions and, best of all, your very own private beach. There’s plenty to keep you busy with vineyards and natural hot springs all nearby.

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The alluring Balearic island of Formentera has been captivating people for centuries. This sweet spot in Sant Francesc is one of peace, privacy and tranquillity. With five bedrooms, chic interiors and an outdoor area to match with rattan lampshades, shady pergolas and azure Acapulco chairs, it’s surrounded by fields and forests and overlooks the wine-growing region of Cap de Barbaria. Don’t all rush at once.

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