According to foreign media reports, from January 1, 2020, the Netherlands, a western European country known for its tulips and windmills, will officially stop using the “Netherlands” to refer to the country, and use only the country name “Netherlands”. It is reported that the Dutch government’s move aims to reshape the “international image”. According to the decision of the Dutch government, starting from January 2020, all Dutch companies, embassies, government departments, universities and other institutions will use the official country name “Nederland”. At the same time, the government also hopes to use the official country name in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the European TV singing contest. Would n’t you like to visit this country with a changed name next year? And the scenery of this country is also beautiful.
The Netherlands is a highly developed capitalist country known for its seawalls, windmills, tulips, and a tolerant social climate. The law on drugs, sex trade and abortion is the most liberal in the world. The Netherlands is the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage and euthanasia.
The Netherlands is located in western Europe, with Germany to the east and Belgium to the south. It borders the North Sea in the west and north, and is located in the deltas of the Rhine, Maas, and Skelte, with a total land area of 41,864 square kilometers. Low level is the most prominent feature of the Dutch terrain. The whole territory is lowland, one quarter of the land is less than 1 meter above sea level, and one quarter of the land is lower than the sea. The Netherlands has a temperate maritime climate and is warm in winter and cool in summer.
The Dutch Constitution provides for freedom of religion. The greatest influence on Dutch society is Roman Catholicism and Dutch Protestantism. About 29% of Dutch residents believe in Catholicism, 19% believe in Christianity, and about 6% believe in Islam. A certain percentage of the population believes that they have no religion. The Netherlands also has some Hindus, mainly immigrants from the former colonial country of Suriname. Roman Catholics are mainly concentrated in the provinces of Limburg and North Brabant in the south of the Netherlands; Protestants are most powerful in a wide area from Zeeland in the southwest to Groningen in the northeast.
Timing of travel
- Tourism season
The Netherlands has a mild climate, but the North Sea coast is windy and susceptible to change in weather, and rain gear is required throughout the year. The average temperature throughout the year is 16 to 26 degrees Celsius in spring and summer, and 24 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to 16 degrees Celsius) in autumn and winter. In spring, the sun is shining and tulips surround you; wear a thick coat in winter; a light coat in summer; and a raincoat in autumn. Warm winters and cool summers are standard Western European climates.
- Best travel time
The Netherlands has a temperate maritime climate with warm winters and cool summers. The average summer temperature in the Dutch coastal areas is 16 ° C and the average winter temperature is 3 ° C. Inland areas have an average temperature of 17 ° C in summer and 2 ° C in winter. Suitable for spring and summer travel.
Date: January 19, 2019
Every year National Tulip Day, thousands of tulips turn Amsterdam’s Dam Square into a large, colorful garden. It also marks the official opening of the Tulip Season in the Netherlands!
Date: Every Sunday after the vernal equinox and full moon, April 21, 2019
Easter is a traditional religious holiday in Western society. In the Netherlands, people are keen on Easter decorations such as eggs, tree branches, and bows. In parts of the Netherlands, there is also the custom of celebrating the Easter fire.
Date: April 27 each year (or April 26 if Sunday)
King’s Day is a national holiday in the Netherlands to celebrate the Royal Birthday, held on April 27 each year, the birthday of King William Alexander. The main events of the King’s Day include: street fairs, square DJs, street parties, concerts, numerous performances and parades, boat parties, etc. The entire Netherlands has fallen into orange carnival.
Date: Two minutes of silence on May 4th, National Liberation Day celebration on May 5th
Anniversary of the Netherlands in memory of those killed in World War II.
Date: Second Saturday and Sunday in May, 2019 is May 11 and 12
“God created man, and Dutch windmills created land.” You will see a kind of pride standing on the Dutch soil, called a windmill. Without a windmill, there is no Netherlands. It is not just a tool, a symbol, but also a feeling. People often call the Netherlands “the country of windmills”. Windmills first appeared in the Netherlands, mainly due to the unique geographical location of the Netherlands and the urgent demand for power from the Dutch. The Dutch have deep feelings for the windmill. They regard the windmill as the “meritor” and national treasure of the country, and regard the windmill as a symbol of the nation and the country. The second Saturday in May every year is the Dutch Windmill Festival. On this day, the windmills of the whole country rotate together to celebrate the country. Because windmills are rare, the Dutch, like tourists swarming from all over the world, have to visit the Windmill Village Reserve or the Windmill Museum to see the sights.
