A country in Western Europe, bordering Belgium, Germany and the North Sea.

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Languages spoken in the Netherlands

I'm preparing a trip to Amsterdam. I know that the official language is Dutch but I have read that 90% of population speak English. So, Is it enough to speak English or should I learn some basic ...
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Four trip discount on Netherlands trains?

AMS to Amsterdam, next day to Haarlem and back, third day back to Schiphol. Each single trip is €4 but is there a way to combine them into less than €16? Also, for the Haarlem trip, I’ll have a ...
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Where to rent a non-city bike in Amsterdam for a reasonable price?

I'd like to rent a bike while in Amsterdam to do a little trip. Is there a bike rental, which rents decent sport bikes? It seems like most rentals are aimed at renting city bikes, which I do not ...
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Good route for a 1-day bike trip around Amsterdam

I'd like to take a one day biking trip in Amsterdam in October, when I will be coming there for a conference. Could you recommend a scenic path/trail I could take? Please, if possible, include bike ...
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Can I drive a Dutch friend's car in the Netherlands?

Rumours go that as a non-resident it is forbidden to drive a Dutch registered car in the Netherlands, with rental cars being the exception. The rumours continue that this even applies to Dutch ...
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'share shops' in the Netherlands

I have heard of these so-called 'share shops' in the Netherlands whereby for a small contribution of an item (not specified), you are able to join a library and borrow, for a short time, an item you ...
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Watching the football World Cup final in Amsterdam

Myself and a group of friends are thinking of going over to the Netherlands if they progress to the final. Does anyone know if the large screening of the final will take place like in 2010 against ...
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Which trains in the Netherlands have Wifi?

I am writing this question in the train from Roosendaal to Leiden. The train provides a decent wireless internet connection. I have seen it before, but then it was an experiment on trains between ...
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How do you exit Dutch railway stations with an international paper-based ticket?

According to the media the Dutch railways are getting rid of the paper-based ticket, relying fully on a chip based prepaid card called the ov chip card. I do have such a card. However, when arriving ...
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Round trip in Netherlands, Belgium and Germany with a car and a tent

I have this weird plan for September. We're a couple, and we have one week in Amsterdam. It seems Amsterdam is not large enough to keep us busy for a week, and in any case we're more people of ...
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Are there any restaurants serving real chinese food in Benelux?

I read this question "Where can I eat dishes that feature in western countries' Chinese restaurants?" and I got very curious. I always apreciated authentic Chinese food very much and I (sort of) ...
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Do I need to apply for a UK transit visa when I have a visitor visa?

I am a Chinese passport holder currently living in the Netherlands with a Dutch residence permit. I will fly from Amsterdam to London, and immediately transit from there to Hong Kong. Lugguage would ...
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Do I need any visa for transit via Amsterdam?

I have an Iranian passport and Irish D type visa. I am planning to go to Cork from Tehran. I found these two flights in order to reach Cork: Tehran → Kiev → Amsterdam (27June, One Way): Flight ...
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Opening hours in Maastricht for Ascension

I wanted to make a one-day trip to Maastricht tomorrow, but it's Ascension day. Are shops and cafes opened during this holiday?
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Getting from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam

I need to get from Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam Central Station. Is there a direct train? How much would a taxi cost?
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Group travel in the train in the Netherlands, how does it work?

I am planning some travel in the Netherlands by train and I found this ticket for groups which seems an intersting solution: http://www.ns.nl/reizigers/producten/losse-kaartjes/groepsretour.html It ...
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Is there a discount on train tickets for people older than a given age in the Netherlands?

I am helping a friend to plan a trip in the Netherlands. He is 68 years old. Is there some discount on the train like in Belgium?
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Quiet cities close to Brussels and Amsterdam

Me and my girlfriend are travelling for 10 days in end of June in the Netherlands. We plan to rent a car to go around. I hear that parking and driving in Brussels and Amsterdam is not so easy. Do you ...
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Does Solvang, CA have Dutch roots?

I am Dutch and currently studying abroad in California. I heard several people (first in real life, and after I googled it, I saw some people online doing the same thing) refer to a Dutch town in ...
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Is Keukenhof still open in May if the winter is warmer?

From the guides I read they state that from March to May you can visit the Keukenhof. If the winter is warmer flowers will bloom earlier. What happens in such situation? will Keukanof close earlier ...
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Is there an online map or other resource that lists windmills in the Netherlands?

I would like to know if there is an online map or other reource that lists windmills in the Netherlands. Preferably ones that can be visited. If there information about their former function that ...
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How much time should I account to spend on the Keukenhof?

I am planning a day trip to the Keukenhof in the Netherlands. From my reading I understand that that must be really busy. They even have a fast lane to enter. I assume that if you have a normal ticket ...
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Train and tram tickets in Amsterdam?

I know there's the OV chipcard for travel, but the empty card itself cost money. Then I have to top-up the travel value. How about the GVB 1 day card that cost 7.50? Does it mean I have to pay for ...
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Stay for 2 days in Amsterdam enroute from USA to India

I am an indian citizen and I have a valid Visa for the US. Right now I am staying in US. I want to know whether it is possible for me to stay in Leeuwarden, Netherlands for one or two days as a part ...
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Where and when is the best time to see the tulip fields in the Netherlands?

I would like to see the tulip fields in the Netherlands. Where and when is the best time to do it? (after the flower blooms and before the crop) Is it possible to go by public transportation or is it ...
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How friendly is the Netherlands to vagabonds?

I have a friend who likes to walk, bike, camp and exercise the freedom to be wherever she is as long as it's not disruptive of others. For her it's a spiritual need and a philosophical/political ...
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Travel Consent letter for child traveling with parent to Netherlands

I am planning to visit Netherlands with my family (wife and a child who is less than 2 years old). One of the requirement for the visa is "original travel consent letter signed by both parents/legal ...
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How do EU citizens claim healthcare bills in the Netherlands with the EHIC?

