Netherlands

Holland which is actually a province of the Netherlands is located in Central Europe. The winters are severen with some chances of snowfall while the summers are cool here. The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch but English, German and French are also spoken of which English is widley spoken. In case of emergency one can call 112.


A tourist ship on a gracht in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Culture

For greeting someone a handshake is common here. Even tough you don’t have to tip here one should pay round figure in restaurants and taxis. When invited to someones house a humble gift should be taken. People are dressed informal on a daily basis but for special occasions people are expected to turn up in formals.

Shopping

A must buy in the Netherlands is Pottery of Deft, Workumg and Makkum also recomended are silverware from Schoonhoven, diamonds from Amsteram and crystals from Leerdam.


Amsterdam in the dusk

Site Seeing

A place one should visit is Apenheul Primate Park which is a home to more then thirty species of mammals but it remains closed during winters. The larges and oldest park of Holland is De Hoge Veluwe where bicycles can be used to explore the 5,500 hectares of the park. Paleis Het Loo is a pompous Palace surrounded by gardens and remains open year round except on public holidays.

Electricity

The Voltage is 230 V and the frequency 50 Hz.

Travel

KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines is the national airline that operates in the Netherlands. It connects Holland with nearly all the major cities of Europe, North America and Asia. The Schipol airpot in Amsterdam is the hub for many international and local flights and it is located only 15 km away from the city and it takes 20 minutes to reach it by train. KLM is providing bus service every 15-30 minutes which takes passengers to some of the common hotels of the city. To reach destination public buses can be availed, too and there is a train connection between Amsterdam’s Central Station and Zuid Station. Taxis can also take tourists to almost any location. Other facilitys provided are duty free shops, banks, showers, business center, baby rooms, and car hire.

Other airports are Rotterdam airport and Eindhoven airport which are 8 km away from the city. Trains and buses are operating every 15 minutes to transport passengers to their hotels. Facilities such as duty free shops, eateries, car rental and internet can be availed at these airports. No departure tax is implemented on passengers at any of these airports.

The main sea ports of the Netherlands are Hook of Holland, Vlissingen and Rotteradm. Stena Line, P&O ferries and DFDS seaways provide ferry service to get to Holland.


Windmills have a strong connection to Holland

If traveling by railway, Eurostar provides the best service and connects to all the major cities of Europe and it also provides high grade services. One can also use the Inter-Rail pass to avail unlimited second class train traveling within 29 European countries.

A great road network connects Holland to most major cities in Europe. The Roads are well maintained and signs are posted every where for save driving. The speedlimit is 120kph on highways. Car dealing agents like Avis, Europcar and Budget are opting for car-rental.

Duty Free Items

The following items can be carried without customs duty being levied on them:
1. 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g of tobacco
2. 50g of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette
3. 1liter of liquor or 2liter of sparkling wine or liquor wines and 2liter of non-sparkling wine
4. 100g of tea or 40g of tea extract
5. 500g of coffee or 200g of coffee extract