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City Breaks Netherlands

From 17th-century canals in Amsterdam and royal residences in The Hague to contemporary architecture in Rotterdam and tempting boutiques in Utrecht, the cities of the Netherlands beg to be explored. Wildlife and nature enthusiasts will love the Wadden Sea and its five islands. In spring the country’s tulip fields burst with bright colours. Discover world-class museums and lively fun parks in a country that’s reassuringly flat for those who like to travel by bike.

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Best time to visit: Spring and Summer

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Fly to: Schiphol Airport (AMS), around 25km southwest of central Amsterdam

Alternative transport: You can also travel by Eurostar to Brussels with onward tickets to stations across the Netherlands.

There’s more to the list of activities in the Netherlands than you might think. Museums range from Anne Frank to Van Gogh. The architecture covers everything from UNESCO listed to ultra-modern. And you can shop for anything from fresh local produce to designer labels. Here are our top recommendations.

Some of the best places to visit in the Netherlands are its museums. Find out what Amsterdam is built of, at ARCAM. Take an artistic journey from the middle ages to the 20th century, at the Rijksmuseum. And find your way out of the Caves of St Pieter’s underground labyrinth.

Shopping is one of the highlights on the list of things to do in the Netherlands. Explore quirky boutiques with frequent coffee stops, in Amsterdam’s 9 Straatjes district. Art and design collectors should make a beeline for Rotterdam, while The Hague is home to the biggest market in Europe.


Design enthusiasts: Discover a wide range of architectural styles and galleries full of collectible design pieces.

Families: From zoos and kid-friendly museums to water-parks and beaches, there’s plenty to do in the Netherlands as a family.

Cyclists: The flat landscape makes it easy to tour between the cities, towns, tulip farms and windmills by bike. 


Language: The language spoken in the Netherlands is Dutch

Currency: The currency used in the Netherlands is the euro (€)

Local time: The Netherlands is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Schiphol Airport (AMS), around 25km southwest of central Amsterdam; Eindhoven airport, around 8km west of central Eindhoven; Rotterdam the Hague Airport, around 6km northwest of Rotterdam.

Alternative transport: You can also travel by Eurostar to Brussels with onward tickets to stations across the Netherlands.

Flight time from UK: 1.5 hours

Tourist Information: Further Netherlands tourist information can be found at 

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to the Netherlands.


Temperature: Daytime temperatures range from 17-20(°c) in summer and 2-6(°c) in winter.

Best time to visit: Having a long coast on the North Sea means the temperature in the Netherlands is kept relatively stable the whole year through. Generally summer isn’t too hot for cycling, and winter isn’t too cold for meandering. Showers, at any time of year, are not uncommon, so bear this in mind when packing for your trip.


Cycling: Getting around by bike is very much part of the Dutch culture. Rent a bike when you get there, and explore more than 20,000km of cycle paths.

Public transport: An efficient network of trams, buses and subways service The Netherlands, making it easy to get around the towns and cities.

Train: A reliable and comfortable way to get around the country, Dutch trains conveniently stop in central areas, giving you easy access to the main attractions in the towns and cities.

Campervan: Hire a home on wheels and see the sights at your own pace.


Light up: Eindhoven’s GLOW festival sees the city brightly illuminated each November. The creative projections and light-based works of art are definitely worth a look.

Blooming marvellous: Visited by around 30,000 people each 29th May, the Leeuwarden flower market is the longest in the Netherlands. Bags, buckets and carts full of flowers are bought from around 200 bright, fragrant stalls.

High fashion: Held twice a year, Amsterdam fashion week turns the city into a sea of the latest trends. Expect catwalk shows, trade fairs, presentations and parties.

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