The Ultimate Guide to The Netherlands



Planning your first trip to The Netherlands? This guide will take you through everything you need to know to have the best time possible, with all the essentials on transportation, food, language, culture, and so much more! You’ll be ready to go in no time! Or if you’re planning your 10th trip here, use this guide as a reference for what new experiences you haven’t tried yet!


Arriving at Schiphol Airport

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport (AMS) is easily one of Europe's most accessible airports, with plenty of flights coming in from other European cities and a few direct flights from North America. As you're making your way to Amsterdam, be sure to pick up an OV-chipkaart—you'll need it for all public transportation. From Schiphol, take an S train directly into Amsterdam; it will cost you 2.95 euros per person for a ride that takes about 20 minutes from one end of town to another. No cars are allowed inside Amsterdam itself.



Getting Around Holland by Train

Getting around is easy, with trains that run every half hour throughout most of Holland. Tickets are incredibly affordable and if you’re staying for longer than a week or two it might be worth looking into a Dutch Railpass, which offers unlimited train travel in one month for €60. Many people use their OV-chipkaart (OV stands for public transport) when they take public transportation like a bus or train; it’s especially convenient because you can store money on your card, so you don’t have to worry about buying tickets at vending machines before each ride. There are also plenty of bike rental shops in Holland; some cities offer free bicycle rentals during certain months, like Amsterdam and Eindhoven.



Accommodation Options

Most tourists base themselves in Amsterdam and visit other places from there. In Amsterdam, you’ll find everything from hostels (€20–€25 per night) to five-star hotels (€250–€400+ per night). A shared dorm bed or an apartment between friends can be a great way to save money. If you plan on staying somewhere for a longer period of time, it might be worth paying extra for your own room. Hotels often provide discounts if you stay longer; it may be cheaper overall if you can split accommodation costs with friends and family or roommates who are visiting at different times of year.



Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a major city in Europe and one of Europe’s most attractive tourist destinations. It boasts a modern public transportation system, a diverse economy, an array of cultural activities and historical attractions. When visiting Amsterdam you must check out Dam Square, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House and a lot more! Visit Amsterdam while staying at our comfortable accommodation facilities including hotels, hostels and apartments. Find cheap deals by setting up a FREE consultation call with Atlandis Vacations.



Rotterdam

A busy port city filled with opportunities, Rotterdam boasts one of Europe’s biggest cities. Though it might not be as popular as some other places in The Netherlands, a lot of people would tell you that Rotterdam is more than worth your time. It has a vibrant nightlife and unique festivals—and if you’re traveling with kids, note that there are lots of attractions for them as well. Plus, if you’re into architecture and design, there are amazing museums and skyscrapers here waiting for you to explore! Did we mention that Rotterdam has some awesome food? If you have time in your trip through The Netherlands (you do), definitely consider stopping by!


The Hague

This is one of my favorite cities in The Netherlands and a good place to start any visit. It’s home to many of the country’s most iconic sites, including a few on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. First up is Huis ten Bosch, which is basically Amsterdam’s mini-me version of Versaille (complete with its own Hall of Mirrors). Walk around either or both for as long as you can stand it; there are so many hidden spots that it might take you more than one day! In between, pop into Spier Museum (and do go see Mary Magdalene) and take a ferry ride through Vondelpark, where you might just spy some Frisian horses.



Almere

Almere is a town and municipality in Flevoland, in the central eastern part of The Netherlands. Almere has been a planned city since 1976. Before 1976 Almere was an actual town, with an agricultural economy. Now Almere is one of three large cities (towns) in Flevoland (the other two being Lelystad and Dronten). It is an important business center for Lelystad Airport on Urk, and Lelystad Harbor on Lake IJsselmeer, one of Europe's largest inland ports.



Zandvoort

If you are looking for a beach town, Zandvoort is your place. Its beaches stretch on for miles of white sand and crystal clear water. If you are into surfing and/or kite surfing, it's worth staying at a hotel with a beach view just so you can take in all that beauty every morning while having your coffee or breakfast. During low tide, there is even an area called the frying pan where people play volleyball, soccer or just lay out on their towel.



Flower Fields

In the The Netherlands, nothing brightens up those cool, spring days like a visit to one of The Netherlands’ many fields of colorful flowers. Amongst Europe’s best-known sights, flower-filled meadows have become synonymous with Dutch culture and history. No matter where you go in Europe, you’ll see lots of fields filled with wildflowers; but for something truly unique, make sure you add some color (literally) to your trip by visiting one of the 10 beautiful flower fields in Europe.


 


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