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The Netherlands is a remarkable place, stunning in both its scenic beauty and culture. Considered in many ways the gateway between Scandinavia and the rest of Europe, the Netherlands (also called Holland) retains culture from both "halves" of Europe, making it truly one of a kind.

Its capital city, Amsterdam, has a reputation for being unique in its own right. The laws in Amsterdam regarding drug usage reflects its laid-back culture, where there is a certain "to each his own" quality, and the city is among the most beautiful in Europe.




The Hague



Amsterdam Canals

Red Light District



Windmills of Kinderdijk

Anne Frank Museum

Van Gogh Museum


With affordable flights from the US, minimal culture shock, almost no language barrier, and a well-organized tourist trade, the Netherlands is a good place to start a European trip. Virtually every city I mention is within an hour (or so) train ride from centrally located Amsterdam. The best home-base cities are Amsterdam, Haarlem, and Delft.

Depending on the length of your trip, and taking geographic proximity into account, here are my recommended priorities:

3 days: Amsterdam

5 days, add: Delft

7 days, add: Haarlem and Rotterdam

9 days, add: Alkmaar or Edam/Waterland

11 days, add: Arnhem, Utrecht, or The Hague

Essential Information

Language: Dutch, however nearly everyone in Holland speaks multiple languages. In major cities, in isn't uncommon for locals to speak four or more languages, and English is a given.

Currency: Euro (EUR). EUR is currently 0.93 for 1 USD.

Power Adapter: In the Netherlands (Holland) the power sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Crime & Safety: Holland is very low in crime, and should be traveled to with only the normal precautions one would take traveling anywhere in regard to carrying a money belt and preventing against pick-pocketing.

Emergency Number: 112

Read more about The Netherlands!

Where To Stay In Amsterdam

By Justin & Tracy | October 9, 2018 | 3 Comments

So, you’re heading to The Netherlands for the first time and wondering where to stay in Amsterdam? Holland’s capital of Amsterdam is separated into 7 districts, called stadsdelen by locals, which are further sub-divided into smaller neighborhoods. Understanding the basic structure, what’s in these larger stadsdelen, and where the best areas are to stay, will help you find the perfect place to stay in Amsterdam!… Read More

11 Free Things To Do In Amsterdam

By Justin | June 12, 2017 | 2 Comments

Amsterdam is a city in which you can seemingly do anything. Internationally known for coffee shops and relaxed laws on substance use, Amsterdam is much more than simply a place to party and features some of the most beautiful parks in Europe. Though traveling to Amsterdam on a budget can be difficult, in a city so scenic there are bound to be ways to… Read More

Review: Amsterdam’s A-Train Hotel

By Justin & Tracy | April 7, 2017 | 4 Comments

No matter where we travel, we look for the same three things in the hotel where we stay – location, affordability and security. We’re far from high-brow, mind you, as what we’re really seeking is a trust-worthy location that allows us to enjoy the area in which we’re traveling. Sometimes, however, we get surprised by the small, boutique establishments where we call home during… Read More

The Unexpected Amsterdam

By Justin & Tracy | January 30, 2017 | 2 Comments

Amsterdam is ubiquitous. Everyone knows about the beautiful canals, the museums and, of course, the relaxed laws regarding what some would consider unscrupulous behavior. It’s a longed-for destination, a symbol of the devil-may-care within us all that might look for the taboo. To even say you’ve been to Amsterdam is met with an almost child-like joie-de-vivre, a look of a coy knowing what everyone… Read More