Netherlands Travel Guides for Backpackers

A hidden tourist destination in the Netherlands: Noordwijk

  According to many tourists, Noordwijk is an idyllic coastal town in the Netherlands. Once in Noordwijk, you will pass many flower fields, followed by a beautiful view of the Dunes, ending at the beach and the North sea. Every time I have traveled abroad, I feel at home the moment I see the flower fields with the Dunes in the background. However, the long summers when I was young where not solely spend admiring the view. Noordwijk has a lot more to offer.   Traditional: the Bloemencorso (Flower parade) Noordwijk is probably most famous in other countries for the […]
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Leiden offers the full Dutch experience

  You are planning to visit the Netherlands and enjoy a full Dutch experience, so probably you are looking for expensive accommodation in touristy Amsterdam and booking a lot of overpriced day-tours. Think again and read this post! Many people believe that the Netherlands is just Amsterdam, and a couple of day trips from this big city. But there is so much more to see in this little country. Do not get me wrong, Amsterdam is an amazing city, full of museums and attractions. Nevertheless, you will not find too many Dutch people living there, and definitely, you will not […]
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Haarlem – a beautiful Dutch city a bit off the beaten track

Every time you hear about a trip to The Netherlands, the names of cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam first come to mind. But there is another town, not as famous as those just mentioned, but definitely worth a visit – Haarlem. The city of Haarlem has two very big advantages – it lies very close to Amsterdam and it is very close to the beaches of Bloemendaal and Zandvoort. The town itself is also very interesting, with many places to visit: a gorgeous cathedral, interesting shops, historical buildings, windmills and the infamous Dutch canals. Whether you want to wonder the […]
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How to Make The Most Out of a Trip to The Netherlands

I consider myself lucky to have moved to The Netherlands in the summer because it is at that time that the country really comes alive. The flowers are in full bloom by then, the trees are green again, the shops and restaurants that were closed for the winter are open again, and everyone is out on their boats, cruising down the canals. During my time there, I was fortunate enough to live in three different cities: Leiden, The Hague, and Rotterdam. Each of them has something different to offer, but all of them are worth visiting if you’re ever in […]
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Utrecht – a must-see City in the Netherlands

Are you planning a trip or vacation to the Netherlands? Utrecht is definitely at the top of the must-see cities in the Netherlands, that you should not miss. Here is my overview guide for travel and tourism in Utrecht, to help you plan your trip or vacation in this awesome city. Utrecht is located at the heart of mainland Netherlands and is around a half an hour’s drive (60 km.) from Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands. Though Amsterdam is a more popular tourist destination on the European map, many (including me) recommend Utrecht for its laid-back charm, historic appeal and […]
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A Local's Guide to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for many different things, whether it be the Red Light District, ‘coffeeshops’, tulips, or museums, there is definitely something for everything. I’ve lived in the Netherlands as an exchange student for the school year, so I hope my suggestions can give a bit of a local perspective for things to do in this amazing city! Rent A Bike! First and foremost, definitely rent a bike. My go to bike rental is Holland Rent a Bike, they have unbeatable prices and great service and non-touristy looking bikes (located near central station). I consider Amsterdam bike culture to be […]
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Top 5 cities to visit in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is one of the most popular European destinations for many travelers. Every year it attracts thousands of tourists that come to see this beautiful country of tulips and windmills. However, did you know that the Netherlands is not only Amsterdam with its coffee shops, Red Light District, small houses, and overcrowded shopping streets? You might be surprised but there are also other great places that are definitely worth visiting and which might impress you even more than the Dutch capital. There are top 5 cities you should not miss when visiting the Netherlands. Rotterdam Rotterdam is the second […]
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Amsterdam: Amazing Travel Destination

Amsterdam! A unique picturesque green European city !!  This capital city of the Netherlands, as well as the many other parts of the country, are situated below sea level giving rise to the beautiful canal system in the country. Total 165 canals, 1281 bridges and millions of bicycles in the Amsterdam itself, make Amsterdam a must-see city in Europe. Let’s see why Amsterdam is an amazing travel destination. Amsterdam What to expect when you land in Amsterdam? When you are about to land on Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, your plane has to descend down through the blanket of clouds. Then only you get […]
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A Traveler's Guide To Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, needs no introduction. We knew we had to do so much in three days visit to Amsterdam. First thought when we had planned for Amsterdam was of it being the Bangkok of the West, given the flare it gets because of the Red Light District although the whole experience left us spellbound and in awe of more. How To Commute Like A Local And Where To Stay After landing late evening, and researching well on where to stay we decided to take a journey by the sprinter and tram which covers most part of […]
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Yoga in Amsterdam: a local teacher’s guide

Quick, what comes to mind when I say ‘Amsterdam’? You probably didn’t just scream ‘yoga’, did you? Most people travel to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, because of its flowers, cheese, red light district, museums and ‘coffee shops’. But don’t be mistaken. If you are looking to expand, Amsterdam has something else to offer alongside herbs: yoga is becoming more popular every day (in the entire country of the Netherlands, actually). As a local yoga teacher that has been living in Amsterdam for over a decade, I can assure you: Amsterdam has a lot to offer to yoginis. Especially […]
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Amsterdam- Must visit country

