THE NETHERLANDS DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Netherlands in a way like no other. Known for tulips, cheeses and charming canals, the Netherlands is a country that you will instantly love. Once a colonial powerhouse with trading posts all over the globe, this nation is now known for its forward-thinking ideals and laid-back attitude. Journey with us as we peel back layers of culture, admiring opulent 17th century architecture and asymmetric waterfront homes, visiting numerous museums and learning of a dazzling diamond cutting heritage. Enthralling from the countryside to the cities, we’ll visit sprawling gardens in Keukenhof and uncover the maritime history of the port town of Rotterdam. Between deep-fried bread balls and delicate caramel waffles, we’ll cycle and explore leaving no pages unturned. Travel with Trafalgar and we’ll reveal both the iconic and the unexpected, taking in art, history and cuisine as we move from thriving cities to quaint villages. With an extraordinary legacy of art and a melody of architectural styles, there is no shortage of inspiration to be found here. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.
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"Understated beauty is an accurate way to describe Netherlands. A land of vividly colorful countryside, picturesque villages, and cities bursting with canals and rich with striking architecture"

John, Travel Director
The Netherlands at a glance
Filled with tulips, cheeses and charming canals, the Netherlands is a country that you will instantly love. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and peel back the layers of the country, from sprawling gardens and maritime history, to an inspiring melody of art, cuisine and archictecture.
Currency
Euro
Winter avg temp
3°C
Summer avg temp
16°C
Time Zone
GMT+2
Capital City
Amsterdam
Language
Dutch
Good morning
Goedemorgen
Good evening
Goedenavond
Food cheese

What to pack for the Netherlands

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Comfortable bike riding shoes

Bike tours in Amsterdam are an essential part of the Netherlands travel experience. Pack comfortable walking shoes so you can pedal until your heart is content, feeling like a local while soaking up the scenery of the city.

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Raincoat

Rainy days can happen at any time of the year in the Netherlands, with an average annual rainfall of 700 millimetres. Come prepared with a raincoat or a small travel umbrella.

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Jackets and cardigans

The Netherlands is a great place to travel in both winter and summer, with both seasons offering many perks. Consult a weather website before packing as even the summer months can require a jacket or cardigan.

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A camera and memory card

From tulip fields to charming windmills, the Netherlands is endlessly photogenic. Pack a good camera and a spare memory card to capture your experience at its very best.

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Empty bag space

With delicious local cheeses and oversized clogs tempting your souvenir list, spare bag space is a must when travelling in the Netherlands. Remember to check what rules apply when returning home with your chosen goods.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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