Frequently Asked Questions

On this website we provide as much information as possible about Holland. We provide information about cities, regions, attractions, activities and accommodations for example. You may not have been able to find what you were looking for. In these frequently asked questions we show the questions - and answers - to the most frequently asked questions about the Netherlands.

Spending your holiday in Holland is an excellent idea! Find plenty of inspiration on our website. Here you can find information about cities to visit, accommodation and things to do in the Netherlands.

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The Netherlands is home to several cities and villages. For an overview, see our pages about destinations in the Netherlands.

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Hotels in Holland are available in all price classes. See our hotel recommendations.

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Sleeping on the beach in the Netherlands is prohibited. There are several accommodations on or near a beach where you can stay overnight.

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The Netherlands has a large variety of museums. From the old masters of the Golden Age to modern art. Special collections in beautiful buildings.

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The Night Watch can be found in the Rijksmuseum.

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You can read more about the Concertgebouw and its programming here.

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The Netherlands has a tolerant drug policy. All drugs are banned, but smoking cannabis is tolerated under strict conditions.

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No, we do not have brochures. On our site you can find all relevant information and inspiration for a visit to the Netherlands.

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On the Liberation Route, you can learn more about the Second World War in numerous places.

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Holland is part of the Netherlands and is also used as a synonym for the Netherlands. Read more about Holland vs Netherlands here.

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The standard voltage in the Netherlands is 230V.

The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy, which means that the Netherlands has a prime minister. The Head of State is King Willem-Alexander.

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Almost one third of the Netherlands is below sea level. Our windmills, polders, dikes and continuous struggle against the impeding waters are known the world over. Read more about Waterland in the Netherlands.

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Some municipalities still showcase costumes, although this is more for the purpose of folklore rather than a daily tradition. You can be photographed in local costume in Volendam.

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The Netherlands is home to various culinary surprises. The basis is formed from fresh and regional products, transformed into true creations on your plate by way of passionate chefs. Read more about Dutch cuisine.

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If you are staying in the Netherlands as a tourist for a shorter period of time, you can use your foreign driver's license. Please note that the categories are in accordance with the Vienna Convention (A, B, C, D and E). If they do not correspond, purchase an international driver's license.

In almost every town or village with canals, or along the water, you can rent a boat. From small rowing and electric boats to sailing boats for longer holiday periods.

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You need a license if your boat travels faster than 12 mph (20 km per hour) or is longer than 49 feet 15 meters).

Many of our articles come with a map of the surroundings. You can print and take them with you on your journey. We do not have any available maps. Detailed maps of the Netherlands can be found at gas stations, bookshops or the local tourist office. If you have a smartphone, there are several apps that can come in handy as well.

From Schiphol Airport, you can travel to Amsterdam by taxi or public transport.

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Immediately below Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the NS station, with train connections to many places throughout the Netherlands. Amsterdam Central Station is a mere 15 minutes by train from Schiphol.

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No, we do not have maps. All places of interest on the site include an address and location.

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You can read more about the Concertgebouw and its programming here.

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Schiphol is Amsterdam's official airport. You can find a map of the airport on the website and Schiphol app.

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Over 800,000 people, comprising of 180 different nationalities, live in Amsterdam.

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No, Amsterdam is not a country. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands.

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Schiphol Airport is located right next to Amsterdam. You can also fly straight to airports in Rotterdam, The Hague or Eindhoven and discover the Netherlands from here.

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You can find a wide range of excellent hotels in Amsterdam. Check out which hotels in Amsterdam we have on offer right here.

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Visit this world famous 17th century city. See historic buildings, visit a museum and tour the canals of Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam has numerous attractions. See the canals lined with 17th century houses, visit a museum or discover one of Amsterdam's charming neighborhoods.

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Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands.

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Amsterdam has numerous museums and attractions. Check out our site and get inspired.

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The legal tender in the Netherlands is the Euro.

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The airport is located close to Amsterdam. Depending on where you need to be, a taxi or bus will bring you to the city in 20-30 minutes. A great alternative is going by train. They depart regularly, bringing you to Amsterdam Central Station in 15 minutes. You can easily buy an Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket online.

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Parking facilities in Amsterdam include parking along the street or public garages. Some areas are reserved for permit holders. Parking in the city center is pretty expensive. If you're planning to spend some time in the city, use a P&R (park and travel) garage or public transport. More information about parking in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands.

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Various hotels can be found at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the surrounding area.

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Schiphol is the airport of Amsterdam. You can find a map of the airport on the website and via the Schiphol app.

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Dutch is spoken in the Netherlands, but the language has several dialects. In Friesland, for example, locals also speak Frisian next to Dutch. Frisian is the only truly recognized second language in the Netherlands.

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VVV Offices are local or regional tourist information offices. Maps, entrance tickets and walking tours are all available here.

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The Netherlands is located in GMT +1. The Netherlands also implements daylight saving time during the summer.

If you're travelling with your own means of transport, there's no problem bringing your pet on holiday to the Netherlands. Are you travelling by plane? Please contact your airline company.

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We celebrate the following public holidays in the Netherlands:

January 1 - New Year's Day. Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. April 27 is King's Day, every year. Ascension Day. Whit Sunday and Whit Monday. We celebrate Christmas on December 25 and 26.

More about public holidays in the Netherlands here.

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On April 27, the Netherlands celebrates King Willem-Alexander's birthday. The entire country dresses in orange and celebrates in a festive atmosphere in one of the many street markets, fairs or exciting events organized throughout the country.

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Schiphol is the airport of Amsterdam. You can find a map of the airport on the website and via the Schiphol app.

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Various hotels can be found at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and the surrounding area.

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From Schiphol Airport, you can travel to Amsterdam by taxi or public transport.