About 2 months ago I’ve been traveling to Amsterdam. It’s a beautiful city and the capital of The Netherlands. A city full of tourists, lots of cafes, museums, bicycles (think there are more bicycles than people), lots of historic canal homes which impress from the first sight, a city which is full of life and just a cool place where you can feel free and happy for being there. I liked it for the beauty of incredible architecture, clean streets (even there are lots of tourists). When you come to a new country, first all you do some research about this […]
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Amsterdam on a Budget: A Backpacker's Guide

Stroopwafels, bicycles, canals, coffee shops, Febo, the Red Light District… Amsterdam has all you could ask for and more! But in a place where money is so easily spent so quickly, how do you see all Amsterdam has to offer without breaking the bank? Especially if you’re a young backpacker with limited time and funds? Find out how we managed to see all the sights and more on a tight budget and in a short time-frame. Arrival – Accommodation and Transport So you’ve arrived at Schipol airport…now what? In order to get to Amsterdam, you’ll need to get a train […]
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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 […]
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renesse: hidden beauty in the netherlands

The Hidden Beauty of Renesse (Zeeland) in the Netherlands   While most people go to the Netherlands to experience Amsterdam, the famous city of for example “The Fault in Our Stars”, the Netherlands offers kilometres of golden sand, an amazing windsurfing experience and bubbly seadogs that sometimes even come close to the beach. Ever since I was 3 I’ve been going to Zeeland at least twice a year. It offers something for everyone of all ages. Here are some of the best things to see and do in Renesse and Zeeland. Parties Now I’m personally not a big fan of […]
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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! If you find yourself wanting to explore beyond Amsterdam, why not head to The Hague (Den Haag) for a day trip? As a totally unbiased resident of this beautiful city, I find that it’s often grossly underrated. I probably won’t be […]
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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! Brief introduction to Rotterdam Rotterdam is mostly known for having the largest port in Europe, and for its Erasmus University. During the Second World War, Rotterdam was bombed and the heart of Rotterdam was almost completely destroyed. Osip Zadkine was inspired by the bombing to create the statue “The Destroyed City” also known as the “City without a heart”. […]
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Netherlands: Amsterdam's City Center

Walkabout in Amsterdam’s City Center After a long flight that lasted almost 13 hours (I flew from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia), I touched down at the Schiphol International Airport, Netherlands at about 6:40 am. With so many shops, the airport looked more like a shopping complex, albeit a closed one as it was still very early and none of the shops were open. There was also a connecting train station within the airport, and several bus stations outside of the airport as well. As I stepped outside via the revolving door, the cold air swirled around me […]
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7 must do things in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, the liberal city built on water, is definitely a must-visit destination for anyone who enjoys beautiful architecture, a green lifestyle, and excellent food. Not to mention all the amazing museums and other tourist attraction you can visit there! I have to say, my spontaneous three-day trip to Amsterdam in August 2017 was the highlight of this summer. My advice to you, however, is to plan this trip in advance, for 3 days is certainly not enough, and if you want to visit many museums, you might have to make reservations at least a month in advance. Without further ado, […]
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All about Amsterdam in 2 days

Amsterdam is an amazing city, which everyone should visit at least once in their lives. First of all, it is a city of contrasts. On the one hand, the city breaks all stereotypes, free love, and other entertainments are welcomed here. On the other hand, the city has a very rich cultural heritage, only to recall such names as van Gogh or Rembrandt. Despite the fact that Amsterdam is the largest city in the country and its capital, the c can be easily discovered in just 2 days. Best choice: hostel or apartment Housing in the city not cheap. The […]
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Top 4 cosy coffee places in Middelburg

Middelburg for coffee lovers Middelburg is the capital city of Zeeland – Dutch province. The city has a rich history since it used to be one of the most important port cities in the Netherlands. There are a lot of historical buildings, churches, or just old-fashioned looking houses that together create this atmosphere of a medieval fairy tale. Middelburg is not a place where you go for good parties (even though students organise some, I should give them a credit). It is the place you visit when you feel tired from the routine of big cities. The place you visit […]
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Ideas For a Summer Day in Amsterdam

At a first glance, Amsterdam can be confusing. It's a big old city in the northern Netherlands with an interesting history, and it is hard to make the most of it on your first visit if you don't know where to go. Here are some ideas on what to do in Amsterdam and where to do it, if you are not only looking for a good party. On Arrival On arrival, I recommend purchasing a chip card for travel and transferring some money to it based on the length of your stay. The card itself costs 7.5€, but it will pay […]
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A step by step guide to exploring Amsterdam-Noord

I have been fortunate enough to visit the Netherlands several times, and every time I love it more. Most of my trips start in Amsterdam, due to it being so accessible from anywhere in the world. From the winding canals, mouth-watering Stroopwafel's and energetic vibe, this city has so much to offer. Normally I stick to the city, wander the streets and have a great time, but more recently I decided to step out of my 'comfort zone' so to speak, and go and see what Amsterdam-Noord had to offer. Amsterdam-Noord is located the other side of the River IJ, the body of […]
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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. But there is one town, not far from Amsterdam, away from the popular tourist routes, that can give you all the sights, tastes and smells of Holland. Town of Leiden Leiden is situated in the South Holland region. It is […]
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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. Get refreshed after arriving Amsterdam is easily accessible from all over Europe and overseas. With its international airport Schiphol there are […]
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