Holidays in the Netherlands

Enjoy a holiday in the Netherlands, a popular destination for many and not without reason as the country is very diverse, with beautiful long sandy beaches, endless sand dunes, hidden holiday homes on the West Frisian islands, forests and extensive heather fields. A holiday in the Netherlands is suitable for everyone and because of this you'll find great holiday homes and bungalows in many places, whether you’re traveling with family or a group of friends. Book a vacation house on a holiday park, the kids will love it.

Holidays in the Netherlands, joy for all seasons
The awakening of nature in spring with budding flowers, young animals and numerous songbirds are the features to enjoy during the May holidays in the Netherlands, whilst hiking and biking among nature. A good place for this active holiday is the holiday homes in Drenthe. The warm summer sun, green trees and warm sea of the Coast of Zealand await you in summer. Water sports start on the numerous lakes and waterway such as the Loosdrecht Lakes, Frisian Lakes and of course the IJsselmeer.

Autumn in all its colorful glory invites you to spend your autumn holidays in the Netherlands at one of our cozy holiday homes in North Brabant. And don’t forget about a holiday in the Netherlands in winter where the frozen canals and lakes beckon you for a skating tour while a weekend break with friends in a holiday home with fireplace is highly recommended. The holiday homes in Limburg are recommendable to visit a Christmas market in the area, whether in the Netherlands or just across the border. You are sure to enjoy a holiday in the Netherlands no matter the season.

Cultural holiday in the Netherlands
A holiday in the Netherlands is not just for nature lovers, but also for those who love an active holiday or a cultural holiday in the Netherlands. The centuries-long history can be witnessed in many places, from the prehistoric dolmens in Drenthe and medieval city centers of Utrecht, Nijmegen and Deventer to the fortified town of Bourtange which dates back to the days of the Dutch Revolt. There are also many different museums that will take you back in time like the open-air museum in Arnhem and the house of Anne Frank in Amsterdam. The various museums of modern and contemporary art and the numerous sculptures in the Netherlands will make a holiday in the Netherlands complete for any culture lover.

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Book the holiday homes in the Netherlands for every occassion

The holiday homes in the Netherlands are ideal for those who would like to spend a relaxing and carefree stay in this country. A holiday home with swimming pool or a pet-friendly house will help ensure your vacation is even more enjoyable. Trip to one of the Wadden Islands where you'll encounter fantastic beaches and the tranquility of unspoiled nature. Of course a cycling holiday begins with the holiday homes in Friesland and is possible practically everywhere, thanks to the mostly flat terrain and a wonderful network of cycling paths. The most famous route in Friesland is the Eleven City cycling route, over 200km in length. The long distance routes like the North Sea Trail is another recommendation, especially with our holiday homes on the North Sea Coast. If you're vacationing with the kids, enjoy a wonderful beach break with swimming, sunbathing and building sandcastles in the sun, or head over to excellent theme parks like Walibi Holland. Add to this a traditional Dutch landscape of windmills, tulip bulb fields, fairy tale-like castles and historic sailing ships and you have the stuff that dream holidays are made of.

A fantastic seaside holiday
Despite the fact that the Netherlands is a densely populated country, the natural environment is strikingly beautiful, its forests are famous and the West Frisian Islands with their numerous holiday cottages are also quite well-known. Still a beach holiday in the Netherlands is one that should not be missed and with a holiday home in Zeeland or

Culture
The holiday homes in the Netherlands offer the finest vacation accommodations for a memorable holiday or weekend break. After an eventful day of sightseeing, it's always great to relax on the terrace of your holiday home with swimming pool or spend the evening barbecuing with family or friends. The holiday homes in Veluwe are located in the center of the country, allowing you to explore the country in all directions. You can even bring the family pet thanks to our pet-friendly holiday homes. The culture in the Netherlands is special. You'll find famous landmarks, monuments and museums throughout the country. For example, what about the world-renowned Rembrandt Museum or the Van Gogh Museum in the Hoge Veluwe? You'll also run across famous castles and palaces like Het Loo, magnificent gardens including the 100+ year-old Wilhelminapark, and of course plenty of windmills (over 1,200). Don't limit yourself this holiday season. Book one of Bungalow.Net's holiday homes in the Netherlands today!

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Types of houses

    Holiday homes Netherlands

    Holiday homes Netherlands

    Holiday homes in the Netherlands are ideal accommodations for a fantastic family holiday. This is why they are located in the best spots, near activities and places of interest, so that you can plan a different trip each day. Most holiday homes in the Netherlands have a large garden where you can barbecue while the pet-friendly holiday homes are suitable for your holidays with dog. There is a fitting holiday home in the Netherlands for each budget, from simple houses to luxurious villas, so you can select the house that best matches your wishes. For nature lovers there are holiday homes among nature or at the waterfront, even with a private landing for your own boat, and for a city trip in the Netherlands there are holiday homes in the city. Holiday homes in the Netherlands are an ideal starting point for every vacation.

