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Holidays to the Netherlands

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Destination Bordered by Belgium, Germany and the North Sea, The Netherlands is a great destination for your next holiday abroad and whatever you fancy doing, you’ll find a little bit of everything across a range of twelve gorgeous provinces. Renowned for its wooden clogs, tulips and windmills, The Netherlands is simply breath taking – not to mention a great place to explore either on foot or by bike since the land is so flat. We can almost hear you singing “Tulips from Amsterdam” from your pedal bike already … But, before you get overexcited and start booking, let’s take a look at some of the different regions on offer. Because Holland is relatively small, it’s fairly easy to get around (although we strongly suggest you either hire a car or make use of the fabulous transport links, since it might take a while on your bike!). Considered to be one of the most exciting cities in the world, Amsterdam is an absolute ‘must see’ whilst you’re in the area and from here you can travel virtually anywhere without too much fuss or the kids sighing “are we there yet?!”. With its cobbled streets and bar lined canals, Amsterdam has a bit of everything – from Rembrandt to the red light district (and plenty in between!). Whatever you do, make sure you take some time to amble around the quirky little squares and soak up the vibrant atmosphere in one of the many bars and restaurants you’ll find dotted around the city. The whole place really comes alive at night so if you’re looking for a bit of party action you certainly won’t be disappointed – just mind those canals on your way home – you don’t want to be making a splash for all the wrong reasons!

Another great place to visit is the city of Rotterdam – a modern port looking out to the North Sea. It tends to be quite vibrant and upbeat 24/7 yet still has plenty of museums and galleries to casually browse around – not to mention several original windmills. Now you don’t get that in Manchester! If it’s art and culture you’re looking for then the Plein, the Binnenhof, the Mauritshuis and the Statenkwartier areas of The Hague are also ones to look for. The Hague is a beautiful and historic city filled with jaw-dropping architecture and some fabulous art. In fact, it’s so stunning even the Dutch government and Royal family are based here, so it certainly gives you an idea as to what you might expect!
For Singles

When: It doesn’t really matter when you travel to The Netherlands as there’s no great variant in the weather and cities will always be busy whether it’s the school holidays or not.

Where: You’ve got a great range of places to visit in The Netherlands so it really depends on what you fancy. If it’s art and culture you’re after then why not head for one of the famous museums such as the Van Gogh, the Amsterdam Museum or the Anne Frank? Otherwise, you might want to get on your bike and soak up some of the many flower fields you’ll find dotted across the region. For something a little coastal, try the Wadden area – or some of the picturesque villages such as Broek-in-Waterl

Why: If you’re looking to travel solo, then rest assured that the Dutch are a real friendly bunch of people with a distinctive sense of humour! If you want a bit of peace and quiet on your own, that’s fine – but you’ll never be far from a friendly face either.

For Groups

When: The only thing you need to worry about is getting everyone’s diaries co-ordinated since there’s no such thing as a bad time to visit. Just remember to pack your brollies as you can expect a few light showers all year round.

Where: For something a bit different why not round your mates up for a few games of golf on one of the many fantastic courses over here? You’ll find a great selection of driving ranges to practice on before teeing off in style – just mind you don’t hit those gorgeous flower heads along the way. If you’re looking for a more raucous kind of catch up, then either head for Amsterdam or perhaps take a tour of one of the many breweries you’ll find scattered around. Most end with a taster session so

Why: Because you never need an excuse to get together with your mates. It’s easy to go months without a proper catch up so get yourselves moving and head for The Netherlands.

For Couples

When: Why not try a city break in The Netherlands for Valentine’s – or maybe even an Easter break, instead of scoffing all the Easter eggs back home (It’s better for the waist line too!).

Where: For her The Netherlands has no shortage of shopping opportunities so you’re guaranteed to keep her happy with a bit of retail therapy! For him you’ll find loads of breweries and locally produced beers such a Heineken and Amstel – so once you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, he can’t really complain! We don’t want any arguments after all. Wherever you decide to venture, you’ll also find some superb gastronomic restaurants where you can enjoy a candlelit evening meal and perhaps a

Why: The Netherlands is such a romantic place to visit. Whether you choose to walk hand-in-hand through a gorgeous flower filled field or simply amble round one of the many cities you’ll be feeling loved up in no time.

For Families

When: No one wants a duel with the Headmaster, so you’ll need to aim for the school holidays! Visit at Easter and you’ll catch all the flowers in bloom but head over during the summer and you’ll find the weather’s a little warmer, making it a great time to do some sightseeing.

Where: The Netherlands has loads of different theme parks, such as the Efteling and the Adventurepark Hellendoorn where you can easily spend more than a day enjoying some great rides. There are also quite a few zoos – not to mention Madam Tussands Amsterdam which replicates the one in London and is really popular with tourists. Put simply – they won’t want to go back to school!

Why: The Netherlands is a great place to visit as a family. Not only is it really friendly but you’ll find some great attractions too!

Weather As Holland has a long North Sea coast, you can expect a typical marine climate which tends to take the edge off really hot summers (great if you’re busy sightseeing!) – but don’t worry, you’ll still get plenty of sunny days too. That said, as you’re so close to the sea you can also expect a few light showers whatever time of year you visit, so don’t forget to the pack the brolly. There’s a fair chance you might need it at some point!
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