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The Netherlands Travel Guide

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
  • Related Blogs on the Netherlands

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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.
  • – 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:

The 8 Best Hotels in Amsterdam

The 8 Best Hotels in Amsterdam

The Best Walking Tours in Amsterdam

The Best Walking Tours in Amsterdam

Where to Stay in Amsterdam: The Best Neighborhoods for Your Visit

Where to Stay in Amsterdam: The Best Neighborhoods for Your Visit

The 34 Best Things to See and Do in Amsterdam

The 34 Best Things to See and Do in Amsterdam

The 9 Best Hostels in Amsterdam

The 9 Best Hostels in Amsterdam

My Suggested 3-5 Day Itinerary for Visiting Amsterdam

My Suggested 3-5 Day Itinerary for Visiting Amsterdam

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Cost of a Trip to the Netherlands & the Cheapest Time to Visit the Netherlands

The average price of a 7-day trip to the Netherlands is $1,035 for a solo traveler, $1,560 for a couple, and $2,190 for a family of 4 . Netherlands hotels range from $51 to $221 per night with an average of $85, while most vacation rentals will cost $180 to $460 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to the Netherlands (from all airports) are between $908 and $1,307 per person for economy flights and $2,851 to $4,104 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $38 to $78 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average , budget , and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

The Cheapest Times to Visit the Netherlands

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to the Netherlands and stay in a Netherlands hotel:

  • September 10th to December 9th (except the week of October 22nd)
  • December 24th to April 1st

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in the Netherlands is usually mid to late September .

Average Netherlands Trip Costs

Average solo traveler.

The average cost for one person to visit the Netherlands for a week is $1,118-$2,448 ($160-$350 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $38 to $78 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights : $456 to $1,206 for economy

Lodging : $66 to $85 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $95 to $116 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit the Netherlands for a week is $1,839-$4,199 ($263-$600 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $76 to $156 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights : $911 to $2,411 for economy

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit the Netherlands for a week is $3,677-$8,050 ($525-$1,150 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $151 to $312 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights : $1,822 to $4,822 for economy

Lodging : $133 to $171 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $142 to $174 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to the Netherlands

How cheap can you make a vacation to the Netherlands? The cheapest trip to the Netherlands is about $121 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 1% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $20 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $43.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit the Netherlands for a week is $847-$2,240 ($121-$320 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $19 to $38 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Lodging : $43 to $51 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $97 to $128 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit the Netherlands for a week is $1,435-$3,711 ($205-$530 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $38 to $76 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit the Netherlands for a week is $2,870-$7,037 ($410-$1,005 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $76 to $151 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Lodging : $86 to $101 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $146 to $193 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very possible to travel to the Netherlands cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Netherlands Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in the Netherlands.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit the Netherlands for a week is $2,288-$9,641 ($327-$1,377 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $76 to $156 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights : $1,144 to $3,005 for first class

Lodging : $102 to $221 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $459 to $924 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit the Netherlands for a week is $3,956-$13,732 ($565-$1,962 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $151 to $311 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights : $2,287 to $6,011 for first class

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit the Netherlands for a week is $7,925-$24,739 ($1,132-$3,534 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing : $303 to $622 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights : $4,574 to $12,021 for first class

Lodging : $205 to $443 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $693 to $1,394 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Netherlands Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in the Netherlands is slightly lower than the average city. On average hotels are less expensive than vacation rentals. Luxury vacation rentals are more expensive in the Netherlands due to very high property costs. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

Netherlands Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

Prices are based on Netherlands hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

There are a healthy amount of vacation rentals serving all budgets in the Netherlands.

Flight Costs to the Netherlands

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $1,307 average in early July to a low of $908 in mid to late September. Median flight price is $525. These prices are based on millions of flights. For the Netherlands our data includes thousands of originating airports, and hundreds of airlines. The area has average variance in price compared with other locations.

Average Flight Cost by Season

Average flight cost by day of week.

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Wednesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In the Netherlands, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $399, so you can easily save about 44% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around the Netherlands can easily cost $284 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $19 per person. Private tours can cost $567 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

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Your perfect Netherlands itinerary by a Dutch resident

June 19, 2019 by Karen Turner 36 Comments

After over three years of living in the Netherlands, I’ve been asked a lot about how much time to spend in the Netherlands.  A lot of people speed through the Netherlands only stopping for one day in Amsterdam , but I’d recommend enjoying at least 7 days in the Netherlands if you have the chance.  I’ll be covering the highlights of the Netherlands and tips for getting around the Netherlands in this Dutch itinerary.

I’ve focused this itinerary more on Holland as most of the attractions that people want to see are in this region, however I’ve included a couple off the beaten path Dutch cities that you might want to add onto your itinerary if you have more time and/or you’ve already covered most of the major cities in Holland.  This is based on my parents’ trip that I planned for them that they loved!

Map of the Netherlands.  Read your perfect Netherlands itinerary written by a Dutch resident covering 13 cities! #travel #netherlands #holland

Many people don’t realize how small the Netherlands is.  It’s very easy to take day trips from Amsterdam to Rotterdam , the Hague , and many cities in the Netherlands.  To many people here, an hour is a long time to be on the train, so if you’re used to bigger countries, you don’t need to plan much because you can purchase a train ticket on the day of and they don’t sell out.

The tickets bought at the train station machines are not specific to any time, just the date, although I recommend avoiding rush hour. The maximum that you’ll pay is 25 euros each way on the train although in some cases, the regional buses might be cheaper!    You can read tips for finding cheap train tickets in the Netherlands here.

  • 1 Three days in Amsterdam
  • 2 Day trip to Zaanse Schans and Hoorn
  • 3 Day trip to Haarlem and the tulip fields (April/May only*)
  • 4 One day in Utrecht
  • 5 Optional day trip: Cheese market in Woerden (summer only*) and Gouda
  • 6 One day in the Hague
  • 7 Optional: One day in Delft
  • 8 One day in Rotterdam
  • 9 Optional: One day in Dordrecht
  • 10 One day in Den Bosch
  • 11 Optional: One day in Efteling from Den Bosch
  • 12 One day in Maastricht
  • 13 What did you think of this Netherlands itinerary?

Three days in Amsterdam

Beautiful scene in Amsterdam in fall.  If you're visiting the Netherlands, you need to see the Netherlands beyond Amsterdam.  Click for the perfect itinerary!  #amsterdam #holland #netherlands #travel

I generally recommend having three days in Amsterdam. During this time, be sure to get a taste of Dutch food, wander around Amsterdam’s picturesque canals, glimpse into the sinful side of Amsterdam (if you dare!), explore the cool De Pijp district, and take in some of the incredible art at Amsterdam’s many museums.  As someone who lived in Amsterdam for a few years, I can promise that three days is the perfect taste of Amsterdam.

Many Dutchies will say that Amsterdam is not the same as the Netherlands and many joke that it’s the Disneyworld of the Netherlands.  Luckily, you are in the right place as I’ve designed an itinerary to show you much more of the Netherlands beyond Amsterdam. My parents followed a very close itinerary and although they loved Amsterdam, they were blown away by the other cities.   Click for my itinerary for three days in Amsterdam.

In Amsterdam, I recommend staying at Max Brown , a boutique hotel in Amsterdam.  This stunning hotel is made of various canal houses sewn together along one of Amsterdam’s most scenic canals.  As soon as you walk by, you’ll understand why this is one of my top picks (as well as one that my friends have loved).  For something more budget, the Student Hotel is a great choice for an affordable hotel and StayOkay Vondelpark is a cozy hostel that another friend of mine loved staying in.

It is a lot cheaper to stay outside of Amsterdam, so it might be better to spend three days and two nights in Amsterdam prior to moving with your suitcase to the other cities mentioned here.  You’ll save a lot of money and have more time to enjoy these stunning cities without having to worry about heading back early! I include hotel picks for a few of the cities (with more recommendations within the dedicated city guides).

Day trip to Zaanse Schans and Hoorn

A lot of people have heard of Zaanse Schans. You don’t need to go with a tour as there’s a direct bus from Amsterdam Centraal to Zaanse Schans, which is included with an iAmsterdam card .

It’s free to see these iconic Dutch windmills although you will need to pay admission to visit the museum.   You won’t need more than two hours here and get here to avoid the crowds!  Afterward, head back to the train station near Zaanse Schans to catch the train to Hoorn .

Beautiful Dutch architecture in Hoorn, one of the best day trips from Amsterdam.  Read your perfect itinerary for seeing the Netherlands beyond Amsterdam by a resident. #netherlands #holland #travel

Hoorn is often overlooked by people who simply don’t know about it.  Hoorn is a stunning city along the Zuiderzee that served as a major seaside port for many years.  The riches of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) resulted in ridiculously charming architecture.

When the Zuiderzee was cut off from the North Sea, the town lost its significance with trade. Luckily, dairy has become a major industry for the region.  It’s perfect for a relaxing day away from the crowds in Amsterdam.  If you can go on a market day, I highly recommend it!

Read a self-guided walking tour of Hoorn

Day trip to Haarlem and the tulip fields (April/May only*)

Girl in the tulip fields in the Netherlands.  If you're visiting the Netherlands in April, you need to add visiting the fields to your Dutch itinerary!

If you’re visiting the Netherlands in time for tulip season, you’re in luck!  The best time to visit the Netherlands to see the tulips is mid-April to the end of April. (You might get lucky with seeing the tulip fields in May).  Most people head to Keukenhof  to see the tulips, however, you can also find the fields in Lisse that are free to admire. 

You can follow this self-guided walking route that I’ve taken several years in a row to see the Dutch tulips for free!   Haarlem is very close by and it’s such a lovely city.

Saint Bavokerk in Haarlem, Noord Holland, the Netherlands. You need to visit this city in Holland.  Click for your perfect Netherlands itinerary written by a resident. #travel #Dutch #Holland #Netherlands #Haarlem

Haarlem is a beautiful Dutch city that is quintessentially Dutch.  There’s nothing like sipping on a fresh mint tea as you sit out on Grote Markt admiring the  St. Bavokerk .  It’s a really charming city to explore on foot. For science geeks, I recommend the Teylers Museum to understand the history of science. You can also take a relaxing ride along Haarlem’s canals prior to stopping off at Jopen, a brewery within a former church.    Click for my guide to Haarlem.

One day in Utrecht

Utrecht is the most beautiful day trip from Amsterdam. Don't miss this gorgeous Dutch city in the Netherlands. Be sure to include this beautiful city in your week (or more) in the Netherlands! #utrecht #netherlands #travel #europe

Utrecht is one of those cities that leaves an impression on you.  This stunning university city has two-story canals that you can stroll upon as well as a stunning church tower (all that’s left of the grand cathedral that once stood there).  Utrecht is famous in the Netherlands for its foodie culture and you will not be disappointed after you spend a day exploring this historic Dutch city. Click for my guide to Utrecht and things to do in Utrecht off the beaten path. 

Optional day trip: Cheese market in Woerden (summer only*) and Gouda

Two men at a Dutch cheese market in Woerden.  This authentic Dutch cheese market is a must for your bucket list in the Netherlands.  Be sure to include a half day in Woerden in your itinerary!

If you’re looking for a Dutch cheese market, I highly recommend the one in Woerden.  It’s considerably less touristy than the one in Gouda as well as Alkmaar. Woerden itself has some unique attractions that you can see beyond the cheese market.

What I love about this market is that real trades occur, so you can watch the handclap method go on as the buyers and sellers bargain for the price.  They also provide free cheese samples.  It’s absolutely free, so if you’re visiting in summer, head to the Woerden Cheese Market .   On the way back, the train will pass through Gouda, which I recommend combining with Woerden.

Stroopwafel, a classic Dutch dessert comes from Gouda, the Netherlands. If you're visiting the Netherlands, you need to add visiting Gouda to try a stroopwafel to your Dutch itinerary! #travel #netherlands #dutch #holland

Although the Gouda cheese market occurs on a different day than the Woerden cheese market, Gouda is a very charming and beautiful city.  It is where stroopwafels are said to be invented, so you must try a fresh one while in Gouda.

For history geeks, the city hall is considered one of the most beautiful ones in the Netherlands.  You’ll find lots of charming little streets and alleyways all throughout the city.  Click for my tips for visiting Gouda!

One day in the Hague

The Peace Palace, one of the most beautiful places in the Hague to visit. Be sure to include Den Haag in your Netherlands itinerary!  #travel #Nederland #Netherlands #holland #europe

The Hague is now my home.  Although it has this reputation for being boring, a lot of people are blown away by the unique architecture (a blend of styles with a lot of Art Deco), the stunning canals, and the diversity of the city.  Here, you’ll find the Mauritshuis, where you can view the Girl with the Pearl Earring and other Dutch masterpieces, as well as Escher in Het Paleis . 

Be sure to explore Denneweg, one of the most stunning canals in the city, and consider heading to the beach in Scheveningen on a nice day.  (Yes, there’s a beach nearby!)

You can read my guide for a day trip to the Hague here!   I also have guides on where to eat  in the Hague, where to drink  in the Hague, and secret places in the Hague to visit.

Hotel prices in the Hague are incredibly reasonable and I’d recommend making it your base in Holland.  At the Student Hotel , you can pay as little as 50 euros for a clean, modern room with quite a few amenities.   La Paulowna Boutique Hotel  is my recommendation for those looking for a boutique hotel with a special touch.   You’ll also have views of the Peace Palace (shown above!).

Optional: One day in Delft

Photo of Oude Delft canal in Delft. This beautiful canal is a must-see in Delft, one of the cities that you need to visit in the Netherlands! Be sure to include it in your itinerary! #Netherlands #Delft #Travel

Delft is where the famous delftware is actually made, however, there’s much more to this charming university city than pottery.  As Delft is quite compact, you can spend even a few hours walking along its scenic canals, stopping for a coffee at its many modern cafes, and touring its two churches.  The city is far from stuck in time and you’ll most likely be as taken with Delft as I have been.  Click for my self-guided walking tour to Delft. 

One day in Rotterdam

Beautiful photo of Rotterdam, one of the most unique cities in the Netherlands that you'll want to visit during your week in the Netherlands.

Rotterdam is completely different than the rest of the Netherlands.  The city was almost entirely destroyed in World War II, so the city was rebuilt.  Rather than rebuilding in the previous style, Rotterdam modernized with innovative skyscrapers and experimental architecture.  If you’re looking for something different than the historic cities, you’ll find Rotterdam to be the epitome of cool with many districts full of great food and shops (including one actually called the Cool District).  Click to read my guide to Rotterdam.

Optional: One day in Dordrecht

Beautiful warehouses in Dordrecht, the Venice of Holland. Be sure to include this beautiful city in your week in the Netherlands! #travel #netherlands #holland

If you’re looking for something quite different, Dordrecht is a really beautiful Dutch city that isn’t known to many foreign tourists.  It has a stunning historic center and it’s called the Venice of Holland.  I have to agree with this assessment as it’s easy to imagine the posts picking up people at the various docks throughout the city center.   Click to read about Dordrecht.

Note: If you only have a week in the Netherlands, you might want to limit your time to Holland.  However, if you’re continuing down to Belgium or Germany, I’d encourage you to see Brabant and Limburg.  These two provinces are often overlooked by first-time visitors to the Netherlands and they really offer a great opportunity to learn about Dutch culture!

One day in Den Bosch

View of the Binnendieze, the medieval canals underneath the beautiful Dutch city of Den Bosch. Many skip this beautiful Dutch city, but you should include it in your Netherlands itinerary! #denbosch #nederland #travel #netherlands

Many people haven’t heard of Den Bosch.  This stunning city with a well-preserved medieval center was the home to the famous Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch.  Throughout the city, you’ll find stunning canals where traders used to transport their goods on.  Taking a tour of the Binnendieze is one of the most unique tours that I’ve ever taken and going underneath the buildings was so cool.

Beyond the beautiful architecture, delicious desserts, and its stunning cathedral, Den Bosch is a very alive city with many adorable independent shops and great food.  Hotels are quite affordable in Den Bosch , which makes it a great stop-off prior to heading down to Limburg.  I was here for one day and it left me wanting a lot more.  Click to read your perfect day trip guide to Den Bosch.

Optional: One day in Efteling from Den Bosch

Photo of the Sprookjesbos at Efteling, one of the best Dutch theme parks to visit.  Include this amazing theme park (on par with Disney) in your Dutch itinerary! #travel #netherlands

Many people outside of the Netherlands have not heard of the Efteling.   This Dutch amusement park has its own distinct universe as well as style of animation is older than Disney.   I consider Efteling on par with Disney although the tickets are a fraction of the cost. (I’d recommend staying in Den Bosch as it’s quite closeby!)

Coming here will make you feel like a kid again, so if you’re looking for a fun day out after exploring numerous Dutch cities, consider taking a little break exploring Efteling.  You can read tips for visiting Efteling here.

One day in Maastricht

​Visiting the Netherlands? Don't miss Maastricht! This beautiful city should be on your Dutch itinerary! #travel #netherlands

Maastricht is one the gems of the Netherlands, however most people don’t know about it and end up skipping Maastricht.  However, my parents considered Maastricht to be their favorite city in the Netherlands, even after several trips to the Netherlands.   You can click to read my guide to Maastricht.

You might be wondering what is so special about Maastricht? The historic city center has a mix of architecture styles, several medieval churches that have been converted into bookstores and hotels, and a rich food culture.  It’s also the perfect jumping-off point to head towards Germany as Aachen, Germany is only one hour by bus—and Liege, Belgium i s another hour away by train.

What did you think of this Netherlands itinerary?

Click for tips for finding cheap train tickets in the Netherlands , secret things to do in Amsterdam , traveling in the Netherlands on a budget , and the best day trips from Amsterdam.

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About Karen Turner

New Yorker–born and raised. Currently living in the Hague, the Netherlands after stints in Paris and Amsterdam. Lover of travel, adventure, nature, city, dresses, and cats.

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October 20, 2018 at 7:52 am

It would be interesting to see what you could come up with for Friesland and Groningen

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April 16, 2019 at 10:13 am

Try Bergen op Zoom in West Brabant

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July 12, 2019 at 4:37 pm

Hello can you provide me November 7 to 14 I want visit Netherlands trip so I need day by day itinerary top place visit send me my email thanks .

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July 30, 2019 at 3:32 pm

Hi, thanks very much for sharing your experience & summing up all in this wonderful itinerary. I am looking to travel to Netherlands and it will help me a lot. I have a query regarding ‘I amsterdam card’. I wonder if you know this. If I buy that card, would I be able to use the card for public transport outside Amsterdam. Like could I use the card to travel to Rotterdam from Hague & further on. Thank you

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July 30, 2019 at 4:19 pm

Hi Dania, Unfortunately the iAmsterdam card is limited to the Amsterdam region (buses). For the Hague/Rotterdam area, there is a similar card (Tourist Day Ticket) for Zuid Holland sold by RET valid on public transit (not trains) that would go from Rotterdam to the Hague. That said, I’d recommend just paying out of pocket for the train tickets as it’s faster and usually cheaper than this card as the buses/trams are slower than the trains.

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August 6, 2019 at 12:25 am

Hi Karen, I really want to get in touch with you. Do you have a facebook page, I can use to connect to you please? Thank you

August 6, 2019 at 1:08 pm

Hi, if you click contact, you’ll find my email. Thanks, Karen

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October 22, 2019 at 2:34 pm

Hi Karen, My wife and I are going to the Netherlands in April 2020. This will be our 3rd time visiting but, we only stayed in Amsterdam. I really enjoyed this article and you have given me many new ideas. We are probably a lot like your parents, very interested in the history and architecture. We also are not big fans of crowds and tours, I prefer to go about on our own and kinda do our own thing. Getting lost is frustrating but fun. Could you possibly send me an itinerary that we could enjoy as your parents did. Thank You Jerry

October 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Hi Jerry, You’re welcome to steal this itinerary, which is very close to their own. They never got to Den Bosch, but mostly because they didn’t realize that it was so charming. It’s high on their list for the next trip. Any of these cities mentioned here besides Amsterdam should give you that experience. Most Dutch cities don’t really require so much effort to see, so it’s quite easy to pop off the train with seeing much of the city within one day. The links within the article will bring you to city guides that I wrote for each city that include my recommendations on historical attractions, food, and architecture. I hope this helps you plan your third trip. Feel free to send me an email if anything is unclear. 🙂

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November 4, 2019 at 1:54 am

I enjoyed your itinerary. I am planning to visit the Netherlands and your itinerary is very helpful. Thank you.

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December 1, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Hi Karen We are planning 10 day trip to Holland in April 2020 Can you please just tell which city to make reservations for hotels My understanding that to many cities we can just take one day trip from Amsterdam

December 9, 2019 at 3:24 pm

Please check my day trips from Amsterdam post for more info (near the end!). You can save a lot by not staying in Amsterdam and spending just 2 days in Amsterdam if that’s all you intend to do. Haarlem, Leiden, the Hague, or Rotterdam can be a good base if you want to get away from Amsterdam to save on hotels.

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December 6, 2019 at 9:14 pm

Hi, I just came upon your blog post through Pinterest. Thank you for highlighting a few cities in The Netherlands that are usually overlooked and absolutely worth a visit. I believe you’ve given a lot of tourists an inspirational read and I hope those who plan to see Amsterdam within a day will rethink their itinerary. As a Dutch reader (living in the USA), I do have some feedback though: 1) Dutch people never refer to the provinces of Noord-Holland en Zuid-Holland as ‘Holland’ the way you refer to it. You almost make it sound like it’s a separate country. Perhaps clarify you mean the provinces? As Dutch people we don’t talk about provinces the way Americans talk about States. States in the USA are a lot more independent from federal government and different from each other than the provinces in the Netherlands. We would just talk about the towns themselves and that would be all. 2) ‘Efteling’ would be ‘The Efteling’. 3) Dordrecht is called ‘Venice of the North’, not ‘Venice of Holland’. 4) ‘Zaans Schans’ is spelled Zaanse Schans, we pronounce the ‘e’ and it cannot be left out.

Have you been the the northern provinces yet? Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe are absolutely beautiful as well. I hope you enjoy your time in The Netherlands.

December 9, 2019 at 3:19 pm

Glad to hear from you Marta! I wrote this with the hope of showing people more of the Netherlands in a realistic way as although there are so many beautiful places, most people have limited time.

I wrote about Holland in this way because of the other way that many visitors think of Holland. I live in Zuid Holland myself and agree a lot about the towns being more important than the province. I try to not to lump Holland together as an entity in my general writing and try to be more specific about the provinces, but this post is a bit of an exception.

Repoints: Ahh, fixing that spelling error. 😉 I realize that people call it “the Efteling”, which corresponds to the Dutch name, but the added the seems redundant in English.

I’ve been to every province of the Netherlands and fully intend on becoming a citizen in the near future. I must write more about the Northern Provinces as I went at a time that I was less active with my blog. A trip back is due soon to Friesland. I really loved it and I would plan to write about it once I have better photos to inspire people to visit. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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December 26, 2019 at 11:43 pm

Hi, lovely cities and will certainly get a good feel of the Netherlands. As a vivid traveller myself, I love diversity and would long for some green between all the beautiful architecture. If time, and physical health, lets you, I would recommend a bike ride or hike /stroll through ‘De Hoge Veluwe’ and eat apple pie, along the coast and a beverage in a beach house, perhaps even ‘Wadlopen. Have a haring or kibbeling while you’re at the sea. De Bieschbosh may be more central if you are staying in de Randstad (the bigger cities in de west) and can be combined with a visit Rotterdam (then take the boat from Rotterdam as extra!) for instance. Oh, if you do go to Rotterdam, stop for a beer tasting at the Pheonix factory. And in Utrecht; you can combine this on same day and go canooing at Rhijnouwen in summer. Also, if you have a car; Volendam or Marken, Kasteel Muiderslot are great stops for couple of hours.

Some of my personal favorites. Believe these options all make your already great itinerary more divers and will give you a more complete overview of the Netherlands.

December 26, 2019 at 11:45 pm

Hoge Veluwe should be combined with Kroller Muller; the second biggest van Gogh collection, but the building and environment add to the experience!

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December 12, 2020 at 7:31 am

Hi Karen We are planning 7 days trip to Netherlands in June 2021 Can you please just tell which city to make reservations for hotels June 9 to 15 I want visit Netherlands trip so I need day by day itinerary top place visit send me my email thanks .

March 19, 2021 at 3:02 pm

It depends on you and how much you want to travel by train. I already have my recommendations in the article! 🙂

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August 16, 2021 at 7:23 pm

Karen, It looks like I will have 8 days available. I will spend 3 nights in Amsterdam. I’d love to visit all the other locations outlined here, but don’t want to constantly move around. Do you recommend one of the other smaller cities as a home base to travel to the others? Thanks Maurita

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January 30, 2022 at 6:44 pm

Hi, I’ll be booking Amsterdam soon for 6 nights. I plan on doing nothing too much the first day, because of a long flight. I plan to have 3 1/2 days touring Amsterdam and doing 2 days hoping on a train to explore. I had in mind Delft, Haarlem, Utrecht, Maastricht. But, I only have time for two places. I spent hours watching YouTube of these cities and reading reviews in travel forums. I’m having a hard time narrowing down 2. I’m not really into visiting anything like museums, I’m more into shops, coffee, lunch, scenery, taking walking, Maybe walk in a church. I really need help! Appreciate if you could help choose two.

March 17, 2022 at 10:13 pm

I am a bit slow in responding, but all are lovely. Maastricht is too far. I would say that Utrecht and Haarlem are the easiest to do!

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March 15, 2022 at 9:14 pm

Hi Karen, my husband and I are visiting Holland for 9 days in June/July with our bikes. We land in Ijmuigen and are looking for advice on where to stay and visit. Can you help?

March 17, 2022 at 9:20 pm

I would recommend Haarlem, but there are lots of cute cities nearby if you prefer a smaller town vibe. 🙂 Alkmaar is nice too!

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April 13, 2022 at 9:37 pm

Hi there. I’m coming to Amsterdam next week and I have one day alone before my group joins me. With the group we are doing the tulip gardens and parades and canal tour and Anne Frank house and some museums. I am trying to decide what would be a good way for me to spend the day alone. I’ll be staying by the airport but have thought of travelling into Utrecht, or over to Noord-Harlem or Harleem. I don’t know what I can pack into a day and I fear getting lost as well. Do you think I could do those three cities in a day? Or do you have a recommendation? Or should I just get a bike in Amsterdam and get lost? I appreciate any help. And thank you!