Canal Music Festival
Date: August 10-19, 2018
The Amsterdam Canal Music Festival always transforms the city of Amsterdam from a quiet historical capital into the most gorgeous music hall in the Netherlands. Including the Netherlands and the world’s top musicians, etc. will gather together to jointly host more than 70 indoor or outdoor concerts. The 10-day Canal Music Festival from August 10-19 will certainly not be limited to land. The venue also includes cruise ships, the riverside, hidden gardens, roof terraces, and even private homes. Living room. Different from the concert in the general concert hall, don’t have a mood!
De intocht van Sinterklaas
Date: 2018 is expected to be November 17
This is a festival of traditional religious origin. St. Nicholas, accompanied by hundreds of black Peters, took a steam cruise on the New Mas River in the morning, passing the William Bridge and Swan Bridge. After St. Nicholas came ashore near William Square, he rode white horses to patrol the city and distributed delicious gingerbread to tourists along the way. There are also various concerts and colorful programs in the city on that day.
St. Nicholas Festival
Date: December 5 in the Netherlands
A festival of Saint Nicholas. Every year, December 5th is the St. Nicholas Festival in the Netherlands. This is the most important festival in the hearts of most Dutch people, and it is also the festival with the most Dutch characteristics. On this day, Dutch families will gather together to celebrate, people will anonymously exchange gifts on this day in the name of St. Nicholas, under the gifts, greeting cards and poems signed “St. Nicholas and Black Peter” children will be in On the night of the day, the shoes were placed by the fireplace, waiting for “St. Nicholas and Black Peter entering from the chimney” to put the gifts and sweets in them.
Date: December 25th to December 26th
There are two days of Christmas in the Netherlands: December 25th and 26th. In the Netherlands, these two days have to be with family, singing, playing games, watching movies, reading Christmas fairy tales, and eating Christmas dinner. There are also many Dutch people attending church ceremonies
The Netherlands is located in the center of Europe and has very convenient transportation. There are four flights from China to the Netherlands. China Southern Airlines and KLM have a total of 4 flights a week from Beijing to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport; the flight time is about 10 hours. KLM has a total of 6 flights a week from Hong Kong to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The flight time is about 12 hours. From other European countries to the Netherlands, there are many options for railways and ships.
The largest airport in the Netherlands is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which is located in the Dutch capital Amsterdam. The three-character code AMS and the four-character code EHAM. At the same time, the airport is also the Schiphol railway station. Every year, a large number of passengers use this airport as the entrance to the continental region Entry point. Its throughput is second only to London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt Airport, and it is the fourth largest airport in Europe. Long-haul flights generally arrive here, other small airports are generally short-haul (small) flights within Europe.
Visitors to Europe can purchase Eurail Passes and travel by train in 28 European countries.
The pass includes [envelope] and [pass]. The pass is attached to the envelope and cannot be removed under any circumstances; it also contains the journey log that you must present to the ticket inspector and a valid passport or certificate.
- Before travelling with the Eurail Pass for the first time, you need to activate it within 6 months after purchasing the ticket. Activation can be done through a ticketing agent or at any of the European train station ticket gates. After the activation of the pass, the passport number of the traveler and the start and end validity period of the pass will be printed on the ticket. The first travel date can be the pass activation date or a date after the activation date. The activated pass must be kept in a safe place. If it is lost or stolen, it cannot be refunded. Please keep the ticket clean and unmarked during use, and it cannot be altered.
- Before each trip begins, please update the trip log details. If you do not fill in the date of the day, it may be considered as a ticket-free ride, you need to pay the full fare, and you may be fined. You can change trains as many times as you like on any travel day. It ’s important to remind you not to fill out a complete travel calendar immediately, even if you already have a carefully planned timetable, as you will lose all the flexibility in your trip. Fill in with a blue or black pen. Do not fill in with a pencil.
