How to Travel to the Netherlands

How to Travel to the Netherlands
The Netherlands, located on Europe's North Sea between Belgium and Germany, is home to more than 16 million residents. The country's verdant countryside is an excellent spot for biking, hiking and exploring. The Netherlands also boast excellent art museums (including Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum), historic medieval towns and varied and often duty-free shopping.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Fly to Amsterdam. Amsterdam's Schipol airport is one of the busiest in Europe. Flights arrive from 260 destinations in 91 countries. Located 20 minutes outside of the city center, Schipol is connected to Amsterdam via trains that arrive and depart the station on the lower level of the airport.
Step 2
Take a train. Rail service connects the major--and not-so-major--cities of Amsterdam with the rest of Europe. European trains are some of the most elegant around and are often equipped with dining and lounge cars. If you're planning to travel to multiple cities during a week, two-week or month-long period, consider a Eurail pass to save money.
Step 3
Go by bus. Not all bus tours are filled with senior citizens looking to see all of the capitals of Europe in seven days. As of 2009, a bus tour is as likely to be adventure-oriented as it is geared toward sightseeing. Bus tours are offered to the Netherlands that focus on hiking, biking and exploring the country heritage. Holland CycleTours is just one of many such tour operators.
Step 4
Arrive by sea. Amsterdam and Rotterdam are major ports of call on Baltic Sea cruises. Such itineraries include stops at Berlin, Latvia, St. Petersburg and ports throughout Scandinavia.

Article Written By Sandy Mitchell

Sandy Mitchell is an Ohio-based writer, blogger and editor. She writes for "The Better Drink" and other online publications. Before devoting herself full-time to writing, Mitchell was a travel agent and cruise school instructor for 18 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bowling Green State University.

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