Population: 16 254 900
Time Zone: GMT +1
Summer +2 in summer
Driving side: Drivers drive on the right side of the road.
Languages: Dutch, Frisian, English
Religion: Roman Catholic 31%
Emergency #: Police: 112
Fire Brigade: 112
Netherlands Local Customs
Tipping: All prices in the country must include tax and the tip by law. Don't feel obliged to tip, although you may round up if you want
Netherlands Popular Destinations
Amsterdam Amsterdam is Europe's fourth most popular destination after London, Paris and Rome. The city boasts some of the best restaurants, museums and nightlife in the country. Its most famous attractions include its canals, Anne Franks House and the van Gogh Museum.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Located in Rotterdam, this museum is famous for one of the finest collections in the country. The museum has works that range from the middle ages to the ultra modern.
Maastricht The small town of Maastricht is located in the finger of Holland between Belgium and Germany. The mix of cultures makes it the best place to eat in the country.
Moving Around Netherlands
Schiphol International airport is the primary Dutch destination for most major airlines; some smaller feeder or regional airlines may use other airports around the country. The rail network around the Netherlands is outstanding and is the best way to travel. Most stations have a bus terminal near by. The road network is also first class; be sure to plan your route, as most signs will be in Dutch.
National festival and holidays
The North Sea Jazz Festival The Hague is not the most exciting Dutch city, but once a year it gets its own back. The North Sea Jazz Festival, held every July, attracts top-flight musicians, and is well worth making a special effort to get to.
New Year's Day Jan 1
Carnival February 23
Good Friday March/April
Easter Sunday March/April
Easter Monday March/April
Queen's Birthday April 30
Liberation Day May 5
Ascension Day May
Whit Monday May 31
Christmas Dec 25
Boxing Day Dec 26
Useful Netherlands Links
Netherlands Travel Guide
A comprehensive guide to the Netherlands with destination reports, Maps, Photos and more.
- Amsterdam Visit Canal Houses and hidden gardens
- Amsterdam & Bruges 3 Day Coach Tour
- Amsterdam & Countryside Tour
- Amsterdam One Day Tour
- Jewish Sights Tour of Amsterdam
- Tour Amsterdam
- Holland is Flowers & City Secrets
- Holland is Reclaimed from sea
- Masterclass workshop New Dutch Cuisine
- Chefs table Amsterdam New dutch cuisine
- Amsterdam Touristbus
- Holland Living with Water
- Holland Along the River Rhine
- Holland Fruit Cows & Castles
- Utrecht City Tours
- Holland Hansa & Heathland
- The Hague & Delft Private Tour
- Holland Flowers in Springtime
- Zaanse Schans & Marken Tour
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The Manor Of Tilburg
Tilburg is in Noord-Brabant - the southern province of the Netherlands - and is the 6th largest city in the country. The city is first mentioned in 8th Century documents but it wasnt proclaimed a manor until 600 years later. Manorial rights fell... read more
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