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Travel information about Netherlands

The Netherlands is a country located in northwestern Europe where its name literally means “lower countries” because of the flat landscapes. The total area is 41,543 km2 (16,040 sq mi) and an estimated population of 17,170,000. Tulips, windmills, and cycling routes came to mind when we say the Netherlands. Amsterdam as the capital is one of the most visited places with its magnificent architecture and lovely canals rings.

Capital city of Netherlands: Amsterdam

Closest neighbors to Netherlands: The Netherlands shares borders with Germany on the east, Belgium at the south, and France.

Best times to visit Netherlands: All year-round is the best time for the Netherlands to visit but the peak season is during July to August where the weather is at its best. Accommodations are cheaper and the crowd is thin at this time of year.

How to get to Netherlands: Direct flights are served from the US to Amsterdam.

Visa requirements for Netherlands: Visa is not required for US citizens to visit the Netherlands for 90 days but should have a passport valid for at least 6 months upon arrival.

Currency of Netherlands: Euro (EUR) and US dollar (USD) are the currencies of the Netherlands.

Official Language of Netherlands: Dutch, Papiamento, and Frisian are the official languages of the Netherlands.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Netherlands

There are 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Netherlands and 9 on their tentative list.

Cultural (9)

  • Defence Line of Amsterdam (1996)
  • Droogmakerij de Beemster (Beemster Polder) (1999)
  • Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao (1997)
  • Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal (D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station) (1998)
  • Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout (1997)
  • Rietveld Schröderhuis (Rietveld Schröder House) (2000)
  • Schokland and Surroundings (1995)
  • Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht (2010)
  • Van Nellefabriek (2014)

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Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.