Best Places for Backpackers in Netherlands.

Enjoy backpacking around Netherlands without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Netherlands.

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Top 50 hostels in Netherlands.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Netherlands.

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Herberg De Helleborus

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Herberg De Helleborus

A hidden treasure just out of the City of Groningen is 'Herberg De Helleborus'. Located in the little village of Engelbert. We are a centre for permaculture, are creating a mini-camping and have a food forest. At the moment our dorm room in the house is open. Our little forest has lots of ani...
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Sharm Hotel

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Sharm Hotel

Sharm Hotel is a very friendly budget hotel in the very heart of Amsterdam, located right behind the famous DAM square and opposite Anne Frank's house, surrounded by beautiful canals it is the superb place to be. The small hotel is located in a historic 17th century gallery building. In 2012 the...
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Stayokay Heeg

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Stayokay Heeg

Stayokay Heeg is situated on a former island on the edge of Heegermeer, the largest lake in Friesland. The hostel has its own ANWB-certified sailing school, It Beaken, as well as a harbor with authentic Frisian tjotter flatboats. Its the perfect spot to learn how to sail, rent a boat to sail yo...
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The Black Sheep

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The Black Sheep

Giethoorn's only hostel The Black Sheep offers budget accommodation with free breakfast, heaps of charm and a prime location. This renovated thatched-roof farmhouse from 1888 is located in one of the most central and picturesque locations Giethoorn has to offer, making it an attractive starting poin...
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Antonia Houseboat

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Antonia Houseboat

About 1,5 km from the Central Station at a a quiet green street in the centre of the city we have a house boat with 2 rooms each with a double bed and linen. Each room has a TV and a radio/cd player. Shared shower and toilet. The two rooms share a kitchen with a gas cooker, microwave, refrigerator...
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Pension De Laurier

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Pension De Laurier

In the heart of the Jordaan, one of the finest places of Amsterdam, you can find Pension De Laurier. It is located in a monumental building on the ground floor with its own entrance Within walking distance there are a lot of attractions like the Anne Frank House, Palace on the Dam, Madame Tussaud...
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Stayokay Dordrecht - Nationaal Park De Biesbosch

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Stayokay Dordrecht - Nationaal Park De Biesbosch

Stayokay Dordrecht will now get you closer to nature than ever. What can you expect? Brand-spanking new rooms with lots of privacy and opportunity to enjoy some relaxation. Our lounge is also the perfect place to take a break and just chill out. The new decor will make you feel like you're in the m...
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Anna houseboat

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Anna houseboat

Anna houseboat is a large converted cargo ship from 1907. Moored in a unique spot in downtown Amsterdam. Recently upgraded to modern standards, but still looking classic, with lots of original features. Overlooking the old Harbour with its ships in all shapes and sizes. Come, and enjoy the...
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MPS Waterland Amsterdam

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MPS Waterland Amsterdam

Staying on a houseboat, moored in the centre of Amsterdam ! Only 10 minutes walk from central station. A quiet place to sleep but close to Nieuwmarkt, Waterloo-fleamarket, Nemo, Hortus, etc. The free and easy atmosphere aboard makes you feel at home. Fine breakfast in all varieties prepared by t...
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CityHub Amsterdam

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CityHub Amsterdam

CityHub is a brand new type of hotel. We love hostels because of their communal feel and hotels because of their privacy. At CityHub, we combined the two: more than enough ways to mingle and your very own, private cabin. We call those cabins Hubs. Each Hub has a giant, double bed, wifi, app-controll...
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Alibi Hostel Leeuwarden

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Alibi Hostel Leeuwarden

After years of planning, dreaming and organizing Alibi Hostel, the first and only Hostel in Leeuwarden, is now already open for half a year! Alibi Hostel is located in one of the most exciting and unique locations Leeuwarden has to offer: former prison building ‘the Blokhuispoort’. For weeks we’ve b...
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Intersail

