There aren’t many other countries that are greener than the Netherlands. The longest ride on the train, from one end of the country to the other, is 2 ½ hours. Springtime is a great time to go because of all the beautiful flowers are in bloom.
Travelling by rail to the Netherlands can be an easy and relaxing journey. InterRail Passes in first class offer a quiet lounge area for those waiting for their train to depart. Amsterdam Central Station and Rotterdam Central Station offer up to date amenities for ease of use of your laptops or other devices.
A complete schedule of arrivals and departures, along with complete information on pricing and regions covered are easily available online via many different railway ticket providers.There are two main train styles available in the Netherlands.
- The Intercity train is a fast city to city connection.
- The Stoptrein offers more frequent stops in smaller stations and most of the stations are centrally located for both train types.
- Domestic trains in the Netherlands are not necessarily required but the new hi-speed train (Fyra) does accept reservations and may be recommended if you need to be certain you will be able to get where you need to get on time.
- The Thalys trains are a hi-speed train which are much more expensive than the other types of trains mentioned and generally require reservations. Seating is limited.
If you’re going to visit the Netherlands you are going to want to stop in Amsterdam. The city is full of culture and history. While it’s famous for its night life and fun type of shopping and markets, not to mention the pubs; there is also a huge piece of history available for those who want to take it all in.
- Anne Frank’s House is probably one of the most popular attractions - rating right up there in ranks with the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt House and the many other culture rich areas of town.
- Quaint coffee shops sit next to bright, flamboyant markets, flower markets, and famous museums.
- It has the Van Gogh Museum that houses mostly Van Gogh’s paintings.
- There is the Heineken Brewery which is now a museum. You will get a tour and free beer for only ten Euros that are donated to charity.
- There is the Anne Frank House that you can walk through and live the diary.
- Of course, you have to see the infamous Red Light District where normal everyday life happens right beside sex and prostitution.
- Last is the Madam Tussauds Wax Museum. You will be able to see all the famous people you want in wax form.
The Hague is another city in the Netherlands that offers not only an elegant city structure but also some beautiful beaches and harbours that offer a beautiful skyline. The Dom Tower is a “must see” when visiting the old cities of Delft and Ultrech. You will want to take the time to enjoy the rich and vibrant old romantic cities and landscapes. Old castles and rolling hills add to the beauty. A country that’s known for its Dutch heritage, often referred to as ‘Holland’ and everyone thinks ‘clogs’, ‘windmills’, ‘cheese’ and ‘tulips’ amongst everything. It’s truly a beautiful area to visit and filled with history and modern amenities.