Amongst one of the most developed and progressive nations of the world, the Netherlands offers an immersive and enriching travelling experience. With the most exquisite flowers blooming in the summer, refreshing showers in the fall, snowfall and nostalgia in the winter and the most colourful landscapes in the spring, the Netherlands has something to offer to everyone. From markets to gardens to the most absurd museums and shops, this country gives a 360-degree experience to its tourists, of a culture and lifestyle so diverse that it always stays with the traveller.
Eastern Netherlands is home to numerous hotspots including Hoge Veluwe National Park - the largest national park in the Netherlands and the beautiful Hanzesteden cities i.e. seven medieval cities along the IJssel River with a historic centre. Western Netherlands: referred to as the Randstad, this region, comprising of the four biggest cities of Netherlands (Flevoland, North Holland, South Holland, Utrecht), as well as typical Dutch countryside, is also called the heart of the country. Northern Netherlands: This hidden gem is the least densely populated area of the country and remains mostly untouched by tourists, but is popular among the locals. The West Frisian Islands and the Frisian Lakes, for instance, are prime destinations for a few days of outdoor fun. Southern Netherlands: It is a unique part of the Netherlands, distinguished from the rest of the country by its Catholic history and heavy religious influence, unique carnival celebrations and its "Burgundian way of life".
Spring and Autumn is the best time to visit Netherlands
The best time to visit the Netherlands is during Spring and Autumn. The country experiences a temperate climate, with relatively mild summers and moderately cold winters. The temperatures tend to rise, the further south in the country you go. Spring and Fall offer incredibly pleasant weather conditions with the added advantage of being a part of the Shoulder season. The lack of tourist crowds allows you to explore the country at leisure and take part in plenty of activities. The period from mid-March to mid-May is the best time to see the country’s world-famous tulips in full bloom. Summer is the most crowded and you are bound to run into a huge number of tourists wherever you go. Apart from the seasons, there are plenty of events that happen throughout the country over the course of a year. Make sure to book in advance if you are planning to attend any event.
While all countries have hotels as an option, the Netherlands is known for its unique stay options available to tourists: Official Dutch Youth Hostels, an excellent budget option, are famously called "Stay Okay". However, they do not have kitchens for guests, so people usually eat out. A popular alternative is The Flying Pig Hostels in Noordwijk and Amsterdam, which give a kitchen for tourists. Another stay-option is that of Bed & Breakfasts, available in both big cities and smaller towns and villages. Prices range from 40-100, varying based on the season and number of occupants. However, they are inferior in facilities to hotels, but the service is known to be friendly and personal. Vacation rental homes are also popular in the Netherlands, especially in villages and remote areas. Simple or luxurious, these can be individual places or part of large fields with lots of identical homes, operated by private owners.
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