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Make note that although the name “Holland” is used commonly in everyday language, the country is strictly called The Netherlands and internationally recognized as such.

Did you know that Amsterdam has more canals to explore than Venice? Or that the art museums throughout the nation have as many of the world’s masters in them as anywhere else in the world? The old towns of the Netherlands offer visitors the quiet and quaint experiences of medieval Europe, so make sure to bring your bike or rent one locally because there is no better country in the world today to explore no matter what city you choose to make your base of operations.

There are many beautiful open lands that have been protected, so outdoor adventure is just a stone’s throw away from virtually anywhere within the country. One of the best options is Hoge Veluwe National Park, where you can lose yourself in an endless swath of evergreens and wildlife. Marshes, forests, and even sand dunes are plentiful here, just waiting for you and your camera.

The Romans even made it up to the Netherlands once upon a time, creating unique underground forts that are always worth a visit. Every generation that has ever called this nation home has left their mark somewhere in the Netherlands and this means there is always a chance to find a perfect moment. You can choose to explore 2,000+ years of history, take a moment to enjoy a cocktail, or just savor the friendliness of a brown cafe. You could always come for the tulips and the windmills, but the Netherlands is so much more than these two famous options for visitors to enjoy.

Though a small country, the Netherlands have historically made huge contributions to fine art, especially painting, and international commerce. The country is remarkable for its beautiful tulip fields, picturesque windmills, and the impressive canal systems of its cities, many of which are below sea level. The Netherlands are known for the beauty of their landscapes, historic cities, and the relaxed and liberal atmosphere of the country. It’s also easy to get around as an English speaker, since most of the population speaks English well.

Rotterdam is a fantastic, modern city with amazing nightlife and a booming art and music scene. Europe’s largest port city is a great place to mingle with locals and see the latest trends in Dutch and Western European art and music. The Hague is the judicial capital of Europe, home to the International Criminal Court and over 150 other international organizations. The cosmopolitan atmosphere is complimented by modern architecture and an abundance of parks and green spaces. Utrecht has beautiful medieval architecture, an old naval fort, and museums catering to all interests.

The history buff, or the couple looking for a romantic vacation in a medieval city, will benefit from a trip to Utrecht or Maastricht. Both cities date from the medieval period and have some of the oldest standing structures in the Netherlands. Utrecht also has a museum for practically every interest. While the city has its share of traditional, fine art museums, visitors will be amazed at the breadth of museums to choose from; the city has everything from Aboriginal Art, to a railway museum, and an entire museum dedicated to cuckoo clocks!

The Hague is a beautiful, green city that can be a nice alternative to Amsterdam or Rotterdam for those looking for something a little cozier, or who want to be as close as possible to the tulip fields in the center of the country. Rotterdam has a wealth of modern buildings designed by famous architects. It’s a young, vibrant city with a thriving bar and club scene, lots of live music, great shopping and a very international ambiance which makes tourist and outsiders feel welcome.

Amsterdam itself has an endless list of attractions for visitors, from restaurants to famous museums and historical sites. Just a few of the latter include Rembrandt’s house, the Van Gogh museum (where you can see the famous starry night in person), Anne Frank’s house, the Rijksmuseum, Nation History Museum, the photography museum, and the NEMO science center, to name just a handful. Amsterdam is also a stop on the circuit for most major touring art exhibitions, with new attractions arriving at different museums every week. After a hard day of museum visits, tourists in Amsterdam can head to the Heineken brewery for a beer and a tour, then head to one of Amsterdam’s many fine restaurants. Whatever type of cuisine you are craving, Amsterdam has it. Want to take a load off? Why not go to one of Amsterdam’s 12 art-house cinemas to watch a classic film on the big screen?

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Alkmaar

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Almere

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Amersfoort

#Amersfoort Visit Amersfoort Amersfoort with about 150.000 inhabitants is a city in the province of Utrecht. Amersfoort is one of the largest Dutch railway junctions on two...

Amsterdam, Capital of Netherlands

#Amsterdam Visit Amsterdam For many, Amsterdam is the ultimate location to explore the inner soul. Part of this is because of the reputation that this city...

Arnhem

#Arnhem Visit Arnhem Arnhem is a community that has its roots in history. A dozen grave mounds were once discovered that date back to at least...

