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NetherlandsThe Netherlands, a small monarchy, is located in the Northwest of Europe on the Baltic Sea, between the North Sea, Belgium and Germany and is known for cheese, windmills, tulips. The country is over thousands of years old where Amsterdam is the biggest and most popular city and undoubtedly one of the world's greatest cities. The canals, outdoor cafes, museums, windmills, great nightlife, exciting outdoor activities make it a ‘never miss destination’ for travellers. The countrys' transportation system is one of the best in the world because of its tree lined canals, bridges, and waterway transportation make it like no other place in the world. Its museums, markets, side walk cafes, coffee houses and vibrance make it a thrilling visit – The country also houses the Van Gogh Museum and world famous artists. All in all its the best place for spending a great holidays.

Fact File
Official name : Kingdom of the Netherlands
Government : Constitutional monarchy
Nationality : Dutchman(men), Dutchwoman(women)
Ethnic groups : About 83% of the population are Dutch (Germanic and Gallo-Celtic stock); most of the rest are Indonesian, Surinamese, Moroccan, Turkish or Antillian.
Location : Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany

Continent :
Currency : Euro; 1 Euro = 52.443 Indian Rupee = 1.2047 US $ = 0.678141 GBP(subject to change)
Capital city : Amsterdam
Population : 16.25 million
Languages : Dutch, Frisian
Religion : Christian (52%) (Roman Catholic and Protestant), Muslim (5.3%). Fully 40% of the Dutch say they have no religious affiliation

Area : 41,526 sq km
Famous for : Designer boutiques and placemat designs
Maria Van Jesse ChurchMajor cities : Amsterdam; Rotterdam; The Hague; Utrecht; Eindhoven; Tilburg; Groningen.
Clothing : Summer : cotton, Winters : woolens. Rainwear is recommended throughout the season.
Major events : Elfstedentocht (Eleven Cities Race), Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) is on April 30 The Hague's North Sea Jazz Festival in July, Vierdaagse (Four Day March Zomerfeesten (Summer FestivalSinterklaas (Saint Nicholas Zwarte Pieten (Black Peters).
Things to Buy : diamonds, decorative tiles, wooden shoes, licorice, cheese, chocolate, and tulip bulbs
Things to do : shopping, sightseeing
Cuisine : Non Veg : meat, chicken, fish ; Veg : patata, national fast food, vegetables, dairy products and sweets; Beverage : Dutch gin (jenever) is sometimes drunk with a beer chaser; the combination is known as a kopstoot ('head butt')

Visa Permit
Tourists from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, USA and most of Europe only need a valid passport - no visa - for a stay of up to three months. EU nationals can enter for a stay of three months with just their national identity card or a passport expired less than five years ago. If one has a Schengen visa for one of the countries that is a member of the Schengen Agreement, it may be valid for the Netherlands also.

NetherlandsThe cultural life in The Netherlands is varied and lively. Dutch painting and crafts are world-famous, and Dutch painters are among the greatest the world has ever known. Indeed, the long-enduring tradition of Dutch freedom of expression has undoubtedly played a remarkable role in the flowering of Dutch culture through the ages.
Among the influential Dutch figures of that time were jurist Hugo Grotius, scientists Christiaan Huygens and Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, cartographers Willem Janszoon Blaeu and Jodocus Hondius, writers Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft and Joost van den Vondel, philosopher Baruch Spinoza, and numerous theologians. The Dutch artistic tradition continued to be vigorous in more recent centuries­producing famous and influential painters such as Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, and Karel Appel­and lives on today, particularly in Amsterdam, where artists from many countries work.

When to go
Hordes of tourists snap their way around the Netherlands in summer, but this is still the best time of year to sit picnicking by the canals. Spring is a good time to visit for daffodils and tulips. In winter the museums are quiet, and if everything freezes over, there's great ice skating on the canals and flood plains.

Mild, maritime climate where summers are generally warm with changeable periods but its never too hot. Winters can be fairly cold with the possibility of some snow. Rainfall is prevalent all year.

Getting There
By Air : The Netherlands has just one main international airport, Schiphol, about 10km southwest of Amsterdam.
By Trains : Amsterdam's Central Station has regular and efficient rail connections to all neighbouring countries, but the bus will always be cheaper unless you've got a Eurail pass or equivalent.
By Road : Long-distance Eurolines buses connect Amsterdam to most European cities, as well as to North Africa. Eurolines and Citysprint buses travel across the channel to Britain, usually through France (make sure you've got a visa if required).
By Sea : Most travellers go overland through Belgium and France to pick up a boat to England, but ferries also run between Hoek van Holland (Edge of Holland) and Harwich, UK; Europoort (near Rotterdam) and Hull, UK; IJmuiden (near Amsterdam) and Newcastle, UK; and IJmuiden and Kristiansand, Norway.

Getting around
AmsterdamBy Air : KLM Cityhopper (WA) operates between Amsterdam and Eindhoven. Transavia Airlines (HV) (part owned by KLM) also run scheduled flights. Martinair Holland (MP) operates passenger and cargo charter services.
By Sea : Ferry services go to the Wadden Islands, Ameland, Schiermonnikoog, Terschilling, Texel and Vlieland, across the Ijsselmeer (former Zuyder Sea) and Schelde Estuary. There is also a ferry service to the Frisian Islands across the Waddenzee.
Boat Tours runs excursions from Amsterdam, Arnhem, Delft, Giethoorn, Groningen, Maastricht, Rotterdam and Utrecht.
By Trains : The highly developed rail network is cheap and efficient, and connects all the towns. Both Intercity and local trains run at least half-hourly on the main routes. Rail and bus timetables are integrated, and there is a common fare structure throughout the country.
NV Nederlandse Spoorwegen is the state-owned rail company and operates all lines within the Netherlands.

Major attractions in Netherlands
Amsterdam, the capital city : Amsterdam is one of the finest cities in Europe as it is beautiful, modern, laid back, with lots to do and lots to see, with many pubs, excellent food from all over the world and friendly people. A visit to this splendid city gives a feeling as if the city is still placed in the 17th century. The center of Amsterdam has a lot of charming architecture dating from this period. Here the center of the city is shaped like a horseshoe, surrounded by four famous canals called the “Singel’, “Herengracht”, “Keizersgracht are lots of interesting small shops for browsing and bigger shopping centers in one of the passages for example in the old post office, which is right behind the central Dam Square on which one can find the Dam Palace. Amsterdam is famous for canals lined with beautiful town houses. It is a dream destination for experiencing marvellous holidays where one can enjoy the unique charm of the 17th century and the enigma of the present.”

Hoge Veluwe : Hoge Veluwe is the country's largest national park and owns the wonderful Kröller-Müller Museum. The park covers 5500 hectares (13,500 acres) and is an exciting mix of forests and woods, shifting sands and heath moors that provide a sense of isolation found nowhere else on the Dutch mainland. Red deer, wild boar and mouflon (a Mediterranean sheep) are found here. The Kröller-Müller Museum has 278 works by Van Gogh, as well as smaller collections of Picasso and Mondrian. Hoge Veluwe is accessible by bus from Arnhem. White bicycles are available free of charge once you're inside the park

Delta Region : The province of Zeeland falls in the Delta region. It was once a solitary place where isolated islands and medieval towns but after the 1953 flood, Zeeland was protected from the sea by the monumental Delta Project, but it's still a bit of a wild spot.

Other Attractions :
Red Light District
Wadden Islands