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Destination: The Netherlands

WHY TO VISIT THE NETHERLANDS

The flat country, in addition to its lack of geographical relief, has the peculiarity of being close to the sea, which it has encroached upon for building.

Amsterdam, the capital, instils a desire for romantic walks along its canals, nights with a beer in its many pubs, exploration of the Royal Palace and the Historical Museum as well as its famous Red district.

Maastricht, whose name has become known worldwide thanks to the famous treaty, is the oldest city in the country, still surrounded by the centuries-old fortifications. Charming narrow streets border the Meuse.

In the north, the Wadden islands welcome all kinds of birds and are appreciated for their unspoilt nature, their beaches and picturesque villages, the locally preferred holiday resorts for a peaceful break.

Hoge Veluwe is a huge National Park: It has over five thousand acres and is also home to the Kröller-Müller Museum which boasts a great quantity of paintings by Van Gogh, but also works by other artists like Picasso and Fernand Léger as well as sculptures by Rodin and Giacometti. Forests and heaths dotted with shifting sands are home to wild red deer, mountain sheep and wild boars.

Source:http://www.thebesttimetovisit.com/

WHAT TO SEE IN THE NETHERLANDS

Top destinations in the Netherlands are:

  • Amsterdam
  • Rotterdam
  • Utrecht
  • The Hague
  • Groningen
  • Maastricht
  • Haarlem
  • Delft
  • Leiden
  • Lisse
  • Eindhoven
  • Hoge Veluwe National Park

WHEN TO GO TO THE NETHERLANDS

Weather in the Netherlands

Best period to visit the Netherland is from May to September.

The Netherlands enjoys a temperate climate, with relatively mild summers and moderately cold winters. The best time to visit, if you’d like to see the country’s tulips in bloom, is roughly mid-March to mid-May. Generally speaking, temperatures rise the further south you go. This is offset by the prevailing westerlies that sweep in from the North Sea, making the wetter coastal provinces both warmer in winter and colder in summer than the eastern provinces, where the more severe climate of continental Europe has an influence. As far as rain is concerned, be prepared for it at any time of year.

Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of the Netherlands

Source: http://www.roughguides.com/

HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH THE NETHERLANDS

To travel within the country trains or buses are available, although they are quite expensive. The most practical means of transportation remains the bicycle: There are a lot of bicycle lanes, ubiquitous road signs for cyclists, all combine to make you choose the bicycle in preference to all other means of transportation.

by plane, main airports are:

by train

by car

GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE NETHERLANDS

country entry requirements: for not EU nationals, passport + visa

health tips & vaccination: none

local currency: European euro

local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)

electricity: type C and F (230 V - 50 Hz); type A, B, C, F (220 V - 50 Hz)

mobile phone operators:

WHAT TO DO IN THE NETHERLANDS

typical food in the Netherlands

  • Fish and Sellfish: Lobster, Mixed grilled fish of daily catch, Hollandse Nieuwe Haring, raw herring fillets accompanied by pickles and onions or Smoked eel, (gerookte paling);
  • Erwtensoep, thick pea soup flavored with sausage, makes a filling repast; some version of it is often served by the local pub in winter;
  • Vlaamse frites (French fries) is a popular snack, customarily served with a gob of mayonnaise, though curry or peanut sauce are more exotic toppings;
  • Poffertjes, tiny pancakes often laced with Grand Marnier and dusted with confectioners sugar--are a teatime favourite;
  • Stamppot, is a hearty, traditional mash-up of potatoes with endive, turnips or some other earthy vegetable, customarily accompanied by smoked sausage;
  • Poffertjes, small, fluffy pancakes made with yeast and buckwheat flour, typically served topped with powdered sugar and butter;
  • Appeltaart, an apple pie with dough on top and bottom, filled with chunks of apple flavored with cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice;
  • Bitterballen, cruncy balls of mixture of chopped beef, beef broth, flour, butter, herbs and spices, battered in a crunchy breadcrumb, typically served with mustard for dipping;
  • Rookworst, sausage made of ground meat mixed with spices and salt and is often served with dishes such as stamppot;
  • Poffertjes, small, fluffy pancakes made with yeast and buckwheat flour, typically served topped with powdered sugar and butter;
  • Appeltaart, an apple pie with dough on top and bottom, filled with chunks of apple flavored with cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice;
  • Stroopwafels, waffle cookie made from two thin layers of batter with a sticky syrup filling in the middle;
  • Chocoladeletters, Dutch candy made of chocolate in the form of a letter.
  • Koffie Verkeerd, a hot cup of coffee with a lot of warm milk with steamed milk on top;
  • Goudse Kaas, the typical Gouda cheese
  • Beer

souvenirs from the Netherlands

  • Wooden clogs;
  • Delft blue and white pottery;
  • Flower and Tulip bulbs;
  • China kissing kids;
  • Design, art and antiques;
  • Stroopwafels, Edam and Gouda cheese, beer, Jenever (Dutch Gin)

SIMPLE DICTIONARY

Hello: Hallo

Goodbye: Vaarwel

How are you?: Hoe gaat het met je?

Thank you: Dank je

What is your name?: Wat is jouw naam?

How much is it?: Hoeveel is het?

Sorry: Sorry

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