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    Bungalows Netherlands

    Bungalows Netherlands

    Bungalows in the Netherlands are comfortable holiday destinations for everyone and they come in all shapes and sizes like beach bungalows and bungalows among nature. The often level houses are suitable for everyone alike, families with children or lesser-able persons in an adapted bungalow. Because of the cozy emanation, bungalows in the Netherlands are a much loved holiday destination for many and you can book them at a great price. Your holiday with dog also begins with a bungalow in the Netherlands, because of the ideal location near hiking routes where you take great walks in the woods or along the beach and dunes. From the terrace of your bungalow in the Netherlands in a quiet location you can enjoy a splendid view over the fields and woods while relaxing in the privacy of your own garden with barbecue.


    Apartments Netherlands

    Apartments Netherlands

    A city tour of the Netherlands begins with an apartment in the city, but the apartments near the sea with a beautiful view are also fantastic holiday destinations. The great thing about apartments in the Netherlands is that they are usually inexpensive so you can easily book your weekend break or city shopping trip. Apartments in the Netherlands come in all sizes, from simple studios for two to luxurious apartments for 8 persons. Whichever one you chose you will definitely be able to relax, whether walking among nature or enjoying a wellness weekend, it's all possible with an apartment in the Netherlands. From the balcony you can enjoy a beautiful view of the surroundings and it's the best place to round off the day with a drink. This is why you should book an apartment in the Netherlands: low prices and lots of fun!


    Group accommodations Netherlands

    Group accommodations Netherlands

    A weekend break with friends or the whole family? That's what a group accommodation in the Netherlands offers you, with lots of space so you can spend time together comfortably. A large garden with barbecue enables cozy evenings outdoors and often you'll find plenty of space for the children to play. The central locations of the group houses in the Netherlands allow you to make various day trips. When travelling with a group you often arrive with several cars and the group houses in the Netherlands can accommodate this with plenty of parking on secure grounds. Numerous bedrooms, several bathrooms, a spacious kitchen and dining area will help make your family weekend a success, while the fireplace provides that extra atmosphere in winter. The group accommodations will make your weekend break with family or friends a time to remember, no matter the season.


    Holiday parks Netherlands

    Holiday parks Netherlands

    Your family holiday starts with a holiday park in the Netherlands with swimming pool, animation and of course plenty to do in the area. The cozy holiday parks are located in the nicest spots with lots to offer for both young and old. Children love theme parks and zoos and that makes for a great day out. They can enjoy games and sports with the animation team or do some handicrafts. While the kids are busy playing with their new friends you get the chance to relax. You can book different types of accommodations at the bungalow parks in the Netherlands, from simple to luxurious houses, sometimes even with a private sauna or Jacuzzi. A holiday park with swimming pool is always wonderful, you can go for a swim and often you'll find a mini-golf course, restaurant and supermarket in the park. All the ingredients for a perfect family holiday are present in the holiday parks in the Netherlands.

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Specials

Practical Information

Documents

To travel to the Netherlands you will need the following documents.

  • A valid passport or current identity card, for Dutch a driving license is a valid form of ID within its borders.

Driving:

  • Speed limits:
    In urban areas: 50km/h
    Outside the village: 80km/h
    Freeway: 100km/h
    Highways: 120 to 130 km/h depending on the road.

    On some roads the speed limit can be determined by means of the visible center line. If it is a double white line then the speed limit is 80km / h. If there is a green line between the 2 white lines then the speed limit is 100km / h.

  • In the Netherlands you are allowed to drive after drinking 2 glasses of beer or 1 glass of wine. The allowable alcohol limit is 0.5 %. For beginning drivers it is 0.2 %.

  • You are required to have a warning triangle in your car. For your own safety, it is also wise to have a fluorescent safety vest with you at all times.

  • In the Netherlands there are a lot of cyclists, especially in the city. In many places there are separate bike paths beside the road, but there are also bicycle paths on the road. These are identified by a red pavement containing the symbol of a bicycle.

  • On some roads the speed limit can be determined by means of the visible center line. If it is a double white line then the speed limit is 80km / h. If there is a green line between the 2 white lines then the speed limit is 100km / h.

General Information

  • Official name: Kingdom of the Netherlands

  • Area: 41,628 km2

  • Population: 16.4 million (2008)

  • Capital: Amsterdam, but the government is based in The Hague

  • Form of government: Constitutional monarchy

  • Language: Dutch

Food and Drink 

  • Kale stew with sausage

  • Meatball

  • Sausage and croquettes

  • Pancakes with syrup or powdered sugar, various fillings

  • Diverse Dutch beers such as: Grolsch, Hertog-Jan

  • Various cheeses such as Edam, Gouda, Leerdammer or Frisian clove cheese

  • Custard in various flavors

  • Gingerbread, Frisian seedcake

  • Spiced

  • Syrup waffle

  • Drop

Pets

If you want to take your faithful friend to the Netherlands you must consider the following points.

  • Pets must have a European pet passport which states which vaccinations your pet has had.