- When boarding, be sure to present a valid passport or other credentials and your Eurail Pass to the train crew when requested.
The Dutch capital of Amsterdam has more than 160 waterways and more than 1,000 bridges. The port of Rotterdam at the mouth of the Rhine and the Maas is the world’s largest port.
Unlike the capitals of many European countries, Amsterdam is not a very large city. And the attractions are relatively concentrated, the subway is not very suitable for tourists. Amsterdam’s subway and light rail combine four lines: 50/51/53/54, including a short underground route in the city center, serving the residential areas in the southeast. 15-20 minutes from Central Station or Waterloo Square to Bijlmer (Amsterdam Arena Stadium, Heineken Concert Hall and EMI Arena IMAX Theater).
Timeline: Monday to Friday 6:00-1:00 the next day, Saturday 6:30-the next day 0:30, Sunday and holidays 7:30-the next day 0:30.
Tickets: 2.8 euros for one hour ticket; 7,5 euros for day ticket, GVB card can be used.
Public transportation across the country can be inquired through the OV9292 website, or use the corresponding mobile app to query the route, time and price. All public transport buses can pay for tickets through OV-chipkaart. Anonymous OV-chipkaart can be bought on vending machines at train stations for 7.5 Euros. Before use, you can recharge the card at the vending machine at the train station, the vending machine at the subway station, or the OV recharge machine at Albert Heijn supermarket (only bank cards are used). When boarding a bus, subway or tram, you need to swipe your card in / out of the station and swipe in / out of the station. If you forget to pay out, you may deduct 4 Euros. If you change to the bus within one hour of check-in, you don’t have to pay extra start costs. If you buy a ticket at a subway ticket machine or from a bus and tram driver, you can change to the bus and tram within one hour after the purchase. You do not need to buy a ticket again. .
If you buy a map of public transportation in your area from a local tourist information office (VVV), a timetable is sometimes attached. In big cities, local transportation companies have their own ticket windows at train stations or they can be bought at travel agencies or post offices.
Amsterdam Bus Day Pass
If you regularly take buses, trams, and subways in Amsterdam, consider buying GVB day tickets. GVB Day Passes can be purchased at Schiphol Airport, Holland Tourist Centre, GVB Ticket Centre, ticket machines at subway stations, or some hotels. Depending on the number of days, prices range from € 7.50 (24-hour ticket) to € 33 (7-day ticket). This ticket can be added to the real-name or anonymous OV-chipkaart in the form of a product, or it can be loaded on an existing GVB magnetic paper ticket, or you can buy a paper ticket that already contains the product, that is Tickets bought on ticket machines.
Amsterdam Bus Monthly Pass
If you need to travel by car more than four days a week, it may be more cost-effective for you to buy a monthly pass. Specific information can be found on the OV-chipkaart website, or the bus operator websites of various cities, such as GVB in Amsterdam, U-OV in Utrecht, and so on.
There is a special type of water transport in the Netherlands: water buses. This water bus is a good choice for travelling around Rotterdam. Water buses connect Rotterdam with cities such as Dordrecht and Sliedrecht. Passengers can bring bicycles on board for free.
Operating hours: Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday morning from 8:00 to 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 to 7:30 pm. The operating hours are slightly different for different routes.
Fares: Calculated based on mileage.
The Netherlands is a big bicycle country, and people riding bicycles can be found on the streets. As a tourist, you naturally have to experience the feeling of cycling here. Generally, hotels provide rental services, and there are many places to rent bicycles, such as NS. Specific query NS-fiets or OV-fiets.
Money and Consumption
Local currency and exchange
It is best to change the euro currency in advance when traveling to the Netherlands. In particular, try to choose a small denomination currency. In Europe, banknotes of 200 and 500 euros are rejected at many shops. The currency in circulation in the Netherlands is the Euro. Euro banknotes are divided into 7 denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euros, with different sizes and colors. Coins come in 8 denominations of 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 euro, and 2 euros.
UnionPay and credit card
Credit cards such as Mastercard and Visa can be used in the Netherlands and can be used in most shopping malls and restaurants. However, some supermarkets do not accept credit cards. It is best to ask the staff before use.
