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Netherlands at a Glance

The Netherlands is famous for its gorgeous fields of tulips, dikes, canals and waterways and its pretty towns bursting with activity and history.

The cities and the countryside are jammed with bicycles. School kids, cool teens, commuters, mothers, fathers and grandparents all can be seen hurtling down the flat roads of this low-lying country. Join them to get a real feel for the way of life here. In the busy cities, ride over canals and past 400 year old houses. Stop at a cafe for a local brew and then tour the church around the corner. When you stop to look at a museum, or enjoy a pretty promenade along a canal, don't forget to lock up your bike. 

Out in the country, pedal past fields of tulips. Watch the waterworks in action: the Netherlands require constant pumping, diverting and damming to keep the water out. Sniff and inhale the rich peaty scent of the land and get ready to move on to the next beautiful sight. 

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Popular Places
  • Amsterdam Amsterdam
  • Utrecht Utrecht
  • Rotterdam Rotterdam
  • Delft Delft
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter The Netherlands if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather: The Netherlands has mild weather. Flooding could be a problem depending on where you are staying the severity of the rainstorm.

Safety Concerns Watch out for pickpockets in crowded areas. Keep your valuables locked up in your hotel and only carry what you need. Scams in the country's seedier bars are also a good thing to watch out for.

Health Concerns If you are hiking through long grasses wear sturdy shoes, tall socks and long pants to protect yourself from ticks. Check over dogs, children and yourself at the end of the hike to make sure there aren't any ticks.

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