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Travel Info

Travel info

Tourism

Tourism is an important economic sector in the Netherlands. The country receives some 10 million foreign visitors every year, primarily from Germany, the United Kingdom, the United Statesand Belgium.

Visas

Tourists from nearly 60 countries – including Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, the USA and most of Europe – need only a valid passport to visit the Netherlands for up to three months. EU nationals can enter for three months with just their national identity card.

For more information visit www.netherlandsembassy.org

Major cities

Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag, Eindhoven, Tilburg

Top tourist attractions

  • Amsterdam
  • West Frisian Islands
  • Delft City Hall
  • Keukenhof Gardens
  • Hoge Veluwe
  • Kinderdijk
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Maastricht Vrijthof
  • Delta Project
  • Rotterdam

Activities

Places to visit in The Netherlands are endless and there is something to suit everyone with sporting venues, walking trails, museums, landmarks, monuments, festivals, carnivals, and quality shopping.

Surface

The Netherlands is a geographically low-lying country, with about 25% of its area and 21% of its population located below sea level, and 50% of its land lying less than one metre above sea level.

Climate

The predominant wind direction in the Netherlands is southwest, which causes a moderate maritime climate, with cool summers and mild winters. The average temperature is 2° C (36° F ) in January and 19° C (66° F ) in July.

Taxes

VAT rate is 19%. The lower VAT rate is 6%.

Public holidays

  • 1 January – New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • March/April – Easter. The Dutch celebrate two days of Easter (on Sunday and the subsequent Monday).
  • 30 April – Queen's Day
  • 40 days after Easter – Ascension Day (Always on a Thursday)
  • 7 weeks after Easter – Pentecost. The Dutch celebrate two days of Pentecost (on Sunday and the subsequent Monday).
  • 1st Sunday in November - All Saints Day
  • 25 December - First day of Christmas
  • 26 December – Boxing day

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Source: www.wikipedia.org