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Whether you are backpacking in the Netherlands or just traveling on a budget, the country’s small size makes it easy to get around. The Netherlands is bordered by Belgium to the south, Germany to the east and the North Sea to the north and west.

The country is one of the flattest in the world with one-fifth of the country being below sea level. Water is everywhere in The Netherlands with canals, rivers and a large coastline for such a small country.

Discover the Netherlands

Amsterdam

A historical center with 80 kilometer of canals, many bridges, a red light district and many historical houses.

Dutch Castles

Famous and beautiful Castles from around the Netherlands. From the north to the most southern point of the provence Limburg.

Kinderdijk

At Kinderdijk you see the Netherlands as foreign tourists see the Netherlands. Here are nineteen mills lined up along the dikes.

Rotterdam

Discover the best spots, famous monuments, nice museums and cozy neighborhoods of Rotterdam.

Thorn

Explore the historic center of Thorn, with its white-painted houses, authentic cobbled streets and monumental buildings.

Veluwe

Discover the Veluwe, the second largest nature reserve in the Netherlands. With forest, sandy plains, spectacular views the place to see wildlife.

Places I’ve been

  • Amsterdam
  • Breda
  • Den Bosch
  • Den Haag
  • Giethoorn
  • Heerlen
  • Leeuwarden
  • Maastricht
  • Middelburg
  • Rotterdam
  • Tilburg
  • Wadden islands
  • and many more

Bucketlist

  • Bourtange
  • Marken

Best travel months

The Netherlands can be visited year-round as long as you know the climate of its different regions so you can plan your trip accordingly.

  • From mid April until the end of August is the best time to visit the Netherlands;
  • A popular time to visit The Netherlands is in spring when the iconic tulip fields are in full bloom;
  • June until August, it’s high season so so it can be hot, crowded, and little more expensive;
  • March, April and September are ideal travel months to avoid mass crowds;
  • From the end of November, the winter season starts slowly, but till October you can travel well.

Travel costs

As with most countries, how expensive your trip is going to be is entirely dependent on your preferences. Below you can find average prices for accommodation, food & drinks and some activitities.

Based on the expenses of other visitors on average prices, I believe that you can budget around €100 per day on your vacation (includes accommodation, food, transportation and fees for tourist attraction).

Accommodation

  • Hostel (€30-50)
  • Mid-range hotel (€100-150)
  • Luxury hotel (€250-400)

Or, you can try Airbnb; a popular choice for many travelers, including myself. Use this link to get a discount of €34 on your first trip.

Tip! If you are planning to go to Amsterdam, it is much cheaper to rent an accommodation outside the city center.

Food & Drinks

  • Simple breakfast (€10) – breakfast is usually included at your hotel.
  • Meal inexpensive restaurant (€15)
  • Meal for 2 persons in mid-range restaurant (€60)
  • Domestic beer (€4,50)
  • Cappuccino (€3)
  • Bottle of water (€2)

Tip! Try some of the local foods, like ‘stroopwafel’, ‘poffertjes’ or ‘Dutch pancakes’.

Activities

  • Museum entry (€10)
  • Cooking Class (€25)
  • Tours (€40-80)

Tip! For transportation you can easily rent a car or take the train to other beautiful destinations through the Netherlands or even traveling in Europe.

More tips

Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans is a neighborhood with historic wooden windmills. It is a well-known tourist destination with hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

Heerlen

Heerlen is a city in the southeast of the Dutch province of Limburg. It is a lovely city with many beautiful sights.

Maastricht

Maastricht owes its name to the river Maas. A cozy city full of history, culture and surrounded by beautiful nature in a hilly area.

Tilburg

The birthplace of Dushi_travel. From my home, when in the Netherlands, I am planning my next adventures around the world.

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