Below you’ll find all the articles on the Netherlands that I’ve written so far. I’m happy to answer questions about my time there in lieu of writing more blog posts on the subject but, in the meantime, check out these posts on Amsterdam and beyond:
NETHERLANDS TRAVEL BASICS
CURRENCY | Euros (Check out xe.com for the most up-to-date currency conversion–they have a mobile app too!)
TIME ZONE | GMT+2, The entire country of the Netherlands falls into the Central European Time Zone.
VISA / PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS | If you’re planning to spend less than 90 days in the Netherlands/the Schengen area, you can get by using just your U.S. passport–no Visa required. (Except for all those stroopwafels you’re planning on buying, ba-dum-tshh!) However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you leave the Schengen area.
LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN | In the Netherlands, Dutch is the primary language spoken. And good luck with that!
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR? | As with almost all of Europe, pick-pockets are probably your biggest safety concern. Watch your pockets and purses in crowded, tourist-filled areas, primarily in Amsterdam, although I didn’t personally witness anything to warrant mentioning.
Obviously, always take standard safety precautions (don’t wander alone at night, stick to major streets and pathways, don’t flash your wads of cash you baller you). For more information on safety concerns for the Netherlands, see this page and always pick up travel insurance before you go.
WHERE TO STAY IN THE NETHERLANDS
I personally stayed at the Hotel Mosaic City Center (pictured) in Amsterdam and LOVED IT. It’s located in the dreamy Jordaan neighborhood and was close enough to walk everywhere we wanted to go. The service was great and the rooms were comfy and even came with a canalside balcony.
The capital of Amsterdam is worth the visit alone, but the Netherlands is packing tourism destinations out the wazoo. After you decide where in the Netherlands you want to visit,
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RECOMMENDED NETHERLANDS TOURS
➤ INTREPID TRAVEL | If planning an entire trip sounds overwhelming, popular tour company Intrepid offers multi-day tours of Europe, hitting all the hot spots in Amsterdam and beyond. Intrepid tours includes all accommodation, some meals, and your own personal, knowledgable Netherlands travel guide.
➤ VIATOR TOURS | If you’re just looking for day tours to various attractions in and around the Netherlands, Viator is my go-to tour company. They’ve got tours for city sightseeing, day trips to the windmills of Kinderdijk, food tours, art and architecture, and every single thing in between. Their tours include pickup and dropoff as well as your very own local tour guides.
NETHERLANDS PACKING ESSENTIALS
➤ NETHERLANDS GUIDEBOOK | I’m a big believer in travel guidebooks – they’re great for historical and background information, practical information like phone numbers, addresses, and opening and closing times, as well as restaurant recommendations and pretty pictures ’cause the Netherlands is just a beaut’! Consider them your portable Netherlands travel guide.
Rough Guides, Rick Steves, and Fodor’s are my favorite go-to brands. Note that the Netherlands makes up the NE of BENELUX and many guidebooks may lump the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg together.
And if you’re interested in a different kind of guidebook, check out Culture Smart! Netherlands. Culture Smart! guidebooks focus less on hotel recommendations and more on getting you acquainted with the local customs and culture of your destination. I LOVE these guidebooks and find them to be 100% accurate.