April 21, 2022 at 2:42 pm

Hi Annette, I hope that I am not too late, but the train is really simple (download the NS app or just go to the train station to buy a round-trip ticket). It is very hard to get lost in a Dutch city as the signage is really good. I would recommend Haarlem or Leiden if you are by the airport and it should be enough for a relaxing afternoon. You’ll probably see a lot with the group, so better to pick one place that you won’t visit with them. 🙂

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April 27, 2022 at 4:48 pm

Hi Karen. So happy to find your info about the Netherlands. I am planning a 2 week trip for 4 in june and have reservations for all but the last 3 days. We’re in Breda for a couple of nights visiting my daughter’s partner’s family after going north from Amsterdam and around through Harlingen and Otterlo. We will be driving and visiting museums and parks along the way. We have to catch a flight early on the 4th day from schiphol so we can’t go too far. I am spending time in Utrecht before I meet with the others. So would staying in Breda and making day trips be the best use of our last 3 days? We are outdoor types and enjoy hiking, biking and sailing. Thanks so much. We are really excited about seeing the Dutch homelands.

May 5, 2022 at 2:11 pm

Hi Dana! Breda is a nice hub for some cities, but maybe a little far for where you want to go (although possible). Sounds like a lovely trip and maybe worth getting a hotel / car along the way to maximize your time rather than driving more!

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April 29, 2022 at 4:30 am

Karen, we get off riverboat cruise on Nov 17 in Amsterdam(have visited this city before). Would you recommend Harlem or Ulreght as a hub to stay at, and then we day trip by rail to other towns? Time is flexible at this stage but we thought 5-7 days? From new Zealand we are not used to hard winter weather, so your guidance would be welcomed

May 5, 2022 at 2:12 pm

Hi Tom, November is definitely chilly and wet (although often not snowy). Yeah, traveling by train is a great idea! Utrecht is a better hub! Hope you have a great trip!

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November 26, 2022 at 7:39 am

Your itinerary gives great insights. If we want to take unlicensed transport and minimise moving from hotel to hotel, which 2 cities are the best to stay so that we get to travel to all the places in this itinerary?

November 26, 2022 at 7:40 am

Sorry I meant public transport

December 1, 2022 at 8:28 pm

Utrecht or The Hague!

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January 17, 2023 at 12:24 am

Thanks for this great guide! I will be going to Amsterdam for the 2nd time in May for one week. In your itinerary, you mention day trips to Zaanse and Harlem for tulips, I was wondering if those day trips were included in staying 3 days in Amsterdam? So I would be spending 2/3 days in Zaanse and Harlem. I see a lot of tours to Zaanse and I was wondering if you think it’s worth it to pay for a tour of the windmills/cheese and fishing market?

February 1, 2023 at 2:11 pm

I think three days in Amsterdam is ideal before doing a few day trips, but it is up to you as it is your trip. You can do a tour if you are tight on time, but it is easy enough to do a tour on your own of Zaanse Schaans and Haarlem using public transit. Zaanse Schans involves a bit more walking without a car, but it is very doable.

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February 5, 2023 at 4:45 pm

Karen – thank you so much for sharing this great itinerary. I’ll be visiting in July and would love to see everything you mentioned. Unfortunately, I’ll only have a week. Can you recommend pairing any towns that could be seen and enjoyed in one day? Thanks!

April 3, 2023 at 3:20 pm

Lots of towns. The Hague, Utrecht, or Haarlem are great! 🙂

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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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The Ultimate Guide to the Cost of Traveling to Netherlands in 2024

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August 2, 2023

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Planning a trip to the Netherlands? Wondering about the trip to Netherlands cost? Look no further! In this article, we'll provide you with the best tips for saving money without compromising on quality. From affordable hotels and delicious food to convenient transportation and memorable activities, we've got you covered. Whether you're a budget traveler or prefer a mid-range experience, we'll help you plan ahead and create a budget that suits your needs.

So, let's dive into the cost of traveling in the Netherlands. For a round-trip ticket, flights to the country can range from $500 to $1,500, depending on the season and availability. Accommodation costs vary as well, with budget hotels or hostels starting from $50 per night and luxury hotels reaching up to $300 per night. Fortunately, the Netherlands boasts an extensive and efficient public transportation system, with a one-way subway or train ticket costing around $3 to $5.

When it comes to food, you'll find a range of options to suit your budget. From budget restaurants offering meals for around $10 per person to mid-range restaurants with prices averaging $30 per person, there's something for everyone's taste and wallet.

Now, let's talk about how much you can expect to spend per day as a budget traveler or a mid-range traveler. As a budget traveler, you can aim to spend around $50 to $70 per day, including accommodation, transportation, meals, and activities. On the other hand, as a mid-range traveler, you can expect to spend approximately $100 to $150 per day, allowing for slightly more comfortable accommodations and dining experiences. Remember, it's essential to plan ahead and research activities and costs to create a budget that works for you.

  • How much does it cost for 2 nights and 3 days when traveling to Netherlands?

Planning a trip to the Netherlands? Wondering how much it will cost you for a 2-night, 3-day adventure in this beautiful country? Well, the cost can vary depending on various factors such as your travel style, choice of accommodation, transportation, and activities. But fret not, we're here to give you a rough estimate of the cost for a budget traveler!

netherlands trip how much

So, let's break it down and see how much you can expect to spend on different aspects of your trip:

First things first, let's talk about flights. The cost of a round-trip ticket to the Netherlands can vary depending on your departure city. From major cities around the world, you can expect to pay anywhere between $500 to $1500 for a round-trip ticket.


When it comes to accommodation, budget hotels are a great option for the cost-conscious traveler. In the Netherlands, you can find budget hotels ranging from $50 to $150 per night. So, for 2 nights, you can expect to spend around $100 to $300 on accommodation.


Getting around in the Netherlands is a breeze, thanks to its efficient public transportation system. A one-way subway or train ticket can cost you anywhere between $2 to $5. So, for 3 days of transportation, you can expect to spend around $12 to $30.

Food and drinks

Now let's talk about food and drinks. If you're looking to dine at budget restaurants, a meal can cost you anywhere between $10 to $20. However, if you're on a really tight budget, street food and convenience store meals can cost even less. As for drinks, the cost can vary depending on the type and location, ranging from $2 to $8. So, for 3 days of food and drinks, you can expect to spend around $90 to $180.

Sightseeing and activities

The Netherlands is known for its rich history and stunning attractions. Luckily, there are plenty of free or low-cost attractions to explore. Some popular free attractions include the Anne Frank House and the Vondelpark. However, if you're willing to splurge a bit, attractions like the Van Gogh Museum or a canal cruise can cost you around $20 to $30 per person. So, for 3 days of sightseeing and activities, you can expect to spend around $40 to $90.

Total cost for a budget traveler

So, to sum it all up, for a 2-night and 3-day trip to the Netherlands as a budget traveler, you can expect to spend approximately $342 to $690. However, please keep in mind that these are rough estimates and actual costs may vary depending on your travel style, activities, and other expenses.

Now that you have an idea of the cost, it's time to start planning your trip to the Netherlands! Get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of this incredible country.

  • How much does it cost for flights when traveling to Netherlands?

Planning a trip to the Netherlands? One of the first things on your mind might be the cost of flights. Well, let me tell you, it's not a one-size-fits-all answer. The cost of flights to this beautiful country can vary depending on a multitude of factors. So, buckle up and let's dive into the details!

When it comes to the cost of flights, there are several factors that come into play. First and foremost, your departure location plays a significant role. Whether you're flying from New York City, London, or Sydney, the prices can differ significantly. It's all about supply and demand, folks!

Another crucial factor is the time of year you plan to travel. As with any popular destination, the Netherlands experiences peak and off-peak seasons. During the summer months, when the tulips are in full bloom and the weather is delightful, you can expect prices to be higher. On the other hand, if you're willing to brave the colder months, you might snag a deal.

Now, let's talk airlines. The carrier you choose can have a substantial impact on the cost of your flight. Some airlines are known for their budget-friendly fares, while others offer a more luxurious experience at a higher price point. It all depends on your preferences and budget.

Lastly, availability plays a role in determining flight costs. If you're booking last minute or during a peak travel period, you might find yourself paying a premium. On the flip side, planning ahead and being flexible with your travel dates can help you score a better deal.

So, what's the bottom line? Well, let's give you a general range of the cost of flights to the Netherlands in US dollars. Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change and are based on one-way and round-trip tickets from major cities around the world:

  • From New York City: Economy class fares can range from $500 to $1,200 for a one-way ticket, and $800 to $2,000 for a round-trip ticket.
  • From London: Expect to pay around $150 to $500 for a one-way ticket in economy class, and $300 to $800 for a round-trip ticket.
  • From Sydney: Prices for a one-way ticket in economy class can range from $900 to $1,800, while round-trip tickets can cost anywhere between $1,500 and $3,000.

Remember, these figures are just a rough estimate. The actual cost of your flight will depend on various factors we discussed earlier. It's always a good idea to compare prices, be flexible with your travel dates, and keep an eye out for any promotions or discounts.

So, there you have it! The cost of flights to the Netherlands can vary greatly depending on your departure location, time of year, airline, and availability. Now that you have an idea of what to expect, it's time to start planning your Dutch adventure. Bon voyage!

  • How much does it cost for hotels when traveling to Netherlands?

netherlands trip how much

Planning a trip to the Netherlands? One of the key factors to consider is the cost of accommodation. The price of hotels in this beautiful country can vary depending on several factors, such as the location, season, and the type of accommodation you are looking for.

When it comes to major cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague, it's important to keep in mind that hotels tend to be more expensive compared to smaller cities or rural areas. These bustling urban centers attract a large number of tourists, which drives up the prices. So, if you're on a budget, you might want to consider exploring the lesser-known gems of the Netherlands.

Now, let's talk numbers. In major cities, the average cost range of a mid-range hotel room per night can be anywhere between $100 and $200. If you're looking for a touch of luxury, be prepared to spend around $300 to $500 per night for a high-end hotel room. These prices may vary depending on the season and availability, so it's always a good idea to book in advance.

On the other hand, if you're willing to venture beyond the major cities, you'll find that the cost of hotels in smaller towns and rural areas is generally more affordable. In these charming locations, the average cost range of a mid-range hotel room per night can range from $70 to $150. For those seeking a lavish experience, luxury hotel rooms can be found at prices ranging from $200 to $400 per night.

It's worth noting that these price ranges are just estimates and can fluctuate depending on various factors. Additionally, keep in mind that the cost of accommodation is just one aspect of your overall trip expenses. Other factors, such as transportation, meals, and activities, should also be taken into consideration when planning your budget.

So, whether you're exploring the vibrant streets of Amsterdam or the picturesque countryside, make sure to plan your trip to the Netherlands with a clear understanding of the hotel costs. By doing so, you can make the most of your travel experience without breaking the bank.

  • How much does it cost for food when traveling to Netherlands?

When planning a trip to the Netherlands, it's important to consider the cost of food and dining. The price of meals can vary widely depending on several factors, including the type of food, the restaurant's location, and the level of formality or luxury. So, let's dive into the details!

netherlands trip how much

When it comes to food in the Netherlands, there are options to suit every budget. Whether you're craving street food or fast food, looking for a casual dining experience at a local restaurant, or seeking the indulgence of a mid-range or high-end establishment, you'll find something to satisfy your taste buds.

Let's break it down by price range:

Street food or fast food: $5 - $10

Casual dining or local restaurants: $10 - $20

Mid-range restaurants: $20 - $50

High-end or luxury restaurants: $50+

It's worth noting that these price ranges are approximate and can vary depending on the specific location and restaurant. However, they provide a general idea of what to expect when dining out in the Netherlands.

If you're looking for more affordable options, there are convenience stores and supermarkets where you can purchase snacks and ingredients to prepare your own meals. This can be a great way to save money, especially if you're on a tight budget or prefer the flexibility of cooking your own food.

Now, let's talk about tipping. In the Netherlands, tipping is not as customary as it is in some other countries. However, it is still appreciated if you receive exceptional service. It's common to round up the bill or leave a small tip of around 5-10% of the total amount. Ultimately, tipping is a personal choice, but it's always nice to show your appreciation for good service.

So, whether you're a foodie looking to indulge in the culinary delights of the Netherlands or a budget-conscious traveler seeking affordable options, there's something for everyone when it comes to food in this vibrant country. Enjoy exploring the diverse flavors and dining experiences that the Netherlands has to offer!

  • How much does it cost for souvenirs when traveling to Netherlands?

netherlands trip how much

Well, let me tell you, the cost of souvenirs in Netherlands can be as diverse as the tulip fields in spring. It all depends on what you're looking for, where you're shopping, and the quality of the item. Whether you're after a traditional Delftware, a pair of wooden clogs, a piece of Dutch cheese, or a bicycle-themed trinket, the price range can vary significantly. For instance, a hand-painted Delftware plate can range from $20 to $100, while a pair of authentic wooden clogs can cost you anywhere between $15 and $50. If you're a cheese lover, a wheel of Gouda cheese might set you back around $30 to $50. And for those who want to bring a piece of Dutch cycling culture home, a bicycle-themed keychain can be found for as low as $5 or as high as $20.

Now, when it comes to shopping for souvenirs, keep in mind that many souvenir shops in tourist areas have fixed prices. However, don't lose hope! There may still be room for negotiation in other types of stores, such as flea markets or antique shops. So, if you're up for a little haggling adventure, these places might be your best bet. Just imagine the satisfaction of snagging a unique souvenir at a bargain price! So, whether you're exploring the vibrant streets of Amsterdam or the charming canals of Utrecht, be sure to keep an eye out for those hidden gems and don't be afraid to unleash your bargaining skills.

  • How much does it cost for transportation when traveling to Netherlands?

Planning a trip to the Netherlands? One of the important factors to consider is the cost of transportation. Whether you're exploring the vibrant streets of Amsterdam or venturing into the picturesque countryside, knowing how much you'll be spending on transportation can help you budget your trip effectively. So, let's dive into the cost of transportation in the Netherlands!

netherlands trip how much

The cost of transportation in the Netherlands varies depending on the mode of transportation and the distance traveled. Let's take a look at some estimated cost ranges in US dollars for different types of transportation:

  • Train: Train travel is a popular and efficient way to get around the Netherlands. A one-way ticket for a short journey can cost around $5 to $10, while longer trips may range from $20 to $50.
  • Subway: Major cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam have well-connected subway systems. A single ride typically costs between $3 and $5.
  • Bus: Buses are a convenient option for both short and long distances. Local bus fares start at around $2, while intercity bus tickets can range from $10 to $30.
  • Taxi: Taxis are readily available in the Netherlands, but they can be more expensive. A short taxi ride within the city may cost around $10 to $20, while longer trips can go up to $100 or more.
  • Rental Car: Renting a car gives you the freedom to explore the Netherlands at your own pace. Prices vary depending on the car type and rental duration, starting from approximately $30 per day.

Now, you might be wondering if there are any transportation passes or discount tickets available for visitors. Well, good news! The Netherlands offers various passes that can be a great value if you plan to do a lot of traveling in a short period.

For example, the OV-chipkaart is a rechargeable card that allows you to travel on trains, buses, trams, and metros throughout the country. It offers discounted fares compared to buying individual tickets.

Another option is the Holland Travel Ticket , which provides unlimited travel on all public transportation for a fixed price. This pass is valid for one day and costs around $17.

Additionally, some cities offer their own transportation passes, such as the I Amsterdam City Card . This card not only covers public transportation but also provides free or discounted access to popular attractions and museums.

In conclusion, the cost of transportation in the Netherlands can vary depending on the mode of transportation and the distance traveled. It's always a good idea to plan ahead and consider the available passes or discount tickets to make your trip more budget-friendly. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore the beautiful Netherlands without breaking the bank!

  • How much does it cost for sightseeing when traveling to Netherlands?

Planning a trip to the Netherlands? Wondering how much it will cost to explore the beautiful sights and attractions this country has to offer? Well, the cost of sightseeing in the Netherlands can vary widely depending on the location, attraction, and activity you choose to indulge in. From historic landmarks to stunning natural landscapes, there is something for everyone in this enchanting country.

netherlands trip how much

Let's take a closer look at some popular tourist attractions in the Netherlands and their cost ranges in US dollars:

  • 1. The Anne Frank House: A visit to this historic landmark, where Anne Frank and her family hid during World War II, costs around $11 to $14.
  • 2. Van Gogh Museum: Immerse yourself in the world of art at the Van Gogh Museum, with ticket prices ranging from $20 to $25.
  • 3. Keukenhof Gardens: Experience the vibrant colors of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens, with admission fees ranging from $10 to $15.
  • 4. Rijksmuseum: Discover Dutch art and history at the Rijksmuseum, where tickets can cost between $20 and $25.
  • 5. The Hague: Explore the political heart of the Netherlands with a visit to The Hague, where you can enjoy free attractions such as the Binnenhof and Mauritshuis.
  • 6. Windmills at Kinderdijk: Witness the iconic Dutch windmills at Kinderdijk, with entrance fees ranging from $10 to $15.
  • 7. Amsterdam Canal Cruise: Take a scenic canal cruise in Amsterdam, with prices starting from $15.
  • 8. Zaanse Schans: Step back in time at Zaanse Schans, a picturesque village showcasing traditional Dutch windmills and crafts, with free admission.

While these attractions offer incredible experiences, it's worth noting that there are also numerous free or low-cost sightseeing options in the Netherlands. You can explore the charming streets of Amsterdam, visit local markets, or take a leisurely bike ride through the countryside. The possibilities are endless!

So, whether you're a history enthusiast, an art lover, or simply seeking natural beauty, the Netherlands has something for everyone. Just remember to plan your budget accordingly and make the most of your trip to this captivating country.

  • How much does it cost for Wi-Fi & communication when traveling to Netherlands?

When planning a trip to Netherlands, it's essential to consider the cost of Wi-Fi and communication to stay connected while exploring this beautiful country. Let's dive into the options and cost range in US dollars for accessing Wi-Fi in Netherlands, ensuring you can share your adventures with friends and family back home. One option is to rent a Wi-Fi router, which allows you to have a reliable internet connection wherever you go. The cost of rental Wi-Fi routers can vary depending on the rental company and plan you choose. Prices typically range from $5 to $15 per day, providing you with the convenience of staying connected without worrying about excessive roaming charges. Another option is to purchase a SIM card upon arrival in Netherlands. SIM cards offer the flexibility of using your own device and can be a cost-effective solution for accessing Wi-Fi. The cost of SIM cards depends on the data plan and provider you select. Prices range from $10 to $30, offering various data allowances to suit your communication needs. If you're looking for free Wi-Fi options, some hotels and accommodations in Netherlands provide complimentary internet access for their guests. It's always a good idea to check with your chosen accommodation before booking to ensure this perk is available. Additionally, certain smartphone apps, such as "WiFi Map" and "Free Wi-Fi Finder," offer access to free Wi-Fi hotspots throughout Netherlands, allowing you to save on data costs. It's important to note that the cost of Wi-Fi in Netherlands can vary depending on the method of access and the data plan you choose. However, with the abundance of options available, travelers can easily stay connected while exploring this captivating country. So, whether you opt for a rental Wi-Fi router, a SIM card, or take advantage of free Wi-Fi hotspots, staying connected during your trip to Netherlands is both convenient and affordable.

  • How much does it cost for visa when traveling to Netherlands?

Planning a trip to the Netherlands? Well, before you pack your bags and hop on a plane, it's important to consider the cost of obtaining a visa. The price range for visa applications can vary depending on your country of citizenship and the type of passport application you require. Let's take a closer look at some specific figures to give you a better idea. For citizens of the United States, the cost of a tourist visa application ranges from $45 to $90. However, if you're lucky enough to hold a passport from a country that has visa-free access to the Netherlands, you won't have to worry about these costs.

netherlands trip how much

It's important to note that visa application fees can vary depending on your country of citizenship and the type of application you require. Furthermore, some countries may have additional fees for visa applications or other travel documents. To ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information on passport and visa requirements and fees, it's always a good idea to check with your local embassy or consulate. Don't let unexpected costs put a damper on your travel plans!

  • How much does it cost for insurance when traveling to Netherlands?

netherlands trip how much

The cost range of travel insurance for a trip to Netherlands can vary depending on several factors. These factors include your age, the length of your trip, the type of coverage you need, and the insurance provider you choose. To give you a general idea of travel insurance costs, here are some guidelines:

For a single trip, the cost of travel insurance can range from approximately $50 to $200. This range is influenced by factors such as the duration of your trip and the level of coverage you require. It's important to note that these prices are estimates and can vary depending on the specific policy and provider.

If you are a frequent traveler, an annual travel insurance policy might be a better option for you. The cost of an annual policy can range from around $300 to $1000. This type of policy provides coverage for multiple trips throughout the year, typically for a period of 12 months. The cost will depend on factors such as your age and the level of coverage you choose.

If you are looking for comprehensive coverage that includes benefits such as trip cancellation, medical expenses, and baggage loss, the cost can range from approximately $100 to $500. This type of policy offers extensive protection and is ideal for travelers who want peace of mind during their trip to Netherlands.

It's important to compare travel insurance policies from different providers to find the coverage that best meets your needs and budget. Take the time to read the policy details carefully and understand what is and isn't covered, as well as any deductibles or exclusions. Additionally, some credit cards and travel booking sites offer travel insurance as a benefit or add-on, so be sure to explore those options as well.

Comparing policies and providers will help you find the best travel insurance for your trip to Netherlands. Remember to consider your specific needs and budget, and don't forget to read the fine print. By doing so, you can ensure that you have the necessary coverage and enjoy your trip with peace of mind.

  • How much does it cost for family, couples or single when traveling to Netherlands?

netherlands trip how much

The cost of traveling to the country can vary widely depending on a number of factors, such as the length of the trip, the type of accommodation, the level of luxury, the activities planned, and the number of travelers. Here's the lowdown on the estimated costs for a trip to the country:

Airfare: The cost of airfare to the Netherlands can be all over the map, depending on where you're flying from and when you're flying. You can expect to shell out anywhere from a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars for a round-trip ticket from the United States.

Accommodation: When it comes to finding a place to rest your weary head, the Netherlands has options for every budget. If you're looking to save some cash, you can find a budget hotel or hostel for as little as $30 per night. If you're in the mood for a bit more luxury, you can splurge on a mid-range hotel, luxury hotel, or ryokan, with prices ranging from $100 to $500 per night.

Food and drink: The Netherlands is a foodie's paradise, with a wide range of culinary options to suit every palate. If you're on a tight budget, you can grab a budget meal at a local restaurant for around $10 per person. If you're looking for something a bit more upscale, a mid-range meal will set you back around $30 per person.

Transportation: Getting around in the Netherlands is a breeze, thanks to its efficient public transportation system. A single metro or train ticket will cost you around $3, while a long-distance bullet train ticket can range from $30 to $100. If you prefer the convenience of a taxi or car rental, be prepared to add a bit more to your transportation budget.

Overall, the cost of traveling to the Netherlands can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars per person, depending on your travel style and preferences. Whether you're traveling with your family, your significant other, or flying solo, you can expect to spend anywhere from $500 to $5000 for a memorable trip to the Netherlands.

  • Methods to Save Money When Traveling to Netherlands

Planning a trip to the Netherlands can be an exciting adventure, but it's important to keep an eye on your budget. By implementing a few savvy strategies, you can make the most of your trip without breaking the bank. Here are some tried and true methods to save money when traveling to the Netherlands.

netherlands trip how much

First and foremost, consider booking your accommodations in advance. This will not only give you peace of mind but also allow you to take advantage of early bird discounts. Additionally, consider staying in budget-friendly hostels or guesthouses, which provide a more affordable alternative to traditional hotels.

Another great way to save money is by using public transportation. The Netherlands has an excellent public transportation system, including trains, trams, and buses, which are not only convenient but also cost-effective. Opting for a travel pass or card can provide you with unlimited access to these modes of transportation, allowing you to explore the country without worrying about individual ticket costs.

When it comes to dining, consider eating like a local. Instead of dining at touristy restaurants, venture into local neighborhoods and try out the street food or visit affordable eateries. This way, you can experience authentic Dutch cuisine without spending a fortune. Additionally, don't forget to sample the local markets, where you can find fresh produce and local delicacies at reasonable prices.

Lastly, make the most of free attractions and activities. The Netherlands is known for its beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. Take advantage of free walking tours, visit museums on designated free entry days, or simply explore the picturesque streets and canals on foot. By immersing yourself in the local culture and taking advantage of free experiences, you can create unforgettable memories without spending a dime.

So, if you're planning a trip to the Netherlands, remember these money-saving tips. By being proactive in your planning, embracing local experiences, and making smart choices, you can enjoy a memorable trip without breaking the bank. Start saving today and embark on a budget-friendly adventure in the Netherlands!

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Planning a trip to the Netherlands? Well, you're in for a treat! This picturesque country is known for its vibrant tulip fields, charming windmills, and enchanting canals. Whether you're a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply looking to indulge in some delicious cheese, the Netherlands has something for everyone. To ensure you have a memorable and hassle-free trip, here are eight tips to keep in mind:

1. Get on your bike: The Netherlands is famous for its cycling culture, so why not embrace it? Rent a bike and explore the charming streets and scenic countryside at your own pace.

2. Don't forget your umbrella: The weather in the Netherlands can be quite unpredictable, so it's always a good idea to carry an umbrella or raincoat with you.

3. Visit the museums: The Netherlands is home to some of the world's finest museums, including the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. Immerse yourself in the rich art and history of this fascinating country.

4. Sample Dutch cuisine: From stroopwafels to bitterballen, the Netherlands has a diverse and delicious food scene. Don't miss the opportunity to try some traditional Dutch dishes during your visit.

5. Explore the countryside: While Amsterdam is undoubtedly a must-visit city, don't forget to venture beyond the capital. The Dutch countryside is dotted with picturesque villages and stunning landscapes that are worth exploring.

6. Experience the tulips: If you're visiting in spring, make sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where you can witness the breathtaking beauty of millions of blooming tulips.

7. Embrace the canal culture: Take a leisurely boat ride along the iconic canals of Amsterdam or explore the charming canal towns like Utrecht and Leiden. The canal network is an integral part of Dutch culture and offers a unique perspective of the country.

8. Respect the locals: The Dutch are known for their friendly and open-minded nature. Show respect for their customs and traditions, and you'll find that the locals are more than happy to help you navigate their beautiful country.

* All user reviews in this article have been translated by machine.

* The information above is subject to change at any time. For the latest information, please check the websites of hotels and attractions.

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One Week in the Netherlands- Our 8 Day Netherlands Itinerary

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I had always admired the beauty of the Netherlands in photographs, so when my mom and I booked a cruise to Norway departing from Amsterdam, it was the perfect opportunity to extend our trip and spend about one week in the Netherlands.

Canal houses and boats in Amsterdam.

When I was planning our Netherlands itinerary, I was looking to include destinations that matched my postcard perfect view of the country, but that would also surprise me and teach me something new.