When shopping in the Netherlands, you must determine in advance whether the goods can be refunded, the amount of tax refunds, and the minimum consumption. Passengers from non-EU countries spend more than 50 Euros in a store in one day to enjoy the right to a tax refund. The tax refund rate varies from 10% to 21% depending on the tax refund company and consumption amount. The tax refund methods include: immediate cash refund, direct refund to the designated credit card or bank account, or mailing a bank check to the designated address. After payment, ask the clerk for the tax refund form and check whether the bill is complete. Don’t forget to fill out the contact details and sign the tax refund form.
Tipping habits are common in European and American countries. General services such as baggage removal, laundry, long-distance phone calls in a hotel, meals, etc. must be tipped. If you are travelling with a group and have a foreign full-time driver and guide, you should also tip. It’s about 7 Euros per person per day. Tips for one day with your companion for better service. Tipping is best not to use small change such as 2 Euro cents, 5 Euro cents, etc., otherwise it will be considered as impolite behavior.
It was announced in April 2016 that the validity of the Dutch visa was relaxed up to 5 years. This means that you can travel to and from Schengen countries such as France, Germany, and Austria multiple times within 5 years, but it should be noted that the country of entry must be the Netherlands.
From January 2020, applicants for a Schengen visa can submit their applications 6 months in advance, and the validity of multiple entry visas will be unified.
Visa type: Schengen visa (personal tourist short-term visa)
Visa fees and validity
Schengen visa: 60 euros
Validity: stay up to 90 days
Children from 6 to 12 years: € 35
Validity period: no more than 90 days within 6 months
The Visa Application Center charges the following three application fees:
The visa service fee is 24 Euro. This fee is jointly formulated with the Dutch Embassy in China, and includes various services such as appointments, materials review, information consultation, and application form entry provided by the Dutch Visa Application Center during the visa application process.
Value-added service fees, other expenses incurred during your visa process.
Please note that payment of a visa fee is not a guarantee of obtaining a visa. Once the application materials are submitted to the embassy or consulate, no matter the visa application is rejected or the applicant decides to stop the application, the visa application fee will not be returned and transferred without exception.
Unless you qualify for a visa fee waiver, visa fees must be paid for all types of visa applications.
You do not need to pay a visa application fee in the following cases, but you need to submit valid certification documents:
• Children under six (short-term)
• Armenian and Azerbaijani children under 12 years of age
• Student visits for school exchanges and accompanying teachers
• Researchers invited by non-profit research organizations
• Immediate family members (spouse or foreign children under 21 years of age) who are not citizens of the European Union or the European Economic Area, and this time the EU citizen accompanied the family member to the Netherlands, or the EU citizen lives in the Netherlands, and the family member went to the Netherlands EU citizens family reunion
• Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 or younger to the Netherlands for seminars, conferences, sports, cultural and educational events
• Work visa and employed by Dutch International Organization (Chemical Weapons Organization / Trial Board Intern Staff, UNESCO / Medical Health Information Association / Netherlands Academy of Astronomical Geodes and Geosciences / Intern Etc.) employees and their families
Two passport photos (required);
Ticket booking information;
Proof of accommodation
Proof of solvency of the applicant;
Copies of the following documents:
Passport identity page and signature page;
ID card (both pros and cons);
Residence permit (foreign applicant);
Minors (under 18) also need the following documents:
- Student ID and original school certificate;
- Notarized travel permit;
- Notary certificate of family relationship or guardianship.
Step 1: Create your account on the official website of the Visa Application Center. Click here to create an account
Step 2: Complete your online registration. After completing the account creation, please log in to the website and fill in the visa application forms for all members of the trip online. Please complete the online application form accurately and completely before making an appointment.
Tip: Before you confirm your appointment, in order to prevent unnecessary changes or cancellations, please make sure you have all the required materials for your visa application.
Step 3: Make an appointment
Make an appointment to come to the visa application center to submit materials.
- Please print the appointment notice and show it when you arrive at the center.
- For groups of more than five applicants, please contact our customer service center to make an appointment to submit the materials after completing the online registration.
Step 4: Attend an appointment and submit your visa application at the Visa Application Centre
- Please bring your appointment confirmation sheet to attend the appointment on time.