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Intersail

Magical Amsterdam! Our floating hostel 'Christina' offers Bed & Breakfast Our 'bostel' is Low budget with small rooms but high service And our boat is located near the Prins Hendrikkade: Oosterdok! We are within a few minutes walk from Amsterdam Central, the Dam, the Newmarket and the Rem...
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Garden View Bed and Breakfast

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Garden View Bed and Breakfast

Save money: Free Mini-bar! Free WiFi! Free demi bouteille wine with 4 nights! Free slippers! Free snacks! Free coffee & teas! Generous breakfasts served in the room! Brunch on Sunday with a booking of 4 nights. Garden View is a Private Residence Bed and Breakfast in the British tradition. Co...
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Stayokay Egmond

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Stayokay Egmond

Stayokay Egmond is situated in the middle of the bulb fields, close to the shore. A great starting point for a wide variety of activities. Long walks along the beach, bicycle trips through the beautiful North Holland Dune Reserve or visits to interesting cities including Alkmaar and Amsterdam. Fr...
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The Cabin Amsterdam

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The Cabin Amsterdam

The Cabin Amsterdam will certainly charm you with its unique atmosphere. The boat interior is designed to be typically Dutch, rustic yet comfortable: wooden tables in the common area, benches covered with soft blue cushions and yellow pillows. Decorations through the boat are the result of the work...
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Sparks Hostel

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Sparks Hostel

Being right in front of Rotterdam Central Station, you can’t have a better base while exploring Rotterdam as Sparks Hostel! Let us welcome you to this beautiful city right after you walk out of Central Station, whether you are visiting as a tourist, for work or as a soon to be ‘Rotterdammer’ yoursel...
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Stayokay Gorssel

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Stayokay Gorssel

Gorssel is located in the Achterhoek region, between the towns of Zutphen and Deventer. Breakfast is included. Wi-Fi is free and accessible throughout the entire hostel. Stayokay Gorssel is housed in the magnificent Norwegian-style hunting lodge 'De Kleine Haar'. Your stay here will be...
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Jacob

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Jacob's Home

Jacob's Home is a complete small house in a quiet little pedestrian street in the old centre of Amsterdam. Central Station is at a few minutes walk. The house has 3 floors, connected by 2 staircases. Groundfloor: kitchen and bathroom, First floor: living room with dining corner Second floor bedro...
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City Hostel Vlissingen

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City Hostel Vlissingen

City Hostel Vlissingen is located adjacent to the Old Market and opposite the famous St. Jacobs Tower. Centrally located, the shopping centre and the bustling Bellamy Park, with its wide array of (outdoor) cafes, pubs, restaurants and entertainment venues are a stone’s throw away. The hostel combine...
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Lucky Lake Hostel

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Lucky Lake Hostel

Dictionary definition for lucky: having good things happen by chance. This accommodation located by a lake is made up of multi-colored caravans, cabins and dorms forming a fantastic hostel...you won't believe your luck! 2019: Wonderful Wednesday's all rooms 20 euro per person! Except in July a...
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Stayokay Apeldoorn

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Stayokay Apeldoorn

Stayokay Apeldoorn is located on the edge of the woods, just outside the city of Apeldoorn. Sport fields are at the hostel's doorstep and the lovely national park 'De hoge Veluwe' is within easy reach. Stayokay Apeldoorn has got 136 beds divided over 2-/4-/6- bedded rooms. All rooms are equipped...
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Hostel Ani & Haakien Rotterdam

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Hostel Ani & Haakien Rotterdam

Cosy & Artsy! Hostel Ani & Haakien is an old fashion hostel when it comes to the social aspect of traveling. We’re all about creating a sense of community, a travelers home whilst exploring Rotterdam. This is definitely the place to be in Rotterdam if you’re looking to relax and find inspiration fro...
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Hostel Delft

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Hostel Delft

Right in the heart of the historic centre of Delft you find our Hostel Delft. We can accommodate 43 people. The hostel recently had a full renovation. We have a cosy communal room with a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. In our communal lounge room you will find a good place to relax, me...
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Stayokay Heemskerk

