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Netherlands Holidays,  Netherlands Holiday Packages Overview

This country of tulips, windmills and bicycles stretches out over a predominantly flat landscape of reclaimed land. Sophisticated urban centres and sleepy rural towns are contained within the expansive vistas broken here and there by canals, castle walls and dikes. Europe's most densely populated region is located within an area of the Netherlands called the Randstad. This urban hub is spread in a circle from Amsterdam, and includes The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht and the smaller towns of Haarlem, Leiden and Delft. The metropolitan centres buzz with the activity of seasonal festivals, cultural activities, vibrant art scenes and excellent pubs and restaurants.

 

The cultural heritage that flavours much of Dutch life can be traced back through time. During the 1600s the Netherlands dominated the world both economically and culturally. The Dutch East India Company established trading links with the East and West Indies bringing back an abundance of merchandise and cultural influences. The Golden Age reached its zenith in the artworks of the Dutch Masters - Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Vermeer. Today their paintings hang from the walls of the cities' numerous museums and galleries.

 

Most people travelling to the Netherlands head for the unique experience of its capital city, Amsterdam. The other parts are largely unaffected by tourism, particularly the areas outside the Randstad. The southern parts of the country are transformed by undulating landscapes of shifting sands and heath moors, best experienced within the Hoge Veluwe National Park. Still south, tucked between the German and Belgian borders, lies the historical city of Maastricht.

 

Since the collapse of Napoleon's empire in 1814, the Netherlands has taken a neutral stance throughout most of the world's conflicts, including the First World War in which it took no part. In spite of this independent stance it still suffered severely in World War II during the Nazi invasion of 1940. Its neutral political position, combined with its tradition of liberalism and tolerance has made the Netherlands the logical choice for the establishment of the International Court of Justice, which is situated in The Hague.

 

Tourist Offices - Netherlands Tourist Office, The Hague: +31 (0)70 3705 705 or www.holland.com

 

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Entry Requirements

 

The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that, in principal, allows the holder to travel freely within the borders of all.


- For Australians - Australians must have a valid passport (must be valid for at least three months after period of intended stay). No visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days in a half-year period.


- New Zealand citizens must have a valid passport (must be valid at least three months after period of intended stay). No visa is required for stays of a maximum of 90 days in a half-year period, but proof of sufficient funds is needed.


- United States passport holders do not require a visa for travel to the Netherlands, but proof of sufficient funds is needed. Visas are valid for a maximum of 90 days in a half-year period. Passports must be valid for three months after the intended length of stay.


- United States passport holders do not require a visa for travel to the Netherlands, but proof of sufficient funds is needed. Visas are valid for a maximum of 90 days in a half-year period. Passports must be valid for three months after the intended length of stay.


- British passport holders do not require a visa for travel to the Netherlands. Visas are valid for a maximum of 90 days in a half-year period. Passports must be valid for the period of intended stay.

 

Netherlands Holidays - Currency of Netherlands

 

Single European currency, or Euro (EUR), is the official currency of the Netherlands, and is divided into 100 cents. Major credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Foreign currency or travellers cheques can be changed at banks, post offices or bureaux de change (usually indicated by the letters GWK). Banks are closed on weekends. ATMs are widely distributed and most are open 24 hours a day.

 

Netherlands Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international access code for the Netherlands is +31. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)20 for Amsterdam. Five local mobile phone operators have the Netherlands extremely well covered with GSM 900 and 1800 networks. Internet cafes are widely available.

 

Netherlands Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers over 17 years arriving from non-EU countries do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g smoking tobacco; 1 litre spirits with alcohol volume higher than 22%, or 2 litres spirits or aperitifs made of wine or similar beverages less than 22%, or 2 litres of sparkling wines, liquor wines, or still wine; perfume up to 50g or 250ml eau de toilette; 500g of coffee; 100g tea; and goods for personal use to the value of EUR175. Prohibited items include the import of all birds.

 

Netherlands Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

Service charges are included in hotel rates, restaurant bills and taxi fares, usually at 15%. Tips for good service are always appreciated but not necessary. It is customary to tip taxi drivers and waiters 10%.

 

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