- The value of the state in the modern world
- Nature Features
- National dishes
- When to go
- Best cities For tourism
- What to see in the Netherlands
- architectural and historical sights
- religious objects
- Natural attractions
- Where to go with children
- What to bring as souvenirs
- Video about the Netherlands
Netherlands is the kingdom in the north of Western Europe. The local climate does not attract beach relaxing lovers, while the city's attractions include artistic museums and architectural monuments of cities with a rich history. Also in the Netherlands there are many vintage castles and picturesque landscapes.
The value of the state in the modern world
the Netherlands is the state, the main territory of which is located in the north of Western Europe and the West Frisian Islands.
In addition, the country includes the islands in the Caribbean:
These three islands are also called the "Caribbean Netherlands". There is also a "Netherlands Kingdom" political map, which consists of the Netherlands (founder's country) and three island territories in the Caribbean Sea.
- Sint Martin.
The total area of the country is seen from the area:
- of the mainland - 41,543 square meters. km;
- 6 islands - 978 square meters. km.
The Netherlands is often called Holland. In fact, the so-called 2 Central provinces (North and South Holland). These territories are the "heart" of the country, they played a key role in the historical past of the Netherlands. Therefore, the language, custom or attractions can be said as "Netherlands" and "Dutch".
The official capital of the country - Amsterdam, however, the actual role of the metropolitan city is assigned to the Hague - it is there that the residences of the king, organs of legislative and executive bodies, foreign offices are located.
Together with Belgium and Luxembourg, the Netherlands form one of the most densely populated regions of the world and includes the political and economic organization of Benilux (the name is formed from the first syllables of the names of countries). The Netherlands are a member of the European Union.
The Netherlands is one of the most progressive modern countries, known not only to its developed industry and rich culture. There are unusual views on the rights and freedoms, morality and ethics in the country, which also attracts tourists.
From the north and west, the Netherlands wash the North Sea, in the south the country borders with Belgium, and in the east - with Germany. From Russia to the Netherlands, it is more convenient to get through the air, but there are terrestrial ways.
Options and their nuances are shown in Table:
|Type of transport||Route (initial and end points)||Time in way||Cost||Features|
|Airplane||Moscow (Sheremetyevo) - Amsterdam (Skephol)||from 3 to 23 hours - depending on the availability of transfers and Docking time||with one transplant - from 9.5 thousand rubles, without transfers - from 20 thousand rubles.||From Sheremetyevo every day crashes several aircraft in Skiphol. Flights from Domodedovo and Vnukovo less, and the cost is higher.|
|Airplane||St. Petersburg (Pulkovo) - Amsterdam (Skiphol)||from 4 to 26 hours||with one Transplantation - from 15 thousand rubles, without transfers - from 28 thousand rubles.||It is often more convenient from St. Petersburg to get to Moscow and fly by air from there|
|Train||Moscow (Belarusian station) - Transplant in Berlin or Paris - Amsterdam (Central Station)||from 36 hours.||from 8.5 thousand rubles.||Cheap tickets Better to purchase in advance|
|Bus||Moscow (Riga / Moscow Station) - Amsterdam (Central Station)||from 36 to 48 h.||from 4.4 thousand rubles.||To decide on such a long "Tour" follows only if there are experience in bus travel|
|car||Moscow-Amsterdam||from 48 h.||from 11 thousand rubles. - Such is the cost of gasoline and travel on paid roads||In front of the trip, inspection of the car. To the cost of the trip you need to add insurance and overnight for at least 2 cities|
The optimal option is the airfare, a trip by train and the bus longer and more tiring (concerns and combinations of the train + bus). Mixed version of the aircraft + train (with a change in Brussels or Paris) will save up to 3 thousand with a small loss in comfort and time.
You can get to the Dutch Islands in the Caribbean Sea only by plane, a ticket to the Caribbean Netherlands will cost 80 thousand rubles, and a ticket to Aruba / Sint-Martin Islands - from 30 thousand rubles.
