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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 01, 2016
1-2 days: Utrecht and/or Rotterdam?  (7 Answers)

Helooouuu everyone. At the beginning of January I´m going to visit a cousin of mine who lives in Utrecht. We´ll probably meet in Amsterdam, spend a day there, and in the evening head to Utrecht. Initially the idea was to spend a day in Utrecht and then fly back home, but I´ve noticed Rotterdam isn´t that far. Now, should I be staying in Utrecht on Friday and spend the Saturday in Rotterdam, or is it too little time for 2 cities?

Thanks in advance :D

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 26, 2016
Nethrelands tour  (4 Answers)

Hello everyone !! I have just finished my bachelor studies and i am going on a trip to Netherlands in 2 weeks or so. I want to stay for a month to experience everyday life in different cities over there as i hope to do a master to the country. I wiil be living in utrecht. Any ideas about what to visit ?? Thanks in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2016
Schiphol to Bruges  (21 Answers)

We need to get from the Amsterdam airport to Bruges, with a layover for lunch in Ghent, on Sat. Sep. 24. If we book online through Rail Europe, there is an economy fare for $58 on a Thalys train leaving Cs at 9:44, changing trains in Antwerp, and arriving Ghent 12:33. The tickets are non-refundable. We would have to take a train from the airport to the Central Station; apparently they run every 20 min at a fare of CAD $10 (perhaps less locally?).

There are also IC trains: open tkts and stops along the way for $102: leave Schiphol at 10:07 arrive Ghent 2:07. If we land on time and clear customs quickly, we might be able to leave Schiphol at 9:07 and arrive Ghent 1:07.

The tickets / fare to Bruges quoted above allow a layover.

Any comments / suggestions / alternatives?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2016
Schermerhorn  (2 Answers)

A friend has ancestors buried at the church there and would like to visit it Sep 29, 30 or Oct 7. She would like to make arrangements to go into the church. The email address provided here does not work:

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 06, 2016
Getting from Amsterdam to Brighton UK with pet (small dog)  (19 Answers)

I am traveling from New York to Brighton UK via Amsterdam as at this point it is the only viable solution with a pet. I would need to get to Hoek of Holland for the ferry to Harwich, then train to Brighton. Is there direct transport from the airport to the Hoek or do I have to go into Amsterdam? Has anyone done this trip? In addition to the added difficulty of arranging for the pup, I will also be carrying my daughter's wedding dress (purpose of the trip) as well as my own luggage. Just thinking of this makes me want to get back in bed and sleep until I can just wake up and find myself in Brighton! I'm not as young as I used to be when I backpacked through Europe 50 years ago, so things are intimidating me a bit. Also my origin is a 3 hour flight from New York so at some point during this planned odyssey, I may collapse so I would appreciate any advise, information, comment (but no comments indicating that this planned scheme would qualify me for immediate admittance to a mental institution please)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 07, 2016
must see places/things to do in netherland  (10 Answers)

Hi everyone,

The 2 of us (in our mid twenties) will be travelling to the Netherlands around Christmas this year. More precisely, we will be landing on Christmas morning!

Its our first time here so we would love some suggestions as to where to see and visit.
We want to do the touristy things like seeing the windmills, etc, and of course try a "coffee shop" in Amsterdam. Any suggestions? =P We're not the biggest fans of museums but will like to visit one to two of the most famous ones.

Our trip is planned that we will end up in Hamburg for NYE so we have a few days to get ourselves there.
Most likely we would be renting a car from the commute to Hamburg.

So any suggestions of an itinerary or things to do between the drive would be greatly appreciated. If there is really nothing worth seeing or doing from the drive to Hamburg, we might just take a train in that case and just rent a car when we get to Hamburg as the rest of our holiday will be touring around Germany.

Thank you all for your suggestions in advance! Ur suggestions would really help us as we really just bought our plane tickets in the moment without much concrete plans!!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2016
WiFi in Netherlands???  (3 Answers)

Looking for advice on what to use while touring the waterways of Holland to give me access to the web.
In Oz I have a 3G wifi modem linked to phone service that allows me access with a couple of computers.
Not sure about the 3G bit??? What equivalent device can I purchase when I arrive?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2016
What to do with Free Time?  (8 Answers)

I am going to be starting a river cruise on April 21st where my primary goal is to see the Keukenhof gardens

I will have most of the day April 21st free in Amsterdam

On the 22nd we will do
a canal tour of Amsterdam
Have a brief walking tour of Hoorn
Tour (by bus) and cheese tasting at Edam
Finish at Vollendam

On the 23rd we will be in Arnhem
Free after noon in Nijmegen

On the 25th we cruise through Zeeland and are in Terneuzen

On the 26th we have a walking tour and organ recital in Willemstad
dock in Dordrecht, motor coach to Kinderdjik and moor in
Schoonhaven overnight

The 27th we go to Keukenhof and Zaanse Schans

I am not absolutely sure that I will be able to do all these walking tours. I am pretty sure I can do the canal tour of Amsterdam and I know that I can do some of Kinderdjik and Keukenhof. I really want to get to Vollendam and since we are going by bus, I think that will be possible for me. So if they tell me that I can't keep up or do the walking tours on my scooter (Arnhem where I would like to see the palace) and Willemstad, what else can I do in those places?