During our 8 days in the Netherlands, we experienced an enjoyable mix of attractions from history museums and centuries-old churches to wooden windmills and a storybook castle. We even saw the tombs and gravestones of some notable Dutch figures. 

De Haar Castle, a must-see place to include on a Netherlands itinerary.

Thankfully, the places we visited on our Netherlands trip were just as I imagined with narrow waterways flowing throughout the towns, gabled canal houses, and windmills dotting the flat landscape. The only thing missing were tulips because they were out of season in the summer.

Windmills along the river at Zaanse Schans, a popular place to visit on a Netherlands trip.

Overall, our Netherlands itinerary succeeded in showing us the very best of what the country has to offer- some top destinations and attractions, plus a few lesser-known gems.

One Week in the Netherlands- Our Netherlands Itinerary

When I started planning a trip to the Netherlands, I actually wasn’t very familiar with the country and its tourist destinations, other than Amsterdam and Giethoorn. However, soon into my research, I discovered that there were so many interesting and beautiful places to visit in the Netherlands. 

Buildings framing a canal in Amsterdam.

Knowing we could only spend about one week in the Netherlands made planning our Netherlands itinerary tricky because there wasn’t enough time to include everything on my wish list (a dilemma I have with every trip). Yet with some prioritizing, and help from the country’s small size and well-connected transportation network, I was able to create a Netherlands trip itinerary that visited several regions and a range of attractions over 8 days.

Old buildings in the town square of Haarlem.

Our 8 day Netherlands itinerary started and ended in Amsterdam. We visited 4 provinces- North Holland, South Holland, Utrecht, and Overijssel- and travelled exclusively by train and bus. 

To make things easier, we did day trips as much as possible, using Amsterdam and Utrecht as our home bases. The only exception was Giethoorn, which is quite far for a day trip (though it is often done).

Small boat on a canal in Giethoorn.

Here’s a look at our Netherlands itinerary complete with information about everything we did during our 8 days in the Netherlands. We hope this gives you some ideas of places to visit in the Netherlands and helps you plan your own Netherlands trip itinerary.

Wooden green house framed by trees at Zaanse Schans.

Netherlands Trip Map

The map below shows the places we included on our 8 day Netherlands itinerary so you can visualize where we travelled to on our Netherlands trip.

Netherlands trip map- places we included on our Netherlands itinerary.

Day 1: Amsterdam

Our first day in the Netherlands was spent exploring Amsterdam, the capital city. We started our visit with a canal cruise to learn a bit about the city, then did our own self-guided walking tour of Amsterdam and its canal ring. In the evening we visited the Anne Frank House. 

Amsterdam Canal Cruise 

An Amsterdam canal cruise is one of the best things to do in Amsterdam, especially if it’s your first time in the city. 

During our canal tour, we got to hear some stories about Amsterdam, learn about its canal houses, and see several of the city’s landmarks. The most interesting fact we were told was that there are 12,000-15,000 bicycles pulled out of the canals every year. It’s crazy how so many bikes end up in the water!

Buildings seen during a canal cruise in Amsterdam.

I’m glad we went on an open-top boat because this made it easier to see the scenery and take pictures. Sometimes it was hard to hear the guide (a smaller boat would have been better), but overall a canal cruise was a relaxing and enjoyable introduction to the city.

Self-Guided Walking Tour

One of my favourite things to do in Amsterdam was simply walk around and admire the canals, bridges, and historic architecture. 

For our self-guided walking tour of Amsterdam, we wandered through the city centre (Nieuwezijde) then the central and eastern parts of the 17th century canal ring. 

Church tower at the end of a canal lined with boats.

We strolled along portions of several canals including the Singel, Keizersgracht, and Herengracht (where the prestigious Golden Bend is). I loved looking at the unique design details on the canal houses and their differently-shaped gables. So beautiful!

Some other places and landmarks we came across on our walk were Dam Square (home to the Royal Palace, New Church, and National Monument), Rembrandt Square, Mint Tower, Rokin Canal and street (where the Two Immovable Heads fountain is), and the water level houses on the Damrak canal.

Tall narrow houses lining a canal in Amsterdam.

Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is a must-see museum in Amsterdam and one of the city’s top attractions so you have to buy tickets weeks in advance.

The house is where Anne Frank and her family hid from Nazi persecution during World War II. They lived in a hidden apartment at the back of the building, which was referred to as the Secret Annex in the diary Anne kept during the war.

Brick exterior of the Anne Frank House.

During our visit we got to see the main house, the Secret Annex and the bookcase that hid its entrance, plus several personal items that belonged to the people who hid here, including Anne Frank’s original diary and notebooks. The museum told such a powerful story and was a highlight of our two days exploring Amsterdam.

Day 1 Hits & Misses

  • Seeing the pretty canal houses. The architecture is much more interesting than back home in Canada.
  • Getting to experience Amsterdam from the water.
  • Learning more about the life of Anne Frank and seeing where she hid during the war. The Secret Annex was much bigger than I expected.
  • The “no picture” rule in the Anne Frank House (and a lot of people breaking it without consequence).
  • Worrying about getting run over by bikes when crossing the street. There are a lot of fast-riding cyclists! Also, the sidewalks are generally quite narrow so it’s tempting to walk in the bike lanes (a big no-no!)

Sea of bikes parked on a sidewalk in Amsterdam.

Day 2: Day Trip to Zaanse Schans and Hoorn

For day two of our Netherlands itinerary we planned a side trip from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans in the morning and Hoorn in the afternoon. 

Approximate travel times: Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station to Zaanse Schans- 30 mins by train then bus (or 40 minutes from Central Station by bus), Zaanse Schans to Hoorn- 50 mins by bus then train, Hoorn to Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station- 30 mins by train

Zaanse Schans

One of the most popular day trips from Amsterdam is to Zaanse Schans, a living recreation of an 18th/19th century Dutch village in the town of Zaandam.

Zaanse Schans is best known for its historic wooden windmills, several of which are still working and can be visited. There are also artisan workshops, a cheese farm, museums, gift shops, restaurants, and wooden houses (that people live in).

Windmills along the river at Zaanse Schans.

Zaanse Schans is very cute and the windmills are interesting to go inside to see how they operate. We also liked sampling the cheese at the farm and watching a clog-making demonstration.

Hoorn prospered during the 16th and 17th centuries as a port city and base for the Dutch East India Company. Hundreds of years later, evidence of its former glory remains throughout its historic city centre and charming harbour.

Even though there weren’t any specific attractions that drew me to Hoorn, I absolutely loved spending the afternoon in this beautiful city. 

Sailboats docked in the harbour at Hoorn.

Whether we were lunching on the attractive Roode Steen (Red Stone Square) or strolling along the waterfront, there was a pleasant atmosphere all around.

The highlight of visiting Hoorn was definitely the architecture. Several buildings date back to the 17th century (or earlier) and have interesting decorative details. My favourite buildings include the Hoofdtoren (old harbour control tower), the Waag (weigh house), and the Statencollege (home of the Westfries Museum).

Table and chairs in the historic town square in Hoorn.

Day 2 Hits & Misses


  • The picturesque setting and historic architecture of both Zaanse Schans and Hoorn.
  • Going inside the De Kat windmill at Zaanse Schans to see how paint pigments are made.
  • The touristy atmosphere of Zaanse Schans.
  • The Westfries Museum being temporarily closed for renovation.

Boat and buildings along a canal in Hoorn.

Day 3: Day Trip to Haarlem

Today we explored Haarlem on a day trip from Amsterdam. We visited a museum, some historic sites, and wandered around the city centre. We spent most of the day in Haarlem, returning to Amsterdam for dinner and an evening walk around the city.

Approximate travel time: Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station to Haarlem- 10-13 min by train (or 15-18 min from Central Station).

Corrie Ten Boom House

The first place we visited on our day trip to Haarlem was the Corrie Ten Boom House. 

During World War II, the Ten Boom family used their house as a place of refuge for people at risk of being persecuted by the Nazis. The house is now a museum telling the story of Corrie Ten Boom and her family, their efforts to find people safe houses during the war, and how a group of people in the house’s hiding place survived a Nazi raid.

Exterior of the Corrie Ten Boom House in Haarlem.

During our tour of the museum, we got to hear a lot of interesting stories about how the house was used during WWII. The most thought-provoking part of the tour was visiting Corrie’s bedroom and seeing the tiny hiding place behind a false wall, barely big enough for 8 people to stand shoulder to shoulder.

St. Bavo Church

I’m always impressed with the history and architecture of European churches, but my main reason for wanting to go inside St. Bavo church was to see the floor of graves. 

Yes, you read that right. The church’s floor is made almost entirely out of gravestones- about 1500 of them, the oldest of which are from the 15th century. Dutch painter Frans Hals is even buried here. I was quite captivated by the funerary art on the gravestones, especially the skulls as it’s not an image commonly used today.

An aisle of chairs leading towards the organ in St. Bavo Church.

There’s a lot of interesting symbolic imagery throughout the church, but other highlights include the organ (played by Mozart as a child), the ship models, and Haarlem’s oldest safe.

Molen De Adriaan

De Adriaan windmill is one of Haarlem’s most distinctive landmarks but it’s much more than just a photo opp.

De Adriaan is a museum mill- a fully functioning mill that has exhibits and models about windmills and how they work. I visited all five levels inside the windmill but my favourite part of the tour was going onto the wrap-around balcony while the sails were turning. The view of the city was great too! 

Riverside wooden windmill in Haarlem.

Day 3 Hits & Misses

  • Haarlem was quick and easy to get to from Amsterdam.
  • Learning about Corrie Ten Boom and how her family helped people find safety during WWII. I was unfamiliar with these incredible stories before our visit to Haarlem.
  • Discovering the graves, funerary art, and symbolism throughout St. Bavo Church.
  • The photogenic windmill and getting a close-up view of its sails in motion.
  • Nothing. Haarlem was a very enjoyable place to visit!

St. Bavo Church and the town square in Haarlem.

Day 4: Utrecht

Today we travelled from Amsterdam to Utrecht where we stayed the next 3 nights. Our first day in Utrecht was spent sightseeing on a free walking tour then visiting the Domkerk and other attractions in Dom Square.

Approximate travel time: Amsterdam Central Station to Utrecht- 25 mins by train

Free Walking Tour

To get to know Utrecht, the first thing we did was go on a free walking tour of the city with a local guide. 

Over the course of 2 hours, we learned about Utrecht’s history as we walked to its main landmarks, squares, and some lesser-known sites. We saw interesting architecture, canals, statues, and artwork and also got recommendations for places to eat. The tour was a great introduction to the city and showed us spots we might not have discovered otherwise.

Boat on a canal in Utrecht.

Dom Tower 

The Dom Tower (Domtoren) is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands and a symbol of Utrecht. Interestingly, it’s no longer connected to the cathedral after a storm collapsed the nave that joined the two.

At the time of our visit, the tower was unfortunately under scaffolding but was still open for guided tours. During a tour of the Dom Tower, I got to see the chapel, the bell chamber with its swinging bells, and climb hundreds of stairs to the top for a panoramic view of the city. 

Big bell.

Visiting the Dom Church (Domkerk), Utrecht’s pre-Reformation cathedral, was a wonderful opportunity to see Gothic architecture and ornate tombs.

Inside there were stained glass windows, an organ, chapels, and gravestones on the floor, but the highlight was the tomb of Admiral Willem Joseph Van Gendt, first commander of the Dutch marines. I also enjoyed the pretty cloister and its small garden.

Cloister garden at the Dom Church.

The DOMunder discovery tour is the most unique thing we did during our day in Utrecht. 

These subterranean ruins under Dom Square reveal 2,000 years of Utrecht’s history from its time as a Roman fortress to the collapse of the cathedral’s nave.

It was fun to explore underground with a flashlight to see the archaeological remains of what once stood in the square above. Shining your light on an artifact activates a recorded story, so it’s like an audio tour crossed with a treasure hunt- very neat!

Pile of stone rubble from the collapsed church seen during the DOMunder tour.

Read more: Visiting DOMunder- An Underground Archaeological Experience in Utrecht

Day 4 Hits & Misses

  • Learning about the city on a walking tour.
  • Viewing the large bells inside the Dom Tower.
  • Seeing how much taller the Dom Tower is than anything else in the city. It’s quite impressive!
  • Seeing a lot of litter around the city.
  • Scaffolding covering the Dom Tower and obstructing the view from the top.

Boat on a canal in front of the Winkel van Sinkel restaurant.

Day 5: Day Trip to De Haar Castle, Utrecht Canal Cruise

Today we did a day trip from Utrecht to De Haar Castle. After getting back to the city late afternoon we went on a boat tour of the canals .

Approximate travel time: Utrecht to De Haar Castle- 30 mins by train then bus

De Haar Castle

De Haar Castle is the largest castle in the Netherlands and its impressive architecture and interior design made it one of my favourite places we visited on our Netherlands trip.

When I picture a fairy tale castle, it looks exactly like De Haar- there’s a moat, towers, gates, drawbridges, lavishly furnished rooms, and formal gardens. Inside and out, the castle was a thing of beauty.

Flower lined path in front of De Haar Castle.

I was surprised at how many rooms were open to visitors and each room had an information sheet you could read to learn more about that part of the castle. I loved the ceilings and artistic touches throughout the interior but my favourite part was admiring the medieval architecture from the gardens.

Utrecht Canal Tour

Utrecht is known for its unique “two-storey” canals that have old warehouses and cellars at water level and houses above on the main street level. Many of these warehouses have been converted into cafes and restaurants, making the canals a popular hangout spot.

Cafe tables along the canal in Utrecht.

The canals are also used for recreation and we saw plenty of kayaks, pedal boats, and tour boats on the waterways, especially the Oudegracht (old canal) that runs through the centre of the city. 

We did a boat tour of the canals on one of the larger, closed-top sightseeing boats, but in hindsight, I would choose a kayak or pedal boat instead for better visibility of the scenery.

Day 5 Hits & Misses

  • Visiting De Haar Castle. The museum portion inside was well put together and the gardens were lovely to walk around.
  • Seeing so many people enjoying hanging out along the canals.
  • Not being able to hear the recorded information on our boat tour because of a lot of noisy, inconsiderate passengers.
  • The canals are not as pretty as in Amsterdam. Most of what we could see from the covered boat was dingy brick warehouses because the roof obstructed views of the canal houses on the second level.

Flower garden with De Haar Castle in the background.

Day 6: Day Trip to Delft

Today we travelled from Utrecht to Delft for the day. Since the weather was really rainy and windy, we spent our time indoors exploring historic churches. I had originally planned to stop in Gouda on the way back to Utrecht (the train went through there) but the weather was too miserable. If Delft doesn’t interest you, or you don’t want to travel as far, then Gouda would be a convenient alternative. 

Approximate travel time: Utrecht to Delft- 1 hr by train

Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)

The Nieuwe Kerk in Delft is an unmissable landmark standing tall over Market Square.

The New Church is best known for being the burial place of the Dutch royal family. The royal crypt below the church is not open to the public, but visitors can see the elaborate tomb of William of Orange (prince and founder of the House of Orange-Nassau), as well as several other gravestones and monuments for influential people.

Tomb and entrance to the royal crypt in the New Church in Delft.

Another highlight of visiting the New Church is climbing the tower to see the carillon bells and a wonderful panoramic view of Delft.

Oude Kerk (Old Church)

The most recognizable feature of the Oude Kerk in Delft is its leaning clock tower (about 2 metres from vertical), but the interior is full of hundreds of graves and commemorative epitaphs.

Leaning tower of the Old Church in Delft.

There are a number of impressive tombs in the Old Church including those of naval heroes Piet Hein and Maarten Tromp. Many other notable figures have gravestones on the church floor, including famous Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.

Day 6 Hits & Misses

  • Both churches were set up like museums with information panels throughout so you could learn about the notable graves and the people buried within.
  • The funerary art on the tombs and graves. I enjoyed finding examples of skulls, skeletons, hourglasses, and cherubs.
  • The view of Market Square from the Nieuwe Kerk tower.
  • The attractive architecture of the City Hall (Stadhuis).
  • The weather prevented us from exploring as much as I wanted.

Overhead view of the City Hall and the town square in Delft.

Day 7: Giethoorn

The next destination on our Netherlands itinerary was the village of Giethoorn. We spent one night here because the atmosphere is best after the day trippers leave.

Approximate travel time: Utrecht to Giethoorn- 2 hrs by train then bus

Giethoorn Sightseeing

Visiting Giethoorn was definitely a big highlight of our trip to the Netherlands, even though there wasn’t a whole lot to do there.

Giethoorn’s main attractions are its numerous hand-dug canals, pedestrian bridges, and thatched roof houses, all of which come together to create an unbelievably cute setting. It was like a fairy tale come to life- I’ve never seen another village like it.

House on the corner of two canals meeting in Giethoorn.

Part of the village is car-free so the main ways to get around are by boat and on foot. The most popular tourist activity is to rent an electric boat and travel down the canals and into the lake. Our boating experience wasn’t the greatest for several reasons, but that didn’t make me like Giethoorn any less. It was just that beautiful!

Driving an electric boat down a canal in Giethoorn.

Day 7 Hits & Misses

  • Strolling along the quiet canals in the morning.
  • It was fun to drive the boat.
  • So many pretty scenes to take pictures of. 
  • Getting caught in a rainstorm while out on the lake in a very slow boat with no safety equipment.
  • The boat rental company didn’t provide any instructions on how to drive the boat and refused to refund the unused hour of our rental when the storm forced us to return early. 

House beside a bridge crossing over a canal in Giethoorn.

Day 8: Amsterdam

The last day of our trip to the Netherlands was spent back in Amsterdam. We visited the Royal Palace and then just walked around and did more sightseeing around the Old Town and Museum Quarter.

Approximate travel time: Giethoorn to Amsterdam Sloterdijk Station- 2 hr 15 min by bus then train

Royal Palace Amsterdam

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is one of the residences of the Dutch monarch and is used for hosting official receptions, state visits, and award ceremonies.

I followed the audio tour of the palace as it guided me through the most important rooms in the palace. As expected, there were plenty of symbolic sculptures, paintings, and grand rooms. 

Chandeliers and a statue of Atlas inside the Royal Palace of Amsterdam.

My favourite treasures were the marble maps built into the floor of the Citizen’s Hall, the statue of Atlas carrying the globe, and the sugar sculptures on the banquet table (part of a special exhibition).

Another place of interest we discovered while walking around Amsterdam was the Begijnhof.

Originally a beguinage, this hofje was a small community for unmarried religious women. The attractive courtyard is surrounded by tall almshouses (charitable housing), including the oldest wooden house in Amsterdam. The Begijnhof is also home to the English Reformed Church.

Row of houses looking out onto a grassy courtyard.

Day 8 Hits & Misses

  • Touring the Royal Palace.
  • Having another opportunity to explore Amsterdam. It’s a nice city to just wander around and take pictures.

Bridge with bikes parked on it in Amsterdam.

Final Thoughts About Our Week in the Netherlands

I enjoyed our 8 days in the Netherlands and appreciated that the public transportation system made it easy to travel around the country. 

Being able to visit so many places on day trips was very convenient, saving us the time and hassle of checking in and out of hotels and hauling our luggage around. The only downside was the amount of money we ended up spending on train tickets, which cost more than I was expecting. 

People waiting beside the tracks at the Haarlem train station.

I loved seeing so many canals and kept thinking how nice it would be to go kayaking from my doorstep if I lived in a Dutch town. The cycling culture and infrastructure were impressive too. I’ve never seen multi-level parkades for bikes before!

Boats and houses in Haarlem.

My favourite thing about the Netherlands was the historic architecture and canal houses, especially the ornamentation and differently shaped gables. I never got bored of walking around looking at the buildings, even though the towns did start to feel the same after a few days.

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Would We Change Anything About Our Netherlands Itinerary?

I was happy with our Netherlands trip itinerary and how it included some popular destinations, but also went a bit off the typical tourist trail. 

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Amsterdam and Utrecht were great home bases for exploring the Netherlands. These two cities had plenty to see and do themselves, but also provided easy access to other interesting nearby destinations. 

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I liked visiting all the places we included on our Netherlands itinerary, but as usual, would have benefited from another day or two. A few attractions I was interested in but couldn’t fit into this trip were Het Loo Palace, the Kinderdijk windmills, and Muiden Castle.

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Tips for Planning a Netherlands Itinerary

Here are a few more tips and things to take into consideration when planning your own Netherlands trip itinerary:

  • When in Amsterdam consider staying outside the city centre to save some money. We were really happy with our choice to stay at a hotel across from Sloterdijk Station because the rates were lower, it was quick and easy to get there from the airport (no dragging luggage across the city), it was more convenient for our day trips out of town, the area was quiet, and it was only a 5 minute train ride to Central Station. There are a few hotels to choose from just steps away from Sloterdijk Station, but more restaurant choices would have been nice.
  • If you want to visit Amsterdam’s top museums, make sure you buy tickets well in advance so you can secure your desired date and time (required). This can be done on the museum’s website.
  • Many attractions had later opening times than what I was used to in peak summer season (10:00 or 11:00 am). This meant we had to plan our days a little more carefully and couldn’t always fit everything in because of short opening hours.
  • Download the NS app (Dutch Railways) and the 9292 app (for all Dutch public transport) to plan your travel. You can see routes, schedules, fares, maps, and buy tickets. Get an eSIM from Airalo so that you have access to affordable data for checking train schedules on the go.
  • To save time in train and bus stations, use a contactless credit card or debit card (Visa or Mastercard debit if you don’t have a Dutch bank account) to scan in and out of public transportation via the OVpay system (instead of buying paper tickets or an OV chipkaart). I put some Euros in my Wise account , added the Wise debit card to the digital wallet on my phone, then scanned in and out of trains, buses, and trams, flawlessly. Since I had Euros on my card, I didn’t pay any transaction/conversion fees. Learn more about OVpay here .

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Tours and Activities in the Netherlands

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The Cost of Travel in the Netherlands: A 2024 Budget Breakdown

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The Netherlands was where I learned how to travel.

When I first decided I wanted to see the world — and potentially on a long-term basis — I decided I needed to have a trial run first. I wanted to stay in a hostel for the first time, see what it was like to explore as a backpacker, and work out if I had the courage to quit my job to travel.

I chose to spend five days in Amsterdam, and those days are what led me to where I am today. Because flying to the Netherlands helped me to fall in love with travel and learn that it wasn’t so terrifying after all. Two months after that trip, I stepped on a plane with a one-way ticket in hand and now, ten years later, I’ve built a career around travel and do this for a living.

The Netherlands, therefore, holds a special place in my heart. I try to return regularly. My brother-in-law even lives in Amsterdam! He’s been based there for over a decade, so I’m often popping over to see him and seeing the country through the eyes of a local.

And so, I’ve now visited this country five times, as a backpacker, as part of a couple on a mid-range budget, and as a solo traveller that’s looking for luxury and value. My I’ve spent six weeks there in total, visiting Amsterdam, Utrecht, Keukenhof, Leiden, Maastricht, and the Hague — and I’ve loved each and every place.

So, let’s talk about travel expenses.

I’ve been recording every single cent I spend in the countries I visit from day one of my travels, because I want to prove that seeing the world is inexpensive and achievable. I want to be able to give a realistic and accurate look at how much you can expect to spend in each country you visit.

Today, it’s the Netherlands’ turn. I averaged  64 EUR per day  while I was there, and the following blog post gets deep into the specifics.

Here’s how much you can expect to spend on a trip to the Netherlands, then, in 2024.

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How to Save Money on Accommodation in the Netherlands

As you guys know, I always try to cover all possible budgets in my breakdowns, so I’ll kick things off by focusing on the backpackers among us. If you’re on a tight budget and want to spend as little as possible on travel, these are my accommodation recommendations for keeping costs low.

Couchsurfing  exists in the Netherlands, and allows you to stay with a local for free, sleeping on their couch, and gaining a more authentic look into life in this country. This is probably going to appeal more to my younger readers, as you can imagine it’s not the most comfortable of circumstances, but if you’re willing to sacrifice a little, you’ll be able to keep your travel costs low. You can search for potential hosts in the Netherlands on the Couchsurfing site .

Housesitting  is another option, which is more suitable for those of you who prefer a little more comfort in your life. Through a housesitting website, you’ll be able to apply to take care of somebody’s house for free while they’re away, usually looking after their pets, too. It’s best for long-term travellers or retirees, as you can’t pick and choose dates and destinations, so you need to have a lot of flexibility as to where you go and at what time of year. If you do have that freedom, it’s a wonderful way to cut down your travel expenses, soak up some home comforts (some of my friends have landed gigs housesitting in castles!), and live like a local for a while.  Trusted Housesitters  is one of the best sites for getting started with housesitting.

And finally, if you’re travelling long-term and don’t mind getting some work done in order to save money, you could have a go at  WWOOFing or  WorkAway . Both sites allow you to work for a local in exchange for accommodation and food — in WWOOFing’s case, it’s working on organic farms, and with WorkAway it can be anything from helping out a local hostel to converting a freighter into a houseboat. It’s not usually the most glamorous of experiences, but getting to live for free in a foreign country is an incredible experience, so if you’re backpacking around Europe, this may be the way forward for you.

I’m suspecting, though, that for most of you, you’re not interested in the free accommodation and just want somewhere clean, safe, and affordable to rest your head each night. If that’s the case, there are several options available for you.

The first of these is, of course,  hostels . In the Netherlands, you’ll come across hostels all over the country, finding them in major cities, in small towns, in houseboats, and even in windmills. They’re one of your best options for saving money. Unfortunately, it’s rare to find ones with consistently amazing reviews, so if you can find anywhere with a rating that’s above a 9, you’re doing well.

Hostels in the Netherlands are still fairly expensive relative to much of the world, eye-wateringly so in summer. You should plan to spend a minimum of €30 a night for a bed in a dorm room in Amsterdam , with prices dropping to around €20 a night for a dorm bed in the rest of the country .

When it comes to private rooms in hostels, you’ll obviously be looking at a little more. For a clean, modern room in a central location, plan to spend around €70 a night , with the price jumping to as much as €100 a night in Amsterdam. If you’re travelling with a friend or partner, you may find it’s a similar price to pay for a private room rather than two dorm beds, which I’d recommend doing if you value your privacy.

But let’s move on from hostels.

Amsterdam canals sepia

The Best Hostels and Guesthouses in the Netherlands

As I mentioned above, I’ve visited the Netherlands during various stages of my travel career, both as a backpacker who was travelling on a shoestring budget and as part of a couple that was looking for all things private and mid-range or luxury. I’ve learned a lot about how to receive good value throughout the country.

I always like to share which accommodation I stayed in on my travels, as well as recommend alternatives when mine sucked. Everywhere I recommend below has excellent reviews and offers great value for money.