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Stayokay Heemskerk

Stayokay Heemskerk is located in a 13th-century castle, Slot Assumburg. Whether you’re exploring the surrounding dune landscape or pay a visit to the town, at the hostel you’ll feel like lord or lady of the manor. The grand entrance to Stayokay Heemskerk welcomes you to this traditional building...
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Stayokay Utrecht Centrum

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Stayokay Utrecht Centrum

Stayokay Utrecht Centrum is the ideal location for a city trip or a couple of days away with the family, but is also excellent as a group accommodation. The hostel is located in the heart of the centre at the edge of Utrecht’s nicest square: the Neude. There are plenty of sightseeing options, res...
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Amsterdam Hotelboat

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Amsterdam Hotelboat

The hotelboat is located in the center of Amsterdam, on a quiet spot close to the Central Train Station. The ship has a sun-deck with a beautiful views over the harbour and city. We have 16 double rooms and one 4 bedded room, all with shared bathrooms. Bed-linen and towels are included. On board...
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CityHub Rotterdam

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CityHub Rotterdam

At CityHub, we combined the two: more than enough ways to mingle and your very own, private cabin. We call those cabins Hubs. Each Hub has a giant, double bed, Wi-Fi, app-controlled lighting and a personal audio streaming system. Comfy, indeed. You share luxury toilets and showers with other travell...
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ClinkNOORD

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ClinkNOORD

ClinkNOORD – A creative hostel Why ClinkNOORD? Complete with original laboratory features, a spacious atrium and a lively bar, ClinkNOORD is the perfect hostel for travellers looking for a unique Amsterdam experience. Located across the IJ river, just 10 minutes from Amsterdam Centraal Station...
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Kaboom

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Kaboom

Kaboom is your daily start- and end point of your discovery tour through Maastricht and its surroundings. A home base. You can find everything you need to start your day perfectly and to finish it even better. The reception is open 24/7 so there is always someone at your disposal for assistance with...
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Amsterdam Teleport Hotel

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Amsterdam Teleport Hotel

Amsterdam Teleport Hotel is the best choice for urban city explorers. Our studio’s are affordable, the hotel staff super friendly and both the city center and Schiphol airport are less than 15 min’s away by train. We combine the best a hotel and hostel has to offer! A super comfortable bed, priva...
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Hostel ROOM Rotterdam

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Hostel ROOM Rotterdam

ROOM, a warm, welcoming place with a personalized touch and a great community feel. Excellently located right in the heart of the city, near all the tourist attractions, stunning architecture and the ferry to Kinderdijk and Port of Rotterdam. ROOM hostel provides you the perfect base for sightseeing...
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Parkside B&B

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Parkside B&B

We offer you a nice stay in our guesthouse/bed&breakfast Parkside B&B. Guests will be staying on the 2nd floor of our building but we will bring your luggage up and down if necessary. Our place is perfect for couples, friends or a family searching for a relaxing stay. You can also use the fully equi...
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MEININGER Amsterdam City West

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MEININGER Amsterdam City West

The hostel is situated directly (almost next door) at the Sloterdijk transport hub and is just 5 minutes from the main railway station with the urban railway. The perfect starting point to explore every corner of Amsterdam! We are located right at the second most important urban transport hub in...
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Hostel Strowis

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Hostel Strowis

Hostel Strowis is located in a listed 17th century building. First and best hostel Utrecht (est. 1998) our experience, relaxed atmosphere and beautiful garden makes Strowis a vibrant yet peaceful place to spend a couple of nights in Utrecht, a truly underrated gem in the heart of Holland located onl...
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King Kong Hostel Rotterdam

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King Kong Hostel Rotterdam

Experience Rotterdam at King Kong Hostel! Trendy and urban chic King Kong hostel is a perfect accommodation for 21st century backpackers! Located in the heart of the Cool district, Witte de Withstaat, King Kong has its finger on the pulse of the city. All rooms at King Kong hostel are unique and...
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Hotel My Home