Assen

#Assen Visit Assen Assen with 68.000 inhabitants lies in the northeastern Netherlands and is the capital of the province of Drenthe. Assen is known for one of...

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Local currency in Netherlands, Euro

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Weather and forecast

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Largest cities

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RankNamePop.
1Amsterdam825,080
2Rotterdam625,472
3The Hague515,076
4Utrecht335,089
5Eindhoven223,876
6Tilburg211,726
7Groningen200,210
8Almere197,318
9Breda181,775
10Nijmegen170,943
11Enschede158,308
12Apeldoorn158,226
13Haarlem157,058
14Amersfoort152,752
15Arnhem152,506
16Zaanstad151,495
17's-Hertogenbosch150,954
18Haarlemmermeer144,090
19Zoetermeer124,089
20Zwolle124,032

Official National Holidays

Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.

DateEnglishDutch
1 JanuaryNew Year's DayNieuwjaarsdag
VariableEasterPasen
27 AprilKing's DayKoningsdag
5 MayLiberation DayBevrijdingsdag
VariableAscension DayHemelvaartsdag
VariablePentecostPinksteren
25 DecemberChristmasKerstmis
26 DecemberChristmasKerstmis

Best of Netherlands

When you think of the Netherlands, there’s a good chance that you’re thinking about Amsterdam. To be fair, Amsterdam is rightfully a top choice for the first stop on any trip to this beautiful country.

There is also much more to see here than the capital city. The Netherlands is a nation that is bursting at the seams with charm, hospitality, and culture. Every destination here is a quick day trip to enjoy.

Here is the best of the Netherlands you can discover on your next holiday.

Delft

If you love blue pottery, then you must take the time to visit this Renaissance town. Be sure to visit the Vermeer Center Museum during your stay as well, with some of his most famous works on display.

Haarlem

The same appeal that Amsterdam offers can be found in this small city. There are fewer crowds here, which mean you have more time to explore at a pace which suits you. Think narrow streets, brick homes, and murals everywhere. Visit Jopenkerk during your stay, which is a brewery built into a 14th century cathedral.

Kinderdijk

The Netherlands brings forth images of blooming flowers and iconic windmills. Visit here and you’ll be able to see 19 of these monumental windmills in action. The network of windmills had a job that was simple: to keep the soil dry to prevent flooding in the region. It has been a world heritage site since 1997.

Rotterdam

Modernism is what springs to mind when thinking about this fantastic city. The beautiful cube houses are a wonderful site to behold. Some are even available as a short-term rental during the year. Be sure to visit the Market Hall and the Erasmus Bridge as you tour the city as well.

Thorn

This small community is located near the Belgian border. The streets are still paved with cobblestone here. The homes and businesses are beautifully whitewashed. In the center of town, there is a stunning 10th century church to find.

Zaanse Schans

You’ll find another collection of traditional homes and windmills when you make a stop here. You can also find yourself tracing a path through Dutch history as you explore. Even if you’re just passing through, a stop at the local cheese factory will be a rewarding experience.

Wadden Sea

This is another one of the Netherlands’ world heritage sites that you won’t want to miss. These wetlands are the largest system of sand and mud flats of its type in the world. More than 50 islands make up this region, as do dozens of marine wildlife species. You’ll find harbor seals, harbor porpoises, and many other animals as you wander the beaches.

The best of the Netherlands takes you from shore to sea, allowing you to explore in a way that suits you best. Find a way to relax, let time begin to slow down, and you will rediscover your happiness when you make this country your destination of choice.

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Netherlands Covid-19 / Coronavirus

