To think of the Netherlands is to picture endless fields filled with tulips in every colour, or to imagine age-old windmills and romantic canals. Yes, this country does deliver on the scenic front, but it is also historically rich and home to a selection of renowned museums and galleries that showcase its artistic culture. Here, you’ll find the neighbourhood of Zaanse Schans with its mills and distinctive green wooden house, you’ll encounter the mighty Rijksmuseum and enjoy its displays of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages to the present day, and you can wander the stunning Keukenhof Gardens, where 7 million bulbs bloom each spring that include a total of 800 varieties of tulips.
British citizens do not require a visa to visit the Netherlands and U.S. citizens may enter the country for up to 90 days for tourist purposes without a visa. Any passports should always be valid for at least three months beyond the arrival date.
In the Netherlands, the Euro is the official currency.
Most areas are relatively liberal where clothing is concerned. The weather can be changeable in the Netherlands, so it’s wise pack for different conditions and bring layered items along in case it changes suddenly.
Dutch is the most widely spoken language in the Netherlands, but it’s common to find that English is both well understood and spoken as well.
The Netherlands is renowned for its liberal attitude. Prostitution and some lower-class drugs are both legal and widely available, especially in the vibrant capital of Amsterdam. The Netherlands is particularly famous for its flowers and is a world leader in producing magnificent tulips.
In the Netherlands, if a service charge is already added to the bill then tipping is not necessary. If a service charge is not added, it is customary to add 10%.