  • Pets must be identifiable by means of a chip (since July 1, 2011 a tattoo is no longer sufficient)

  • In the Netherlands your pet must at least be vaccinated against the following diseases:

    • Dogs: rabies

    • Cats: cat flu, feline distemper

  • Make sure that your pet has been wormed prior to departure.

  • Plan ahead and contact your vet for vaccinations and a pet passport.

  • For more information, please visit the website: http://www.dogsincluded.nl/invoer/nederland.htm

  • To go on holiday in the Netherlands with your pet is not difficult. You do not need to meet special conditions. However, we advise you to bring a pet passport. In this case, if anything happens with your pet and you need to visit a vet, there will be no problems.

Conversation Basics 

When you go on holiday to a different country, it almost always means that you will encounter a different language. Therefore we’d like to introduce you to the conversation basics. It’s always appreciated if you know a few words in the foreign language.

Dutch has some difficult sounds and some are pronounced in the back of your throat. You can use the pronunciation of the vowels and letters below with the pronunciation in brackets behind the words.

a - is a British “a” like in can’t
aa - is a longer and more open “a”, like the last a in area
au - is like “ouch” without the ch
e - is an American “a” like in the word can
ee - is a long American “a” like in the word cane
eu - as the first “e” in nerve
g - pronounced in the back of your throat, as if clearing it
i - is the “i” in hint
ie - is “ee” in Greece
ei or ij - English doesn’t have this sound but an “ai” as in five is closest.
o - is the “o” like the first o in hollow
oe - as the “oo” in good
oo - is a longer more open “o” as in locomotive
ou - as in ouch without the ch or as in house
r - pronounced in the back of your throat, as if clearing it
u - as the “u” in blunt, within a word. In other forms it is pronounced "uu"
ui - there is no such vowel in English, ou like house is the closest
uu - is a sound that does not exist in English but the “u” in utopia, without the j that is pronounced before it, is the closest

Good Morning - Goedemorgen (goodemorgen)
Good Day - Goedendag (goodendag)
Good Evening - Goedenavond (goodenaavond)
Hello - Hallo (hallo)
Goodbye - Tot ziens (tot zeens)
Here you are/Please - Alstublieft (alstubleeft)
Thank you - Dank u wel (dank u well)
Sorry - Sorry

Supermarket - Supermarkt (supermarkt)
Bakery - Bakker
Butcher - Slager (slaager)
Restaurant - Restaurant
Apothecary - Apotheek (Apothake, with a long o like locomotive)
Hospital - Ziekenhuis - (zeekenhouse)
Doctor - Dokter (docter)
Dentist - Tandarts (tandarts)
Swimming pool - Zwembad (zwembad)
Beach - Strand (strand)

One - Eén (ane, like cane without the c)
Two - Twee (twa, with an a as in cane)
Three - Drie (dree)
Four - Vier (veer)
Five - Vijf (vaif)
Six - Zes (zas, American a)
Seven - Zeven (zaiven)
Eight - Acht (acht, British a)
Nine - Negen (naigen)
Ten - Tien (teen)

Cultural Norms

When you visit the Netherlands you will be dealing with another culture. The culture of a country is determined not only by the construction of its houses, clothes and language, but also by the mannerisms of the people, which may be quite different. In addition, body language is also very important. We hope to assist you in this by means of this bit of insight into the Dutch norms and values.

  • Dutch are known for their directness. If you ask a question you'll get an honest answer as they will tell it exactly like it is. With questions and comments you'll find that the Dutch don't beat around the bush.

  • Dutch are very focused on time. When they have an appointment they are more likely to arrive a few minutes early rather than too late. Arriving late is therefore disturbing.

  • The Netherlands is a beautiful country and the Dutch work hard to keep the streets and other areas clean. It is therefore desirable to properly dispose of any waste in the appropriate bins and do not throw anything on the streets or ground. 

  • In shops and at the market everyone patiently waits his or her turn. There is not always a clearly distinguishable queue, so it is common that you take notice of who preceded you, then you will know when it is your turn.

  • In the Netherlands it is impolite if you pick up your phone when you are being helped in a shop or are at a counter.

  • If you want to visit someone, it is customary that you call first and ask if it is alright that you come. Just dropping in on someone is not common.

  • In the Netherlands there are generally fixed times for everything. Coffee time is around 11 am, tea time in the afternoon is around 3 pm, dinner is at 6 and evening coffee is at 8 pm. There are also certain times that you are expected when invited. Always take along a little something for the hostess.

  • During dinner is not a good time to call on people. Do not call or ring the doorbell around 6pm.

  • On Sundays, all shops are closed with the exception of shops in tourist areas and those that have a special permit to be open on Sundays. Supermarkets are generally closed on Sundays, but it is becoming increasingly common for some to remain open on Sundays.

  • If you bring a pet, you must be careful where you walk your pet. There are dog-walking areas but you must bring a pooper scooper. Your dog is not allowed to relieve itself on the street.


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