To visit the Netherlands to tourists from Russia will require a Schengen Category C (single or twofold / multivis). To visit the islands in the Caribbean, you need a Caribbean visa (does not allow the right to enter the mainland zone of the Netherlands).
of the Netherlands (the attractions of the country include its distinctive nature) - an example of the territory where the marine moderate climate dominates.
among climatic features:
- The homogeneity of weather conditions within the country - due to a small length from the north to the south and from the west to the East;
- Softness - no severe heat and cold weather;
- The abundance of rainfall, wet snow and fogs. A rare day here is without precipitation - the weather reminds St. Petersburg;
- A small number of sunny days - up to 60 per year;
- Frequent weather change for one day;
Seasonal patterns are shown in Table:
|Winter (December-February)||Usually about + 6-7 degrees, minus temperatures (-1 -2 degrees) can only be in January-February under the influence of Eastern European anticyclones||precipitation in the form of wet snow and rain, occasionally freeze reservoirs.|
The wind is strong, especially on the coast
|Spring (March-May)||from + 7-10 degrees in March to + 12-29 degrees In May||, March is cold and windy, and for April-May there is a maximum of sunny days and a minimum of precipitation. Nights significantly colder days|
|Summer (June-August)||The average temperature is from +17 to +22 degrees. The warmest months - July-August, when the air warms up to +26 degrees.||Feature of the Dutch summer - Frequent weather change: The sun replaces the rain clouds 6 times per day. Water in the sea is heated only to + 17-20 degrees|
|Autumn (September-November)||from +17 degrees in September to +7 degrees in November.||September is not much colder than summer, but the rains and winds continue again. The weather in November differs little from winter|
According to 2017 data, the population of the country is 17,084,719 people. The population density is 405 people/sq. km - according to this indicator, the country ranks 15th in the world (only "dwarf" kingdoms are ahead of the Netherlands). From an ethnic point of view, among the inhabitants of the country, one can single out the indigenous population (Dutch and Frisians - more than 80%) and small groups of immigrants.
The country is 29% Catholic and 19% Protestant. About 40% of the country's population identify themselves as atheists.
Residents of the country are distinguished by:
- love for sports;
- moderate openness - they quickly move to informal communication, but are not inclined to invite a stranger to visit;
- politeness - locals are able to smile and behave kindly even in response to rudeness;
- Liberal - among other things, euthanasia, soft drugs and same-sex marriage are allowed here;
- equanimity - a calm attitude towards everything that does not violate the law;
- Thrift bordering on avarice.
When dealing with the Dutch, you should know that here the norm is:
- some “inhospitality” - here they are not inclined to invite and, especially treat people you don't know. The residents themselves also do not seek to get to someone else's feast;
- ethnic tolerance - disrespect for representatives of other races will be considered as an administrative (or even criminal) violation;
- exceptional punctuality.
Guests of the country are often surprised by local customs and traditions, including:
- many inhabitants of the country visit with pleasure and without any shame;
- wash the pavement in front of his house;
- immediately throw away uneaten food, not leaving it for tomorrow;
- to hang calendars in the kitchen or in the toilet, which list the birthdays of friends and relatives;
- drink a lot of coffee - the average Dutchman drinks 1,000 cups a year;
- to use bicycles for transportation.
in the country are not welcome:
- Wearing a natural fur coat / Skin - in the Netherlands there are many radical zoofers;
- Public Demonstration of Financial Welfare - Showful Luxury is considered a bad tone;
- Dancing in a restaurant - To do this, it is better to go to the disco;
- Handshakes and lush compliments (while the kisses at a meeting are considered the norm and do not bear the romantic "load").
Official languages - Netherlands and Westernfrisian (on the territory of Friesland). However, it is possible to freely explain in English (separate courses in local universities are read only in English) and German (close to the Netherlands).
