Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
Spring is without a shadow of a doubt the best time to visit Holland. April and May are the least rainy months of the year and the countryside, gardens and parks are in full bloom.
Nature lovers will also adore autumn because of the vividly coloured foliage of the woods and forests, but the weather is cooler and wetter. However, it is worth remembering that the weather changes very quickly in Holland!
Summertime is of course milder and the temperatures reach a peak in June and July, but the sun frequently plays hide and seek with the clouds. The North Sea beaches are packed, as are the museums and you can expect long queues everywhere.
Finally, winter, while not particularly harsh, can be very windy. It is a good time to visit the most well-known museums and to attend the carnival in late February in the Limburg province, which becomes a giant street festival for the occasion.
Formalities and useful addresses
Netherlands Tourism Board – www.holland.com
Money and budget
Banks are open Mon-Fri 9am-4/5pm, except on Mondays when they open at 1pm.
B&Bs and hostels rarely take credit cards.
Most ATMs accept international credit cards.
Health and safety
Current is 220V so American travellers will need an AC adapter. The sockets are of the European type.
Easter Sunday and Monday
April 27 – King's Day & National Day
May 5 – Liberation Day
May-June - Ascension Day
Whit Sunday and Monday
December 25 and 26
Post offices are open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm (with the smaller ones breaking for lunch). They are also open on Saturday mornings in the major cities.
Amsterdam International Airport – www.schiphol.com
Cycling is not only one of the country's most iconic activities, it is also a very real part of the day to day life of its inhabitants. Bicycles are available for rent all over the country.