Here’s my list of some of the best accommodation options in the Netherlands:

Amsterdam — JamieK’s B&B   (€138 a night) : If you’re looking for somewhere spacious and comfortable, in a great location, and with an incredibly welcoming host, JamieK’s B&B is the place to go for, if you can afford it. With a rating of 9.6 on Booking, this is one of the consistently best reviewed places in the city, so you really can’t go wrong with it. →  Check rates for JamieK’s B&B

Utrecht —  B&B De Klinkende Munt   (€100 a night) : This cosy guesthouse is easily the best value accommodation in the city of Utrecht — receiving an average review of 9.7 and not being outrageously expensive means that this is an excellent option for the city. The B&B gives you access to a large apartment that’s close to the central train station, which is good for those of you who are travelling around the country by train. The staff are lovely, the breakfast’s fantastic, and the heated bathroom floors are a nice touch, too. →  Check rates for B&B De Klinkende Munt

Leiden —  Ibis Leiden Centre   (€98 a night) : I based myself in Leiden while visiting Keukenhof Gardens, and chose to stay at the Ibis Leiden while I did so. It was one of the cheapest options in the city that still received great reviews, and overall, I was really happy with my stay there. There isn’t anywhere else in a similar price range that I’d recommend. Our room was clean and modern, the staff were helpful, it was close to some great restaurants and bars, and there was a delicious breakfast on offer. →  Check rates for Ibis Leiden Centre  

Maastricht — HollaCachet   (€82 a night) : I love Maastricht! It’s such a cool city. When it comes to accommodation, HollaCachet is the cheapest spot in the city that still receives great reviews — which is pretty cool, as this place has an interesting history. It was once an old cow shed that was then converted into a B&B that’s only been open since late-2018. The only downside is that it’s a few miles outside of Maastricht, so you’ll need to catch the bus (the stop is nearby) into the centre of town if you don’t have a car. →  Check rates for HollaCachet  

The Hague —   Veenkade B&B   (€107 a night) : Located just a few minutes walk from the centre of the city, this B&B receives exceptionally good reviews. You’ll be staying in a lovely spacious apartment with friendly owners, and lightning-fast Wi-Fi. It’s close to a supermarket and has a well-equipped kitchen, so if you feel like cooking for yourself one night, that’s definitely possible. →  Check rates for Veenkade B&B

Leiden windmill

How to Save Money on Transportation in the Netherlands

One of the best ways to get around the Netherlands is by train. When I spent three weeks exploring the country, I travelled everywhere by rail and found it to be comfortable, easy, and inexpensive relative to the prices of other things here. The public transportation system is seriously impressive, too — its infrastructure is ranked fourth in the world — and other countries should take note.

So, how much can you expect to spend on transport in the Netherlands?

The first thing you’ll need to do upon arriving is pick up an  OV – chipkaart , which is an essential for travel in this country. The chipkaart is what you’ll use throughout the Nethelrnads on the trains, metros, trams, and buses — the country no longer issues paper tickets, so you’ll need one of these in order to use public transport.

It costs €7.50  to buy an OV-chipkaart from a machine, which you can find at all train and metro stations, as well as some supermarkets, and you can top it up from these machines, too. Like many transportation systems around the world, you’ll pay for the total distance of your trip, so you’ll definitely want to make sure you swipe out at the end of your journey. If you don’t plan on using it much, you can buy a single-use chipkaart for just €1 . The card works across the entire country.

As I mentioned before, I wholeheartedly recommend travelling by train. Here’s what I paid for my trips across the country:

  • Train from Amsterdam to Utrecht: €9
  • Train from Utrecht to Leiden: €10
  • Train from Leiden to Maastricht: €35
  • Train from Maastricht to the Hague: €26
  • Train from the Hague to Amsterdam: €13

I’d personally advise against driving in the Netherlands. While renting a car will give you greater flexibility, parking is hard to find and expensive, and navigating streets filled with bicycles, trams, and pedestrians can be stressful. The only exception would be if you want to visit teeny-tiny villages that the trains don’t pass through — given that there are 400-odd train stations in the country, though, this is unlikely to be the case.

Flying is typically expensive and time-consuming, so you’ll want to skip out on that if at all possible. You’ll save money and see a lot more of the country by travelling overland.

The Cost of Food in the Netherlands

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Now, if you were to ask me about food in the Netherlands, I would promptly change out of my jeans and into my sweatpants. As you can see from my selection of photos above, this is a cuisine that’s high on carbs and full of sweet treats.

Cooking is always going to be more affordable than eating out, so if you’re willing to sacrifice some meals on your vacation, this is a great way to keep on track with your budget. Hostels will usually give you access to a shared kitchen, and if you’re opting for an Airbnb, you’ll likely be able to use the kitchen, too. If that’s the case, you can head to a local market (a great cultural experience!) and stock up on fish, vegetables, and fruits, and spend far less on your meals than you would at a restaurant.

Many hostels and hotels will offer free breakfasts within their room rate, so if that’s the case, I always recommend eating later in the morning and eating a lot of food, as you may find you’re too full to have lunch. A lot of accommodation I recommended above are B&Bs with fantastic breakfasts, so factor that into the overall cost of your stay. If hotels do charge for buffet breakfasts, you can expect to spend around €15-20 for them.

You’re also going to want to opt for a larger lunch and a smaller dinner. Most restaurants charge less for their lunch menus, even though they’re serving the exact same meal for lunch and dinner. If you can eat a bigger meal for lunch, you can then get by with a much smaller one for dinner and save money through doing so.

In general, you should expect to spend the following per person on each meal:

  • Breakfast:  €10 for a cooked breakfast with tea/coffee
  • Lunch:  €8  each for a sandwich/slice of pizza from a deli with a soft drink
  • Dinner:  €10  each if you’re on a budget,  €20  each for a mid-range restaurant,  €40+  each for something higher-end.

I don’t often have much success with this suggestion, but I do recommend keeping an eye on your drink consumption while travelling in the Netherlands. Alcohol is obviously a big budget buster on the road (and wines can be quite pricey in Dutch restaurants), so if you’re happy to substitute the sodas, juices, and alcohol for tap water, you’ll save a ton of money. And yes, the tap water is safe to drink in the Netherlands, so you really don’t need to worry about buying bottled water.

If you’re determined to jump headfirst into the Dutch food scene and don’t want to spend your vacation cooking, you should look to eat at the ethnic restaurants in town. There’s a huge population of Indonesians and Surinamese in the Netherlands, and their cuisines make for some tasty cheap eats while you’re exploring the country.

You can always ask the locals for food recommendations, too! Ask at your accommodation for recommendations on the best budget eats and they’ll be unlikely to steer you wrong.

Here are some typical prices of food in the Netherlands to help you budget better:

  • Combo meal at McDonald’s:  €7.50
  • Pint of draught beer:  €2.50
  • A glass of house wine in a restaurant:  €5
  • A slice of pizza:  €3.50
  • Sandwich from a deli with soft drink:  €8
  • Litre of milk:  €0.75
  • A loaf of bread:  €1.20
  • A dozen eggs:  €2.50
  • 1 kilogram of tomatoes:  €2.50
  • 1 kilogram of potatoes:  €1.60
  • A 1.5l bottle of water:  €0.90
  • A steak dinner with a glass of wine:  €40
  • A serving of bitterbollen: €6.50
  • A pack of stroopwafels: €4
  • A gyros for lunch with a soft drink:  €4.50
  • A three course meal and wine in a high-end restaurant in Amsterdam:  €60 each

canal in amsterdam

How to Save Money on Activities in the Netherlands

We’ve covered accommodation, transportation, and food, but let’s face it: you’re not going to have the trip of a lifetime if you skip out on entrance fees and activities! If I was going to recommend just a couple of experiences to have, I’d suggest checking out the tulips at Keukenhof (if you’re visiting in spring), heading out into the countryside (Giethoorn looks incredible !), and jumping on a food tour.

Here’s a breakdown of the activity costs you’re likely to encounter while travelling around the Netherlands:

  • Entrance to Anne Frank House: €10
  • Entrance to the Rijksmuseum : €19
  • Skip-the-line entrance to Keukenhof Gardens with a transfer from Amsterdam : €43
  • Cycling tour of Amsterdam : €32
  • Canal cruise in Amsterdam : €25
  • Giethoorn day trip from Amsterdam : €95
  • Day trip to Bruges, Belgium from Amsterdam : €95
  • Amsterdam Jordaan district food tour : €80

There are plenty of free activities to participate in, too, while you’re in the Netherlands, and I know that I had a fantastic time simply wandering through the cities, exploring local markets, admiring the windmills and tulips, and making the most of the museums that don’t charge an entrance fee.

If, like me, you love taking tours to get to know a country better, I recommend heading to  Get Your Guide for inspiration. They have a whole range of activities and tours available, and I book 95% of the tours I take through them.

Keukenhof tulip gardens

Miscellaneous Items to Buy for a Trip to the Netherlands

A Netherlands guidebook :  A guidebook will give you an in-depth look into Dutch culture, suggest the perfect itineraries for the amount of time you have, and offer recommendations for where to eat and what’s worth doing. I like Lonely Planet guidebooks, and their  Netherlands offering receives great reviews .

Travel insurance : If you’ve read any other posts on Never Ending Footsteps, you’ll know that I’m a great believer in travelling with travel insurance. I’ve seen far too many Go Fund Me campaigns from destitute backpackers that are unexpectedly stranded in a foreign country after a scooter accident/being attacked/breaking a leg with no way of getting home or paying for their healthcare. These costs can quickly land you with a six-figure bill to pay at the end of it.

In short, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.

Travel insurance  will cover you if your flight is cancelled and you need to book a new one, if your luggage gets lost and you need to replace your belongings, if you suddenly get struck down by appendicitis and have to be hospitalised, or discover a family member has died and you need to get home immediately. If you fall seriously ill, your insurance will cover the costs to fly you home to receive medical treatment.

I use  SafetyWing  as my travel insurance provider, and recommend them for trips to the Netherlands. Firstly, they’re one of the few companies out there who will actually cover you if you contract COVID-19. On top of that, they provide worldwide coverage, don’t require you to have a return ticket, and even allow you to buy coverage after you’ve left home. If you’re on a long-term trip, you can pay monthly instead of up-front, and can cancel at any time. Finally, they’re way cheaper than the competition, and have a clear, easy-to-understand pricing structure, which is always appreciated.

With SafetyWing, you’ll pay  $1.50 a day  for travel insurance.

How Much Did I Spend on My Trip to the Netherlands?

I always like to share my own personal expenses when travelling in a country, as I think it helps you figure out what you should be expecting to pay each day while you’re there. A list of expenses is great and helpful, of course, but putting them all together in order to come up with a reasonable estimate can be trickier.

Here’s what I’ve spent on average over my month in the Netherlands:

Accommodation: €25 per day  Transportation: €2.50 per day Food: €34 per day Activities:  €2.25

My average daily cost of travel in the Netherlands was therefore:  €64 per day . Not bad at all!

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Lauren Juliff

Lauren Juliff is a published author and travel expert who founded Never Ending Footsteps in 2011. She has spent over 12 years travelling the world, sharing in-depth advice from more than 100 countries across six continents. Lauren's travel advice has been featured in publications like the BBC, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Cosmopolitan, and her work is read by 200,000 readers each month. Her travel memoir can be found in bookstores across the planet.

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Another great budget post from you! Thanks for showing that the Netherlands doesn’t have to be as expensive as I expected.

I’ve read they may not take/ except US credit cards. Did you have any trouble with this. In reference to your recommendation to not have a “money Belt” :)

They’ll work fine! Some places don’t accept AmericanExpress due to the higher fees, but other than that, you’ll be all good.

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2 Weeks in the Netherlands: A Complete 14 Day Itinerary

A gorgeous view of a tree lined canal and historical buildings in Amsterdam.

Wondering how to spend two weeks in the Netherlands? Well, you’re in the right place!

The Netherlands is a fantastic little country that offers the perfect blend of natural beauty with cultural heritage. It is known for its open landscapes, traditional windmills, tasty cheese, and bright tulips.

We spent two weeks in the Netherlands and loved the culture, quaint towns, and laid-back vibe . Honestly, it is one of our favorite countries in all of Europe!

For over 10 years, we have designed awesome road trip itineraries in Italy, Malta, Greece, Belgium, France, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Namibia, Japan, and the Netherlands.

We know exactly how to make your 14-day Netherlands itinerary unforgettable.

Drive times are short, highways are in excellent condition , and you can explore the country at your own pace. This is especially important for people who travel with chronic pain and fatigue like I do.

In this post, we share how to spend 2 weeks in the Netherlands so you can choose and customize your own adventure . We go over the best towns to visit, things to do, drive times, and ideas on where to stay.

So, whether you have 10 or 14 days in the Netherlands, this post will help you craft your own perfect itinerary .

Grab a glass of wine, sit back, and let’s plan your Netherlands adventure!

Robyn standing in front of the windmills of Kinderdijk, a must see when spending 2 weeks in the Netherlands.

Why Visit the Netherlands?

Umm, did we mention how tasty the cheese is?

Seriously, though… the Netherlands is a great destination to experience a new culture, wander historic towns , immerse yourself in museums , dine in trendy cafés, and discover an outdoor lifestyle .

We found the Dutch people to be very friendly and welcoming. They have a strong sense of community, value equality, and over 90% speak English . Kind of ideal, right?

Located in northwestern Europe, the Netherlands is bordered by Germany and Belgium. It is relatively small and can be explored in a short amount of time.

They have excellent infrastructure that connects major cities with the many adorable Dutch towns .

Trains are efficient and safe. Highways are paved and easy to navigate . And there is an extensive network of well-maintained cycling paths.

Plus, a Netherlands road trip can easily be combined with other European destinations, as trains are efficient and affordable . Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, and even the UK can be easily accessed by train.

Flight prices are very affordable too. You could easily catch a direct flight to Malta for a relaxing vacation . The choices are endless.

2 Weeks in the Netherlands – Map

A map of the Netherlands with the cities highlighted and listed on the side that are included in the 2 week itinerary.

Day 1-4: Amsterdam

A close up of 3 houses on a canal in Amsterdam, the best place to start your Netherlands road trip from.

Amsterdam is one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in Europe. From iconic buildings and intricate canals to museums and trendy cafés, Amsterdam is the whole package.

We recommend spending at least 4 days in Amsterdam on your Netherlands road trip to soak up as much of the city as possible.

With 4 Days You Can: ✔️explore charming neighborhoods ✔️visit iconic museums ✔️rent a bicycle or hop on a canal cruise   ✔️dine in trendy cafes and cozy pubs ✔️indulge in Dutch delicacies

✅ HELPFUL TIP: When planning a trip , we always schedule at least 2 days in the first location before starting any road trip. This allows time to relax after an international flight and address any pain, pick up supplies for the trip, and enjoy the town.

The beautiful brick Amsterdam Train Station with a red water taxi in the water in front.

Getting to Amsterdam

Make your way to Amsterdam Central Station , in the heart of Amsterdam. The easiest way to get there from Schiphol Airport is by train, taxi, or private transfer.

There is a bus from Schiphol Airport, but it does not take you directly to the historic center.

🚄 TRAIN: NS Dutch Railways Train, Cost: 6.90€ – 20min 🚕 TAXI: Cost: 40–60€ (depending on traffic) – 20min 🚌 BUS: Amsterdam Express 397 from Schiphol Plaza to Amsterdam Elandsgracht (not Central Station) Cost: 6.50€ – 30min

You can take a private transfer to Amsterdam for a more comfortable ride. Get Transfer offers competitive rates from various drivers, allowing you to select the cheapest option available.

🚓 Need a Transfer from Amsterdam Airport? ➡️ Book your Private Transfer here !

Gavin standing on a street in Amsterdam with tall buildings in the background.

Getting Around Amsterdam

Much of Amsterdam’s historic center is pedestrian only . You may need to walk a short distance with your luggage, depending on your hotel’s location. The taxi will drop you off as close as possible.

✅ HELPFUL TIP: If you plan on staying in Amsterdam for an extended period or using it as a base to explore nearby towns, then consider booking accommodations closer to Central Station.

Your feet will be your primary mode of transportation during your 4 days in Amsterdam.

Make sure you have a good pair of walking sandals or runners to support your neck and back.

👉I like these runners because they are comfortable and offer excellent support.

Amsterdam has an efficient transportation system with access to many historic sights and museums. We found the trams in the city safe and comfortable. 🚃 Amsterdam Tram Map 🚌 Amsterdam Bus Map

A square in Amsterdam with fountains coming out of the ground and historic buildings behind.

Things to Do in Amsterdam

Alright, onto the good stuff. Get ready to explore this historical, amazing city!

Whether it’s renting a bicycle, cruising the canals, visiting world-class museums, eating a ton of cheese, or discovering its unique charm, Amsterdam will not disappoint!

✅ HELPFUL TIP: Most of the sights are wheelchair friendly. But keep in mind that the historic center has cobblestone streets and some small staircases, depending on where you visit.

The view from our canal cruise floating past iconic bridges and historical homes. A definite must when spending 2 weeks in the Netherlands.

Day 1: Historic Center, Canals & Markets

✔️ Amsterdam Centrum: Get lost in the historic center, admire 17th-century canals, Flemish architecture, and discover the cute shops.

✔️ Nieuwmarkt: Known for its historic buildings, lively market, delicious food, and its proximity to Chinatown and De Waag.

✔️ Rembrandt House Museum: The 17th-century house where Rembrandt lived, admire his paintings, and learn about his artistic process.

✔️ Canal Cruise: Hop on a canal cruise and take in the city’s beautiful architecture, charming bridges, and historic landmarks.

👉Admire Amsterdam with an onboard bar & local guide with this award-winning evening canal cruise!

Gavin standing on a pedestrian only street in the Red Light District. There is a room with red lights on beside him.

Day 2: History & Lights

✔️ Anne Frank House: Visit the historical site where Anne Frank hid during the Nazi occupation of World War II and where she wrote her diary.

👉 Join a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter with the Anne Frank guided tour!

✔️ Electric Ladyland: This is the world’s 1 st museum of fluorescent art, featuring exhibits of glowing minerals, artworks, and installations.

✔️ The Dam: A lively square is home to the National Monument, Royal Palace, and New Church, with street performers, cafes, and shops.

✔️ Red Light District: It’s controversial, mysterious… and yes, safe for tourists. The narrow streets, red-lit windows, and entertainment options offer a distinct experience unique to Amsterdam.

👉Experience Amsterdam’s Red Light District & cafe culture with this award-winning private tour!

Exterior view of the Rijksmuseum, a renowned art museum located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum is a must hit on any Netherland Itinerary.

Day 3: Museums & Markets

✔️ Van Gogh Museum : ACheck out the largest collection of Van Gogh’s works, including his iconic paintings “Sunflowers” and “Starry Night”.

👉Buy your Van Gogh entrance ticket here!

✔️ Rijksmuseum: A treasure of Dutch art and history, with an extensive collection of masterpieces including Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” and Vermeer’s “The Milkmaid.”

👉Buy your Rijksmuseum entrance ticket here!

✔️ Leidseplein: Known for its vibrant nightlife, this square has fantastic restaurants, trendy bars, clubs, and theaters worth exploring.

✔️ Bloemenmarkt: Along Singel Canal, you will find the world’s only floating flower markets, a cherished part of the city’s heritage since 1862.

Robyn enjoying a glass of wine beside Gavin's Heineken beer, overlooking the canals in Amsterdam.

Day 4: Neighbourhoods & Beer

✔️ Heineken Experience: Learn the history and brewing process of this world-famous beer, interact with exhibits, and enjoy a beer tasting.

👉Buy your Heineken Experience ticket here!

✔️ Albert Cuyp Market: Soap up the atmosphere, do some shopping, and indulge in some Dutch delicacies like Stroopwafels and Bitterballen.

✔️ De Pijp Neighborhood: This iconic district is known for its bohemian vibe, beautiful parks, cultural diversity, and culinary delights.

✅ HELPFUL TIP: Respect your body’s limits. I try to limit myself to 2 major sights per day. This helps extend my energy, does not add to my pain, and fits perfectly with my travel style.

Additional Things to Do

A bicycle parking area on a canal. Biking is common way to get around the Netherlands for tourists and locals.

Depending on your time and interests, here are a few more museums and experiences you may want to add to your Netherlands itinerary.

✔️ Lord in the Attic: A clandestine Catholic church in a canal house attic. ✔️ Nemo Science: Interactive scientific exhibits & experiments. ✔️ National Maritime: A great collection of ships, artifacts, and exhibits. ✔️ Moco: Contemporary art that blends art, activism, and culture. ✔️ Stedelijk: Collection of modern art that spans several art movements. ✔️ FOAM Photography: Contemporary & historical photographs.

A street on a canal showcasing the historic architecture. During your two weeks in the Netherlands, it will be hard to miss.

Neighborhoods & Parks

✔️ Vondelpark: Popular park offers an escape from the city with activities.    ✔️Amsterdamse Bos: City’s largest park with cherry blossoms & a pond. ✔️The Jordaan: A bohemian district with historic charm & vibrant art scene. If it’s snowing in Amsterdam, visit Café Chris for a Brown Bar experience. ✔️ Indische Buurt: Laid-back vibe with Middle Eastern bakeries, cafes & hipster bars.

✅ HELPFUL TIP: If it’s snowing in Amsterdam during your visit, head to Café Chris for a traditional Brown Bar experience.

A view of a couple canal bridges filled with parked bicycles in Amsterdam.

Bicycle & Cafe Tours

✔️ Bicycle Tours: Experience the local cycling culture with a bike tour, and discover the city’s charm with a local guide.

👉This award-winning Bicycle Tour takes you around Amsterdam’s highlights and hidden gems.

✔️ Ganja Tour: For cannabis enthusiasts, explore famous coffee shops, and learn about the history, and culture of legal marijuana in Holland.

👉Visit Amsterdam’s museums & best coffee shops with this certified Cultural Ganja Tour .

Robyn smiling and grabbing a pamphlet in the Rijksmuseum, sitting in her wheelchair.

Amsterdam City Pass

You may want to consider the Amsterdam City Pass if you want to see as much as possible in a limited time frame.

It includes entrance to museums, attractions, public transportation, and more. Passes range from 24 – 120 hours.

We chose not to purchase the City Pass. I travel with chronic pain and fatigue , so cramming in as many sights as possible in one day will only add to my pain. Not to mention, waste our money.

And I’m not in love with either of those ideas.

Plus, we prefer the freedom to let our hearts wander in a new place. You never know what little hidden gems you might discover.

Have difficulty walking? Struggle with chronic pain or fatigue? 🧑‍🦽Why not rent a wheelchair? Yes, you can rent a wheelchair for your Amsterdam visit or for your entire two weeks in the Netherlands. 👉 Amsterdam Wheelchair Rental 👉 Netherlands Wheelchair Rental

A busy walking street in Amsterdam lined with shops, cafes and hotels.

Where to Stay in Amsterdam

📍 Monet Garden Hotel Amsterdam : Inspired by Monet, this boutique hotel offers artistic ambiance and modern comfort. In an excellent location, it has beautiful rooms and a tranquil garden. ➡️ Book your stay at Monet Garden Hotel Amsterdam now!

📍 Boutique Hotel View : Built in a traditional house on a canal, this hotel is close to attractions with quiet, cozy well-decorated rooms and a helpful, attentive staff. It has a steep staircase. ➡️ Book your stay at Boutique Hotel View now!

During a 2 week itinerary in the Netherlands, one cannot have enough boats. This picture shows the Volendam harbor and walking street promenade.

Day 5-6: Volendam

DRIVE TIME: Amsterdam–Volendam (27 min – 23.7km/14.7 miles) TRAIN TIME: Amsterdam–Purmerend–Volendam (29 min)

The easiest way to get from Amsterdam to Volendam is by rental car.

⛔There is no direct train . You will need to take the train to Purmerend Station and then, a 7km bus ride to Volendam

Robyn is standing on the street that leads to the beautiful St Vincentius Church in Volendam.

Over the next two days, you will explore the seaside village of Volendam. Just north of Amsterdam, it famous sits on the shores of Markermeer Lake, connected to the North Sea.

Volendam offers visitors a glimpse into the country’s maritime heritage and the slower traditional Dutch lifestyle .

It has a quaint harbor, colorful wooden houses, and a busy waterfront lined with plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes to enjoy.

Volendam is famous for its traditional Dutch culture , including its clothing. Many local women still wear colorful dresses, lace bonnets, and clogs on special occasions.

Robyn standing on a busy pedestrian only shopping street in Volendam. This is a must on any Netherlands itinerary.

Things to Do in Volendam

Unwind from the chaos of Amsterdam and take in the seaside views and relaxed vibe Volendam is known for. 

Day 5: Volendam & Marken

✔️ Volendam Village: Wander charming streets, admire traditional houses, watch fishermen work, and indulge in delicious fresh seafood.

✔️ Volendam Museum: Learn about local history and traditions with exhibits of traditional costumes, fishing artifacts, and photographs.

✔️ Boat Tour to Marken: Hop on a boat tour to the nearby island of Marken. Enjoy the landscape and explore the quaint village of Marken.

👉Sail your way to Marken with this regularly timed Express and Sheltered Boat Tour!

Gavin standing in a bright yellow oversized clog in front of a shop. It is a traditional piece of Dutch clothing.

Day 6: Volendam Area

✔️ Zaanse Schans: This town is known for its preserved windmills, historic buildings, and open-air museum to learn traditional Dutch clog making.

✔️ Edam: This cheese-making town is just 6 minutes from Volendam. Walk to the historic center and visit the Edam Cheese Museum.

✔️ Cheese Tasting: Of course, this is on the list! Visit a local cheese shop or market to sample/purchase a variety of cheeses, including Edam & Gouda.

✔️ Windmill , Cheese Tasting & Clog-Making: Tour the Zaanse Schans windmills, participate in a clog-making workshop & visit a cheese farm to sample and learn about the country’s rich cheese-making traditions.

👉Experience Dutch traditions with a small group on this award-winning Windmill & Cheese Tour!

A cute traditional house in Volendam. There are several wonderful places to stay in this village.

Where to Stay in Volendam

📍 Marinapark Volendam : Next to the marina, these modern, spacious rooms are quiet and have harbor views. There is a restaurant, bar, delicious breakfast, and indoor swimming pool. ➡️ Book your stay at Marinapark Volendam now!

📍 Volendam Old Bridge Residence : In a historic building, this hotel combines traditional with modern comforts. Centrally located with parking. Rooms are quiet with comfortable beds. ➡️ Book your stay at Old Bridge Residence now!

Gavin and Robyn standing on a bridge over a little canal in Delft, a must see small town when spending two weeks in the Netherlands.

