It is a country with historic gems, in terms of its architecture, well defined 17th century canal navigation, a major attraction, alongside beautiful and colourful countrywide natural scenic views.
The country offers discretion in terms of experience, when it comes to its city life and scenic beauty, with variety in flowers, giving it a more colourful touch.
Amsterdam, the famous city when it comes to Netherlands, is known for its red light streets, coffee shops, windmills and tulips. It has over 100 canals, with numerous bridges over, an excellent example of water navigation, also a major means of transportation, connecting to gobs of places.
Though compact, Netherlands is a country filled with exploration opportunities, with more cycles and bikes compared to people.
The flower parade in Zundert is another side to the country, which is colourful and quirky. Further options include, surfing at Scheveningen beach in Den Haag or having coffee, snacks and cheese at authentic cheese market in Woerden, provides variety in experiences, exclusive to the country.
Best season to visit Netherlands is from April to August, if you wish to experience the spring season in the country, with flowers blossomed all around. Another time to visit is from mid-December to early January, during the Christmas season, to try ice-skating and parades.
Visit this compact country for its charming destinations and historic contemporary art, architecture, artifacts and World War II Memorial.
Accommodation – You can stay in Amsterdam, country’s capital, from where you’ll be able to easily get around the country. There are day trip from Amsterdam to Haarlem, Utrect, Gouda and The Hauge.
Rotterdam, known for its contemporary art and architecture, will take you around a day to reach from Amsterdam. It is a place worth spending few days to explore the spots and places situated close by, like Breda, Tilburg and De Biesbosch and Drunen National Parks.
If you’re looking to stay in a clean, safe and affordable place to rest every night, without much facility, you can opt to live in hostels. There are many hostels, across Netherlands, whether in cities, small towns, houseboats and even in windmills. However, hostels here are fairly expensive, compared to many other popular countries of the world, pricing at $30 for a bed in Amsterdam and $20 in other areas, on an approximate basis. With private rooms in hostels, you’re expected to shed around, $90 in Amsterdam and lower there on in other areas.
AirBnb provides private room options, starting at $50 a night.
Shifting focus from hostels to hotels, more comfortable and convenient accommodation would cost you around $105 per night and upwards.
Food – There are multiple food options travelling this country, however, it’s a bit pricey.
You can cut down on food by cooking your meals compared to eating outside. Many hostels provide access to their shared kitchens. Even AirBnb, you’re likely to be able to use kitchen to cook your meals. The local market is full of fresh vegetables, fish and fruits, letting you stock-up and spend less compared to eating at restaurants.
If you’re staying in hotels, you’ve deals, wherein you can add free breakfast and/or lunch/dinner along with accommodation. If you haven’t booked your breakfast, you’ve breakfast buffet majority of the hotels, ranging around $15 to $25.
Keep an eye on your drinks as alcohol is a budget booster.
In general, you should expect to spend following (per person & meal):
Transportation – The country is extensively connected through trains, with 400 odd train stations, connecting major parts of the country.
Train fare in between some cities, include:
If you’re willing to drive around the country, by renting a car, you must re-consider, as it’s not just expensive renting, but, also parking is high. Navigating through the streets, which are usually filled with bicycles, trams and pedestrians, can be tiring and stressful.
If you’re on tight budget, flying within the country should be avoided.
Suggested daily budget –
Netherlands is slightly on the higher side of budget, but can be done within stipulated budget, but, it requires certain amount of creativity and energy. Amsterdam slightly expensive as compared to other parts of Netherlands is for people with budget that is mid-range to slightly higher.
On an average, you’re expected daily budget could be $130 per person & day and can be further broken down as: