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Cheap flights to Netherlands

The Netherlands is home to about 16.5million people and it’s the most densely populated country in Europe. Still, this won’t be noticeable when you’re exploring her sweeping countryside, and in the city, you’ll be too distracted by all there is to take in and enjoy.

Getting around

Most flights into the Netherlands land at her key international airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Other airports in the country include Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Eindhoven Airport, Groningen Airport Felde, and Maastricht Aachen Airport.

Holland’s train network is extensive and tickets can easily be purchased from any NS (Netherlands Railways) ticket office. Travelling from one major city to the next is not difficult and most trains offer first and second class options. A tip: if you’re travelling around the Randstad area (the zone comprising Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam), opt for a first class ticket.

Holland is also connected to other major European cities by rail, such as Paris and London.

Explore Amsterdam

Start your trip in Netherland’s capital, Amsterdam. Fondly known as the ‘Venice of the North’, it’s a city where tree-lined canals proliferate and coffee shops are filled with lively chatter.

One of the best ways to take in the city is to hop onto a boat. Canal tours are aplenty, and there’s also the option of jumping on an open-air tour bus or renting a bike and cruising around the city on two wheels. Either way, aim to start your day at Dam Square in the heart of the city. It’s close to the 15th century Nieuwe Kerk and majestic Royal Palace, and Waterlooplein Market (the city’s largest flea market) and Rembrandthuis Museum are also close by.

Stop by Leidseplein, one of Amsterdam’s most popular squares. Busy and bustling with street entertainment, it’ll make for a fun afternoon, though if it’s some peace and tranquility that you’re after, head on to Vondelpark or Oosterpark. Make sure you go to must-see museums like the Hermitage Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, and Rijksmuseum. The latter is Amsterdam’s largest museum and home to some of the world’s most important artworks, including seminal pieces by Rembrandt. Anne Frank House is another historical highlight, but get there early to beat the queues.

Looking for a cool bar or watering hole? Head to De Pijp, which means ‘the pipe’. One of the city’s hippest areas, you’ll find yourself mingling with Amsterdam’s coolest. More of a beer lover? Be sure to grab a cold one at the world-famous Heineken Brewery. For retail therapy, head to De Negen Straatjes (‘The Nine Little Streets’) and get lost wandering the brickwork lanes, designer boutiques, and vintage stores. Utrechtsestraat is another fun area to explore, and Albert Cuypmarkt is great for souvenirs and a chance to explore Dutch delicacies like cheese, stroopwafel, pickled herring, and poffertjes.

Other recommended attractions include a visit to the notorious Red Light District, the flower fields of Keukenhof Gardens, local cheese farms, windmills, and if time permits, visits to the fishing villages of Marken and Volendam.

Day-trips and explorations

You won’t regret making day trips around the country. Visit Delft for traditional Dutch blue pottery (Delftware), Rotterdam to marvel at the city’s interesting architecture (don’t miss the Cube Houses), and The Hague is only a 48min trip from Amsterdam Central Station. Utrecht and Maastricht are also recommended, and if you’re keen to go further, head over to Belgium and arrange for short tours of Antwerp and Brussels, or Ghent and Bruges.

Did you know?

An OV chip card will make getting around much easier. A stored-credit card that’s available at any station, kiosk, or supermarket, use it to pay for rides on buses, trams, trains, and the metro. And whilst there’s no separate OV chip card for tourists, you can easily opt for an ‘anonymous’ card and fill it up with credit at any service desk or machine at stations.

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