Day 7-9: Leiden, Delft & The Hague

Although most people stay in The Hague, we recommend staying in Delft for this part of your Netherlands itinerary.

Just like the Maltese town of Mdina , Delft is one of our all-time favorite European towns!

Smaller than the Hague, Delft offers a small-town feel that everyone should experience on their Netherlands road trip.

And with Delft’s proximity to The Hague, you get a more relaxed stay without the hustle and bustle. Sounds perfect, right?!

⛔You could stay in Leiden. But it is a university town and maybe a little student-heavy, depending on the time of year you visit. But if that’s your thing, then it is a fantastic option too.

We provide accommodation choices later in the post.

Day 7: Leiden

DRIVE TIME: Volendam–Leiden–Delft: 1 hour 22 min (89 km/55 miles) TRAIN TIME: Volendam–Delft: 1 hour

A picture of Leiden's riverwalk area with restaurants lining the canal. No Netherlands road trip is complete without it.

Today on your Netherlands itinerary, you will visit Leiden as you drive to Delft. It’s the perfect way to see this beautiful town without backtracking.

⛔If you are taking the train, then head straight to Delft so you don’t have to drag your luggage around longer than necessary. Leiden can be explored the following day.

Use the Netherlands Train Website to help plan your trip.

Robyn standing and smiling on a bridge in Leiden. She is surrounded by colorful flowers, bikes, historic houses and a tree lined canal. Leiden is one of the most beautiful towns to include on your Netherlands itinerary.

Leiden is a lovely town and a must when spending two weeks in the Netherlands. As a university town, it has a more youthful vibe too.

This colorful town is home to numerous museums, quaint shops, boat restaurants , and inner courtyards to explore.

The historic center of Leiden has the highest number of waterways and bridges of any town in the Netherlands, making for an exceptionally beautiful visit.

An exterior view of the De Valk Windmill, the must see attraction in Leiden.

Things to Do in Leiden

From museums and churches to delightful cafes, this town has more than enough to keep you busy for a day. 

✔️ De Valk Windmill Museum: Wander through windmills and learn about the engineering, history, and role they played in the Netherlands.

✔️ Rapenburg Canal: Enjoy Leiden’s most beautiful canal with a coffee on a terraced café, or a romantic evening stroll.

✔️ Pieterskerk: A magnificent 14th-century Gothic church is one of the oldest in Holland and houses iconic paintings like The Last Supper.

✔️ Hooglandse Kerk: This impressive medieval church is a significant landmark known for its imposing tower and intricate stained glass.

👉Need a Tour around Leiden that hits it all?? ➡️ Book your Private Tour Here

One of the boat restaurants in Leiden. During a 14 day Netherlands itinerary, we recommend having lunch on one.

If you have the time, consider the following:

✔️ Boat Trip to Katwijk: Soak in the beauty of the Dutch landscapes along the route to Katwijk, a beautiful seaside resort town.

✔️ Naturalis Museum: Interact with scientists and learn about the natural world through plant, animal, fossil, and rock exhibits.

✔️ Botanical Gardens: Relax among the diverse flora and fauna in Holland’s oldest botanical garden.

A Delft canal, detailing the overflow height of the bridges.

Day 8: Delft

No need for transportation today , as Delft is your base.

Time to explore Delft, one of the best towns to visit in the Netherlands . This town is seriously adorable! Make sure your camera is fully charged.

A clog cart parked in  Delft's Market Square. This is one of the best things to do when in Delft.

Delft is a picturesque, historic city renowned for its charming canals , preserved medieval architecture , and iconic blue and white Delftware ceramics.

It holds historical significance to Holland, as it is the birthplace of renowned painter Johannes Vermeer and the production center of Delftware , the distinctive blue and white pottery.

Delft was our absolute favorite town during our two weeks in the Netherlands. It quickly captured our hearts for its peaceful ambiance and undeniable beauty.

The interior of Oude Kerk Church in Delft. Tall white pillars reach the dark arched wood ceiling where a gold chandeliers hang.

Things to Do in Delft

Here are a few of our favorite things to do. Or just start walking and discover Delft’s charm on your own.

✔️ Market Square (Markt): This lively town square hosts some fantastic markets, especially on Thursday & Saturday, selling fresh produce, flowers, local delicacies, and more.

✔️ City Hall: A lovely Renaissance–style building that serves as the ceremonial center of the city.

✔️ Nieuwe Kerk: This church serves as the resting place of Dutch Royal Family and highlights the heritage of Delft with gorgeous architecture.

✔️ Oude Kerk: An impressive church known for its striking tower, stained glass windows, and the tomb of Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer.

This mosaic of Delft blue tile shows the  great dedication of time and effort involved from the artist.

Energy for a museum or two? Consider the following:

✔️ Royal Delft Museum: Learn the history of the iconic Delftware, the traditional craftsmanship and artistry behind these exquisite hand-painted porcelain pieces.

✔️ Vermeer Centruum Delft: A collection of exhibits showcasing the life and work of renowned painter Johannes Vermeer. A must for any art lover!

✔️ Lambert van Meerten Museum:  Housed in a restored 19th-century mansion with an extensive collection of decorative arts and antiquities.

👉 What about a photography tour around Delft? ➡️ Book your Photography Tour Here

A close up of delicate golden chandeliers hanging from the ceiling inside the Nieuwe Kerk church in Delft. The entire church is full of intricate details and a must see.

Where to Stay in Delft

📍 Hotel Johannes Vermeer Delft : This is a unique stay in the heart of Delft on a quiet, canal street. With elegant, Dutch-inspired décor, spacious rooms, friendly staff, bar, and optional breakfast. ➡️ Book your stay a Hotel Johannes Vermeer Delft now!

📍 Hotel Arsenaal Delft : Centrally located, this stunning 4-star hotel has a quiet courtyard, bar, and parking. Rooms are spacious, impeccably decorated with wooden beams, and amazing views. ➡️ Book your stay at Hotel Arsenaal Delft now!

A red tram car in the Hague. One of the most common forms of transport for tourists when visiting the Netherlands.

Day 9: The Hague

DRIVE TIME: Delft–The Hague: 24 min (12.6 km/7.8 miles) TRAIN TIME: Delft–The Hague: 16 min

Today, you make your way to The Hague, on the coast of the North Sea.

The train is easy and efficient if you plan to stick to the city center. However, the drive along the coast and surrounding countryside is very memorable.

A beautiful square surrounded by historic buildings in the Hague. Including this city when spending 2 weeks in the Netherlands.

The Hague, also known as Den Haag, is the political and administrative capital of the Netherlands . It is a vibrant city that blends historic charm with modern design.

It is home to numerous international organizations , including the International Court of Justice. There is also an impressive array of cultural attractions, green spaces, and a medieval castle to visit.

The Hague is one of the few Dutch cities on your Netherlands road trip with a beautiful coastline, sandy beaches, seaside resorts, and a lovely waterfront promenade.

A picture of the Mauritshuis Museum in the Hague from water level.

Things to Do in The Hague

With its fascinating history and international significance, your visit to The Hague will be anything but dull.

✔️ Mauritshuis Museum: An impressive collection of Golden Age Dutch masterpieces, including Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.

✔️ Peace Palace: Visit the International Court of Justice, a stunning Neo-Renaissance building that is a landmark of peace and international justice.

✔️ The Hague Tower: Head to the top of this modern, distinct skyscraper for fantastic panoramic views of the city from its observation deck.

✔️ The Binnenhof: A historic complex serves as the seat of the Dutch Parliament and includes the 13th-century Binnenhof Castle.

👉 Looking for tours that include the Binnenhof? ➡️ Check out this short list on Viator

An installation artwork of a cracked black face sitting on a grassy hill in the Hague.

A few additional highlights in The Hague.

✔️ Madurodam Model City: Wander through this miniature model of meticulously crafted replicas of Holland’s historic sites and landmarks.

✔️ Beach & Promenade: Lined with luxurious hotels, fine dining, and charming cafes, the Promenade is perfect for a leisurely walk.

✔️ Kunstmuseum: An extensive collection of Dutch & international art in a modern building, including art by Mondrian, Van Gogh, and Picasso.

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Day 10-12: Rotterdam & Dordrecht

For the next 3 days, you will explore Rotterdam, Dordrecht, and the Kinderdijk windmills.

We recommend Rotterdam as your base . It has the best variety of accommodations, including historic hotels with balconies , which we will provide later.

✅ HELPFUL TIP: As Rotterdam is so close to Delft, you may choose to extend your stay in Delft and visit Rotterdam and Dordrecht as day trips. This is completely doable by car or train.

Extending your stay in one location is an excellent way to spend less money while traveling .

Day 10-11: Rotterdam

DRIVE TIME: Delft–Rotterdam: 21 min (15.8 km/9.8 miles) TRAIN TIME: Delft–Rotterdam: 15 min

A picture of Gavin in front of Central Station in Rotterdam. The train station is considered a tourist attraction on its own.

The train is efficient and an excellent transportation choice for your two weeks in the Netherlands.

Driving your rental car is also very straightforward and enjoyable . Just make sure to stay to the right and allow people to pass, a common courtesy in Holland.

✅ HELPFUL TIP: Consider every aspect of train travel before booking your ticket. As someone with hidden disabilities , dragging my suitcase to/from the station and waiting on a chilly platform is not ideal. Do what is best for you and your body.

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Sometimes overlooked, we think Rotterdam is worth visiting . As the second largest city in the Netherlands, it has a fantastic mix of historic and contemporary sights.

Known for its innovative modern architecture , the city is full of iconic landmarks, futuristic buildings, and striking skyscrapers making Rotterdam’s skyline unique.

We combined our Netherlands with a trip to Belgium . Rotterdam is the best entry point into Belgium if you want to extend your holiday.

As a melting pot of diversity , Rotterdam has a vibrant cultural and culinary scene with an excellent variety of restaurants , markets, street food, shopping, and entertainment.

Not to mention, fantastic museums, galleries, theatres, and music venues to enjoy. So let’s dive in.

The impressive tower of St. Lawrence Church in Rotterdam, a symbol of resilience.

Things to Do in Rotterdam

Get ready for interesting sights and experiences on your visit to Rotterdam.

Day 10: Rotterdam

✔️ St. Lawrence Church: One of the few landmarks from pre-World War II, the church stands as a testament to Rotterdam’s history and resilience.

✔️ Cube House: Peek inside this architectural marvel designed by Piet Blom. These yellow, tilted cubes serve as an unconventional residential complex.

✔️ Markthal: With its colorful interior and horseshoe design, this indoor market sells fresh produce, international delicacies, and local specialties.

✔️ Canal Hot Tug: Explore the city’s waterways, bustling harbors, iconic bridges, and impressive skyline with a guided tour, or the unique HotTug.

👉 Hot Tug not your thing, why not try an electric boat? ➡️ Book an Electric Boat tour here?

Gavin in front of the main shopping area in Rotterdam.  Don't forget to add this to your Netherlands itinerary.

Day 11: Rotterdam

Today you discover the city’s alternative artsy side.

✔️ REMASTERED: Actively participate in this interactive art experience that uses augmented and virtual reality to blur the boundaries of art.

✔️ Depot Boijmans van Beuningen: The first publicly accessible art depot with artwork not currently on display and behind-the-scenes of a museum.

✔️ Euromast Tower: Ride the panoramic elevator 185 meters to the top for stunning views of Rotterdam’s skyline. You can even dine up here!

✔️ Erasmus Bridge: Check out the striking design of this sleek bridge that resembles a white harp or a swan in flight, you be the judge.

Gavin enjoying a glass of beer on the streets of Rotterdam.

Looking for more activities?

✔️ Delfshaven: Walk the cobblestone streets alongside the canals and admire beautifully preserved 17th-century buildings that line the waterfront.

✔️ Koopgoot: This underground pedestrian street is a popular shopping destination in the heart of Rotterdam.

✔️ Food Tour: Discover Rotterdam’s culinary gems, meet passionate food artisans, and indulge in delicious and unforgettable flavors.

An apartment area in Rotterdam, staying somewhere less expensive is possible during a two week itinerary in the Netherlands.

Where to Stay in Rotterdam

📍 Hotel Van Walsum : This historic property is full of character. Rooms have comfortable beds, bright windows, and high ceilings. Friendly staff, onsite parking, and breakfast in the outdoor garden. ➡️ Book your stay a Hotel Van Walsum now!

📍 The James Hotel Rotterdam : This stylish boutique hotel is a quiet refuge in the city with modern rooms, king beds, and rainfall shower. There is a fitness center, private parking, and elevator. ➡️ Book your stay a The James Hotel Rotterdam now!

👉 Check out the Best Rotterdam Hotels with Balcony !

Day 12: Kinderdijk & Dordrecht

DRIVE TIME: Rotterdam–Kinderdijk: 24 min (23.8 km/14.8 miles) TRAIN TIME: Rotterdam–Kinderdijk–Dordrecht: 30 min each portion

A windmill in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO site in the Netherlands. Visiting windmills is a must on any 2 week Netherlands itinerary.

You can get to the windmills of Kinderdijk by car or waterbus.

⛔The train is over an hour and includes 2 exchanges. And that is just one way! So, that’s a hard no thanks.

With frequent departures and short travel times, the Waterbus offers a convenient and enjoyable alternative to driving. There are direct routes from Rotterdam to Kinderdijk and Dordrecht.

So, whether you drive or take the waterbus, relax, and soak up the Dutch countryside on the way.

Multiple windmills in Kinderdijk, and the image showcases the wind with the blowing grass in the forefront.

Kiderdijk is a small village known for its iconic windmills , located just outside the village.

These 19 windmills date back to the 18th century and were built to manage water levels and prevent flooding in the region. They stand as a symbol of Dutch engineering and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

The area can get busy with tourists, especially during high season. We recommend arriving early in the morning to avoid the crowd.

👉 Want amazing photos of Kinderdijk? ➡️ Join a Kinderdijk Photography tour here!

DRIVE TIME: Kinderdijk–Dordrecht: 15 min (13.4 km/9.6 miles)

A beautiful church in Dordrecht sitting on the canal. Beautiful historic buildings are on the opposite edge.

Known as the “Venice” of Holland , Dordrecht is a well-preserved medieval city , full of art and history.

Time to wander around its narrow streets, pretty canals, and beautiful historic buildings.

Dordrecht’s waterfront location , with its scenic harbors and riverside promenades, adds to the city’s allure. It offers visitors a delightful blend of cultural experiences, natural beauty , and a relaxed atmosphere.

Inside the Dordrecht Grote Kerk church. The image is of the ceiling with arched stain glass windows, white walls and ceiling with cement arched detailing.

Things to Do in Dordrecht

✔️ Groothoofdspoort: This historic gate, known for its towers and Gothic-Renaissance architecture, is a prominent symbol of the city’s history.

✔️ Dordrecht Museum: An impressive collection of Dutch paintings from the 17th century for art lovers, including works by Rembrandt and Vermeer.

✔️ The Hof: This tranquil and picturesque courtyard is in the heart of the city and surrounded by beautiful old houses and the 13th-century Hof Church.

✔️ Dordrecht Grote Kerk: This magnificent 14th-century medieval church is considered one of the most impressive in all of the Netherlands.

👉 Craving something a little different? ➡️ Try this private pub tour of Dordrecht!

Day 13-14: Gouda & Utrecht

TRAIN TIME: Rotterdam–Utrecht: 37 min DRIVE TIME: Rotterdam–Utrecht: 54 min (61.9 km/38.5 miles)

A bright yellow bike parked on a bridge in front of a traditional house. Cuteness is constant when visiting the Netherlands.

The final stop on your 2 weeks in the Netherlands will be the adorable towns of Gouda and Utrecht.

We recommend visiting Gouda on your way to Utrecht , to avoid backtracking.

Your last 2 nights will be spent in Utrecht , as it is a shorter distance to the airport for your departure later. As usual, accommodations are listed below.

⛔If you are taking the train, then head straight to Utrecht so you don’t have to drag your luggage around.

Both towns have direct lines from Rotterdam . Gouda can be explored the following day.

Use the Netherlands Train website to help plan your trip.

A picture of Gouda's walking streets along it's canal.  Another stop on your 14 day itinerary in the Netherlands.

Day 13: Gouda

Ahhh… Gouda, another amazing town to visit on your Netherlands itinerary.

Gouda offers an entertaining, authentic Dutch experience with its beautiful square, historic architecture , and traditional cheese market . So, yes… be prepared to sample a lot of tasty cheese today!

We found Gouda’s charming canals , wonderful museums, interesting shops, cozy streets , and quiet parks , a welcomed change of pace from busy Rotterdam.

After your visit, make your way to Utrecht to check into your hotel for the next 2 nights.

Did someone say Cheese? This picture of Gavin and a cheese wheel shows exactly how large the cheese wheels are!

Things to Do in Gouda

With a full day of markets, cheese, and churches, Gouda is bound to steal your heart too.

✔️ Gouda’s Markt: This square is packed with cafes, shops, the Gothic-style City Hall and the Stadhuis Museum to learn about Gouda’s history.

✔️ Cheese Market: From April to August, check out the Gouda Cheese Market, held on Thursday mornings. The size of the cheese wheels is insane.

✔️ St. John’s Church: Constructed in 1280, it is the longest church in Holland at 123 meters, with an impressive interior and stained glass windows.

✔️ Cheese Tasting: Learn the process and ingredients that turns cheese into a rainbow of colors with a cheese tasting at most shops around town.

👉 Want the full cheese-tasting experience? ➡️ Check out this tour & museum visit!

Day 14: Utrecht

A picture of the bridge going into the old town of Utrecht. This university town is a must when spending 2 weeks in the the Netherlands.

The captivating town of Utrecht will be the last stop on your 2 weeks in the Netherlands. Honestly, this town is a stunning blend of old-world charm and youthful energy.

Utrecht is known for its thriving arts and music scene and hosts various festivals throughout the year.

With cute cafes, trendy boutiques, and a fantastic culinary scene, it is the perfect place to base yourself for 2 nights.

And like most towns on your Netherlands road trip, the medieval center is surrounded by picturesque canals, cobblestone streets, and stunning architecture.

Robyn standing in the gardens of the Utrecht Cathedral, a beautiful gothic style church.

Things to Do in Utrecht

Here are the must-see attractions while in Utrecht.

✔️ Dom Tower: Visit the tallest church tower in the country, a symbol of Utrecth, and climb to the top for amazing views of the city.

✔️ Canals of Utrecht: We enjoyed strolling with a coffee along the picturesque canals, lined with trendy shops and cafes.

✔️ Utrecht Cathedral: Marvel at its Gothic design of Holland’s most stunning church and explore the interior of this architectural masterpiece.

👉 Want to explore Utrecht from the water? ➡️ This kayak tour should be a splash!

A picture of Utrecht's canals, a perfect spot to stay during your 2 weeks in the Netherlands.

Where to Stay in Utrecht

📍 Park Plaza Utrecht : This stylish hotel is close to the center with spacious, tastefully decorated rooms and comfortable beds. There is a breakfast buffet, restaurant, paid parking, and a gym. ➡️ Book your stay a Park Plaza Utrecht now!

📍 Hotel Beijers : This gorgeous, historic hotel is full of Dutch charm in a quiet central location. Beautiful, elegant rooms, with comfortable beds, and courtyard/city views. Breakfast is available. ➡️ Book your stay a Hotel Beijers now!

Gavin standing in the town square of Gouda, near restaurants with outdoor patios.

Visa Requirements for the Netherlands

The Netherlands is part of the European Union. If you are from the EU, UK, USA, Canada, or Australia, you will not require a visa for entry.

If you are a non-EU visitor, you must present the following to the Netherlands customs upon arrival:

✔️ PASSPORT: Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond your planned departure date.

✔️ VISA: The Netherlands is part of the Schengen Agreement, so if you are from Canada or the US, you may enter and stay for up to 90 days. This is true for both tourist and business purposes. Check here for more info.

✔️ HEALTH INSURANCE: For those not traveling from the countries listed above, you will require travel insurance to enter the Netherlands. You must purchase it before you leave for your trip.

👉 Need travel insurance? ➡️ SafetyWing offers great prices and excellent coverage!

An image of a plane leaving AMS, the main airport in Amsterdam.

How to Get to the Netherlands

Most travelers arrive in the Netherlands by international flight to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS).

As the third largest airport in Europe, Airport Schiphol connects Amsterdam with major international destinations around the world. There are many direct flights from Canada, the US, and Australia.

To find the best deals on international and domestic flights, we recommend using WayAway .

They make it easy to search a variety of dates, and locations, so you can find the best and cheapest flight options available .

It searches multiple flight airlines to find the best deals out there. It is not an online travel agency, there are no service fees , and the website is incredibly simple to use.

Once you decide on a flight, WayAway directs you to the actual provider’s website , so you can view all the info, read the necessary fine print, and make an informed decision on your travel plans.

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✅ HELPFUL TIP: Again, Amsterdam airport is huge! So, if you travel with chronic pain and fatigue, you can request assistance when booking your ticket. Check out more tips for surviving air travel here!

Rows and rows of parked bicycles in Amsterdam, the first and last location on your 2 week Netherlands itinerary.

How to Get Around the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a relatively small country, which makes it easy to get around and explore. It’s known for its efficient and well-developed network of trains, buses, and roadways.

The best method of transportation for your 2 weeks in the Netherlands will depend on your needs, preferences, and budget.

🚗Rental Car

Driving is the ideal option if you want more flexibility and freedom to explore. With a rental car, you can get off the beaten path and explore rural areas and smaller towns.

The highways and roads are safe and well-maintained with excellent signage. Keep in mind that parking can be challenging and expensive in major cities.

🚗 Need a rental car? Check availability & prices: ➡️ Reserve your rental car here !

⛔ Do not rent a car in Amsterdam. The city is flat, very walkable, with many sights in the historic center. Plus, parking is expensive and difficult. Save yourself the money & headache. Rent your vehicle when you are ready to explore the rest of Holland.

The Dutch rail system is highly reliable and covers the entire country. It connects cities and towns frequently and offers comfortable, spacious seats.

It’s an excellent option for traveling longer distances quickly, and ideal if you just want to sit back and enjoy the scenery. But keep in mind, that trains are always not cheap.

👉 Check availability & prices 🚅Reserve your train ticket to Antwerp now!

It is important to research the costs of train tickets to each destination when planning your trip .

An image of Gavin in front of the Gouda train station.


Obviously, this option is not for everyone… including me. But, Holland is famous for its cycling culture . Bicycling is a common mode of transportation for both short and long distances.

The country has an extensive network of well-maintained bicycle paths, making it safe and convenient to explore cities, towns, and rural areas on two wheels. To each their own!

A picture of the road from the driver's perspective. It showcases the Utrect map on the GPS and highway signs in the background.

Renting a Car in the Netherlands

Want to explore as many towns as possible, get lost in the beautiful countryside or drive along the coast? Then renting a car is the best choice for your Netherlands road trip.

Not only is it an efficient mode of transport, but renting a car gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace , and in a comfortable, air-conditioned car . This is especially important if you travel with chronic pain and fatigue, as I do.

✅ HELPFUL TIP: Renting a car has changed the way we now travel . It has significantly removed a large portion of my pain because I don’t need to waste my energy walking to/from train stations with my luggage. Something to consider when planning your trip.

We strongly recommend purchasing a GPS before you go.

You will want to download the map of the Netherlands into the GPS for your road trip before your arrival. That way, all maps are ready to go!

Robyn and Gavin on the canal in Amsterdam. It was one of our favorite places when we spent 2 weeks in the Netherlands.

Booking a Tour in the Netherlands

If you are not a fan of planning all your own activities or want to spend less time in the car, then consider booking a tour for part of your trip.

👉 Benefits of Joining a Tour: ✔️Learn interesting history and facts from a local guide ✔️Unique experiences only a local would know ✔️Support the local community ✔️Worry-free transportation between sights ✔️Removes the stress of planning every activity ✔️Unique experiences only a local would know ✔️A safe, exciting way to meet other travelers

For those with chronic pain, fatigue, or reduced mobility , joining a larger tour group has its challenges. It can be tough to keep pace with the group or fully engage in all activities.

That is why opting for a private guide is an appealing choice for us when we wish to explore specific sights. There is greater flexibility as we can customize our schedule to accommodate my pain and limitations.

We like to use Viator or GetYourGuide for local tours. We included some awesome suggestions in the Things to Do section of each place.

👉 Want to browse tour options in the Netherlands? ➡️ Check out these amazing tours!

Robyn standing on a bridge over a canal in Gouda.

FAQ: 2 Weeks in the Netherlands

How many days is sufficient for the netherlands.

We recommend at least 7 days to gain a greater appreciation for what the Netherlands has to offer beyond Amsterdam. This time allows you to spend 3 days in Amsterdam and then explore the adorable towns we highlighted here and immerse yourself in Dutch culture.

What are the best months to visit the Netherlands?

The best months to visit the Netherlands are April to October. The weather is mild, and temperatures are pleasant, especially during the summer months. Tulips are the most colorful in spring and the foliage in autumn is beautiful.

How much money do you need for a week in the Netherlands?

The Netherlands is not a cheap destination and may be challenging for a budget traveler. We recommend having a healthy budget of 100€ per person per day. For mid-range travelers like ourselves, we would plan on at least 700€ a week per person.

How long can a Canadian visit the Netherlands?

Canadian citizens can visit the Netherlands for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. Of course, a valid passport with 3 months remaining is required.

Is it expensive to stay in the Netherlands?

The cost of visiting the Netherlands will depend on the time of year you travel, type of accommodation, and activities. Amsterdam and Utrecht have higher accommodation and dining costs compared to smaller towns. Overall, Holland is a moderately expensive destination. We found it comparable to our 12-day Malta vacation .

A close up of a flower with a bridge in the background, the beauty of the Netherlands won't be forgotten.

Final Thoughts: 2 Weeks in the Netherlands

I know… that was a lot. Hopefully, we provided you with the best itinerary possible so you can craft your own amazing two weeks in the Netherlands!

From exhilarating Amsterdam and modern Rotterdam to seaside Volendam and picture-perfect Delft, this country has a lot to offer.

You honestly can’t help but get swept up by the windmills and relaxed by the laidback vibe throughout this amazing country. The people are welcoming, the towns adorable, and the cheese… utterly delicious!

We hope you found our 14-day itinerary for the Netherlands helpful! Let us know if you have any questions… otherwise, enjoy your journey!

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20+ Netherlands Travel Tips for First Timers & Must Knows Before You Go

Last Updated: June 21, 2023

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There are few countries in this world that inspire whimsy and wonder quite like the Netherlands.

Just mention the name and your brain leaps to sprawling tulip fields, bright wooden clogs, picturesque canals & comically tall cyclists going at the speed of light.

