Tulips, clogs, windmills, canals, cheese and the very liberal city of Amsterdam, scratch a little behind the stereotypes of the Netherlands, and you'll find a country resplendent with tulips, remarkably flat (great for cycling!), a rich artistic heritage which still thrives today since the legacies of the great Dutch Masters, a thriving and contemporary cafe culture, and a great nightlife. There's some remarkable museums to be found, not least those looking back at the Netherlands' turbulent recent past during Nazi Occupation, most notably the late Anne Frank's House, the Airbourne Museum which commemorates the Battle of Arnhem, and Amsterdam's Dutch Resistance Museum.
KEY FACTS BEFORE YOU GO:
- Capital: Amsterdam
- Currency: Euro
- Time Difference: The Netherlands follows Central European Time, which is 1 hour AHEAD of the UK throughout the year. It currently observes Daylight Saving Time from the last Sunday of March to the last Sunday of October, but is due to decide by April 2020 whether it will permanently set its time to Central European Standard (1 hour AHEAD of GMT) or Central European Daylight Saving Time (2 hours AHEAD of GMT/1 hour ahead of BST).
- Flight time: Less than an hour to Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Eurostar takes 3 hours and 41 minutes direct to Amsterdam; it is indirect on the return journey
- Official language: Dutch
- Entry requirements: Visas are not required. As part of Europe and the Schengen area, in the event of Brexit, please read here for information on changes to travel. Currently, no additional validity is required on your passport, but please also read our further information for changes following Brexit.
- Vaccinations and Health: You should always ensure that you travel with adequate travel health insurance. For up-to-date information, please check this website (as recommended by the Foreign Office): https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/160/netherlands#Vaccine_recommendations. If vaccinations are required, it is generally advisable to arrange an appointment with a health professional four to six weeks before departure.
General information on travel vaccinations can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/
To find out more, and for the most up-to-date advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/netherlands
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