Netherlands
1,991,628
Total confirmed cases
Updated on
Netherlands
68,032
Total active cases
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Country/Region
Confirmed cases
Deaths
Active cases
Afghanistan
155,019
7,198
24,294
Albania
165,864
2,609
12,257
Algeria
202,283
5,748
58,034
Andorra
15,156
130
64
Angola
53,840
1,460
5,701
Anguilla
350
1
16
Antigua and Barbuda
2,815
63
1,015
Argentina
5,246,998
114,772
26,974
Armenia
256,554
5,216
12,811
Aruba
15,351
160
264
Australia
93,942
1,208
21,126
Austria
732,157
10,953
21,074
Azerbaijan
477,587
6,394
27,140
Bahamas
20,288
512
1,764
Bahrain
274,614
1,389
754
Bangladesh
1,548,320
27,337
13,194
Barbados
7,065
63
896
Belarus
524,248
4,054
11,258
Belgium
1,231,523
25,543
62,902
Belize
19,429
399
1,821
Benin
21,450
146
4,010
Bermuda
4,800
45
1,547
Bhutan
2,599
3
3
Bolivia
498,331
18,688
24,575
Bosnia
230,212
10,379
27,615
Botswana
176,427
2,360
2,016
Brazil
21,308,178
593,018
395,640
British Virgin Islands
2,642
37
50
Brunei
5,960
33
1,905
Bulgaria
489,423
20,350
41,752
Burkina Faso
14,092
178
136
Burundi
16,356
38
15,545
Cabo Verde
37,290
333
738
Cambodia
107,441
2,197
5,616
Cameroon
85,414
1,368
3,613
Canada
1,594,200
27,581
44,974
Caribbean Netherlands
1,998
18
69
Cayman Islands
791
2
54
Central African Republic
11,340
100
4,381
Chad
5,031
174
12
Channel Islands
11,427
97
334
Chile
1,649,409
37,410
6,431
China
95,948
4,636
1,009
Colombia
4,946,811
126,032
34,292
Comoros
4,112
147
12
Congo
14,014
191
1,402
Costa Rica
518,632
6,168
94,119
Croatia
397,761
8,566
8,517
Cuba
832,286
7,048
39,434
Curaçao
16,254
158
491
Cyprus
117,759
551
26,453
Czechia
1,688,457
30,451
6,194
Côte d'Ivoire
59,558
586
1,861
DRC
56,463
1,068
24,537
Denmark
355,944
2,638
4,783
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
12,253
162
253
Dominica
3,197
13
545
Dominican Republic
356,321
4,031
4,779
Ecuador
507,020
32,666
30,474
Egypt
299,710
17,074
30,165
El Salvador
102,024
3,164
13,879
Equatorial Guinea
11,806
142
1,439
Eritrea
6,680
41
14
Estonia
152,429
1,343
9,639
Ethiopia
338,306
5,291
27,792
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
67
0
4
Faroe Islands
1,086
2
49
Fiji
50,447
583
13,404
Finland
138,578
1,062
91,516
France
6,977,722
116,371
151,680
French Guiana
39,491
253
29,243
French Polynesia
40,178
608
6,070
Gabon
28,726
178
2,105
Gambia
9,911
335
28
Georgia
603,763
8,749
22,661
Germany
4,185,633
93,847
148,586
Ghana
126,146
1,139
4,015
Gibraltar
5,497
97
70
Greece
641,022
14,606
27,153
Greenland
541
0
154
Grenada
4,638
98
2,134
Guadeloupe
53,140
690
50,200
Guatemala
542,024
13,241
34,413
Guinea
30,318
376
1,306
Guinea-Bissau
6,094
133
691
Guyana
30,444
744
3,852
Haiti
21,486
607
1,595
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
0
Honduras
362,281
9,661
243,788
Hong Kong
12,177
213
76
Hungary
820,078
30,151
8,133
Iceland
11,594
33
346
India
33,594,803
446,399
300,131
Indonesia
4,204,116
141,258
45,803
Iran
5,493,591
118,508
502,218
Iraq
1,987,352
21,993
82,763
Ireland
380,720
5,209
41,487
Isle of Man
7,300
51
459
Israel
1,254,351
7,611
66,337
Italy
4,649,906
130,551
105,083
Jamaica
81,394
1,809
28,041
Japan
1,687,422
17,375
49,723
Jordan
817,487
10,645
12,273
Kazakhstan
872,596
10,953
56,297
Kenya
247,675
5,045
3,746
Kuwait
411,358
2,443
691
Kyrgyzstan
178,123
2,597
2,869
Lao People's Democratic Republic
21,080
16
15,496