I know that when one has a European Health Insurance Card, he can get free or discharged treatment in all EU (+ few other) countries. This is quite clear. However, I'm interested in what is the ...
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Pre-paid accomodation necessary for Schengen? [duplicate]

I am applying for a Schengen visa (traveling to Netherlands), I wanted to ask if a pre-paid accomodation is necessary? I have booked through booking.com, gave them my credit card info but I'll only be ...
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Schengen visa for Amsterdam and Paris [duplicate]

I am flying from Johannesburg to Paris. I want to spend a couple of days there. Then I am going to Amsterdam with the train to spend a couple of days there. I am flying back from Amsterdam to ...
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Netherlands Working Holiday Scheme for Aussies

No visa is needed for Australians to enjoy the 90/180 standard rule in Schengen area. To extend that time in Holland (and maybe other places) I can apply for a working holiday visa of 1 year at Dutch ...
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Is it possible to get a Schengen visa without travel insurance and a copy of the itinerary? [closed]

i'm an international student completing my study programm in South Africa. As vacations are coming soon, i would like to know travel for Europe, especially in Netherlands. I have so far all those ...
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Mobile Internet in the Netherlands

I'm visiting the Netherlands for a week. I'd like to buy a SIM for my iPad to have internet access. What is the cheapest way? Cheapest carrier that offers 500MB-1GB? (with decent 3G coverage in ...
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Duration of Schengen visa while travelling to non Schengen areas which allow Schengen visa

I'm planning to travel to the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Turkey. I'll be in Netherlands for 4 days, Bulgaria for 4 and Turkey for 2. I'm applying for a Schengen visa for the Netherlands. Considering ...
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Can I apply for a Schengen visa of the first port of entry or does it need to be the country of the longest duration?

I'm planning to travel to the Netherlands, Spain and Bulgaria. My longest stay will probably be in Bulgaria. Now, Bulgaria doesn't issue a Schengen visa but allows people with a Schengen visa to ...
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The best pre-paid nano (iPhone 5) sim-only bundle for mobile Internet in the Netherlands [closed]

I need a pre-paid SIM card for iPhone 5 with about 1Gb Internet in the Netherlands. It will be in use just for a week. What mobile operator and which bundle would you suggest?
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How can I buy an e-ticket for Netherlands train if I don't have a Dutch bank account?

I wanted to buy a train ticket today from the Dutch railroad website. It all worked fine, but when checking out, I was asked for my bank details and it seems that you can only pay if you have a Dutch ...
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Can I buy a plane ticket from A-B-C but get on the plane at B? [duplicate]

I'm planning a trip to South-Korea in April. I was looking at flight ticket prices and found that I can go from Brussels to Seoul (and back) for about 600€. It lands in London however. I then tried to ...
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One foot in Belgium and the other in the Netherlands!

I come across this photo in Facebook where the borderline between Belgium and the Netherlands is drawn in the ground splitting a house in two sides one in the Netherlands and one in Belgium. One can ...
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Is it possible to get a Russian visa with a Dutch passport while holding the Russian nationality?

In a discussion with travel buddies the following issue came up as the result of a Russian trip planning. The situation of the person is as follows: Born in Azerbeidjan (former Soviet state). In ...
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Applying for Netherlands Working Holiday Scheme whilst in the Netherlands

I am an Australian and eligible for the Netherlands Working Holiday Scheme. However, I am already in the Netherlands (my partner has a job here so I came over with him at short notice). Can anyone ...
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Can you easily get between Rotterdam Central Station and Rotterdam The Hague Airport by public transport?

In the past when I've gone to Rotterdam, it has either been by train, or from the port, which we've got questions covering. This time, having snagged a very good deal, I'll be flying into Rotterdam ...
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Are there walking tours (where you join a group) in Rotterdam?

A few weeks ago I was in Berlin, which has a huge number of excellent walking tours, many of which are free (you pay a tip at the end). These covered the usual sights, as well as some more interesting ...
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Taxi from Pistoolhaven to Luxemburgweg Europoort in the Netherlands

"Annoyed" has given me excellent advice about travelling to Europoort by other public transport with a dog. Thanks!! Could anybody advice me if and where I can book taxi from Pistoolhaven to ...
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Can I take a bike on trains from Schiphol? [duplicate]

I want to ride my bike from Ijmuiden to Schiphol railway station and take it on the train to Groningen - any problem with this?
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What is the fastest way from Zurich to Eindhoven, by public transport?

I'm looking for the fastest way using the normal public transport options (plane, train, etc.) from Zurich to Eindhoven in Autumn. Flying seems not really to be a option since there seem to be no ...
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Tour to (or via) Afsluitdijk

I am planing to go on a trip around Europe, and wondering if there are any buses (tour bus) or just any regular buses that go along the A7 motorway in the Netherlands (noord-holland). I really love ...
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Is there catering on Dutch domestic trains?

In the Netherlands there are local trains without toilets. So far so good. I would like to know if there are catering facilities (bar, restaurant, trolley, dispenser, ... ) on domestic Dutch IC ...
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What is the cheapest way to get from Düsseldorf Weeze Airport (NRN) to Nijmegen (NL)

What is the cheapest way to get from Nijmegen Central Station to Düsseldorf Weeze Airport and, after a trip of several days, back from the same airport to Nijmegen Central Station? I want to minimise ...
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Are there any community bike shops in the Netherlands? [closed]

I'm a Canadian who's visiting the Netherlands for a few months. I'm awed by the strength of the bicycling culture here, but, to date, I haven't been able to locate any community bike shops. By ...