Tulips, windmills, Impressionist art, and anything-goes Amsterdam typify the Netherlands. Built from the sea and stitched together with 1,500 miles of dikes, water shapes the visitor experience. Ferry to an island nature preserve or walk a dune beach along the North Sea. Canals tie together countryside and cities, replete with Baroque architecture, galleries, and shopping.
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|Entry requirements||Please see our Entry Requirements page.|
As is the case with most international travel, a hepatitis vaccination is recommended. Take along comfortable walking shoes and plenty of sunscreen.
The months of May thru October are the best months to travel when temperatures in the day hover around the 70's and 80's. Nights dip into the 50's and 60's, so be sure to take a sweater and even an umbrella. If you would like to visit during the tulip season, April to mid-May is the best time!
A service charge of 5-10% is added to restaurant bills. Add 5-10% more for exceptional service. Tip in cash, even when paying with a credit card.
|Money & Credit Cards||
ATMs are abundant in the Netherlands, especially Amsterdam.
Always notify your bank prior to departure to avoid any problems using your credit or debit card while traveling.
The best items to shop for in the Netherlands are diamonds, decorative tiles, wooden shoes, licorice, cheese, chocolate, and tulip bulbs. If you are shopping for Delft porcelain, look for a hallmark of the word “Delft” written with the D like a backward C.
|Electricity & Power Adapters||
230 volts. Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.
Learn more about electrical standards around the world.
|Cell Phones & Internet||
Want to take your cell phone, tablet or laptop, but not sure how to get cell service or wifi? Read up on using your cell phone abroad and the top 5 ways to get Internet abroad.
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- Destinations: The Netherlands
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