Sure, you will be flying in on a plane and landing at an airport but reaching the Netherlands may almost feel like you fell down the rabbit’s hole and ended up in a picture book - kind of like Alice in Wonderland - this is the Netherlands. Amsterdam is iconic in so many ways and a must stop for any person who dare call herself a traveler. For you see this is the land of picture perfect beauty and anything goes all mixed into one.
Whether you’ve traveled to Amsterdam or not, the chance that you’ve heard of the red light district is more than likely, however be forewarned this is just a tiny part of a beautiful city with hundreds of things to do. After you have your fill of Amsterdam a jaunt over to the port city of Rotterdam is a must - here you get a mix of the ruggedness paired with architectural innovation that is dizzying. Next, over to Noord Holland which rings true to our idealized notions of a country brimming with colourful tulips and romantic waterways.
The Netherlands has a climate composed of cool summers and moderate winters. The winter temperatures dip to about 2 degrees Celsius while the summer temperatures settle in at between 17 and 20 degrees Celsius. This is a place that ask you to walk, so bring the sturdiest and most comfortable walking shoes you can find.
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When you finally get to Amsterdam, it may take a few minutes to adjust, this pretty city has a lot going on behind the scenes – with its hash cafes and legal prostitution it can shake you up a bit, in a resplendent way. You can easily get away from the touristy parts of the city – you could head out to a one-time passenger ferry that has been converted into a bar and sip a fine glass of wine on a deck, for example. There are street markets and museums and some of the most lovely gardens in the world, pair that with one of the most easygoing populations in the world and you will feel as though you've landed somewhere soft and comfy - somewhere you can stick around for awhile.
Rotterdam is the coolest port town there ever was. The city’s innovation in architecture is dotted throughout like the beautiful swan-like Erasmus Bridge and trendy cube houses that look like they belong in a Lego box. The dining scene is epic with gorgeous seafood restaurants perched upon the unlikeliest of places. Trendy shopping streets like Lijnbaan, Koopgoot and Meent boast both the funky, the functional and sometimes the absurd. When the sun sets the night lights sparkle and Rotterdam has everything to offer from chick jazz clubs to places like the Rotterdam Club where the DJs are like gods and the party lasts forever.
It would feel very wrong to go to The Netherlands and not picnic among tulips. Noord Holland is the place to do this, and ride a bike like a local and be charmed by villages.
The Netherlands leave a lasting impression, perhaps it is the unusual mix of perfection, innovation and tulips or something else you just can’t put your finger on - but this country is definitely bucket-list worthy.
Airlines servicing the route between Australia and The Netherlands include Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines, KLM, Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airways, Alitalia, Etihad Airways, Garuda, Virgin Australia, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Air France, China Eastern Airlines, Finnair, Air China, Korean Air, Emirates, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific.
Australia to Netherlands
Popular stopovers between Australia and The Netherlands include Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou, Denpasar, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Rome and Istanbul.
More information at the Netherlands Holidays guide.