Since 2002, the official currency of the Netherlands is the euro. National currency can only be interesting from a numismatic point of view. It is advisable to take euro with you - exchange dollars or other currency is unprofitable. If still have to do this, it is better to use the Bank's office or by mail - there are the official exchange rate there and charge the minimum commission.
In the country, plastic cards of Maestro, Visa, MasterCard systems, including credit systems, are accepted everywhere. You can cash money at GWK points operating near railway stations from 8 am to 8 pm.
The Netherlands (the landmarks of the country - and its "disheveled" by the sea of the earth) from the point of view of the relief can be divided into two areas:
- North-West - coastal flat lowlands. The name "Netherlands" comes from the Gol. "Nederland" - Low Earth. Here, in the Delta Rane River, Sheld, Maas is located the provinces with a rich history and the largest cities.
- Southeast - hills and plains, smoothly passing around Ardennes in the foothills.
In the north-west, wildlife is practically no, local landscapes are pastures, greenhouses, roads and buildings. This half of the country lies below the sea level, from flooding the territory protects the complex system of dams, artificial lakes and canals.
It was in this area that Delta project was implemented simultaneously:
- drain central lands;
- Save channels available for shipping.
Along the Severomorsk coastline, behind the dunes, Polders - land, "disheveled" by the sea and used for the needs of agriculture are located. At one of them there is the lowest point of the country - the wardlastpolder, located 7 m below the sea level.
In the south-west, the locality is more elevated - about 30 m above sea level and above. Here is the highest point of the Netherlands - Valerberg (321 m).
Southern Reliefs Difference, hills cover forest arrays, presented:
In general, the country of forests is a bit - only 8% of the territory.
Most wild animals are displaced by a man, but in the forests still inhabit:
in reserves can be seen. In total, there are about 30 reserves in the country, many of them are popular with eco-tourism lovers.
In the river delta, waterfowl:
Netherlands are the birthplace of famous navigators and discoverers. Modern Dutch cuisine, relying on its own agricultural and fishing traditions, contains gastronomic features of other countries.
- of the Mediterranean;
- Asian countries;
Among the features of the kitchen:
- Simplicity of ingredients - seafood, meat, milk and cheese, potatoes and vegetables;
- moderate use of spices;
- concise design;
- An unusual combination of flavors - sweet sauces to meat or salted lollipops.
Among the local dishes, they deserve attention:
- Dutch pea soup (Sansert) are one of the few Dutch dishes known all over the world. Soup prepares thick and served with pieces of bacon laid on slices of rye bread;
- pea soup with sausage;
- Cabbage with smoked sausage - cabbage can be white, Brussels and Kohlrabi;
- sauerkraut (zourcol);
- Chicken under walnut sauce (SATE);
- Vegetable stew with meat (hood) - the side dish can be served separately, without meat. "Vegetarian" version is called "Stampot";
- Geddle in Dutch (Haring) - the second after the cheese the culinary symbol of the country;
- "Great" herring (Hands Nyv) - the young herring of the first catch. Nuv - Delicates, who eat entirely, without cutting into pieces;
- Fried fish in breading;
- Veal balls (bitterbalen) - one of the traditional snacks to beer;
- Patate - resembles potatoes-free larger cutting. Served under the sauce of onions, mayonnaise and nut sauce.
Local desserts are easy to prepare, but they look difficult and appetizing.
- Slices of bread in sweet (chocolate) crumb (haghelslah) - Bread and crumb can be of various types and colors;
- Dutch pancakes (Pannencoken);
- round fruit filling cake (Limburg Flya);
- Dutch apple cake (appeltart) - served with cinnamon and whipped cream;
- Gingerbread cookies (peaperoten) - looks like round candy with a diameter of about 1 cm. This is a seasonal dessert that is preparing for the beginning of December, to the holiday of St. Nicholas;
- Crispy waffles with a caramel syrup stuffing (Stropwafels) are served to coffee or tea. By tradition, the waffles are used as a cap for the cup during the meal;
- Sweet pancakes with powdered sugar (Podfratis);
- Lacrice lollipops (Drop) can be sweet or salty. In the second case, to be insensitive - to the goodcomer you need to get used to a long time.
