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

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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 side at each country. One can literally put one ...
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Is weed still legal for tourists in Amsterdam?

I have heard it's not legal starting from 2013. I also heard they postponed applying this? So what's the deal? Allowed or not?
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What point on the main land of The Netherlands is furthest away from any buildings?

Living in The Netherlands, I know my country is a crowded one. I typically can't leave a town for a couple of steps before arriving in the next one. So I was wondering, Where in The Netherlands am I ...
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Is it ok to take a break near the cycle path, on the grass, in Netherlands?

Today it was the first time when I cycled in Netherlands. I really enjoyed it. I cycled from Amsterdam to the North Sea and back to Amsterdam. When I was cycling on the cycle path I became thirsty ...
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What are these huge ‘fields’ of light just north of Amsterdam?

I flew over the Netherlands last week, and while we were going over an area just off the coast northwest of Amsterdam, I noticed something that looked like enormous, square lights shining quite ...
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In the Netherlands, does the green stripe in the middle of a road always allow to drive 100 km/h?

In the Netherlands, there are roads with a green stripe in the middle. Here an example from Google Street View: Both times I was driving on such a road there was an autoweg (expressway) sign at the ...
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Can a shop in the Netherlands force you to buy clothes if you take a photo? [closed]

I've just been in a shop in Amsterdam which had a sign saying: No pictures allowed and specially not when wearing our garments!!! If we see you making pictures anyway, you will have to buy ...
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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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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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Is it possible to recharge an OV-chipkaart without a Dutch banking card?

I have an anonymous OV-chipkaart (Dutch public transport electronic card). I don't have a Dutch banking card. (In other words, I'm a foreigner who goes to the Netherlands occasionally.) What are my ...
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May a Dutch citizen enter the Netherlands using a foreign passport?

EDIT: I have just noticed that the linked page on the Dutch identification requirement has changed. I do not know when or why it changed. It now reads Identificeren bij dubbele nationaliteit ...
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Am I able to travel to the Netherlands without a visa to seek asylum?

Can I travel to the Netherlands to seek asylum with out a visa, because I want to seek asylum? Will Kenya Airways allow me to board a plane with out a visa to Schiphol Airport, considering I have my ...
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How can I effectively compare data plans available in a country?

I'm going to spend 5½ months in Netherlands, and need to be able to make calls to Italy without spending a fortune. After some hunting on Wikipedia I found that there are only three non-virtual ...
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Travelling with one e-ticket for two people through Dutch train stations

I purchased an e-ticket for two people from DB Bahn via a travel agency. We are travelling through two Dutch train stations. I know I have to scan it in at these stations. Since the ticket is for two ...
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Where to find public water taps in the Netherlands?

We are wandering around the Netherlands (on foot, hitchhiking, and by bicycle). We aren't sleeping in campsites, but just putting our tent anywhere "in the bush". We are used to travelling this way in ...
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Smoking weed in Amsterdam as a tourist

I read the following question and all its answers: Is weed still legal for tourists in Amsterdam? I am not even a weed smoker, but since I am going to Amsterdam, I thought I'd give it a try. I would ...
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Why do people scan their Intercity / Sprinter tickets twice (on entry and exit) in Amsterdam?

I notice that people seem to scan their tickets twice, on entry and exit, on the NS system (Intercity / Sprinter) in Amsterdam. Since the officials scan your ticket on the train, what's the purpose of ...
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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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What is “Sprinter” in the Netherlands?

I am trying to avoid construction traffic on Friday morning drive and found a route marked "Sprinter". What does sprinter mean / imply in the Netherlands? Is it a bus? Is it not for driving?
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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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If Dutch railways suggests a 5-min connection, is it definitely doable?

I've looked up a ticket for a connection from Brussels to Den Haag, with a five minute connection in Breda. This connection is suggested by the railway company, is that some kind of commitment that ...
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Can I use a VISA debit card in the Netherlands?

It seems that most debit cards issued in the Netherlands are on the Maestro network. Will places that only accept debit cards take my US-issued VISA debit card? From what I could tell, many places ...
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Tax Free when leaving EU through a different country

I bought the laptop in Netherlands but am planning to leave EU through Italy. How can I get tax refunds in my case? Do I need to stamp my receipts in both: Schiphol and Milano airports?
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Bringing a medicine containing Cannabis Sativa from India to the Netherlands

A few months ago, a friend of mine (who is a Dutch citizen) wanted to bring this over-the-counter medicine back from India to the Netherlands. It's a specially prepared herbal medicine. Herbal ...
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What's a cheap, convenient way to get from Amsterdam to Brussels?

