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The Netherlands Travel Guide
The ultimate guide to the coolest things to do and see when traveling in The Netherlands
The Netherlands might just be one of the coolest and most modern countries in Europe. With so much incredible history, culture, hipster scene and queer life all compressed into a relatively small and easily accessible country, it’s no surprise it’s a top destination for visitors to Europe. Start here with my basic Netherlands travel tips, or jump down below to read my latest Netherlands travel blogs.
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When to Visit
The weather in the Netherlands is pretty unpredictable, and with its proximity to the North Sea, it can rain almost any time of year. In summer days are long and potentially sunny, but don’t count on good weather – bringing a rain jacket will still be a good idea! Fall can be beautiful in the Netherlands, with all the leaves changing color, and winters are pretty mild.
A very popular time to visit the Netherlands is in mid to late spring when the tulips start to bloom. This happens all over the country in April and May, and things certainly get busier at this time of year with all the extra visitors.
The most important day in the Dutch calendar to consider when planning a trip is without a doubt April 27th, or King’s Day when the country turns into a giant street party and everyone wears orange!
Top Cities to Visit
Amsterdam – The largest and most famous city in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is synonymous with debauchery and hedonism, but also has a vast and fascinating art scene, great food from all over the world, cool and unique shopping opportunities and a whole lot of bikes!
Rotterdam – The Netherlands’ second city, Rotterdam is unlike many other Dutch cities in that it is very modern, as it was largely destroyed in the Second World War. As well as some weird and wonderful architecture, Rotterdam is an extremely multicultural city and as hipster as they come.
Eindhoven – Famous for being the design and technology hub of the Netherlands, Eindhoven is surprisingly cool and hip. There are a handful of great places to discover the city’s history of art and design—from the iconic art museums to the small galleries, cafés and hangouts popular with the many young professionals still living here today.
Being such a small and well connected country, it’s easy to get around the Netherlands and many places are within day tripping distance of most of the country meaning going on a tour in another city from where you are based is quite feasible, and having someone else take you to all the best places will certainly save you time.
LGBTQ – Gay Netherlands Guide
As the first country in the whole world to introduce marriage equality in 2001, it’s perhaps no surprise that the Netherlands is one of the most LGBTQ friendly countries on Earth with some of the most progressive attitudes anywhere in Europe and beyond as so traveling there as an LGBTQ person is easy and hassle free. Here are some things to know about.
Go beyond Amsterdam – While Amsterdam is without a doubt the gay capital of the Netherlands with over 150 specifically gay clubs, bars and saunas, the other Dutch cities have cool, though fewer, things to offer in terms of gay life too, especially Rotterdam and the Hague.
Amsterdam Pride – The unusual thing about Amsterdam Pride, the country’s largest gay pride celebration, is that instead of featuring a parade of floats, the parade actually floats – on water. The canals of Amsterdam literally become the runway for the country’s biggest and best outdoor gay party. Don’t miss it!
Netherlands Hotel Deals
Accommodation is generally rather pricey in the Netherlands, especially in the cities, but if you do your research you can find some bargains.
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Netherlands Travel Blogs
Amsterdam’s Noord neighborhood is off-the-beaten path, full of cool restaurants & art projects & a great place for a unique day out
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A surprisingly cool city in the south of Holland, Eindhoven is a fun and friendly destination great for a weekend city break thanks to a culture for creativity and innovation
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My morning started with a bus ride from the Eindhoven city center to a small town out in the countryside. I was on my way for a tour of Bergeijk, specifically the iconic De Ploeg building. A collaboration between two Dutch artists from the De Stijl period, De Ploeg was once a weaving mill where …