However, the most famous Dutch product is cheese. Modern cheesers are preparing Gauda, Leidensky, Edamer and Masdam, using the same technologies as the centuries ago.
The Dutch consumes a lot of chocolate - in the form of tiles, desserts, hot drinks. In the preparation of desserts actively use chocolate paste, crumb, chips.
Among the low alcohol beverages should be noted White (Witbier) and fruit (Gruit) beer, as well as the famous "Heineken" and "Amstel".
From strong beverages, attention is deserved:
- Juniper vodka "Genevaer";
- Bitter's orange brandy;
- Liquor "Lawyer".
Choosing a restaurant or cafe, follows:
- Avoid establishments located along the popular tourist routes;
- Do not neglect national eateries - Thai, Turkish, Chinese.
When to go
the Netherlands (the attractions of the country are diverse and numerous) attract tourists at any time of the year. Architectural facilities, unusual museums and galleries are interesting regardless of the season.
Among year-round tourist activity, it is possible to allocate:
- High season - from mid-April to the end of August, the influx of guests to the country is especially great. At the same time, in April-May, the prices for rest are acceptable, and in July-August they reach a peak. In a high season, tourists can: take excursions from scenic channels and admire numerous bridges; Surfing; participate in the celebration of the birthday of the queen (April 30), Melnik's Day and Cyclist (May 13) or herring day (one of the June Saturdays); Visit the Rock Festival "Pinkpop" in mid-June; Take part in the day of museums on April 9 or floral procession (from April 20 to the first Saturday of May).
- Low Season - From October to February (not counting New Year and Christmas holidays). In these months, rest is cheaper, plus you can visit the numerous winter sales. The only inconvenience is colder and frowning weather. Among the popular events of this season: St. Martin's Day with a festive procession - November 11; Marijuana Festival - November 30; Christmas celebration.
- The period from the end of March to mid-May is the time of flowering tulips. Often, the country is visited in order to see the hectares of these colors;
- September - a great time for cycling.
The area of the Netherlands is such that from one border to another can be reached in 4 hours.
The developed transport network of the country is presented:
- Rail transport. The train is the main way of moving inside and between cities. You can find the right route and the cost of the trip on site NS. NL. Purchase tickets are better in the automata at the stations, when buying at the conductor, the car is additionally charged at 35 euros (for comparison, the cost of a long-distance trip is about 10 euros);
- Unified City Transport System GVB. The system combines trams, trolley buses and buses, and in Amsterdam and Rotterdam includes the subway. You can use GVB from 6.00. Up to 0.30 (metro station to 0.00), there are night buses. Select the route on site 9292.nl. Ticket cost: There is a time ticket to 3 euros, the daily - 7.5 euros, and the week - at 34 euros. In Amsterdam for tourists there is a retro tram and excursion bus lines are provided;
- Taxi. Not the most popular type of transport (in view of the abundance of traffic jams and cost). For the landing and the first 2 km will need to pay 7 euros. Each subsequent km will increase the total cost of 2.2 euros. Pay for a taxi taken in cash, leaving 10% of the tips;
- bicycles. For this transport there are canolates and highlighted strips on the roads. You can rent a bicycle for a day for 6-20 euros plus pledge and insurance;
- Private cars. A good option for long-distance and rural trips, taking into account good roads, neat local drivers and a huge amount of dressing. For rental will need rights, two credit cards and age older than 21-25 years. Due to the traffic jams and expensive parking lots to use the car in the city uncomfortable.
The best cities for tourism
Netherlands (the sights of the kingdom will surprise even sophisticated travelers) is a small country where the city and rural corners are equally attractive.