Delightful imagery aside however, there are many simple Netherlands must-knows that elude first time visitors – from what the country’s actually called to all the secret ways to save on transport and attraction tickets.

Luckily, you’re here! And you’ve landed straight in the den of an immovable Netherlands fan who has gone crawling back six or seven times over the years for “research”.

And in this post I’m finally putting that research to use. Keep scrolling for a list of my best Netherlands travel tips and must-knows, sourced over a decade of first-hand experience.

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1. There is a difference between the Netherlands and Holland

For years, the name Holland has been used interchangeably with the Netherlands to refer to the delightful country we’re talking about today.

… I mean, even the country’s official tourism website is

BUT if we’re being technical, doing so is actually…. incorrect.

The reason is simple: the Netherlands is a country comprised of twelve provinces, only two of which (North Holland and South Holland) make up “Holland”. This means calling the Netherlands “Holland” would be like calling the entirety of the US “New England” or “the Midwest”.

… In other words, it doesn’t really make sense. And also isn’t fair to the rest of the country.

This branding crisis has complicated roots that I won’t get into here, but just know that there has been a movement lately to rebrand and remind people that the country is known as “the Netherlands”, not Holland.

So, keep that one in mind.

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2. There’s much more to the Netherlands than just Amsterdam

A big reason why the name “Holland” has stuck is because historically, this has been one of the most visited parts of the country in terms of tourism (with Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague all situated in Holland).

But as we now know, there’s much more to the Netherlands than just Holland, and far more for tourists to see than just Amsterdam.

So be sure to diversify your itinerary a bit during your trip! Given the compact size of the country and the ease of public transport, you really have no excuse.

From Amsterdam, you can reach tons of cool cities like Haarlem, Utrecht, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Delft within an hour, all of which offer a calmer alternative to the crowded chaos of Amsterdam.

And those who dare venture further will find everything from adorable villages like Giethoorn and Valkenburg to picturesque beaches, islands and national parks all over the country.

… So yes, there’s plenty more places to see in the Netherlands than just Amsterdam. Be sure to take advantage.

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3. Spring may be the best (though busiest) time to visit the Netherlands

In terms of when to visit, you really can’t beat Spring.

Granted, Dutch weather is notoriously hit and miss, meaning Spring time can yield just as many downpours as it does sunny days, but this time of year is the ideal period to catch those world famous Dutch tulips… and let me tell you, every bit of rain (and crowds) is worth it!

Of course, tulip season varies year to year so it’s tough to predict exactly when it happens, but if you are specifically planning a trip to see tulips, mid April is usually the safest time.

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4. Winter or Fall are also great times to visit if you’re looking to avoid crowds

Of course, the major downside of Spring travel in the Netherlands is crowds.

Every year, millions flock to the country for a glimpse of those vibrant bulbs…

So if you value your personal space and sanity over cute photos of flora, my best Netherlands travel tip for you would be to visit during Winter or Fall, while steering clear of July and August, as well as school holidays like Easter because that’s when crowds and prices are at their worst.

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5. Use 9292 to plan your journeys on public transport

In terms of getting around, public transport in the Netherlands is honestly a dream.

And one really great Netherlands transport tip I have for you is to check out the website/app known as 9292 .

This magic wizard app shows you all the best connections from Point A to Point B using Dutch trains, buses, and trams. All you need to do is enter your Departure Point and Destination, and it’ll even tell you how much it should cost (giving it a clear edge over Google Maps).

So, be sure to save it for your trip!

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7. For ease, use your contactless cards for train travel

If you plan on taking trains in the Netherlands, one good thing to know is that Dutch train prices are fixed based on distance, meaning no difference whether you buy tickets ahead of time or on the day of (apart from a 10% off-peak advance discount if you book early enough, which I’ll discuss later).

All that to say, planning train travel in advance is much less important here than in some other countries.

To make things even easier, as of 2023, you can even use contactless credit and debit cards to pay at the fare gates, which means you can show up at the station without a ticket and go right through by tapping in and out with your card.

The correct amount will then be charged to your card automatically. It genuinely couldn’t be simpler.

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8. Learn all the ways to save money on train tickets

As you could probably tell from my feverish rants, I’m a huge fan of train travel in the Netherlands – squeaky clean, easy to use and ultra widespread, with about 400 train stations across the country.

Sadly, there is a downside. Trains in the Netherlands can cost many a penny.

But before you start docking funds from your Stroopwafel fund, here are some easy ways to save money on Dutch train tickets:

  • Off-Peak Early Booking: Often you can get a small discount of 10% for booking a digital ticket at least four days in advance for offpeak periods (meaning weekdays before 06:30, between 09:00 and 16:00, and after 18:30, as well as all day during weekends and public holidays).
  • Off-Peak Group Tickets: Buying a group ticket for off-peak periods often means lower prices per person.
  • Day tickets: Buying a day ticket means you pay one price and get unlimited travel during the day. This kind of ticket would be ideal for big day trips.
  • Attraction / special deal tickets: The official NS website here has a page of special deals and offers, usually including admission to attractions with some food and the train tickets all for one set price.

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9. Don’t miss the free train WiFi

Okay: last piece of positive Dutch train propaganda – there’s usually WiFi on board – just look for the network WiFi in de trein.

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10. Dutch is the official language, but don’t stress about learning beyond the basics

Language-wise, the official language of the Netherlands is Dutch…

But honestly, it’s incredible how well some Dutch people speak English. Especially younger Dutchies living in big cities.

Not only do they have immaculate grammar most of the time – they get the slang, they get the humour… it’d be borderline enraging if it wasn’t so impressive.

So, that said – don’t worry too much about mastering Dutch before your trip, although knowing some basics like greetings and thank you ( dankjewel , pronounced “donk-yeh-vel!”) is advised.

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11. Learn to pronounce the places you’ve visiting

Dutch is a tough language, and while you won’t need to learn everything during your visit, one important Netherlands tip I have for you in terms of language is to (at the very least) learn how to pronounce the names of places you’re visiting.

Because while Dutch people can speak phenomenal English, one area where they struggle is understanding mis pronounced versions of Dutch place names, because well, they know how to say everything correctly.

So, if you keep yelling “GEET-HORN” at them when they know it as “hyeet-hoorn” (with plenty of throat action), they may have no idea what place you’re asking about.

So if you need to ask for directions at any point, knowing how to pronounce names can be really helpful.

PS: It would be helpful to learn all the Dutch names of your destinations too, as trains and buses tend to display those rather than English names.

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12. Don’t be shocked by Dutch directness

Much like German efficiency, Dutch directness is a stereotype that has a longstanding reputation in Europe. Most say it’s a result of Dutch culture’s emphasis on honesty… but for some first time visitors, this difference in communication may come off as harsh or rude.

Search up “Dutch directness” and you’ll be bombarded with tales from tourists and expats alike – from co-workers commenting that they hate your haircut to customer service professionals asking “what do you want?!”

And while I haven’t quite had this experience, it’s worth noting that Dutch communication styles may vary from where you’re from, so if you feel that someone is being abrupt with you, it could just be that infamous Dutch directness at play… so don’t take anything personally!

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13. Visiting for tulip season? Book a photo session at a special farm

If you plan to join the flower-hungry army of tourists that descend upon the Netherlands every Spring, then here’s one important must-know: there are special farms you can visit that are made specifically for photos.

Why would you partake in something that’s so shamelessly vain? Well, it may come as a shock, but regular tulip farmers don’t take too kindly to strangers trampling their fields in search of photos.

… And simply admiring fields from afar isn’t quite the magical bucket list experience many hope for.

Hence, the establishment of photo-forward tulip farms! They really are the perfect solution. You pay a fee and get free reign at the tulip photoshoot of your dreams (filled with cute props and installations), and no innocent ‘made for sale’ tulips need to be sacrificed in the process. It’s a win win.

On my recent trip, I went to the Tulip Barn in Hillegom and had SO much fun. Truth be told, I might have even enjoyed it more than the famous Keukenhof gardens nearby…

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On that note…

14. Beware that Keukenhof is a flower garden, not a flower field

Year after year, I hear accounts of disappointment from visitors to the Dutch wonderland known as Keukenhof, AKA Europe’s most famous flower garden.

The reason for their floral despair? The lack of sprawling tulip fields.

And, fair enough, marketing materials for Keukenhof (and 3rd party companies selling tours to Keukenhof) can be deceptive, so let me be clear right now: if your goal is to frolic through dreamy fields of tulip after tulip, Keukenhof is not where you want to be.

You can think of Keukenhof more as a manicured garden/flower show, filled with themed displays and installations. Is it beautiful? Of course! But the only fields you’ll see there are from a distance (or from a very sad little boat ride that circles them, with no possibility to stop or get out).

So before you book that (admittedly) pricey ticket to Keukenhof , know what you’re in for. My full guide to Keukenhof can help with that.

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15. Book tickets for big attractions well in advance

The Netherlands is an amazing country to visit for culture lovers, with more museums and galleries than you could ever reasonably visit.

The good news is, there’s plenty of cool attractions to enjoy. The bad news is, you definitely won’t be alone in enjoying them.

So, especially if you’re visiting the Netherlands during peak seasons like Spring and Summer, make sure you book your must-see attractions in advance. For particularly big sights like the Anne Frank House, doing so weeks, if not months in advance, is necessary for avoiding disappointment.

And if you see skip the line tickets – treat yourself to them. Time is money!

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16. Know where to find the best attraction deals

Another downside of major Dutch attractions? They can burn some deep holes in your wallet.

Unlike many other countries in Europe, I found the Netherlands to be lacking in age-based discounts unless you’re a literal child (meaning few discounts for students, youth and seniors).

Nonetheless, there are some other ways to save money if you’re crafty! Here are some:

  • Sightseeing passes and cards e.g. the I amsterdam Card : Well worth it if you plan to do many attractions because it gives you access to multiple attractions for one set price. Be sure to crunch the numbers first though because the passes themselves are often quite expensive, and not worth it unless you’re doing a LOT of attractions.
  • Bundle deals: Great for saving a bit of cash on 2-3 attractions. Be sure to browse sites like GetYourGuide or Tiqets , where there’s often deals that combine two or more attractions for a slight discount e.g. this ticket that combines the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam with a canal cruise.

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17. Beware of bike lanes

Alright, now moving onto more practical Netherlands travel tips for when you arrive.

This one may be the most important one on the list. Please, for the love of Gogh, be mindful of bike lanes. They’re everywhere in the Netherlands because everybody and their mom here rides bikes, and it’s VERY easy to accidentally walk on one if you’re not used to them.

So, if you see any red asphalt paths, steer clear. Unless “getting run over by a bike” is on your Netherlands bucket list.

This is what bike lanes will typically look like, although the never-ending parade of bicycles on it will probably also be a good sign:

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18. Don’t rent a bike in the Netherlands unless you’re super confident on one

While most tourist guides will recommend renting a bike to “experience the Netherlands like a local”, I’m going to take the opposite approach and say….. don’t. Save yourself.

As I’ve mentioned before, Dutch cyclists are next level. They practically exit the womb on a bike.

And they don’t have much patience for struggling tourists, so unless you’re an excellent cyclist who is familiar with the Dutch rules of the road, don’t rent one just for the experience, unless said experience is making every cyclist in the Netherlands hate you.

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19. Bring cash

Another important Netherlands must-know? Make sure you always have a bit of cash.

While card payments are widely accepted in the Netherlands these days, the Dutch tend to prefer using debit over credit.

As such, you might have trouble paying with a credit card in some places, which is why I would recommend having cash on you just in case.

Up until 2023, some places would even only accept Maestro debit cards (which were previously only used in Europe). Luckily, they are now in the process of phasing them out , which means the Netherlands is likely to become a lot more Visa/Mastercard-friendly in the near future.

On my most recent trip, I noticed that my Visa credit card would randomly not work at certain supermarkets and shops, so for ease of mind, I’d recommend always having at least a bit of cash.

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20. Bring coins for public toilets… especially if you’re a woman

Like in many other European countries, sadly public toilets in the Netherlands aren’t free, with toilets in train stations costing as much as 70 cents!

So, bring coins with you to make sure you have a way to pay.

While some of the more modern machines will accept card payments, I ran into a faulty machine that refused my card no matter what, so I needed a friend to let me in!

…. and yes, it was embarrassing, so bring coins to avoid being sad like me.

NOTE: Around the Netherlands, there actually are public urinals set up on the street that are free to use, but toilets for my fellow squatters are far less common, and far less free.

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21. Bring a jacket with a hood

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from my travels in the Netherlands, it’s this: prepare for rain. Random rain. And lots of it.

Bundled with vicious winds, Dutch rain can be brutal, and the best defence is (in my opinion) a solid jacket with a hood, rather than an umbrella.

After all, the only thing more embarrassing than needing someone to pay for your pee break is the walk of shame when your umbrella flips inside out.

So yes, bring a jacket with a hood. Even in the summer. You just never know.

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22. Try all the best Dutch delicacies

Ahh, now onto tastier Dutch travel tips.

The Netherlands may not be particularly known for its cuisine, but there are a few standouts in my mind that are well worth trying for any first time visitor… usually in the calorically dense snack food category. I apologize in advance to your arteries.

Here are a few iconic Dutch foods/experiences to try:

  • Hagelslag: Sprinkles usually served on buttered bread for breakfast. SO GOOD!
  • Automats: Wall-mounted vending machines that serve hot food in little cubbies. It’s not the best food in the world but it’s a fun novelty that allows you to try some classic Dutch snacks like croquettes and bitterballen with minimal effort.
  • Stroopwafel: Two thin cookies pressed together with a caramel filling, and sure to ruin your for other cookies. NOTE: Be sure to try a plain one first. Many places these days do fancy ones coated in chocolate and other toppings, but to me original is best.

Stroopwafel, Amsterdam

Lastly, of course I can’t talk about Dutch food without mentioning the most famous street food – raw herring.

With stalls all across the country selling this unique delicacy, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try it. Just remember to eat it correctly – hold it by the tail and let it slide into your mouth and throat. Yum!

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23. Know the difference between coffee shops, cafes and brown bars

Ahh, now THIS is a must-know for first time visitors to the Netherlands. If you’re drowsy and trying to caffeinate for the day, be very careful where you go, because “coffee shop” here doesn’t mean what you think it means.

… because that’s where marijuana is sold!

Sure, sometimes they sell coffee too, but their main purpose is trading cash for hash.

Further complicating things: don’t forget that there are also ‘brown cafés’ or brown bars, which are like cozy traditional pubs for enjoying a drink or two. Going to one is a must when in the Netherlands!

In summary:

  • If you want coffee, go to a cafe
  • If you want marijuana, go to a coffee shop
  • If you want an alcoholic beverage in a pub-like setting, go to a brown cafe or brown bar

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24. Plan around some cool annual events

Alright, are you ready for some insider Netherlands knowledge?

If you’re still in the planning stages of your trip, here are two annual events to have on your radar:

  • Museum Week: Happens every Spring, where many museums nationwide offer free entry and special exhibitions/events.
  • Open Garden Days: Happens one weekend a year in June, where many canal houses will open their doors to the public so you an admire their hidden gardens. One paid ticket gets you access to 30+ participating gardens! I happened upon this event one year and it was SO cool.

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25. Be respectful of Dutch customs that are different to yours

Last but not least, it has to be said: the Netherlands is a unique place, with a lot of rules and customs that may differ from your home country.

For instance, many first time visitors are surprised to see that prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, or that marijuana is decriminalized.

And while surprise is fine, being obnoxious and vocal about these differences is not.

Remember, what seems utterly novel to you is just the normal way for locals, meaning you should be respectful, considerate and… not do things like take photos of women in Red Light Districts because of their perceived novelty.

Tourists (especially in Amsterdam) have developed a pretty nasty reputation among Dutch locals over the years, with multiple campaigns aimed at cracking down on ‘rowdy tourists’.

So, remember to be a polite guest and treat both locals and destinations with utmost respect!

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I hope this list of Netherlands travel tips was helpful!

I admit this was a VERY long list of tips for Netherlands travel, but if you have any more questions, let me know in the comments.

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Faqs - booking netherlands flights, are there nonstop flights from the united states to the netherlands.

Yes, a few nonstop flights to the Netherlands are available from some international airports in the US. All nonstop flights to the Netherlands land at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. None are available to Rotterdam The Hague Airport. You can book nonstop flights to the Netherlands from New York (JFK), Houston (IAH), and Los Angeles (LAX). United Airlines and KLM are the popular nonstop flight providers.

Which nearby hotel provides complimentary airport transportation to visitors arriving at AMS Airport?

If you intend to stay at a hotel that offers a free airport shuttle after arriving at AMS Airport, you shouldn't be worried. There are several hotels that are closer to AMS Airport, which allows travelers on a tight budget to trek to this airport. Additionally, several hotels in AMS Airport’s proximity offer complimentary airport services, which reduces travelers’ transportation costs.

Which airport is closest to famous Netherlands’ attractions?

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) is closest to some of the Netherlands’ most-visited attractions like Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, and Jordaan and Amsterdam’s Canals. These attractions are located in Amsterdam, a few miles from AMS, and you can take a tram, train, bus, or bike-share from the airport to tour these attractions. Alternatively, you can purchase an Amsterdam Travel Ticket from AMS for 24h unlimited bus and train transport from and to AMS and access to trams, buses, and metros from the city center.

What other Dutch cities does AMS Airport serve?

A number of adjacent cities are conveniently accessible for visitors arriving in the Netherlands via AMS Airport. Rozenburg, Haarlemmermeer, Hoofddorp, and Aalsmeer are some of the adjacent cities served by AMS Airport. Each of the aforementioned cities' centers is 10 miles apart from AMS. These cities are reachable by train, bus, taxi, or rental vehicle from AMS Airport.

What can I do during a layover at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol?

Many international stopover flights often have a layover at AMS. The airport is a one-stop shop that can meet all your needs. Relax or get work done before your next take-off at the exclusive Privium lounges at Departures 1 and Holland Boulevard. Get a haircut at the salon before security. Indulge in duty-free shopping of flowers, souvenirs, toys, cosmetics, electronics, and clothes at the various stores at AMS.

Is it possible for travelers to enjoy a shopping spree before departing from SLC Airport for the Netherlands?

Yes. Visitors who want to shop before departing from their departure airports should consider flying out of SLC Airport when traveling to the Netherlands from the USA. Your shopping experience will be enhanced by this airport's proximity to a number of upmarket malls. One of the nicest shopping areas close to SLC Airport that has fantastic deals is Plaza 700 Shopping Center.

Are public transport options available from popular airports in the Netherlands to the city center?

Yes, public transport is accessible from AMS to the Amsterdam city center and from RTM to the Rotterdam city center. The Schiphol train station is directly below AMS and provides trains every few minutes to the Amsterdam city center. Schiphol Plaza is a bus station close to Arrivals 1, which handles buses to the Amsterdam city center. Train and bus lines also operate from RTM to Rotterdam Central Station in the Rotterdam city center.

Do pet owners traveling from the USA to the Netherlands have access to any special amenities?

Pet lovers should think about flying out of Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) Airport while planning their trip from the US to the Netherlands. The pet policy at the SLC airport permits travelers to bring their dogs inside, but they must be kept on a leash at all times. There are two animal relieving stations at this airport, one in Concourse A, near Gate A9, and the other in Concourse B, near Gate B20.

How long is the flight to the Netherlands?

An average nonstop flight from the United States to the Netherlands takes 10h 33m, covering a distance of 4529 miles. The most popular route is New York - Amsterdam with an average flight time of 7h 00m.

What is the cheapest flight to the Netherlands?

The cheapest ticket to the Netherlands from the United States found in the last 72 hours was $382 one-way, and $343 round-trip. The most popular route is New York John F Kennedy Intl to Amsterdam Schiphol and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $417.

Which airlines fly to the Netherlands?

Delta, Virgin Atlantic & Air France fly the most frequently from the United States to the Netherlands.

What are the most popular destinations in the Netherlands?

Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Amsterdam (99% of total searches to the Netherlands). The next most popular destinations are Rotterdam (0.6%) and Eindhoven (0.2%).Searches for flights to Groningen (0.0%) and to Maastricht (0.0%) are also popular.

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Top tips for finding cheap flights to the Netherlands

  • Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest Netherlands flight deals.
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) and Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTM) receive international flights to the Netherlands from other countries. AMS mainly serves Amsterdam, Rozenburg, and Utrecht, while RTM mainly serves Rotterdam, The Hague, and Schiedam.
  • Consider booking a hotel near Schiphol airport (AMS) if you anticipate arriving in the Netherlands from the USA late at night. The CitizenM Schiphol Airport Hotel is one of the lodgings that is most convenient to AMS Airport. The distance between this hotel and AMS Airport is about 0.5 miles.
  • Banking and currency exchange services are provided at airports in the Netherlands like RTM and AMS. At AMS, these services are available before and after security at Arrivals 1 and 3 and Lounges 1, 2, and 3. Banking and currency exchange services at RTM are available in the Transit Hall.
  • Visitors who enjoy going on a shopping spree should consider traveling to AMS Airport when touring the Netherlands. Shopping in the Netherlands will be made easier by this airport's close proximity to several upmarket malls. One of the nicest shopping centers close to AMS Airport that provides passengers with amazing deals is Planes@Plaza.
  • Freshen up with a hot shower after your long flight to the Netherlands at one of the shower cabins at AMS. Massage services are also available at AMS for complete relaxation.
  • Travelers who intend to indulge in some enjoyment as they wait for their flights from the USA to the Netherlands should consider visiting any of the lounges at Salt Lake City International Airport (SCL). Delta Sky Club is one of the lounges widely preferred by economy-class travelers at Salt Lake City Airport. High-class travelers may consider visiting the Centurion lounge.
  • AMS and RTM have step-free access for passengers with a disability flying to the Netherlands. You will also get personalized special assistance and wheelchair provision at these airports.
  • For the vast majority of visitors flying into the Netherlands, the AMS Airport is the airport of choice for arrival. Although other airports, like Rotterdam the Hague Airport (RTM), serve as the arrival airports for a variety of international flights into the Netherlands, most visitors opt to fly into AMS because of its proximity to the country's capital city (Amsterdam) and accessibility to public means of transportation.
  • Take charge of your time in the Netherlands with a rental car from AMS and RTM. Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and Budget have service desks at Terminal 3 of the Arrivals Hall at AMS and Rotterdam Airportplein 60 at RTM.
  • SLC Airport is the widely preferred departure point for most passengers flying from the USA to the Netherlands. Even though Las Vegas (LAS) and Denver (DEN) Airports also provide comparable flights from the USA to the Netherlands, most passengers prefer to fly out of SLC due to its superior access to public transportation, which lowers their travel expenses.

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The Flight crew didn’t serve us until about 1.5 hours into the flight because of turbulence but after it ended it was fine to move around. They served us water only and snacks and then NEVER, NOT ONE TIME came through to collect trash until right before landing about 1.5 hours later. There was absolutely no need for that. They crew was just standing around talking and visiting with each other and really never tried to see if we might want something besides water or even try to come pick up trash. This is VERY unusual for a Delta flight but it was not what I would have expected for a 4 hour flight.

The 1st class male crew member was very pleasant - the short female with round glasses , maybe in 50’s had no personality- never spoke when delivering my food, drink, & never smiled the whole trip! In fact looked annoyed when the boarding proses was happening- I would never hire this woman - unfriendly . Have never dealt with a crew member like her-

5-hour delay due to storms in Tanoa and airspace restricted by Miami traffic controllers.

A regional sized plane was used for a cross country flight with no overhead bin space. I had to "pink check" my laptop and my medications. I was NOT pleased!!!!

Absolutely nothing flight was cancelled and delayed for 2 days. Barely a heads up I want a full refund

The plane from SNA wouldn’t start after 5 tries. The team gave me an option of flying direct from LAX and giving me a Lyft ride there! Perfect!

Best airline! Always friendly and welcoming. Skyclub was great and loved the fast free wifi on board. I also love that you can pre-order your meal on the app!

Atlanta boarding crew at gate were filled with arrogance and were disrespectful. In flight crew showed indifference to the needs of passengers. This is about the flight from ATL to BDL.

The plane was FREEZING SEATS UNCOMFORTABLE Otherwise smooth Thank you

Boarding was chaotic. I didn’t finish dinner because I went to bed early. Breakfast omelet was overcooked and tasteless but croissant was better than usual. Plane was dirty—crumbs in every seam and lavatory was poorly maintained (paint peeling, etc.) and toilet paper had not been refreshed before takeoff. No cubby for storage in first and seat was narrow.

The food from Lagos to Amsterdam was was very poor compared to AMS-YYZ

The flight was again delayed for more then 2 hours with some lousy explanation regarding the reason of the delay. Although the flight was delayed for more than 2 hours, no refreshments were offered (according to EU regulations). Last 4 flights on KLM - always at least 2 hrs late. So be prepared that you cannot plan anything with KLM.

Booked connecting flights with KlM. My serving flight was the furthest part of the airport. On arrival in Zurich. My two cases arrived but only one carry on belong to my son. His three suitcase didn't arrive. After enquiring we discovered they were still in Amsterdam. We landed at 11.12. We eventually left the airport just after one.

Seats are fair enough for medium tall people. Good food all the trip. Fight attendances are warm

I thought KLM was the best airline but the Lima - Amsterdam was 1 hours late, the Brussels - Amsterdam was 2.30 hours late and the Amsterdam - Lima was 30 minutes late

no issues at all... Kudos to the food. This time was really really good

Overall a good experience. We were disappointed when we had to check our carry on due to the plane being full. KLM hadn’t notified us and we had valuable items in the carry on but they still made us check it. Some of the food was great and some was mediocre. Crew is really kind and funny.

One of the vstewardeses wanted to bump me of the plane for absolutely nothing. There is CCTV in the plane ans everything can be verified. Very disappointing , you all will see, o other 5 years and the passangers who does not smile to flight attendent will be bumped off...

I travel frequently. The flight was late again... KLM should really try and be on time

The flight itself it was great nice food the crew were very nice and helpful, Checking in from Birmingham wasn't great long queues for bag dropped, And I had my hand luggage case taken away from me even though I requested to have it with me as I had breakables items. I was told I can not because of the length of the flight with no explanation at all no options was given for me to take my fragile items out of my case it was taken away with hold buggage I find the staff member who was checking me in very unpleasant !! Can we please be advise if the rules have changed about the the carry on hand luggage it will be easier to be advise on booking your tickect if we not allowed to take the hand luggage with me. Overall I had a good flight .

An hour and a half late is UNACCEPTABLE. The negative impact to our family is unconscionable. And for the price we were forced to pay...

Standard flight experience, but there is only power at the seat to row 20 on the aircraft, on my initial check in it did not say that was the case

Not a fan of the diagonal partially enclosed business class seats or how they have to be converted to beds manually by crew. I prefer more isolation and user control for switching to lie flat.