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Hotel My Home

Welcome to Hotel My Home, a small family run budget hotel in the heart of Amsterdam. Voted number 1 best shopping street in Holland and second best in 2011. We have been catering to guests from around the globe for 50+ years. Centrally located on one of the most diverse shopping streets on the edge...
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ITC Hotel Amsterdam

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ITC Hotel Amsterdam

This beautiful hotel, housed in an authentic monumental Canal House. Behind the facade of this fine classified residential monument, situated on Prinsengracht and overlooking a quiet stretch of this Amsterdam's grandest canal, you'll find yourself in the heart of ancient Amsterdam the moment you wal...
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Flying Pig Downtown

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Flying Pig Downtown

Do you want to hang out in one of the most famous hostel bars, including an indoor smoking area with pillow stage? The Flying Pig Downtown is the place to be, located right next to Amsterdam Central Station. We have dorms where every bed has a reading light, as well as private rooms with a litt...
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Flying Pig Beach Hostel

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Flying Pig Beach Hostel

* Located 35 km outside of Amsterdam at the Beach of Noordwijk * Combine your city trip with a stay at our party hostel at the beach and get the best of both worlds. With our convenient shuttle service or public transport you can go in and out of the city center easily. Enjoy our beachy par...
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Kingkool

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Kingkool

Kingkool city hostel The Hague has a unique feel and atmosphere with 18 themed rooms from dorms to luxury private suites, located in the heart of The Hague. We are the first modern and stylish establishment in the city centre of The Hague offering affordable accommodation with a unique twist....
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MEININGER Amsterdam Amstel

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MEININGER Amsterdam Amstel

Our second MEININGER hotel in Amsterdam is located in the district of Watergraafsmeer in the immediate vicinity of Park Frankendael and Amsterdam's lifeline, the Amstel. It is also part of the city's tallest residential skyscraper and is located directly opposite the Amsterdam Amstelstation train st...
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Hotel Milano

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Hotel Milano

Hotel Milano Rotterdam is centrally located in a beautiful monumental building in the city of Rotterdam, only 10 minutes walking from the Central Station and the main shopping streets of Rotterdam. The family owned hotel offers 30 comfortable hotel rooms for single occupants and up to 4 persons...
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Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

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Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

Get the real Amsterdam feel and stay in the green heart of Amsterdam! Consume culture, shop till you drop and dance the night away in Amsterdam. Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark is your best starting point! This modern Hostelling International hostel is centrally located right in the middle of the famo...
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Stayokay Den Haag (The Hague)

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Stayokay Den Haag (The Hague)

Hostel Stayokay The Hague. Part of the Stayokay hostel-chain in the Netherlands The Hague, lovely town behind the dunes. Visit the Binnenhof, the Peace Palace, the citys numerous shops and sidewalk cafs, the palaces and museums or simply take in some fresh air on the beach in Scheveningen and wa...
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Hostelle - Female Only Hostel

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Hostelle - Female Only Hostel

Hostelle is the first and only all-female hostel in Amsterdam. Hostelle was started with the idea to provide a safe and fun place for women who are travelling to Amsterdam to stay, so that you only need to focus on sightseeing and enjoying yourself while you are here. For female travellers with a sm...
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Stayokay Soest

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Stayokay Soest

Hostel Stayokay Soest Part of the Stayokay hostelchain in the Netherlands Stayokay Soest is situated in the middle of the Netherlands and rich in untouched and diverse natural beauty. It is a place surrounded by forest, fields and sanddunes. Within walking distance you will find the 'Soester Dunes...
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Hello I

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Hello I'm Local Boutique Hostel

Hello I'm Local Boutique Hostel offers 12 unique rooms. All rooms have a private shower, some share a toilet. Don't worry the toilet won't be more than a step away. I will make sure your bed is ready made when you arrive! In my living room you can relax at the bar and enjoy my local treats. Take...
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Kings Inn City Hostel

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Kings Inn City Hostel

Kings Inn City Hostel has 33 modern and spacious rooms, all with en-suite shower and toilet. Each room sleeps between 4 and 6 people in bunk-style beds. Some of our rooms are also available as a private twin room. Of course there is a communal area for guests to read, work, relax or make use of...
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Stayokay Noordwijk