However, a number of cities traditionally enjoys in high demand in high demand:
- Amsterdam - has the status of the city from 1306, and from 1814 G.- Is the capital. The name of the city in North Holland occurred from the name of the Amstil River and the words "Dam". This is one of the largest port and logistics centers of the world. People of 177 nationalities live here. Tourists attract free atmosphere, scenic channels, and an unprecedented number of museums / galleries. The rank of red lanterns and numerous coffeeops played its role in popularity of the city;
- Rotterdam is a port city in South Holland, the second one after Amsterdam. This is the largest port in Europe, the machine-building and logistics center. Here are museums, theaters, many nightclubs. In winter, a film festival is held in the city, and in the summer - an unusual carnival in Caribbean style;
- Delft - located in South Holland, one of the first settlements of the country, which received the status of the city. In the XVI century was the residence of Wilhelm Orange (here the prince was killed) and actually the first metropolitan city. It is the center of high-tech industries - here is the Technical University and the organization of applied research. As Amsterdam has an extensive network of channels. Attractions are porcelain production and architecture of the historic center;
- Maastricht - Limburg Province Center. The city is located in the south-east, near the intersection of borders with Belgium and Germany. The first fortress appeared in the 1st century n. er, and in the Middle Ages the city was a strategic center. Thanks to the abundance of samples of medieval architecture, it is considered one of the most beautiful historical cities of the country. The city is the Museum of Stagniderland Art;
- Hague - the third largest city of the country after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. In the Middle Ages played the role of a noble administrative center. Today, the Hague in South Holland performs the functions of the capital with government residences. Sights of the city - museums, concert halls and theaters. The city's territory includes 2 major beach resorts, one of them is the famous Scheveningen.
What to see in the Netherlands
by the number of sights of the Netherlands occupy one of the leading positions in the world. Here there will be objects interesting for lovers architects and arts, as well as connoisseurs of nature. Safety and abundance of entertainment centers with attractions makes the country ideal for family holidays.
Architectural and historical sights
The country is famous for medieval castles, royal palaces and samples of unusual architectural solutions.
Among the leaders in popularity in tourists:
- Royal Palace in Amsterdam - Located on the central square ladies, you can get to the palace from the railway station (10 min). A three-story building with a tower and a weatherproof was built in 1665, in the style of Dutch classicism. Today the palace with luxurious interiors is at the disposal of the monarch. Here you can see a rich collection of furniture, as well as more than 2 thousand items of decorative and applied art (including paintings by Rembrandt, Livenza, Yordans). Mode of operation: 12.00-17.00, day off - Monday. Ticket price - 10 euros. A visit may be limited during the royal ceremonies;
- Miderslot Castle - located in the settlement of Maiden, 15 km south-east of Amsterdam. The castle can be reached by bike (60 min. On the way). On transport you need to go to Amstel's bus station in Amsterdam, then take the buses number 320/322/327 to Meyden, and from there go on foot. The castle of the XIII century with a folding bridge and the moat perfectly preserved, and inside you can see the vintage interiors, weapons and furniture. You can also visit the nursery with fishing birds, shoot from Luke or try medieval suits. Working hours from April 1 to October 31: 10.00-17.00, in winter it is opened only on Saturday-Sunday from 12 to 17 h. Ticket cost: 15 euros (adult), 9 euros (for children from 3 to 9 years old), for children 3 years admission is free;
- Cubic houses - an unusual quarter on ul. Overblak appeared in Rotterdam in 1984. Total 51 building, combined by a pedestrian bridge. Inside there are just as abstract apartments, where the walls are located at an angle of 54 degrees relative to the floor. The quarter has its own shop, school and even hostel. And the owner of one of the houses opened a museum in it, dedicated to the history of the quarter design. You can visit it daily by paying 3 euros. You can get to the quarter by buses number 32 and number 49 or tram number 1 to the Blaak stop.
The Netherlands has more museums per "square kilometer" than any other European country.