- Multiple value-added services can facilitate your visa application. Please contact the Visa Processing Center staff to purchase this service.
- We will check the completeness of your application materials and submit them to the embassy with your permission.
- Pay the visa application fee.
- Biometric data collection. You can consult the FAQ to learn more about biometric data collection and processes that do not require biometric data collection.
Important Note: If you are late or not present, you will need to reschedule, which will cause your visa application to take longer.
Step 5: Visa processing
Your visa result is determined by the embassy and consulate, and the visa processing center does not participate in the embassy visa decision process.
Our staff will check whether the materials you prepared are complete and meet the requirements of the Dutch embassy / consulate in China. In the case of incomplete application materials, you can add a copy of the provided documents in the center or submit the application directly (this may increase the risk of refusal). If you do not wish to submit an application with incomplete materials, you can log in to our website to re-register for a new account to complete the new registration process.
The embassy or consulate has the right to ask you for more information, additional materials or interviews. If this is the case, you will be contacted by email with a detailed explanation.
Important Note: You can log in to our website at any time and check the visa application process through your personal page.
Step 6: Get your passport
When your passport is returned to the visa processing center, we will notify you by mail and text message. You can then pick up your passport at the centre where you submitted the materials. For applicants who choose the mailing service, the passport will be sent directly.
Submit ADS visa through registered travel agency
Only travel agencies that hold both the National Tourism Administration’s certificate (yellow card) and the Schengen embassy and consulate in China and the EU-approved certificate (white card) are eligible to submit their visa applications through the ADS team visa application process . Individual visa applicants can apply for an ADS visa by contacting such a travel agency.
Step 1: The travel agency obtains the eligibility for delivery. If the travel agency needs to apply for a white card, please contact the embassy or consulate in your consular area directly.
Step 2: Travel agencies that have successfully obtained the visa-delivery qualification must register on the website of the Visa Application Center. When you are eligible for visa delivery, you should contact the ADS department of the Visa Application Centre in each consular district.
Phone and calling card
The three most common telephone companies in the Netherlands include: T-Mobile, Vodafone and KPN, and networks based on these three operators such as Hi, Lebara Mobile, Lyca Mobile, Ben, Telefort and so on. It’s Lyca and Lebara. Among them, KPN and the Royal Dutch Telecom operator have the best signals and services, but the highest tariffs. Second is Vodafone, which is worse than KPN. In some places, the signal coverage is not as good as KPN, and the worst is T-. Mobile, the signal coverage is general, the current 4G signal also only covers a small number of cities in central Netherlands, and the 3G Internet speed of prepaid cards is also not ideal.
Many supermarkets in the Netherlands, such as Albert Heijn (AH), HEMA, etc. have their own brand of prepaid cards, you can also choose.
If you are traveling in the Netherlands, you can buy Lyca’s prepaid card at Schiphol Airport (currently there is only one phone card shop in Schiphol Airport that only sells Lyca ), there are options of € 25 card, 1G data, etc. , The network speed is good, using a KPN network.
Public places in the Netherlands generally have free wifi, and some cities also have OpenWifi. Most libraries, McDonald’s, KFC, and Starbucks have free wifi. Some coffee shops also offer free wifi, but must be consumed in-store. Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands also offers free wifi.
Large supermarkets such as Albert Heijn provide free wifi. At the same time, Dutch train stations have free wifi for KPN. There are also Wifi in de Trein wifi on trains in the Netherlands, which can be used to access the Internet, as well as check train times and arrival conditions.
- Urgent: 112
- Fire: 112
- Police: 112
- Traffic: 112
- Child Helpline: 116111
- In the Netherlands, all tourist accommodation is provided by VVV (Vereniging Voor Vreemdelingenverkeer). The VVV logo looks far from a smiling little face (the two VVs above are like eyes, and the third V below is like a mouth), very recognizable. Most of the information in VVV is charged, and its services such as booking and booking are relatively expensive.
