Things to see and do while backpacking in Netherlands.
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First visit to Amsterdam with local guide
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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
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.Fran ❤
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
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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