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Stayokay Noordwijk

Youll feel right at home at Stayokay Noordwijk thanks to the lively, fun ambience. Meet fellow guests in the sports bar, recreation area and restaurant, and in nice weather enjoy the outdoor bar. The hostels multifunctional halls are ideal for hosting meetings, family reunions or sporting activ...
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Hostel The Hague - Den Haag

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Hostel The Hague - Den Haag

If you like a small hostel with super beds and an awesome bar with local craft beer and almost every night live jazz music BOOK US!!! Our communal room is a bar with all the local craft beers of our city. The hostel is located on the best location and our bar is famous for it's live jazz music. W...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Netherlands.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Netherlands.

If you're already planning to visit Netherlands - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

First visit to Amsterdam with local guide

Scroll down to the bottom to see some tips for travelling in The Netherlands

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Second full day in Amsterdam

The tour, by the company Freedam with the guide Sebastian, went from 11am to 1:30pm and was a really awesome way to learn more about the city. While it was free, it is generally expected that you tip the guide, so we each gave him between €5 and €20. Well-earned, in my opinion, as Sebastian was very knowledgeable about the history of the Netherlands and had a bunch of entertaining anecdotes. The tour ended at the Dam square, right outside the Royal Palace, and I convinced Nicole we should go in, despite the €10 entry fee (which did include a free audio guide). While the palace is beautiful, if you’ve ever seen any other Western European castle then it’s pretty much a waste of money. Nothing special and not very large (insert dick joke here).

Madeleine Berkley

Prioritise your experiences

Treating yourself to some local favourites could work out much cheaper than you think it is. Look for hole in the wall cafes and street food options rather than sitting down in a restaurant for an overpriced meal. Top foods to check out are pancakes, have a look in some of the cute pancake houses you can spot along the canals; cheese, for this one look in the cheese shops – they almost always have free samples out; and stroopwaffles, trust me, the real thing is much better than the caramel knock offs at your local Starbucks. My personal recommendation for a food you must try is anything from FEBO – it’s like a hot food vending machine. You pop some coins in, open a little heated drawer and eat a tasty, hot, usually deep fried treat. These are cheap and tasty – I definitely recommend checking out the traditional croquettes and you can also order some Dutch Frites – like fries, but thicker and even better. Much cheaper than a sit down meal – and every bit as authentic. Prioritise your experiences My top priority in The Netherlands – Cheese!

Jess Stubbing

I imagined they were thinking “What even are you?”

I told them I didn’t know what to do, that my friend hadn’t arrived and I didn’t know how to contact him. That I had tried to use the pay phone and it didn’t work. I gave them the phone number and they tried again. In retrospect I can understand their bewilderment. They knew what I didn’t: there was nothing to worry about. I could easily just go to Amsterdam Centraal and find a hostel to stay in for the night and find a way to call my friend the next day. The Netherlands has free wifi everywhere, so really all I needed to do was charge my phone and look for a place. I did not know this, this thought had not even occurred to me or crossed my mind at all. Of course I know this now as a slightly older version of myself with way more experience traveling, being shit out of luck in a different country, and being in complete and utter crisis mode.

Julie Smolenski

Amsterdam: Mark your calendar!

My first ever solo-travelling experience was in October 2014 when I decided to be an au pair in The Netherlands. I left my job. I left my family, I left the country that I had been living for 27 years. It wasn’t easy to take the first step, but chances won’t come twice! When I looked back, I could say that I proud of myself, brave enough to enter a faraway country on my own. Holland was never on my bucket list, so when I arrived there I didn’t have any idea about how to enjoy the country. Luckily, internet really helps.

jilly-setiady

Canal Bike

Amsterdam is the city of bikes. The Dutch seem to be put on a bike as soon as they are born. Unsurprisingly, there are more bikes in the country than people! Thousands of bikes are parked along the canals of Amsterdam, thousands of roads connect places in the Netherlands together. No wonder all the Dutchies are always fit!