No lounge access with “United First” ticket. False alarm about late flight, jeopardizing connection. Wrong meal. Loose power socket would not hold plug, could not charge device. In-flight access to text messaging did not work. Toilet seat on plane would not stay up.

We ended up with seats in the very back. So they did not recline. Have no idea why, we reserved and checked in very early. The isles were very narrow and the seats had very little leg room. But they did give us water, and a snack.

Energetic crew - flight full of swiftied going to Taylor's opening show in Paris! Long lines for bathroom made out kind of suck though

Check in etc was very good. As for on the plane, it was like flying in a freezer. It was so cold, i have flown for years and never been so cold on a plane. Staff on board said its always cold when flying which is a load of rubbish. They wouldnt put any heating on and now i have the flu because of this .

I’ve had a couple flights this week on United that were delayed by an hour or more

Flight was delayed 2.5 hours - a big deal on an overnight when you plan to sleep.

I feel like they have upgraded the app since I last flew United and I found it to be super helpful. I had stopped flying United unless absolutely necessary and my experience on this trip indicates they have been working hard to improve their services.

I fly to the USA every 6wks on Ave and 99% of the time I fly Aer Lingus. If I fly BA I’m always disappointed. My only criticism is the food. I’m vegan and over the last year it’s got slightly better these last couple of flights but on the whole it’s not good! Salad and fruit salad for breakfast and that’s also the starter and desert for the lunch/dinner and the main is usually rice with fried veg 😳the pasta is pretty good though. That’s been the last 2 meals…. Everything else is fantastic.

The flight was half full and I presume that the next few days are even less busy not sure why they are still charging a premium to change a flight.

Are Longus was fine. I booked thru Kayak and was unable to get my business class seat early. Sat next to galley. Crew forgot to wake me for breakfast.

I loved how they arrange boarding (starting with people seated in back and moving to the front). Flight crew was very polite and welcoming. Seating was ok, I felt like there was enough leg space however it is noticeable when the passenger in front of you sets their seat back.

Nice to be on a flight that wasn't fully booked so there were only two of us in the three seat row.

The only problem was there are games on the entertaiment system. The guy behind me played poker the entire time and poking the back of my seat. I hope they remove these.

Great travel. Wonderful experience. Hope to do it again in the near future. God willing

Aer Lingus doesn't have plug ins for devices at each seat. They also did not give me a dairy free meal as requested and confirmed by staff. It was as if I had not requested anything. Otherwise, they were great!

The transatlantic flight was wonderful. The regional reminded me of jet blue. Crazy and packed. Not enough overhead space and tough on elderly.

All OK. Food, best bring your own. Even a BigMac will be better.

did not get the seats we had specially paid for

This is a no frills airline. You cant expect much for the price. Low cost flight, clean, nice staff. That's all I need for the price. If you want more, book with another airline and pay more. For Europe trips, PLAY is the ONLY airline I use

Misleading instructions for check in. Although I did virtual check in and was instructed to head to security, once I was at security, they told me to go back to Play ticket counter and get paper tickets. Also, beware that Play doesn’t participate in TSA PreCheck. I didn’t know that, despite entering PreCheck info when I purchased the tickets. I wasted time in the TSA PreCheck line as well. So we had two setbacks at check in.

It's a budget airline, so forewarned is forearmed. Yes, you pay for everything like carry-on, checked baggage, seat selection, but that's becoming the case with major airlines. Bringing your own snacks and entertainment on board is highly recommended. It's no frills, but the crew, the plane and the flight itself was great. If you want pampering go for a larger airline. If you just want to get from A to B in comfort and safety, Play is a great choice.

It is a low cost airline. Staff are courteous. There is no entertainment. Food is purchased.

Upon boarding, the people at the gate were extremely rude, there were no outlets on a 6 hour international flight, there was no entertainment, all food and drink was purchase only (even snacks), and my seat reclining function was fully broken. The only redeeming quality was the flight attendants were extremely nice. This was by far the worst flight I have ever been on in my entire life

I don’t know how international flights can’t have media screens to keep people entertained for the long flight. Ugh.

Typical experience for budget airline. Boarding from KEF required bus transit from the gate to plane, so if you had "priority boarding" it was useless as it was simply a free-for-all when getting off the bus. But still no issues with getting our luggage into overhead bin so not really a problem.

Was very apprehensive about flying Play, but the flight was fine. Nothing special, nothing horrible. Fair price to get from New York to Iceland.

I wasn’t able to check in online the day before or the day of because their web configuration or business model idk. I arrived an hour early and check was closed and there was no one around to speak to and eventually was told there was no possible way to get a digital ticket despite I had no luggage to check and would have easily made it through security to boarding and had to pay for a new ticket for $330 ontop of the $169 I spend for the ticket and then I missed my rental car for $305 because I only arrived at midnight instead of noon that I was originally intended. All booked through kayak. I hope there is some kind of insurance from kayak because this was totally preventable had I not been blocked by play air from getting my check in and plane ticket.

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What you need to know when you travel to the Netherlands

News item | 20-08-2021 | 10:28

There are certain things you need to know if you’re planning to travel to the Netherlands during the current pandemic. In this article Conrad van Tiggelen, director of strategy and branding at the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions , helps fill you in so you can properly prepare for your trip.

What is the current situation in the Netherlands?

‘The Netherlands has re-opened for the most part. Some basic rules still apply, however: avoid busy places, stay 1.5 metres away from other people, wash your hands often and – if you have symptoms – stay at home and get tested. Face masks are no longer required in most public spaces. Public transport is the only exception: everyone aged 13 or older must still wear a face mask at stations and airports, on trains, buses and ferries, and in taxis.’

Is the Netherlands ready to welcome foreign tourists again?

‘Absolutely. The Netherlands is a welcoming country and is looking forward to receiving tourists in a safe, responsible way. We’ve missed having visitors from abroad and are excited for their return. The Dutch are always happy to put their knowledge of other languages to use to help foreign visitors.’

What do tourists need to bear in mind when travelling to the Netherlands?

‘Exactly what you need to bear in mind when travelling to the Netherlands depends on where you’re travelling from, how you are travelling and whether the country you’re travelling from is on the list of safe countries and regions.’

See the information below and this checklist  for more about travelling to the Netherlands from abroad.

Find out whether you are required to self-quarantine and what documents you need when you travel via the check on . It will give you a personal travel overview, based on your travel details.

Travelling from within the EU/Schengen area

See the list of safe countries and regions in the EU/Schengen area .

  • You are travelling from a place that is on the list of safe countries/regions: you may travel to the Netherlands. You do not need proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test result. You do not need to self-quarantine. You are, however, advised to get tested or take a self-test after you arrive.
  • You are travelling from a high-risk area: you may travel to the Netherlands. If you are 12 or older you must have a Digital COVID Certificate (proof of vaccination, proof of recovery or negative COVID-19 test result) . You do not need to self-quarantine. You are advised to get tested or take a self-test after you arrive.

Travelling by air

If you are 13 or older and are travelling to the Netherlands by air, you are required to complete a health declaration form.  Download the health declaration form here .

Travelling from outside the EU/Schengen area

See the list of safe countries and regions outside the EU/Schengen area .

  • You are travelling from a place that is on the list of safe countries/regions: you may travel to the Netherlands. You must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result. You do not need to self-quarantine. You are, however, advised to get tested or take a self-test after you arrive.
  • You are travelling from a high-risk area:  an EU entry ban is in place for people travelling to the EU/Schengen area from places not on the list of safe countries and regions. Generally speaking you may not, therefore, travel to the Netherlands – although certain exceptions do apply. Find out who is exempt from the EU entry ban and may travel to the Netherlands. You must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result. You do not need to self-quarantine. You are advised to get tested or take a self-test after you arrive.
  • You are travelling from a very high-risk area: you are required to show a negative test result and to self-quarantine. When arriving in the Netherlands after a stay in a very high-risk area, you must self-quarantine for 10 days – this applies whether or not there is a virus variant of concern in that area. And it applies even if you have proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. If you get tested on day 5 you can shorten your quarantine period.

If you are 13 or older and are travelling to the Netherlands by air, you are required to complete a health declaration form. Download the health declaration form here.

Type of negative COVID-19 test result required when travelling to the Netherlands

If you need a negative COVID-19 test result to travel to the Netherlands, it must be from either a NAAT (PCR) test conducted no more than 48 hours before your departure or an antigen test conducted no more than 24 hours before your departure. There are additional measures if you are travelling from a high risk area.  Find out more about test result requirements here.

Changing planes in the Netherlands

If you change planes in the Netherlands and you board your connecting flight within 24 hours without leaving the airport in the meantime, you do not need to show a negative COVID-19 test result. If, however, you are travelling from a very high-risk area you must have a completed and signed quarantine declaration form with you, even if you have been vaccinated.   Download the quarantine declaration form here.

If you are 13 or older and travelling to the Netherlands by air you are also required to complete a health declaration form, even if you are only changing planes. Download the health declaration form here .

Please note that in some cases you may require an airport transit visa .

You are travelling through the Netherlands by car/motorcycle and will be in the country for less than 12 hours

If you will be in the Netherlands for less than 12 hours you do not need to show a negative COVID-19 test result. If, however, you are travelling from a high-risk area you must have a completed and signed quarantine declaration form with you.  Download the quarantine declaration form here.

What should tourists bear in mind while they are visiting the Netherlands?

‘You can have a great holiday in the Netherlands. Hotels, camp sites and holiday parks are all open. There may, however, be additional rules in place. Shops, museums, amusement parks and other sights and attractions are also open, but you may need to book tickets in advance. Make sure you find out ahead of time what rules apply at your accommodation and any locations you want to visit.

Restaurants, cafés and bars are open, although guests must be assigned a seat and everyone must keep 1.5 metres apart. Establishments serving food and drink may not stay open past midnight or open before 06.00 in the morning. Nightclubs and similar venues are currently closed.

Multi-day events with overnight stays are not permitted before 20 September. One-day events are permitted subject to certain conditions. Event organisers may request that you show a COVID certificate to enter – for this the Dutch CoronaCheck app is required.’

What should tourists do if they become ill while in the Netherlands?

‘Stay in your accommodation and do not leave except to get tested. You can make an appointment to get tested by calling 0800 1202 (or +31 850 659 063 if you’re calling from a foreign phone) between 08.00 and 20.00. COVID-19 tests are free of charge in the Netherlands at all test locations run by the municipal health services (GGD). If you test positive for COVID-19, follow the instructions given to you by the healthcare professionals. If your symptoms are life-threatening, call the Dutch emergency number 112.’

What should foreign visitors bear in mind before leaving the Netherlands to return home?

‘Many countries consider the Netherlands to be a high-risk area. Your home country may therefore require you to show a negative test result when you return. Before leaving the Netherlands, always check the latest rules for entering your home country.’

Do you have any additional tips for holidaymakers travelling to the Netherlands?

‘There is a lot to explore in the Netherlands within a relatively short distance. Avoid busy places and seek out different adventures. Stray from the beaten path and discover some of our country’s lesser-known spots. Do as the locals do and explore by bike, for example. There are many places in the Netherlands where you can rent bikes (including e-bikes). Visit for inspiration.

Another option is to take in Dutch culture in our museums, many of which now offer reduced admission. If you are planning to visit several museums, the Netherlands Museum Pass could be a good option for you – it offers unlimited access to more than 400 museums across the country. Due to the restrictions in place, museums may require you to book tickets. You should therefore plan your visit in good time to be sure you can get in during your stay in the Netherlands.’

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  • Atlanta, GA (ATL-Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl.) to Schiphol Airport (AMS) - 8 hours and 34 minutes
  • Minneapolis, MN (MSP-Minneapolis - St. Paul Intl.) to Schiphol Airport (AMS) - 8 hours and 13 minutes

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Typically, the daily expenses for a trip to Amsterdam for one person fall between $75 and $487, while for two people, it can range from $149 to $974. These price ranges are based on the average daily cost of $189 (€175) which is calculated from the expenses of previous travelers. These numbers include expenses for food, accommodation, sightseeing, and local transportation. Keep in mind that prices can vary depending on your overall travel style, level of luxury, and the activities you choose. If you book standard hotels, eat at typical restaurants, and take in the main attractions, your budget should stay close to this average cost. Below, we provide a breakdown of travel expenses by category, as well as a general price range for accommodation and activities for your visit. Please bear in mind that individual attractions and hotels may vary in price, although they generally adhere to the price ranges discussed in this article.

If you're considering an independent trip to Amsterdam, it's helpful to have an idea of the amount of money you'll need. For budget travelers, planning to spend around $75 (€69) per day should cover your essential expenses, including affordable accommodations like hostels and budget hotels, cost-effective meal options, local transportation, and affordable activities. For those with a mid-range budget, allocating around $189 (€175) per day would allow for more comfortable hotels, dining at typical restaurants, and exploring a range of popular attractions. Luxury travelers, on the other hand, should anticipate a daily budget of $487 (€449), which would encompass higher-end accommodations, dining at nicer restaurants, and indulging in private tour options. It's worth noting that these price ranges are based on extensive travel cost data for Amsterdam from fellow travelers, as well as insights from travel companies regarding hotel and tour prices. For further details on travel costs, you can refer to our comprehensive travel cost data for Amsterdam .

Travelers spend, on average, $567 per person on a three-day trip to Amsterdam. This includes sightseeing, hotels, food, and local transportation. You can stick close to this average price by staying at mid-range hotels and eating at mid-level restaurants, while also paying for some entry tickets to popular attractions. If you wish to travel cheaper, it's possible to find lower-cost accommodations, eat at less expenive restaurants, and find more free activities. It's also common for many visitors to have a much higher travel budget, as many high-end hotels and restaurants can be found around town.

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How much does a five day trip to Amsterdam cost?

With five days in Amsterdam, you can expect to spend about $945 total, not including transportation to and from the city. It's possible to stay close to this daily average by booking mid-range hotels, eating at normal restaurants, and paying for some entry tickets to popular attractions. It's possible to find lower-cost accommodations, eat at less expenive restaurants, and find more free activities if you want to spent less money.

How much does a one week trip to Amsterdam cost?

Most visitors spend between $522 and $3,408 for a one week trip to Amsterdam, with the average being $1,324 . This includes sightseeing, local transportation, food, and hotels. One week is enough time to have a more in-depth experience in Amsterdam. Also, one week allows you to be more flexible with your time and money, so you can potentially save money on some aspects of your trip while spending more on others.

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With more than 50 hostels in Amsterdam, the average price is $28 per night for a dorm bed. The cheapest hostel costs $13 and the most expensive is $114. Usually popular with younger travelers, hostels are a great way to save money while also being social. But not all hostels are the same, and we've analyzed the prices of both dorms and private rooms to find the average prices and best places to stay. You can see more details about the hostel prices in Amsterdam here .

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The average price for a hotel room in Amsterdam is $131 per night. This average is based on our detailed analysis of available hotels in the area. If you want to save money, or if you're planning a more luxurious trip, it's important to look at hotel prices based on the overall star-rating as well as guest reviews. Also, prices can vary by location and amenities. You can see more details from our analysis of hotel prices in Amsterdam here , and below is a breakdown of hotel prices by star-rating.

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Should you do a tour in Amsterdam?

You'll find a wide range of guided tours in Amsterdam and many visitors enjoy the convenience of having an expert guide leading them through the chosen activity. Tours range in price from $21 for the Amsterdam Open Boat Canal Tour Local Guide & Bar on Board to $712 for the Private tour Keukenhof Tulip fields of Holland .

  • Private Boat Tour Amsterdam - 90 Min incl. welcome drink on historic… Viator $ 241
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  • Humans of Amsterdam - Small group walking tour: $97
  • TulipFields of Holland tour: $175
  • 1 Hour Canal Cruise in Amsterdam: $22
  • Amsterdam: City Highlights Bike Tour : $106
  • Private tour: Your own Amsterdam: walk through the old city: $197
  • Springtime private tour to Keukenhof, tulip fields and windmills: $276
  • Amsterdam’s Ghostly Experiences Group Tour: $38

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If you are travelling to the Netherlands or returning to the Netherlands after a trip abroad, there is no limit on the amount of money you can take with you. However, you may need to submit a customs declaration. This depends on how much money you are taking with you and the country you are travelling from.

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Less than € 10,000.

If you are taking less than € 10,000 with you, you will not have to submit a customs declaration in the Netherlands. You can take this amount in the following forms:

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You may have to submit a customs declaration in the country from which you are travelling to the Netherlands. Check with customs in the country in question.

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If you are taking € 10,000 or more with you, whether or not you have to submit a customs declaration depends on the country from which you are travelling to the Netherlands. Check the list of EU countries and select your situation.

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If you are travelling with € 10,000 or more from an EU country to the Netherlands, you will not have to submit a customs declaration in the Netherlands. Customs may ask you how much money you have with you when you pass through.

I am travelling from a non-EU country

If you are travelling with € 10,000 or more from a non-EU country to the Netherlands you will need to submit a customs declaration in the Netherlands. Fill in a customs declaration form and submit it when you arrive in the Netherlands.

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If you are travelling from a non-EU country to the Netherlands, but will be transiting in another EU country, submit a customs declaration in the EU country in question. You will not have to submit a customs declaration in the Netherlands.

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  • If customs check you when you pass through, you will need to be able to show the money you are taking with you.
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  • If you do not submit a customs declaration, you risked being fined between € 1,000 and € 21,750, or being sent to prison.
  • You may also have to submit a customs declaration in the country from which you are travelling to the Netherlands. Check with customs in the country in question.

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5 of the best road trips to take in the Netherlands

May 14, 2024 • 7 min read

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Explore more of the Netherlands by car (or bike) with these top driving routes © Karl Hendon / Getty Images

Beyond the Netherlands ’ biggest and best-known cities, a patchwork of farmland, fields, villages and towns laced by canals, polders, dykes and windmills unfolds across the flat, low-lying Dutch landscapes.

These road trips will give you a taste of the Netherlands’ exquisite scenery, age-old traditions and ingenious innovations. With state-of-the-art roads, driving is an ideal way to make spontaneous stops and discoveries. The country’s short distances and extensive cycling paths offer the option to hop off or even swap out the car completely and travel these routes by bike.

Ready to explore the Netherlands? Here are the places that should be on your agenda  

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1. Through the bulb fields

Best road trip for colorful photo ops Haarlem–Leiden; 64km (40 miles); allow one day

Time it right to travel through a kaleidoscope of color on this glorious route, which takes in the best of the Bollenstreek bulb-growing region. Leaving the cobbled streets and gabled buildings of  Haarlem , you’ll soon pass open fields and flower farms. On the northwestern edge of pretty Lisse, the  Keukenhof Gardens put on showstopping displays of blooms (some 7 million) during spring.

Throughout the year, you can visit Keukenhof’s castle gardens free of charge, and find out more about the Netherlands’ national flower at Lisse’s Museum De Zwarte Tulp (Museum of the Black Tulip). Turning west takes you to coastal Noordwijk, with its white-sand dunes roamed by fallow deer, foxes, speckled green sand lizards and a cacophony of birdlife. From here, it’s a half-hour drive south to historic  Leiden , hometown of Rembrandt as well as the Hortus Botanicus Leiden , the Netherlands’ oldest botanic gardens.

Planning tip: Tulip season runs from around mid-March to mid-May, when the Keukenhof Gardens are open (book tickets in advance). This route is also lovely during the dahlia flowering season from mid-August to mid-October. Check the Bollenstreek’s  flower map to see what’s in bloom, and for flower fields that you can enter (the map also flags production fields, which you can capture from outside instead).

Want to explore the tulip fields by bike? Here's how to do it

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2. The Dutch cheese route

Best road trip for cheese lovers Gouda–Alkmaar; 126km (78 miles); allow one to two days

Feast on delectable Dutch cheese along this route linking the Netherlands’ trio of historic cheese towns.

Charming, canal-woven Gouda has been the center of the surrounding valley’s cheese trade since the Middle Ages. A recreated cheese market takes place in front of the historic waag (weighing house) weekly in spring and summer. If you miss it, you can learn about Gouda’s cheese history at its interactive Cheese Experience .

North past lush pastures and the spinning windmills of traditional working village  Zaanse Schans , swing by the former fishing village of Volendam, with cheese producers that you can visit on its southern edge. Endearingly kitschy old-time attractions like traditional Dutch national costume dress-ups line Volendam’s boat-filled waterfront. Just north again, Edam is a treasure with cobbled streets, hand-operated drawbridges, and warehouses (in its 17th-century heyday, there were over three dozen shipyards here). Discover production techniques and taste samples at Edam’s cheese purveyors, and/or catch the town’s engagingly re-enacted weekly summer cheese market .

A half-hour-or-so drive northwest through classic polder landscapes, Alkmaar was awarded weighing rights after repelling occupying Spanish troops in 1573 by opening the locks and flooding the area with seawater. It too holds a recreated cheese market weekly in spring and summer, when porters bring in cheeses for inspection by white-smocked dealers then whisk them off to be weighed. A refreshing place to finish is the Nationaal Biermuseum in the old De Boom brewery, with a canal-side tasting room.

Detour: To sample sheep and goats milk cheeses at producer Kaasboerderij Wezenspyk on the bucolic island of Texel , continue some 40 minutes north of Alkmaar to port town Den Helder and catch a 20-minute car ferry ( prebook in high summer).

Pick the right time for your visit to the Netherlands with our seasonal guide

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3. Hanseatic League route

Best road trip for medieval architecture and history Doesburg–Elburg; 138km (86 miles); allow one to two days

Hanseatic history lingers in the medieval streets along the Netherlands’ eastern river, the IJssel. Back when Amsterdam and Rotterdam were still small villages, these nine historically linked cities were part of the powerful league of northern European merchant guilds and market towns, which dominated trade from the 13th to the 15th centuries.

Begin in fortified Doesburg, famed for mustard that’s been produced and traded here since 1457 (mustard soup is a local speciality) and the Netherlands’ oldest public house and one-time weighing house, the 1478 Stadsbierhuys de Waag. Pass through apple orchards and strawberry farms en route to Zutphen (aka Torenstad, the “town of towers”) and on to Deventer, with its striking  Gothic hall-church built between 1450 and 1525. Head to Hattem, then splendid Zwolle, bounded by a star-shaped canal and city walls. Travel through maize fields and dairy pastures to Hasselt and on to Kampen’s ensemble of medieval gates, houses and towers, on the lower reaches of the IJssel.

End your journey in Elburg, with its small, square-shaped historic center. This fortified former fishing town once sat on the shoreline of the Wadden Sea, before the early 20th-century construction of the Netherlands’ longest dyke, the 32km (20 mile) Afsluitdijk, creating the freshwater IJsselmeer lake. Across the water at the lake’s southern end lies the Netherlands’ newest province, Flevoland, reclaimed in the 1950s and ‘60s.

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4. On the trail of Van Gogh

Best road trip for art lovers Zundert–Hoge Veluwe National Park; 195km (121 miles); allow one to two days

Once you’ve seen the world’s greatest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s works at Amsterdam’s  Van Gogh Museum , it’s rewarding to delve deeper into the artist’s early life and works on this pilgrimage through varied and little-visited countryside.

Start in Zundert, where Vincent was born on March 30, 1853 and spent his earliest years. Vincent’s father was a vicar at Zundert’s squat, red-brick Dutch Reformed church – look for the bronze monument of Vincent and his brother Theo out front. Zundert hosts the world’s largest flower parade on the first Sunday of September. A 20-minute drive north through fields ablaze with dahlias in late summer is the town of Etten-Leur, where Vincent had his first studio; the Van Gogh Church here highlights his artistic beginnings and holds a copy of the 1881 document first registering him as an artist.

Approaching Eindhoven ’s rural northeastern edge, amid crop fields of maize, sugar beets and potatoes, is the small village of Nuenen. It’s here that Vincent began producing art in earnest. Appearing in several of his works are the Opwetten Watermill (now a restaurant) and 1884-built De Roosdonck (still a working windmill). Nuenen’s Van Gogh Roosegaarde cycle path twinkles after dark like his iconic starry nights.  

Flower and fruit farms and forested nature reserves skirt the edge of Arnhem to this trip’s showpiece. Within the rambling Hoge Veluwe National Park , amid sculpture-studded gardens, the  Kröller-Müller Museum 's exceptional collection of Van Gogh’s works is second in the world only to his eponymous museum in Amsterdam.


5. Friesland’s Elfstedentocht (Eleven cities tour)

Best road trip for getting off the beaten track Leeuwarden–Leeuwarden; 225km (140 miles); allow two days

Part of Frisian tradition for centuries, the 1909-founded Elfstedentocht ice-skating tour along frozen canals, rivers and lakes is the world’s largest on natural ice. These days it holds near-mythical status, as it’s only able to take place when the ice is thick enough, which is increasingly rare due to the warming climate. The last tour was 1997 but hopes remain high every year. This driving loop traces its route as it takes in all 11 of Friesland ’s historic cities.

From the provincial capital Leeuwarden , with its Roman heritage and herringbone brick streets, travel through green polder grassland grazed by black-and-white Holstein-Friesian cattle to Sneek, guarded by its fairy-tale early 17th-century defensive gate the Waterpoort. Next up is IJlst, followed by the moated, fortified city of Sloten. Continue to windswept Stavoren on the shores of the IJsselmeer lake, then Hindeloupen, with its narrow streets, wooden bridges and sea captains’ houses. Travel to Workkum and onward to Bolsward. From Harlingen on the Wadden Sea, continue past fields of wheat, potatoes and flax to reach Franeker and Dokkum, before wrapping up back in Leeuwarden.

Detour: Along the Friesland coast, across the Wadden Sea’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed intertidal zone of mudflats, the crescent-like chain of  Frisian Islands can be accessed by ferry from Harlingen.

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18 Places to Visit in the Netherlands That Aren't Amsterdam

By Chris Schalkx

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Take it from a born-and-raised Dutchman: There are plenty of places to visit in the Netherlands that aren’t Amsterdam . If you stick to just the capital city, you’re only scratching the surface of this small-but-mighty country.

Look beyond Amsterdam’s tourist-thronged canal belt, and you’ll find plenty of villages plucked straight out of a classic painting by one of the Old Masters—windmills, tulips , swirling waterways, and all. There are sprawling national parks brimming with birdlife and criss-crossed with cycling trails , while envelope-pushing cities like Eindhoven and Rotterdam show that the country is a creative powerhouse too.

The best part? The national train network reaches all corners of the country, and its relatively small size puts even the most far-flung places within a day-trip distance from Amsterdam. Below, 18 places to visit in the Netherlands that aren’t Amsterdam—from frozen-in-time villages to museum-packed cities —to consider adding to your itinerary.

