Cheap Flights to Netherlands

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Netherlands overview

Tulips, clogs, bicycles, Heineken, windmills, canals, Europe's best airport (Schiphol - no departure taxes!) and a progressive approach to life. Think that sums up the Netherlands? There's more, way more.

The Netherlands is one of the world's most densely populated countries. According to some estimates it has more bicycles than people! It's 300km from north to south and 200km from east to west.

Amsterdam is one of Europe's most charming capital cities. It's stuffed with museums (three of the most popular are the Maritime Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum), has a stunning artistic legacy (Vermeer, Rembrandt and Van Gogh), is criss-crossed by gently lapping canals and framed by centuries-old buildings. It's also the city with an infamous red light district and, historically, a tolerant approach to drugs.

Rotterdam is an important port city and a centre of art, design and fashion. Its impressive skyline has earned it the nickname: Manhattan on the Meuse.

The Hague is an international city. It's the seat of government and parliament and Queen Beatrix "rules" from there too. It hosts institutions of the United Nations such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. But there is lots for visitors to enjoy too. It has two show-stopping museums - Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis and the Gemeentemuseum - several galleries and historic buildings.

Netherlands climate

The Netherlands has, unsurprisingly, a maritime climate. Winters are mild (temperatures in January and February are about 5 degrees) and summers are warm (temperatures hover between 20 and 25 degrees in July and August). Rain falls year round but spring (February, March and April) is the driest season.

When to fly to Netherlands

Peak Season: 

The Northern Hemisphere summer is high season in the Netherlands when workers take time off and schools are on holidays. July and August are the busiest months. Watch out for April 30, Queen's Day, a huge celebration. 

Off Season: 

November, January and February are low-season months. 

Shoulder Seasons: 

April (depending on when Easter falls) and September (make sure you visit when schools are back in session) are shoulder-season months when rates are lower and flight prices more reasonable.

Getting around Netherlands

The Netherlands is a dream to get around. There's no need to rent a car or even take a taxi... The rail network is comprehensive and trains are fast and clean. Fast ferries and water taxis also link cities and towns around the country.

Perhaps the form of transport that's most synonymous with the Netherlands is the bicycle. There are more than 20,000 km of cycle paths and bikes can be rented cheaply from a myriad of places - train stations, hotels, hostels.

Netherlands insider information

  • While bicycles might be one of the most popular forms of exercise, it's not the only one. Sailing and swimming and other water sports are popular on the country's coastline and on the lakes, rivers and canals. 
  • The Wadden Sea lies between Den Helder in the Netherlands and Esbjerg in Denmark. Declared a World Heritage Site in 2009, there are about 50 islands, the first five are the Dutch Wadden Islands. Full of birdlife and wildlife, empty beaches and sand dunes and views that go on for miles and miles, Wad hopping is a fantastic experience. 
  • Football is a religion in the Netherlands. Where to support "oranje"? Try Heinekenplein, a square located behind the Heineken Experience in "Pijp" district. There are more bars and restaurants per square metre here than anywhere else in the Netherlands. Should the national team get to a semifinal or final of a big tournament, then Museumplein (Museum Square) in Amsterdam will probably put up a big screen. 
  • In Scheveningen you must sample a raw herring with chopped onions! It's a Dutch delicacy. You could also try kroketten (a deep-fried version of breaded ragout) and poffertjes (tiny pancakes) eaten hot with powdered sugar and lots of butter. 
  • Queen's Day is on the last day of April. Holland goes orange and events and celebrations are held throughout the country. 
  • Perhaps you'll spy the royal family at one of these palaces. Drakensteyn Castle is Queen Beatrix's former residence; it's close to Soestdijk Palace. Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima live in Villa Eikenhorst, Wassenaar. Huis ten Bosch is Queen Beatrix's residence in The Hague; Noordeinde Palace is the monarch's "working" palace. The Royal Palace is in the centre of Amsterdam and Palace Het Loo is a sumptuous 300-year-old palace near Apeldoorn.

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How much do things cost in Netherlands?

Amsterdam
Bottle of wine
R 86.60
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre)
R 34.74
Pair of Nike shoes
R 1415.90
Cappuccino
R 43.29
Rotterdam
Imported beer (0.33 litre)
R 43.30
Large bottle of water
R 14.80
One-way ticket (local transport)
R 45.66
Pack of Marlboro cigarettes
R 97.63
Eindhoven
A dozen eggs
R 29.13
Bottle of local beer (0.5 litre)
R 10.50
Bottle of beer (imported beer)
R 17.74
Loaf of white bread
R 17.62
Maastricht
Cheap meal
R 196.82
Local draught beer (0.5 litre)
R 66.13
Bottle of wine
R 78.73
1 bedroom apartment outside of centre
R 7603.07

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