Julia V

Cycling, Parks, And Food

Food is something you will definitely need during your stay in Amsterdam – and luckily its everywhere! Whether all you fancy is something bought from a supermarket or a cheap wholesome meal, this city has it all! There are also shops that are completely dedicated to cheese, with free tastings too – nothing says the Netherlands like cheese. But perhaps the most interesting food shop is the fast-food chain FEBO. It’s not your average fast food chain – it’s kind of like a vending machine shop where you insert coins for food… it’s something you must experience.

Morgan Jones

[27/4] 1. Maastricht Binnenstad, Guided by a Local

The main purpose of this overseas trip was to 1) join a research exchange program in Wroclaw, Poland; 2) participate in a trainers’ meeting (TRAM) at Prague, Czech Republic; and 3) attend the IFMSA General Assembly in Puebla, Mexico. But as I always like to make the most out of everything, I squeezed in a lot of side-tours in between. ? I am more than glad to share my experiences from the programs and my side-tours, and I will start chronologically from the first city that I visited – Maastricht, Netherlands.

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National golland cuisine

As for food, everyone will find something delicious for themselves. Here a large amount of waffle where you can take a fragrant coffee with a delicious dessert. Also in any tourist place in the restaurant, you will be offered a traditional dish of meatballs with mashed potatoes and herring. Lovers of Asian cuisine should definitely visit the Chinese quarter where you will find Chinese, Japanese Thai cuisine. National dishes of the Netherlands are quite simple and, when describing typical Dutch cuisine, the term “refined” is seldom used. The main ingredient is potatoes, usually served with meat and boiled vegetables. And, of course, dairy products along with cheese play an important role in the daily diet of the Dutch.

yulia-belskaya

Getting to Rotterdam

First things first, how do you get to Rotterdam? I used various ways, train, bus, waterbus, and my favourite was by far the waterbus. The Netherlands has a lot of rivers and waterways, and it is truly the best way to see the luscious green country. The waterbus runs between Rotterdam Erasmusbrug, Dordrecht Merwekade and Kinderdijk. I got on at Alblasserdam, about 40mins away from Rotterdam Erasmusbrug. The waterbus is the best way to arrive in Rotterdam, you pass underneath various landmarks like the Erasmusbrug, and you get to see the way the waterways and harbour functions. Now, the best way to pay for this is to get yourself an anonymous OV-chip card. This card pays for trains, trams, busses and the waterbus. You can get this plastic card at any supermarket (try Albert Heijn) or at any transport company. You have to preload money onto the card, I put 40 euro on mine and managed just fine for the whole two weeks.

bianca-visagie

amsterdam revisted

I’ve been feeling nostalgic: it’s been almost five months since I’ve called Holland home and had you asked me in October if I would ever feel like I truly missed it, I may have said, “No; My adventures were aplenty and I’ve had my fair share and am ready to take a break from exploring foreign lands.” Perhaps it is because I feel strangely lost despite being in all too familiar territory or maybe my heart is yearning for adventure once more, but I chose to begin my blog with a memory, a time and feeling I’ve kept in my hands and in my head. Oh beautiful Amsterdam, my adoration for you has only grown fonder with distance… Read an excerpt in the life of my Amster-days and then read further to discover some must do, see, and eat things that will surely make your time in The Netherlands as full as mine were!

Melissa Rosenberg

Leiden: The Netherlands little known treasure

When we think of visiting The Netherlands, Amsterdam is the first city that comes to mind. With its canals, museums and coffee shops, it is one of the most popular places on Earth, visited by thousands of tourists every year. If you want to explore the lower lands further, cities like The Hague, Rotterdam, Eindhoven and Maastricht come to mind.

Lidiya Aleksandrova

A must visit in The Netherlands: Rotterdam

When I say The Netherlands, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Amsterdam. Now don’t get me wrong, Amsterdam is an amazing city but if you have some time to spare you should also add Rotterdam to your must-visit list!

