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Entry Requirements |
Organizing Your Trip |
Living Conditions |
Different Forms of Tourism
There are a lot of historic sites to see, mainly in the big cities but also in the country side. Think of the Waterlinie and the Canals of Amsterdam.
The Netherlands is renowned for its museums. Some Dutch sites are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, consult the website to see which they are.
There are a number of parks, such as de Keukenhof and other nature parks such as de Veluwe. Some Dutch sites are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, consult the website to see which they are.
All religious sites in the Netherlands.
All costal activities.
- Winter Sports
None outdoor, apart from when there is a rigorous winter, then ice skating outside is popular (Elfstedentocht); indoors there is skiing and ice skating.
- Outdoor Activities
Cycling, walking, swimming, golf.
Special purchases include Delft (between The Hague and Rotterdam) blue pottery and pottery from Makkum and Workum, costume dolls, silverware from Schoonhoven, glass and crystal from Leerdam and diamonds from Amsterdam. Shopping hours: Mon 1100-1800; Tues-Fri 0900-1800; Sat 0900-1700. In Amsterdam, Rotterdam and other big cities, supermarkets are open from 0800-2000/2100. In large city centres, shops are open Sun 1200-1700. Shopping malls are also open on Sunday. Some cities also have late-night shopping on Thursdays or Fridays.
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Amsterdam, Rotterdam (GMT+1 in winter, GMT+2 in summer)
- Summer Time Period
Summer time from March to October
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
Mild, maritime climate. Summers are generally warm with changeable periods, but excessively hot weather is rare. Winters can be fairly cold with the possibility of some snow. Rainfall is prevalent all year.
- For Further Information
National Agency of Meteorology
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
Among others, the Dutch specialties are:
Boerenkool: curled cabbage with smoked sausage
Hutspot: Dutch stew
Haagse Bluf: whipped eggs
Speculoos: traditional Saint Nicolas cake
Borstplaat or the fondant: titbit, mainly eaten between Saint Nicolas and New Year's day.
Anijsmelk: aniseed milk: one of the favorite drinks of the Dutch just as hot chocolate is.
Bisschopswijn: heated wine
Boerenmeisjes: apricot brandy.
Beer, wine and sodas.
- Dietary Restrictions
- Domestic Currency
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
Since 1 January 2002, the currency in circulation has been the euro. There are notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. The nominal values of the coins are the following : 1 cent (or 1/100 of euro), 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 euro and 2 euros.
- Possible Means of Payment
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted, as well as Eurocheque cards. ATMs are widely available.
- Official Language
Official languages: Dutch and Frisian.
- Other Languages Spoken
Commercial languages: English, German and Spanish. In the Netherlands, the official language is Dutch. However, it is important to note the growing use of English, German and Spanish in business.
- Business Language
The majority of the population speaks English, which is the most used language in trade.
- Getting Some Knowledge
Some basic Dutch can be found here.
- Free Translation Tools
Babel Fish : Basic word / sentence translator
Free Translations : Basic word / sentence translator
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