Among the most visited:
- The Royal Gallery Mauritshuis is located in a 17th-century palace in the heart of The Hague. You can get to the museum from The Hague Central Station by bus number 24 or tram number 17. The palace itself is one of the significant projects of the architect van Kampen - even a small exhibition is devoted to the construction. The main exposition is about 250 canvases by Dutch painters of the "Golden Age": Vermeer (including "Girl with a Pearl Earring"); Rubens; Rembrandt; Fabricius; Holbein Jr. In the shop at the museum you can buy souvenirs, books, reproductions. Working hours: 11.00-17.00, day off - Monday. Ticket price - 15 euros, the cost of the tour - from 80 euros;
- The Rijksmuseum is the state art museum in Amsterdam, on the Museum Square. It is convenient to get to it by tram number 2 or number 5, getting off at the Hobbemastraat stop. The museum is among the twenty most visited in the world. There are about 8 thousand exhibits in 80 halls on 4 floors. Of greatest interest is the collection of paintings by Dutch painters of the 15th-19th centuries, including 20 paintings by Rembrandt (including The Night Watch). The exposition includes silver miniatures, musical instruments, ship models. Opening hours: 9.00–18.00, daily. Tickets (when buying online) - 20 euros (adult), children under 18 years old - free of charge. A ticket at the box office will cost more and require waiting in line (up to 30 minutes);
- The Van Gogh Museum is the second most visited museum in the country and the 31st in the world. It is located in an unusual building on the Museum Square in Amsterdam, not far from the Rijksmuseum. Here is the largest collection of works by Van Gogh (200 paintings, 400 drawings) and his contemporaries: Gauguin; Monet; Toulouse-Lautrec; Picasso; Manet. Opening hours: 9.00–18.00, Friday: 9.00–22.00. The ticket price is 17 euros.
Among the unusual Amsterdam museums:
- interactive museum of the Amsterdam underground;
- NEMO Museum;
- Anne Frank House;
- branch of Madame Tussauds;
- Museum of Modern Art.
- maritime museum;
- sex museum;
- body museum.
A significant part of the country's churches were built in the 13th-16th centuries, during the heyday of the East India Company Holland. Ports and imports of exotic goods from colonized countries brought huge incomes to the Netherlands, so religious buildings were built "on a grand scale."
Among the major churches:
- Oudekerk (“old church”) is the first church in the city, built in the 14th century. Then it was named after St. Nicholas (the patron saint of sailors), the name "old church" was fixed after the construction of the second church. The modern look gravitates towards the Renaissance style, while the tombstones (they laid the floor), the figures of ships and stained-glass windows of the 16th century that adorn the church have been preserved. In the Middle Ages, the church served not only as a religious object, but also as a kind of living room, where residents communicated and discussed the news. Therefore, one should not be surprised at the proximity of the church to the Red Light District. You can get to the church from the central station, having traveled one stop on trams number 4, 9, 16 or 25 to Dam Square. Next, you need to walk along the street. Warmstraat and Wald Kerksteg to the church. Ticket price - 7.5 euros;
- St. Nicholas Basilica is Amsterdam's leading active Catholic church. Located near the Royal Palace, it immediately greets guests entering the city from the station. Also called "behind the wall" church. This is a young building built in 1887. Neo-baroque and renaissance features are visible in the exterior, and the interior is decorated with stucco, sculptures and stained-glass windows. In plan, the church looks like a classical basilica - a cross with three outbuildings. After the last restoration, the church with excellent acoustics is often used for organ and choir concerts. Entrance to the church is free, you can take pictures inside;
- St. Bavo's Church in Haarlem - built in the 13th century, a Catholic church confiscated in the 16th century in favor of the Protestants. The church in honor of the patron saint of the city is located on the market square of Haarlem. You can get here from Amsterdam from the central station by taking a train to Haarlem (journey time - 15 minutes), from the airport you can get here by bus number 300 in 40 minutes. The church is a large-scale building in the Gothic style, with an 80-meter bell tower. All towers and vaults are made of wood (for safety reasons). The church is famous for its 18th century organ, which was played by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Handel. The ticket price is 25 euros.
There are many places in the country that owe their beauty not only to the inhabitants of the country, but also to nature.
