Netherlands

Country Facts

Tulips, bicycles, clogs, clubs, pubs, windmills, pot-smoking and red-light areas, are things you cannot miss in the Netherlands. Despite being the first country to legalise prostitution, same-sex marriage and decriminalise cannabis, Dutch culture is based on the straight-backed principles of Calvinism. This nation of philosophers and artists, boho chic and stately grandeur is dotted with castle walls and canals, dykes and dunes, marshland and fields of tulips. To get under Dutch skin read 'The Diary of Anne Frank', get into a trance listening to Tiesto and watch 'Stromenlied' or Song of the Rivers, by Joris Ivens.

  • Capital: Amsterdam
  • Official Languages: Dutch, Frisian
  • Government: Constitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Zone: +1:00 GMT (4 ½ hrs behind India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 0031

When To Go

Best time to visit: April to September (spring through summer). The average temperature in Netherlands is 9.6 °C. During the summer it tends to linger around 16-17°C, especially in July and August. The lowest monthly average is -1 °C in January and February.

What To Do

Most Dutch crops are tillage or greenhouse-based. Fruit agriculture, animal husbandry and fishery make up other produce. Horse was a popular traditional meat, but isn't so today. Dutch smoked eel and soused herring, which is eaten raw, are popular abroad.

What to eat and drink
  • Stamppot: Potatoes mashed with kale, endives or sauerkraut, served with smoked sausages or strips of pork
  • Vlaamse frites: Chips and mayo
  • Rookworst: Ground meat sausage with spices and salt
  • Boerenkool met rookworst: Mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage and eaten with smoked sausages
  • Waterzooi: Fish or chicken stew made with egg yolk and cream thickened vegetable broth
  • Kopstoot (head butt): The practise of drinking Jenever (gin) and chasing it with beer
Shopping

Colourful clogs, Delft blue pottery, Gouda, Edam and other cheeses, contemporary music CDs, chocolates, ashtrays, MC Escher's graphic art prints.

Packages

Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.

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