I’ve only been to the Netherlands three times. Two times I stayed at Center Parcs, which is a holiday park, and I had a bike holiday. If there is one thing you need to do in the Netherlands, it is riding your bike. Most of the country is flat, and the Dutch are experts in creating a nice and safe path for the bikers. I also did a citytrip to Amsterdam, the highlight of the Netherlands. You can read more about it below.
Official language: Dutch (most people speak English aswell)
Climate: nice temperatures in summer, in winter it can be very cold
Tips: if you’re staying in Amsterdam you can get an OV-card for public transportation or an iAmsterdam card where museums are also included.
What to see?
– If you say Amsterdam, you say… CANALS! take a boat tour to exlplore them, you can find tours close to the central station
– Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum: van Gogh is probably the most famous painter of the Netherlands, you can see his work in the Van Gogh museum. Other great Dutch painters, along with art from indonesia and other countries are located at the Rijksmuseum
– The Anne Frank House: everyone knows the story of Anne Frank. A visit to her house and the exhibition will leave an impression.
– Hop on the free ferry to Amsterdam North and take a stroll or bike tour.
– Picnic at Vondelpark
Where to sleep?
Staying in Amsterdam is quit expensive. A hostel is probably the best idea. I myself stayed at a very good B&B.
Where to eat?
Amsterdam has many restaurants. But if you’re looking for some typical Dutch food, at a very good price I would recommand Loetje, close to the Rijksmuseum.
For drinks Leidseplein is very popular, but.. also very expensive!