Among the memorable objects:
- the canals of Amsterdam are included in the UNESCO heritage list. 4 main canals encircle the Old City in a circle, forming many islands. For the convenience of communication, more than one and a half thousand picturesque bridges were built, thanks to which the city is called the "Venice of the North" (at the same time, more comfortable). You can take a walk along the canals by boat (from 15 euros) and on foot or by bike;
- The Royal Park Keukenhof is located in the city of Lisse, not far from Amsterdam. You can get to it by Keukenhof Express - bus number 858, departing from Schiphol Airport. The park was equipped more than 170 years ago; it occupies 32 hectares and is recognized as the largest flower park in Europe. Every year, during the flowering period of bulbous (mid-March - mid-May), the park receives up to a million tourists. It has all the infrastructure, including luggage storage for hand luggage. Ticket price - 16 euros;
- Clingendale - Clingendale Manor Park is considered the most beautiful in The Hague. The park with more than 5000 years of history is divided into several parts. The "French" garden was laid out in the 17th century, and the "Dutch" garden was equipped in 1915. But the most famous is the "Japanese" garden, also founded in the 1900s - imported plants and mosses grow here, lanterns and gazebos for meditation are installed. The "Japanese" part is available for visiting from April 30 to June 15, you can visit other gardens all year round. Free admission. You can get from Amsterdam to The Hague by train (about an hour away), and then transfer to bus number 28 at the central station.
Places to go with children
There are many entertainments in the country that will appeal to children and will be of interest to parents.
Some objects are unique even by European standards, among them:
- Madyudoran Park - located in the resort area of The Hague Scheveningen, since 1952 more than 50 million people visited it. You can get here from the city center by tram number 8 or number 9 to the Madyudoran stop. Guests can admire Dutch landscapes, windmills, tulips and landmarks in miniature (scale 1:25). The park is divided into 3 parts - Innovations, World of Water and City Center. Using multimedia equipment, guests can fly planes or unload ships at miniature port terminals. Opening hours: 10.00–17.00. Ticket price - 16 euros;
- Efteling amusement park – located near the town of Tilburg. You can get to Tilburg by train from Amsterdam, and buses run to the park itself. The area of the park is 650 thousand square meters. m - to inspect it entirely, it takes several days. Some of the attractions are based on the fairy tales of Perrault, Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, and Disney cartoons. There are also extreme entertainment - roller coaster, free fall mine. Opening hours: 10.00–18.00. Cost - from 33 euros, for children under 4 years old, the entrance is free;
- Museum of Zanse-Shans - located 15 km from Amsterdam Museum-Village, acquainting guests with a life of the XVII-XVIII centuries. Here you can see mills, cheese and workshops, where they produce famous Dutch wooden shoes. The entrance to the village is free, for museums and entertainment is charged about 10 euros, there are discounts for children. You can reach the village by bus number 391 or by train.
What to bring to the souvenirs
the Netherlands is leading not only by the number of attractions, but also by a variety of souvenirs.
Among the "edible" gifts:
- Cheeses - you can buy in supermarkets or (more profitable) in the museum of cheese. It is better to choose solid varieties for export;
- Lacrice lollipops;
- Beer with local brewery;
- juniper vodka.
Among the memorable souvenirs:
- calendars, guidebooks, books dedicated to the country;
- art reproductions;
- Museum souvenirs - for example, "pearl" earrings;
- Diverse Erotic Products.
- The bulbs of flowers - daffodils, tulips, crocuses;
- Wooden shoes - in full size or stylized under key chains and ashtrays;
- Porcelain Production of the Royal Manufactory in Delft - It may be dishes or minor inexpensive souvenirs;
- "Amsterdam" houses and "Dutch" mills.
The Netherlands is an amazing combination of a huge number of attractions and a cozy atmosphere of a small European country. Local art galleries are unique, and urban and rural landscapes themselves as if they came with picturesque cavities. Parks and attractions will enjoy children and allow them to plunge into the magic of their parents.
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