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A taxi stand is located near the Schiphol Plaza exit. Please be careful and only take a taxi at the official taxi stand. Do not step into taxis that are offered to you otherwise. Read more about taxis in the Netherlands.

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Tulips and other flowers mainly bloom during spring. March through May is therefore the best time to visit the Netherlands if you want to watch them in bloom. The world's most beautiful spring park, the Keukenhof, is open during this time.

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There are various flower parades in the Netherlands. Visit the flower parade in the bulb region, Lichtenvoorde or Zundert. These take place on different dates.

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Tulips and other flowers mainly bloom during spring. March through May is therefore the best time to visit the Netherlands if you want to watch them in bloom. The world's most beautiful spring park, the Keukenhof, is open during this time.

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The Keukenhof is open from the end of March to mid-May. This is the period when the flowers are in bloom.

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The Eleven Cities Tour can only take place if it has been freezing for some time. At least 6 inches of ice is required on the entire 124-mile route.

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Tulip fields are found in the bulb region near the Keukenhof, in the Noordoostpolder and in the province of Noord-Holland.

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According to Time Higher Education World University Rankings in 2017, these Dutch colleges/universities are on the list:

1. Delft University of Technology

2. University of Amsterdam

3. Wageningen University

4. Erasmus University Rotterdam

5. Leiden University

6. University of Groningen

7. Utrecht University

8. Maastricht University

9. Radboud University Nijmegen

10. University of Twente

To find a room or home in the Netherlands, searching online is the best option. There are numerous websites and apps designed for this purpose. www.kamernet.nl is a website/app that shows results in both English and Dutch. Please note that an account needs to be created when registering with Kamernet, which will involve costs. www.erasmusu.com has a database of rooms on offer, displaying them in a clear overview for foreign students.

Having problems finding a room? Student hotels are available in many cities. These have beautiful, furnished rooms and good service for international students.

There are many different colleges/universities offering English-language studies. Examples:

1. University of Groningen

2. Delft University of Technology

3. Stenden University of Applied Sciences

4. Leiden University

5. Maastricht University

6. Royal Academy of Art

7. VU University Amsterdam

8. University of Twente

9. Hanze University of Applied Sciences

10. Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

11. Tilburg University

12. University of Amsterdam

13 . Erasmus University Rotterdam

14. Radboud University Nijmegen

15. HAN University of Applied Sciences

If you are from a country in groups II, III or IV* and planning to stay in the Netherlands for more than 3 months, you will need an MVV visa (type D - temporary residence permit) to study in the Netherlands. If you are from a country in group IA*, you do not need a visa or residence permit, but if necessary, you can apply for a 'certificate of lawful residence'. If your stay is less than 3 months, you will need a short stay visa. The college/university in question will request an MVV or Visa Short Stay, you cannot do this yourself. If your stay is longer than 3 months and you are present in the Netherlands, you will require a residence permit. This is also handled by the college/university. A residence permit is valid for the duration of the study plus an extra 3 months. Each year, students must earn at least 50% of their credits, otherwise the residence permit will expire. The application for a visa can take several weeks, so put in a request to the college/university on time. Should the reason or duration of your stay change, please have this amended via the college/university. The application request for your visa/residence permit by the college/university is free of charge, however, the costs of the visa/residence permit will be charged to you. *Countries group I: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom Group II: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, United States, Vatican City State Group IA: Croatia Group III: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, Uruguay, Venezuela Group IV: All other countries

If you plan to stay in the Netherlands for more than 4 months, you must register with the municipality as a new resident. The conditions and regulations vary per municipality. It may be handy to contact the municipality or college/university where you are studying in advance for additional information. They are aware of how the registration procedure works and which documents are required (passport, rental contract, etc.). After registration you will receive a citizen service number (BSN). Registration at a municipality is free of charge. As soon as you relocate within the Netherlands, this must also be declared at the municipality.

If you wish to work in the Netherlands, Dutch health insurance is compulsory. If you come from one of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, you do not need a work permit and there are no restrictions on the number of hours. If you come from another country, a work permit is required. Applying for one is entirely free. With a work permit you are limited to a number of hours you are allowed to work. To be able to work in the Netherlands, you need a citizen service number (BSN). You will receive this number automatically once you are registered with a municipality.

There are numerous cheese markets in the Netherlands. Cheese markets are usually held in spring and summer on specific days. You can find a cheese market in Gouda, Alkmaar, Edam, Woerden and Hoorn.

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You can do many interesting things in the Netherlands! What's your preference? Check out our suggestions for your visit to Holland here.

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Holidays in the Netherlands means enjoying miles of coastline, nature and historic cities such as Haarlem, The Hague and Utrecht. Skating in winter, tulips in spring, swimming in summer and culture sniffing in autumn. The Netherlands has the highest museum density in the world! Discover the Netherlands!

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Public transport in the Netherlands is very well organized. Almost any place is within easy reach by train, bus and tram.

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You can easily connect to other cities in the Netherlands starting from Schiphol Airport.

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Most roads in the Netherlands have no toll.

You can buy a regional public transport card at the station or a tobacco shop. You can buy a Holland Travel Ticket or Amsterdam Region Ticket online in advance.

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Immediately below Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the NS station, with train connections to many places throughout the Netherlands. Amsterdam Central Station is a mere 15 minutes by train from Schiphol.

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Always report this to the local police. Then proceed to contact your embassy or consulate.

The weather in the Netherlands depends on the season. In general, the weather is moderate. Read more about the weather in the Netherlands.

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The Netherlands has a temperate maritime climate. In winter, not too cold, not too warm in summer. More about the weather in the Netherlands.

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Skating on natural ice is only possible in winter, as long as it has frozen for a number of days. Ice skating on an artificial ice rink is possible in several cities during winter.

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