Latvia
153,403
2,675
7,434
Lebanon
620,552
8,260
26,623
Lesotho
14,395
403
7,162
Liberia
5,915
283
174
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
335,991
4,588
77,879
Liechtenstein
3,439
60
43
Lithuania
322,720
4,885
20,739
Luxembourg
77,688
835
1,169
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
63
0
0
Macedonia
188,635
6,539
12,150
Madagascar
42,898
958
618
Malawi
61,453
2,269
5,657
Malaysia
2,156,678
24,681
198,284
Maldives
84,103
229
1,666
Mali
15,123
547
333
Malta
37,061
457
867
Marshall Islands
4
0
0
Martinique
40,545
582
39,859
Mauritania
35,717
768
917
Mauritius
14,863
60
12,949
Mayotte
20,205
177
17,064
Mexico
3,608,976
274,139
373,474
Micronesia
1
0
0
Moldova
286,536
6,649
9,247
Monaco
3,300
33
33
Mongolia
289,929
1,171
10,386
Montenegro
128,377
1,879
8,101
Montserrat
33
1
2
Morocco
925,507
14,076
18,159
Mozambique
150,370
1,907
2,308
Myanmar
453,407
17,343
29,889
Namibia
127,071
3,488
1,044
Nepal
789,872
11,081
20,287
Netherlands
1,991,628
18,144
68,032
New Caledonia
5,805
62
5,685
New Zealand
4,144
27
256
Nicaragua
13,730
203
9,302
Niger
5,973
201
55
Nigeria
203,514
2,668
8,904
Norway
185,330
850
95,528
Oman
303,551
4,093
4,290
Pakistan
1,234,828
27,482
60,952
Palau
5
0
1
Palestine
392,452
3,980
29,766
Panama
465,471
7,192
3,558
Papua New Guinea
19,278
225
799
Paraguay
459,751
16,139
1,237
Peru
2,170,475
199,156
1,971,319
Philippines
2,453,328
37,405
175,324
Poland
2,901,674
75,551
165,685
Portugal
1,064,876
17,938
32,166
Qatar
236,016
604
1,511
Romania
1,172,981
35,964
46,637
Russia
7,376,374
202,273
599,493
Rwanda
96,337
1,233
49,660
Réunion
53,241
363
868
S. Korea
295,132
2,434
28,206
Saint Helena
2
0
0
Saint Kitts and Nevis
1,762
10
782
Saint Lucia
10,961
181
2,181
Saint Martin
3,646
47
2,200
Saint Pierre Miquelon
31
0
0
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
3,158
17
777
Samoa
3
0
0
San Marino
5,419
90
60
Sao Tome and Principe
3,217
47
534
Saudi Arabia
546,792
8,684
2,325
Senegal
73,706
1,853
885
Serbia
893,023
7,926
116,059
Seychelles
21,257
115
485
Sierra Leone
6,393
121
1,895
Singapore
82,860
70
10,379
Sint Maarten
4,178
61
165
Slovakia
406,760
12,594
8,999
Slovenia
288,219
4,526
13,686
Solomon Islands
20
0
0
Somalia
19,583
1,099
9,139
South Africa
2,892,081
86,655
52,092
South Sudan
11,899
128
396
Spain
4,943,855
86,185
157,370
Sri Lanka
510,040
12,448
45,850
St. Barth
1,548
2
1,084
Sudan
38,182
2,894
3,250
Suriname
39,140
828
11,474
Swaziland
45,633
1,209
838
Sweden
1,148,641
14,772
28,020
Switzerland
831,880
11,043
69,854
Syrian Arab Republic
31,741
2,172
6,271
Taiwan
16,176
841
163
Tajikistan
17,084
124
0
Tanzania
1,367
50
1,134
Thailand
1,537,310
16,016
127,392
Timor-Leste
19,308
111
1,108
Togo
24,986
216
3,287
Trinidad and Tobago
49,442
1,437
4,209
Tunisia
703,059
24,676
6,517
Turkey
6,960,297
62,524
465,030
Turks and Caicos Islands
2,824
22
101
UAE
733,972
2,083
5,854
UK
7,565,867
135,803
1,325,246
USA
43,532,306
702,978
9,795,803
Uganda
122,591
3,137
23,497
Ukraine
2,379,483
55,424
83,671
Uruguay
388,191
6,049
1,523
Uzbekistan
171,080
1,212
4,586
Vanuatu
4
1
0
Venezuela
359,633
4,363
12,202
Vietnam
728,435
18,017
216,930
Wallis and Futuna
445
7
0
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
8,830
1,664
1,710
Zambia
208,715
3,641
632
Zimbabwe
129,134
4,600
2,693
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