Since Fyra stopped transportation between Amsterdam and Brussels I was wondering if there is way to get there cheaper and convenient than usual NS trains with two over stops. I found that megabus has ...
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How can an American get a Maestro Debit Card?

I am an American and I plan on traveling to the Netherlands periodically over the next few years. I was recently there and had to use a hodgepodge of credit card, debit cards, cash and worst of all ...
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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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How to see the Norwegian fjords [closed]

I am currently working in The Hague area of the Netherlands. This summer is too cold to spend weekends on the beach, so I've decided to spend 3-4 days seeing the Norwegian fjords instead. I ...
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Can I travel within the Schengen area without a passport if I have my residency permit card?

I am currently located in the Netherlands and have lived here for 4 years. I have a working visa for the Netherlands and would like to go on vacation to another country in Europe. I however do ...
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Do PINs added to chip-and-sign cards work at chip-and-PIN terminals?

I am an American who has a chip-and-signature credit card issued by Bank of America. Last time I was in Europe (specifically, the Netherlands), I was unable to use my card at an automated ticket kiosk,...
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Dutch visa was annulled on entering France

Sorry for the lengthy post. So I planned for an Europe trip and applied for my schengen visa at the Dutch embassy in Tokyo. I applied at the Dutch embassy because I was planning on staying for 6days ...
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Is Amsterdam a dog friendly city?

Are there many places in Amsterdam that would be happy for us to bring a dog in (cafes, restaurants, public buildings)? What is the general attitude to dogs in public places in the Netherlands?
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Tipping in the Netherlands

Tipping varies from one country to another and I do not want to offend on my trip to Holland, so what is the tipping practice? In the US, you can write the tip on the receipt or leave it on the table ...
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Does an Indian national need a visa to enter the Netherlands on a short business visit with a company invitation?

I am from India and need to go to the Netherlands for business. It's a short visit of 7 days and have a company invitation. We referred to the official Dutch Immigration information about business ...
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Where in Amsterdam can one legally spray graffiti?

My friend is an artist and she wondered if she can draw on the walls in Amsterdam legally and if yes where?
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Bicycle rental in Netherlands with drop-off in another city

I'm planning a Bicycle trip in Netherlands for this April. I'm searching for bike rentals. I saw a lot of information on renting bikes, but I have two specific questions. It is easy to find a bike ...
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Using my Azerbaijan driver's license in the Netherlands?

I have a driving licence which is issued in Azerbaijan and I have been living in Germany for 2 years(I have permission of residence).Clearly I can't use my driving licence in Germany after 6 month ...
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How should you drive on rush-hour lanes (“Spitsstrook”) in the Netherlands if they are open?

The Netherlands has so called rush-hour lanes, which are often emergency lanes that are opened for traffic during rush hours. They are always indicated with green arrows above the highway. I find ...
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Cycle / Bike Hire in Amsterdam

I am planning a short break in October/November to Amsterdam. During this time I want to spend a day leisurely cycling (nothing too intense) to see some countryside sights outside of Amsterdam. I ...
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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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Folding bicycles on Netherlands trains

I read that, if you want to take your bicycle on a train in the Netherlands, you must buy ticket for it and, during rush hours, you aren't allowed to take it on the train. However, folding bicycles ...
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Why does Rotterdam not want me to lean against buildings?

I'm going to Rotterdam for an Ingress event at the end of May. This event expects somewhere between 2000 and 4000 people from all over the world, but mostly central Europe. Because of recent terror ...
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How much cash to carry for a conference in the Netherlands?

My husband won an academic contest and the prize was a trip to the Netherlands for a global conference on his specialty. He's responsible for paying for food and transportation, but the lodging and ...
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What is the cheapest way to get from Eindhoven to Amsterdam?

What is the cheapest way to get from Eindhoven or Eindhoven airport to Amsterdam and back?
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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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Are there trains without WC in the Netherlands?

I have read some news that in the Netherlands there are no WCs in some short-distance trains because it would be too expensive. Is it true that there are urinal bags in these trains? How can I check, ...
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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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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 a city in the world with more bridges than Amsterdam, the Netherlands?

I know there are cities with bigger bridges and with more famous bridges. But are there cities with more? According to this site Amsterdam has 1,753 bridges with a number and more without. HOW MANY ...
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How might an Indonesian expedite a Dutch medical bill when the policy is to delay issue for four months?

My girlfriend had to visit AMC (Amsterdam Medical Centre) for a medical emergency. She was a tourist from Indonesia and hence only carried travel insurance. The hospital treated her without us paying ...