Aimee Bakker

A Sunday Trip to The Hague, Netherlands

In 2017, over 16 million people visited The Netherlands. This number is projected to grow over the coming year, with tourists flocking to the flat, windy country from places near and far. Most go straight to Amsterdam, and no wonder – with its mixture of history, culture, quirky vintage stores, and lax weed regulations, there’s definitely something for everyone!

Stela G.

Utrecht: the cosier version of Amsterdam

When I was given the choice where to study in the Netherlands, I did not have to think for a long time. Sure: Amsterdam is fun, but there is nothing like Utrecht! Where Amsterdam is full of tourists and an easy place to get lost, Utrecht is like a smaller version and a pleasant place to stroll around without finding yourself in an unknown area of the city afterwards. It has the same charm: with its ‘kanalen’ (canals) that run through most of the city centre, and the ‘Domtoren’ (the Dome) that can be seen from kilometres away. With almost 400.000 inhabitants, Utrecht is the fourth largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague. A large part of the population of Utrecht consists of students, which travel from and to the ‘Uithof’, where the academic university buildings are, by bicycle or by bus. Even those who have been to the Netherlands before will be amazed by the amount of bikes that are shattered around the city of Utrecht. Since driving through the city centre can take annoyingly long, this is how most people find their way to their destinations. Fun fact: every Dutchman has approximately 1,3 bikes.

Sophie Theunisse

Learning how to live in the Netherlands

In my first year out of high school, I did the classic gap-year backpack around Europe with my best friend. It was an invaluable experience, and I’m glad I did it instead of going straight from high school to university. Unfortunately, because my friend and I were nervous 18 year olds, we decided to plan out our entire trip, and had no flexibility in our travels. Because of this, we missed the one city that’s almost a rite of passage for young Australian backpackers: Amsterdam. At the time,  missing out on seeing Amsterdam really upset me, but now that I’ve come to the Netherlands I’m glad I didn’t ruin my first experience of the country.

Amelia

Amsterdam - to coffeeshop or not to coffeeshop

First time in Netherlands – train, please So it’s my first time in the Netherlands. We’ve got five days here and we have decided to spend two of them – can you guess where? – yes, of course in Amsterdam. High expectations all over us and we are so excited to start exploring.

Vladislava Genova

Amsterdam: 6 best places to take pictures

The first time when I saw this city, it was a rainy day. Don`t worry, weather in Netherlands is not predictable and be prepared that always have a critical opinion about that (like the Dutch do). Regardless the weather, beauty of Amsterdam can`t be hidden: traditional Dutch architecture with floating houses and narrow buildings of red and black breaks, 165 canals and 1281 bridges, flowers and bicycles all around you, more than 180 nationalities with their own cuisine (must taste it), window prostitutes under the red light, smell of coffee shops, weird museums and spectacular views…

Maja Jaukovic

Amsterdam: Hipster City built on Water

A city built on the water, a floating flower market, narrow and bent houses, an international place-to-be. Talking about the Dutch metropolis seems to be quite hip right now. Everyone wants to feel the vibes of this buzzing city. As a Netherlands expert, I want to recommend a few places absolutely worth seeing. But the Netherlands is not only Amsterdam. There are lots of other places to see, especially the beautiful and endlessly stretching beaches of the North Sea.

Kate

Amsterdam Netherlands: A Must Have Experience

The Netherlands, Western Europe’s country, is famously celebrated for its attractive red lights, coffee shops, and most likely tulips. However, the nation has much more to offer other than just that. There are many exciting things to do in the Netherlands apart from visiting the canals and the coffee shops. It is jam-packed with historical cobblestones and brick-filled lane cities, interlocked canals, iconic windmills, beautiful beaches, vast and fine-looking farmlands. All these make the Netherlands be one of my favourite vacationer country in the world. Many people who come to the Netherlands only spend a little time in Amsterdam and so they miss the best pleasurable opportunities this nation has to offer. If you want to discover what makes me coming back to this beautiful country, then take your time and explore beyond its cities. I advise you to visit the northern part of the nation during May just to see the blooming tulips or visit Utrecht to picture this beautiful country without the crowd.

Emmanuel Mumali

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