This gallery has been updated with new information since its original publish date. Additional reporting by Katherine LaGrave and Caitlin Morton.

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Wrapped in the Dutch countryside within easy day-trip distance from Amsterdam, Zaandam once stood at the heart of the Dutch milling industry. Remnants of these glory days can be found at Zaanse Schans, a short drive north from downtown, where a stroll through its jumble of windmills and clapboard houses feels like stepping into a real-life version of an Old Masters painting. Downtown, the ubiquitous Zaan-style architecture has gotten a mind-bendingly modern makeover at the landmark Inntel Hotel (an Escher-esque mash-up of traditional Zaanse houses), and the Zaandam City Hall, which reinterprets the shapes of Zaanse houses into minimalist masterpieces.

How to get there : Direct trains from Amsterdam bring you to Zaandam in 15 minutes.

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For Dutch standards, the two-hour train ride to this northern city is a nearly impossible schlep, but the picturesque journey through rolling farmlands is well worth it. Criss-crossed with canals and dotted with monumental churches, Renaissance-era gardens, and warehouses dating back to the 16th century, Groningen is packed with history. But as one of the country’s main university towns, the city has a surprisingly forward-thinking nightlife scene too. Most of the action happens around de Grote Markt (Big Market) square, which hosts a lively fish and food market by day, and turns into a party hub after dark.

How to get there : Trains from Amsterdam with a transfer in Utrecht or Almere bring you to Groningen in about two hours.

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Thought this place was pancake-flat? Most of it is, yes—but Maastricht and the surrounding Zuid Limburg countryside prove that there’s more to this land than polders and endlessly flat farmland. Start off in Maastricht, the country’s southernmost major city, where you can walk through centuries worth of history in its cathedrals and limestone mines. After, venture into the undulating hills, forests, and meadows of Zuid Limburg via picturesque towns such as Valkenburg and Gulpen, from which miles of walking and cycling trails roll into every direction. The area’s close proximity to Belgium and Germany make it possible to visit all three countries within a single day.

How to get there : Direct trains from Amsterdam bring you to Maastricht in two and a half hours.

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This tiny village in the country’s northeast is often referred to as the “ Venice of the Netherlands,”and it’s easy to see why. With its thatched-roof farmhouses and wooden arch bridges, Giethoorn seems to have come straight out of a fairytale. It’s best explored via its network of bike lanes and canals—either by boat, or by ice skating during the frozen winter months. For a lay of the land, make the Museum Giethoorn ’t Olde Maat Uus your first stop. Set in a former farm, this museum walks guests through Giethoorn’s fascinating history via historic artifacts, hand-written letters, and hands-on workshops on old-timey cottage crafts.

How to get there : Trains from Amsterdam bring you to Zwolle in about an hour, from where buses link to central Giethoorn.

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This picturesque fishing village is Holland’s best-known for a reason: It’s filled with colorful wooden houses, bobbing fishing boats, and seafood stall after seafood stall dishing up fish and chips, smoked eel, and pickled herring piled high with onions (to be eaten like the Dutch: in a single gulp). Once you’ve had your share of Volendam, hop on a ferry across the Markermeer lake to Marken, another old-timey Dutch village on a small island some 30 minutes away.

How to get there : Bus 316 leaves from Amsterdam Central station and brings you to Volendam in around 30 minutes.

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Imagine a scene of the bucolic Dutch countryside, and the village of Kinderdijk is probably what comes to mind. In other words: lots of windmills. The village’s 19 monumental mills were built in the early 18th century to prevent flooding and keep soil dry, and the mill network has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Some of the mills, including Blokweer and Nederwaard, are open to the public and function as fascinating museums that share a peek into the lives of the families that once inhabited them.

How to get there : Buses leave from Rotterdam and bring you to Kinderdijk in about 30 minutes.

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Alkmaar has many intriguing museums and lots of medieval architecture worth checking out, but most visitors flock here for one reason: cheese. The town is known for its traditional cheese market, which takes place on Friday mornings from April to early September. There’s plenty to see in other months too, though: There’s a cheese museum located in the 16th-century Waagtoren tower, half a dozen hofjes (almshouses) with gorgeous courtyard gardens, and a handful of ornately decorated churches dating back to the 17th century.

How to get there : Direct trains from Amsterdam bring you to Alkmaar in just over 30 minutes.

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Haarlem’s cobbled streets and pretty canals make this northern Dutch city feel like Amsterdam without the tourist crowds. Even its museums are of a similar caliber, with the renowned Frans Hals Museum exhibiting pieces by Dutch Masters such as Frans Hals and Pieter Bruegel, and its ‘Hal’ wing showcasing contemporary works by international artists. There are historic churches, market squares and quaint hofjes to explore, while the miles of dunes rolling along the coast make for a perfect break away from the city.

How to get there : Direct trains from Amsterdam bring you to Haarlem in 15 minutes.

De Hoge Veluwe National Park

De Hoge Veluwe National Park

This park is one of the largest in the Netherlands, and within its 13,343 acres, counts rare wildlife, some of the most iconic buildings in the country, and the Kröller-Müller Museum , which showcases a collection of nineteenth and twentieth century art in addition to the largest private collection of Van Goghs. Zoom around on a (free) white bike—the park has about 1,700 on loan at central locations.

How to get there : Direct trains from Amsterdam bring you to Apeldoorn in an hour, from where buses link to various points around the park.

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The five islands in the Wadden Sea, part of an archipelago of about 50 islands that stretches all the way to Denmark , are some of the country’s best places to unplug. Each one has a unique character, but all deliver seaside tranquility in spades—windswept dunes, cheeky seals, frozen-in-time villages and all. Seek out Texel, the largest of the bunch, for its wildlife-rich nature reserves; opt for largely car-free Schiermonnikoog, if it’s beachside hiking you’re after; or plan a trip to Vlieland during its annual Into The Great Wide Open festival around September, which transforms the island into a giant laid-back music and arts exhibition.

How to get there : Ferries from different cities on the mainland (including Harlingen) with a seasonally-changing schedule bring you to each island in about one to one and a half hours.

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You can’t visit the Netherlands and not seek out some of its famous technicolor tulips. There are many places around the country to view the beautiful flowers , but the Keukenhof Gardens (open from March to May) and sprawling fields around the town of Lisse are a sure thing. The floral frenzy is at its peak around mid-April, when the annual Bloemencorse Bollenstreek parade of flower-adorned floats will travel from Noordwijk to Haarlem, with a stop at the Keukenhof along the way.

How to get there : The Keukenhof Express bus from various locations around Amsterdam and Schiphol airport brings you to the Keukenhof in about 30 minutes.


Many people flock to Delft for its eponymous blue pottery, but don’t overlook the town’s Renaissance architecture and Vermeer Centre museum (the Dutch painter, famous for such works as Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Milkmaid , was born and died here). The compact size of its historic center make it a perfect spot for leisurely strolls: Stop for coffee along its canals, browse Delftware in its numerous boutiques, and sample cheeses at the cafe-lined Markt square in front of the Nieuwe Kerk, where a lively local market pops up every Thursday.

How to get there : Direct trains from Amsterdam bring you to Delft in an hour.


If you like technology and design, head to Eindhoven, a southern city home to some of the country’s most envelope-pushing museums and design academies. Seek out the Van Abbemuseum for its modern and contemporary art; stop at industrial park-turned culture hub Strijp-S; and hit up the Inkijkmuseum , a micro-museum located in a former washhouse. The city is at its best during the yearly Dutch Design Week (the largest design fair in northern Europe), which takes over Eindhoven’s creative spaces every October .

How to get there : Direct trains from Amsterdam bring you to Eindhoven in just under one and half hours.


Utrecht’s historic canal houses have two stories, and its centuries-old wharf cellars now serve as spots to enjoy food and drinks at water level—something unique to this city. You can also enjoy the towering churches and cozy cafes of Utrecht by bicycle, as it’s one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. It’s also the perfect place for history buffs, with sites like the Dom Tower and Centraal Museum offering glimpses into the country’s past.

How to get there : Direct trains from Amsterdam bring you to Utrecht in 25 minutes.

Beemster Polder

Beemster Polder

About thirteen miles north of Amsterdam, the Beemster region is a prime example of a Dutch polder—a flat piece of green farmland formed by draining a body of water. Aside from its cultural significance (it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999), the Beemster Polder is a gorgeous landscape, complete with little canals, windmills, and lush green fields. Make sure to stop by Middenbeemster, which, like most towns in the country, is impossibly charming.

How to get there : Buses from various locations around Amsterdam bring you to the Beemster in about 30 minutes.

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Holland’s second-largest city lost most of its heritage buildings during World War II bombings, but now leads the way in envelope-pushing architecture. Its skyline is a highlight reel of works by architecture greats such as Rem Koolhaas, who designed the gravity-defying De Rotterdam tower that soars above the Meuse river. Other standouts include the quirky cube houses ( for rent on Airbnb !) by Dutch architect Piet Blom; the horseshoe-shaped Markthal building by local architecture firm MVRDV; and the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, a bowl-shaped metallic edifice that’s home to the Boijmans Van Beuningen’s 151,000-piece art collection.

How to get there : Direct trains from Amsterdam bring you to Rotterdam in 45 minutes.

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Located near the Belgian border in the province of Limburg, Thorn is another one of those postcard-pretty Dutch hamlets with cobblestone roads and ancient churches. What makes Thorn unique, though, is its whitewashed architecture; at the Thorn Museum in the center of town, you’ll learn why this all-white look was an ingenious form of Medieval tax evasion. The other can’t-miss attraction is the 10th-century abbey church, which throughout history grew into a tiny kingdom ruled by noblewomen.

How to get there : From Amsterdam, trains to Weert take about two and a half hours, from where buses connect you to Thorn.

The Hague

Amsterdam may be the capital, but the Dutch parliament meets in this stunning city on the North Sea. Within its Gothic-style Inner Court lie some of the country’s best museums, including an homage to M.C. Escher and the Mauritshuis (which houses Girl with the Pearl Earring ). Most locals, though, flock to The Hague for its beaches: long stretches of sand lined with lively boulevards, seafood restaurants, and breezy beach clubs.

How to get there : Direct trains from Amsterdam bring you to The Hague in 50 minutes.

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How to visit Australia without flying: Holland America launches new Grand Voyage

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The long-haul flight can be enough to keep some U.S. travelers from visiting Australia . But a new Holland America Line itinerary will offer an alternate route.

The cruise line’s Grand Australia and New Zealand voyage will sail round-trip from San Diego, California in 2026, taking guests down under and back over 93 days.

"Our Grand Voyages are renowned for connecting guests with the world's most fascinating places while sailing roundtrip from the United States," Beth Bodensteiner, the line’s chief commercial officer, said in a news release . "Our team crafted this itinerary to show guests the parts of Australia and New Zealand they expect to visit, but also included frequently asked for, but rarely visited, ports throughout Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands."

When is Holland America’s Grand Australia and New Zealand voyage?

The cruise will depart on Jan. 4, 2026 aboard the line’s 1,432-guest Zaandam ship.

Where will the cruise sail?

The ship will visit 44 ports in 10 countries. Passengers will make their way to Hawaii first before heading to the South Pacific. The ship will then visit Australia – almost circling the country – and New Zealand, followed by Tonga and French Polynesia on the way back to San Diego.

The itinerary features two days of scenic cruising at the Great Barrier Reef and four late-night departures in Adelaide, Australia and the French Polynesian islands of Moorea, Raiatea and Huahine. Guests will also stay overnight in six ports, including Honolulu, Sydney and Auckland, giving them ample time to explore.

Short vs. long cruises: Which one is right for you?

How much does the cruise cost?

The cruise currently starts at $17,699 per person based on double occupancy, according to Holland America’s website . Travelers who book by June 16, 2025 can get perks like a Surf Wi-Fi package, airport transfers in San Diego, a 3% pay-in-full discount and more thrown in (though they vary by stateroom category).

Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at [email protected].

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New Mexico governor seeks hydrogen investment with trip to Netherlands

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The governor of New Mexico has announced plans to court new investments in hydrogen fuel development at a business summit in the Netherlands over the coming week.

In a news release Friday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said she’ll lead a delegation to an industry summit exhibition in the port city of Rotterdam seeking the “opportunity to sell New Mexico as a dynamic and thriving place for hydrogen industry investment.” She led a similar mission last year to Australia to talk with hydrogen entrepreneurs .

Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, has been a vocal proponent of investments in hydrogen as a transition fuel that can replace fossil fuels with cleaner-burning hydrogen as an energy source for vehicles, manufacturing and generating electricity.

Some environmentalists call hydrogen a false solution because it frequently relies on natural gas as a fuel source. Several New Mexico-based groups have resisted proposed state incentives for hydrogen development, citing concerns that it would prolong natural gas development and increase demand for scarce water supplies.

Hydrogen also can be produced through electrolysis — splitting water molecules using renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power, as well as nuclear power.

FILE - New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gestures during a virtual news conference from the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., on July 23, 2020. A New Mexico judge has put on hold a new mandate imposed by Grisham's administration that requires school districts across the state to adopt calendars that consist of at least 180 days. The ruling came Monday, May 13, 2024, as dozens of school districts and superintendents challenged the state Public Education Department over the legality of the change. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)

New Mexico is a major energy producing state with extensive natural gas reserves and broad recent investments in electrical transmission lines aimed expanding renewable energy production from sources including wind and solar.

The Biden administration last year passed over a four-state bid by New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming for a share of $7 billion aimed at kickstarting development and production of hydrogen fuel. It chose instead projects based in California, Washington, Minnesota, Texas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Illinois.

The hydrogen summit in Rotterdam has an array of public an private sponsors. Lujan Grisham is traveling with office staff, New Mexico cabinet secretaries for the environment and transportation, and husband Manny Cordova. The New Mexico delegation also includes Rob Black, president of a statewide chamber of commerce.

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NATO Deputy Secretary General to visit the Netherlands

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On Friday, 17 May 2024, the NATO Deputy Secretary General, Mr Mircea Geoană, will travel to The Hague, the Netherlands.

The NATO Deputy Secretary General will give a speech at the Cyber Defence Pledge Conference 2024, and he will meet the Dutch Minister of Defence, Ms Kajsa Ollongren.

Later, Mr Geoană will participate in a discussion on “NATO in a Changing World”, taking place at the University of Leiden.

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I Offered to Bankroll My Niece’s Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip. I Unleashed a Much Larger Feud.

My sister needs to back down..

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Dear Pay Dirt, 

My sister has always been obsessed with having a big family. The birth of my niece left her unable to have more kids. My sister mourned this for years until she and her husband decided to become foster parents. They ended up adopting a set of four siblings, two with severe disabilities.

My niece became basically a second parent to her siblings overnight. She is the last in line to get any time or attention from her parents and is made to feel guilty if she asks for normal things like money to see a movie. My sister refuses to hear any criticism about the situation.

It all came to a head when my niece won a national contest giving her the chance to go to Washington, D.C. this summer. My sister said they couldn’t afford to send her, so I offered to pay. My sister got angry with me and accused me of favoring my niece over her other kids and throwing money around (I give her other kids regular gifts and this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip). I told her she shouldn’t be punishing her daughter for her success and that I would just pay the school directly then. My sister retorted that she would refuse to give her permission for the trip. I am just furious about how personal and petty my sister is acting here. I haven’t spoken to anyone else about my offer. I know it will cause a big family fight but maybe my sister will back down. What should I do?

—Once in a Lifetime

Dear Once in a Lifetime,

Unfortunately, I think you have to accept your sister’s choice. It sounds like an unfair situation for your niece, and it’s wonderful that you’ve offered to help out, but if your sister has rejected your offer, you don’t have many options.

One thing you can do is to continue to emotionally support your niece. She might be feeling angry, frustrated, and neglected right now. Having someone in her corner to root for her and remind her that her accomplishments are worthy of celebration will help her get through those feelings. Tell your niece how proud you are of her and how much of an accomplishment you think this is. Encourage her to keep working toward her goals and tell her you’re always there to cheerlead her efforts. Try to do this without undermining your sister—you want the focus on her, not her mother. Let her know if she needs to talk or vent about anything, you’re there for her. The offer will go a long way.

Dear Pay Dirt,

My partner and I can’t agree on where to live. We’re both about to graduate from university (I’m 25, she’s 22) and are looking to take advantage of a government graduate loan program to help us buy a property to live in. We both stand to earn roughly the same amount per annum after graduation, so we can afford a half-decent place if we pool our resources together. The issue comes with the fact that the industry in which I have my degree is only really employing people on the north side of town. I am currently working in that industry and living about 20 minutes away from work. I am happy to move up to an hour or so away from work but given the long hours you work in this industry, the shorter the commute the better.

My partner is finishing a degree in education meaning she can work at any high school in the country. Unfortunately, she wants to live south of the city which means a minimum two-hour commute to work for me every day from the suburbs that we can afford. There are literally two places south of the city in my industry and they only employ someone new when the incumbent moves or dies so moving jobs to one of those southern options is a bit of a pipe dream. The only other option is to move rurally or interstate, which I imagine would be similarly insufficient for her given the associated distance from her family and community being such a sticking point in the first place.

I respect that her entire life is south of the city, her family, sport, and friends but to me, a two-hour commute to your parents’ house once a week at most is a better option than a two-hour commute both ways every single day. The logistical challenges, not to mention associated costs with either public transportation or car maintenance and fuel make this an incredibly unattractive option for me—especially for purchasing a starter home in a budget suburb. It’s not like we’re going to be able to buy the big family home the first time out (or ever if we’re realistic about this) I also feel as if my needs are being disregarded. I have family, community, and a sport, too. Why am I the one that has to, for want of a better term, lose out on all of my needs because she has needs to be met? I really feel at a loss with all of this. I love her and would love to marry her but this is such a problem and threatens to be such a sticking point for much longer that it gives me pause about the viability of the entire relationship. How can we possibly build a life together if we simply cannot see eye to eye on where to lay the foundations?

—Seriously Concerned About the Future

Dear Seriously Concerned About the Future,

Your situation sounds like an episode of House Hunters —if only sorting things out was as simple as jotting down a list of pros and cons while sipping on piña coladas. There are stickier issues at play here, which mostly seem to be that you feel ignored. And it’s bothering you enough that you’re even second-guessing your commitment to this person. So before you two can figure out where you want to live, you need to figure out how to navigate these kinds of problems in your relationship.

There seems to be a lack of clear communication between the two of you. You “imagine” your partner would like to be close to her family, but your uncertainty over the fact implies this isn’t something you’ve explicitly addressed. I could be wrong, but this suggests your partner might not realize you feel disregarded. Even if you’ve said as much, she might not know how much it’s bothering you. Does she know it has you questioning the entire relationship?

Before you give up on things, talk to her about how this whole situation is making you feel and see how she responds. It’s not just about the two-hour commute (which, yikes!). It’s also about your worry that your needs are being pushed aside. You might want to leave out the part about the viability of the relationship because this will put her in defense mode and make it harder for her to hear you out. But if the two of you are truly in a partnership, she should be willing to listen to your needs so that you can talk about a compromise.

You need to find a way to meet each other halfway, and in this case, it might be literal. Is there a neighborhood you both like somewhere between your job and her family? Can you move closer to your job but plan to visit family regularly on the weekends? The specific compromise matters less than your ability to find one together. Before the two of you commit to buying a home, you need to make sure you’re able to handle conflict. When you can work through the deeper issues affecting your relationship, the surface-level stuff is much easier to resolve.

I’ve (M 50s) been dating a woman (40s) for a little over a year and we’re just at the point of discussing the possibility of living together. We’re both financially independent with roughly similar incomes and in a good place, but we need to figure out how to share expenses. I own my own home (paid off), while she’s been living in an apartment. I also have a teenager from a previous relationship who lives with me. And, whatever the arrangement, she’ll likely continue to spend close to half her time with her family, whom she visits and helps out most weekends and a lot of her off time. How do people divide up expenses in a situation like this?

—Looking for the Next Step

Dear Looking for the Next Step, 

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution here—everyone will have different ideas of what’s fair. Ultimately, you’ll have to figure out what feels equitable to both of you. That being said, one option worth considering, especially if your home is already paid off and she won’t be staying there full-time, is to have her contribute toward the utilities and bills without paying rent. You can use this as a jumping-off point to figure out what you both think sounds reasonable. For example, you might want to split all the utilities down the middle while she might argue that it’s unfair to pay for half of groceries and electricity when she isn’t there on weekends. Or, she might feel uncomfortable not paying any rent and insist on contributing some portion, even if she’s at her family’s place half the time. Some other factors you might want to consider when making this decision are financial goals, household chores, and home maintenance costs. For example, in lieu of rent, could your partner contribute a monthly amount to a savings account dedicated to home repairs or maintenance?

Think about what feels most comfortable for you, then ask what feels most comfortable for her. If your visions don’t match up, then you can start working backward to find a solution that works for both of you. It’s a good idea to get this plan in place before move-in, however, so there are no surprises once you’ve already committed.

My parents are retiring at the end of the year and have strongly hinted that they want to relocate to be closer to me and, more importantly, their grandchildren. They want to “be a part of their daily lives” and “help with regular child care.” We have a great relationship and I’d love this. The problem is that the cost of living in my coastal city is much higher than where my folks currently reside. The only way they could afford such a move would be if I subsidized it—and the only way I could afford to subsidize it would be if the money came out of my kids’ current childcare budget. As in, I could pay my parents $20,000 a year, but then I couldn’t afford aftercare and summer camps. My folks would really need to commit to picking my boys up from school and watching them until 5:30 p.m. every day. Essentially, I feel like I’d be hiring my parents. Is this a terrible idea? What kinds of conversations do we need to have?

—Not Free Child Care

Dear Not Free Child Care,

In a nutshell, you’re trading one type of child care for another. The grandparents taking over child care means more time with family. However, there are drawbacks. Do a quick online search and you’ll find plenty of threads, articles, and blog posts that offer cautionary insights. Relying on family as full-time childcare can get tricky.

So what kinds of conversations do you need to have? At a minimum, you’ll want to talk to your folks about your expectations around schedules, parenting styles, activities, time off, and boundaries. Will your parents be planning activities for your kiddos that help with their development, the way teachers and daycare staff might? Are they going to take them on field trips? Will they find ways for them to socialize with other kiddos? Will there be lesson plans? How about meal prep? What’s the plan for sick days or vacations? How much outdoor time will the kids get? How will they be disciplined? To sum it all up, you’ll want to cover the following: schedule and hours, expectations and responsibilities, payment terms and financial arrangements, and boundaries and communication. Make a list of every concern you might have that falls under each of those categories.

You’re worried about whether this is a good idea for you, but your parents should make sure it’s a good idea for them, too. Caring for little ones can be fun, but it’s also exhausting work. Childcare workers are vastly underpaid , and when many grandparents take over that work, they can experience profound burnout. They might have a different vision for their retirement. Of course, the experience can also be extremely rewarding for everyone. So set yourself up for a positive experience, rather than an exhausting one, by laying out these expectations from the start.

Classic Prudie

I’m bisexual and genderqueer, and I live with my long-term partner, also genderqueer. I have a very uncomfortable relationship with my mother due to her alcoholism and drug abuse and the fact that she stole my identity to open credit cards before I turned 18.

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Explained: Champions League final tickets – who gets them and how much do they cost?

Explained: Champions League final tickets – who gets them and how much do they cost?

Real Madrid will play Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley on June 1.

This will be Dortmund’s first Champions League final since 2013, when they lost to Bayern Munich in the decider, which was also staged at Wembley. The German club’s only success in the competition came when they defeated Juventus in the 1997 final.


Real Madrid are hopeful of being crowned champions of Europe for a 15th time, and securing their sixth title in the last decade, having won the 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2022 editions of the tournament.

Focus is now on this year’s final, with tickets set to be in high demand.

How many tickets are available?

Wembley Stadium has a capacity of 90,000 but UEFA, European football’s governing body who are in charge of the Champions League final, will be distributing 86,600 tickets.

As is often the case with finals, the tickets are going to be split between clubs, the general public and commercial partners.

How are they distributed between Dortmund and Real Madrid?

60,000 of those tickets will be distributed to fans and the general public to purchase. Both Dortmund and Real Madrid supporters will receive 25,000 tickets each, while the remaining tickets have been offered for sale to fans worldwide via a ballot.

Dortmund season ticket holders and adult club members whose membership commenced before January 1, 2024 are able to purchase a maximum of two tickets each.

Real Madrid are yet to release details on how they plan on distributing their allocation.

Dortmund's previous Champions League final was also at Wembley, in 2013 (Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

What happens to the remaining tickets?

With 60,000 tickets distributed to fans and the general public, 26,600 tickets are not available to the public.

UEFA has described this allocation as going to “the local organising structure, UEFA’s member national associations, commercial partners, broadcasters and UEFA.”

What will the tickets cost?

UEFA operates a system of categories, whereby tickets in different areas of the stadium cost different amounts.

The ‘Fans First’ category is designated to those who are supporters of the two teams. These are priced at £60 each. There is a significant price jump to ‘Category 3’ which is priced at £160, while ‘Category 2’ tickets are more than double that of the section below, costing £430. The most expensive tickets, meanwhile, are ‘Category 1’ tickets, and these mount to £610.

If supporters are unsuccessful in the general sale, there is a high chance that tickets will become available via third-party websites. These, however, will cost a lot more than face value, with prices expected to run into the thousands.

Accessibility tickets for disabled spectators cost £60. All tickets are priced at the ‘Fans First’ rate and come with one complimentary companion ticket.

It is not made clear by UEFA what proportion of the tickets are at which of the price points.

Real Madrid are aiming for their 15th Champions League title (Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

How much is travel to London likely to cost?

At the time of writing, for Dortmund supporters the cheapest way to travel to London would cost £246 for a return flight from May 31 to June 2, and this would get you from Dortmund Airport to London Luton. However, the overall flight time would take five hours due to a stop-off at Gdansk Airport, Poland.

There are also four flights on May 31 from the city of Cologne, which is just over an hour from Dortmund on the train. The price of these flights range from £156 to £287, while there are two flights back from London to Cologne on June 2, but these are priced at £400 and £405.

Cologne also provides a Eurostar train link to London St. Pancras train station, with prices on May 31 starting at £226, although there are no return tickets available on June 2 with prices on June 3 starting at £218.

For fans of Real Madrid, the cheapest direct flight from Madrid to London on May 31 is £279. However, a ticket can be bought at £169 that would take over nine hours due to a stop-off at Oslo Airport, Norway.

The cheapest direct flight from London to Madrid on June 2 is £339, although there are multiple non-direct options to return to the Spanish capital for prices starting at £81.

There are also alternative flights from Barcelona, Valencia and Seville that travel directly to London on these dates.

(Top photo: Christian Liewig – Corbis/Getty Images)

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