- Telephone, international calls can be unplugged from public telephone booths, post offices, restaurants, etc. Calls from a hotel usually cost three times as much. You must pay attention. You can dial 06-0410 through the switchboard service. When calling from abroad to the Netherlands, the country code of the Netherlands is 31, and the area codes of several major cities are: Amsterdam 020, The Hague 070, Rotterdam 010, Utrecht 030, and Mustrik 043. When calling from abroad to the Netherlands, do not dial the first 0 of the area number. Dutch telephone numbers are all ten digits.
- Sightseeing Service Offices There are tourist service offices called VVVs in all cities, towns, and villages in the Netherlands. They are available for booking reservations, tourist registration, consulting travel information, and maps.
- Public security in the Netherlands is relatively safe. But in big cities such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam, pay special attention to thieves and keep your belongings safe. Visit near the red light district of Amsterdam in the evening, try not to stay too long.
- The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch, but most Dutch people speak fluent English. So as long as you can speak English, there will be no obstacles to communication. There are also English directions in airports, train stations, shopping malls and other public places for tourists.
Thank you: Bedankt
You’re welcome: Geen probleem
How much: Hoeveel
The Netherlands has a comprehensive health care network, densely distributed health centers and hospitals, can provide primary diagnosis and specialized care, and is very convenient to seek medical treatment in the Netherlands. In addition, the Netherlands has a developed emergency system. As long as you dial 112, you can get emergency services quickly. It is relatively expensive to see a doctor in the Netherlands, and it is recommended to buy a medical insurance for yourself before traveling.
In the Netherlands, medicines must be purchased at a pharmacy, and prescription medicines must be prescribed by a doctor. Pharmacies are widely distributed in the Netherlands, making it easy to buy medicines. In some big cities, pharmacies are on duty at night and on weekends. They are open 24 hours a day, and the duty date can be checked in pharmacies and local newspapers. When traveling, you should carry anti-inflammatory drugs, cold medicine, antipyretics, anti-motion sickness medicines, gastrointestinal medicines, band-aids and other medicines in case you need them.
Netherlands Tourism Authority website: http://www.holland.com/cn/tourism.htm
Post Office Information
The Netherlands has gradually cancelled post office offices since 2011, and has set up more orange post boxes and mailing counters in major supermarkets, shops and streets to replace traditional post offices. This makes it easier for citizens and tourists.
Buying stamps at mailing counters in major supermarkets is not a single leaflet, but it usually comes in five copies. It is advisable to ask the store for stamp sales when buying postcards. There are three types of stamps: Holland, Europe and Outside Europe. In 2012, the postage for every 20 grams of letter or postcard was 0.5 Euro, 0.85 Euro and 0.95 Euro.
Since January 1, 2014, one stamp has been used for 0-20 grams of letters or postcards, and two stamps have been used for 20-50 grams of letters or postcards: € 0.69 a ten stamps of a Dutch national stamp, and € 1.15 an international (Including all countries except the Netherlands, no longer distinguish between EU countries and non-EU countries) Five stamps per edition. Since January 1, 2016, the price of Dutch stamps has increased: 0.73 euros per ten editions of one Dutch national stamp, and 1.25 euros per international (including all countries except the Netherlands) five editions.
Like other countries, the postal system, as an important communication method, is located in the bustling downtown business districts, airports, railway stations, and shopping centers with residential areas. The letterbox and mail delivery vehicles are red. The letterbox is opened about three to four times a day and delivered once a day. In the Netherlands, you need to send a postcard or mail, you can drop it on the post office post, or you can give it to the hotel receptionist. Normally, the cost of sending ordinary airmail is different according to the regulations of each country. However, if you send it from the Netherlands to other European Union countries, you only need to affix the stamp of 0.75 guilder. Specific postage information can be consulted at the post office.
In addition, other services such as sending parcels, generating papers, faxes, remittances, etc. must be handled directly at the post office. 20g letters in the Netherlands cost 0.4 Euros, around 0.9 Euros for all parts of Europe and 1.4 Euros outside Europe. Parcels sent to the Netherlands from abroad are usually delivered directly to the recipient by the postman. If the recipient is not at home, the postman will put the parcel pick-up notice into the recipient’s private mailbox, and the recipient will go to the post office to
pick up the notice package.
Post office hours
9:00 am-6:00pm (Monday to Friday)
9:00 am-1:00pm (Saturday)
Closed on Sunday