Would it be worth it to try to go to Marken on the 21st? When my parents and I were in the Netherlands in 1950, I know we went to both Marken and Vollendam, but I have not been able to identify the photos from Marken. I'd like to buy a birthstone ring for my granddaughter. Is there a good jewelry store (good quality and not too expensive) in Amsterdam that I should consider? I want a plain sapphire ring with a few diamonds.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 30, 2015
Entry to the Netherlands  (2 Answers)

I have a BSN - number/residents permit. When I arrive, I will be coming from Iceland and have to go through security there and because it is Schengen, do I have to go through passport control at Schiphol. Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 10, 2015
how/where/when to buy train tickets in Netherlands?  (3 Answers)

1)are the train tickets cheaper if you buy online in advance? (eg.from Eindhoven to Rotterdam)
2)are there some train passes (some years before there were some weekend passes for tourists, but it was only in summer I think)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 04, 2015
Groningen : recommended bicycle stores?  (2 Answers)


I'll be visiting Groningen next month, and was curious to know if there are bicycle stores that particularly stand out:

I'm especially interested in cargo bikes, since I'm thinking of getting a two-wheeled cargo bike.

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2015
Amsterdam (surrounds) Short term Fully furnished apartment  (1 Answer)

Hello...looking to rent (for a month ) furnished 2 bedroomed apartment direct from the Owner, not through an Agent.... any suggestions, kind thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 02, 2015
Dairy farming in Netherlands  (5 Answers)

We are from New Zealand just wondering if there are any Dutch dairy farmers who could answer some questions for us? We are just wondering how the dairy industry is in Holland and if there are farm tours? We do have more questions but will just start with this one.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2015
Chipcard and Public Transit Questions  (4 Answers)

Hello! My wife and I will be in Amsterdam for 5 days this month -- we'll be taking several day trips and I can't seem to find answers regarding this "chipcard" in any of the official info. Our situation is thus:

  • We will be heavily using the metro while in Amsterdam
  • We will be touring the Waterland area for a day (it sounds like there is already a comprehensive bus pass for this trip you can purchase at the railway station)
  • We will take the train to Delft and would like to use the trams and buses where necessary
  • We will take the train to Apeldoorn and will be needing to take buses to and from the Hoge Veluwe park

I keep reading about this 96-hour chipcard you can buy for only around 20 euros, but I can't tell if this is valid only for Amsterdam or if we can use it on buses and trams throughout the entire country.  To add further to my confusion, I can't tell if you also need this card for train travel?  I am assuming the 96-hour disposable chipcard will not cover train travel -- but do you need to acquire one of these cards to ride the trains or do they still have paper ticket machines like elsewhere in Europe?  

Assuming the 96-hour disposable chipcard doesn't cover buses outside of Amsterdam, would it be advisable to buy a plastic anonymous OV-Chipkaart, and if so, are there machine vendors for these or do you need to visit an office?

I can find all sorts of information on owning these cards: using them, checking in/out, topping them off, etc... but I can't seem to figure out how to just get started as a tourist.  If anyone has any suggestions on what the best option for us, given our timeframe and travel plans, would be for purchasing a public transit solution, it would be much appreciated.  Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 24, 2015
[Wadden Islands] Texel - Vlieland - Terschelling by ferry+ bike in one day?  (2 Answers)


If someone knows those islands, I was wondering how realistic it is to 1) take the first ferry in the morning to go from the mainland to Texel, then 2) take ferries to hop to Vlieland and Terschelling, 3) take the last ferry back to the mainland at Harlingen, and then 4) catch a train to Groningen.

I'll have a (folding) bike with me.

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2015
Groningen, Drenthe, Friesland, Noord-Holland, Gelderland  (4 Answers)

In late July-early August, I will be driving from Kolding, Denmark, to Antwerp, Belgium, and back. I'd like to do it in a leisurely fashion, taking a couple of days each way. My preferences are for villages, towns, and smaller cities, pleasant scenery, interesting museums, good restaurants. I've visited Amsterdam, Utrecht, Delft, and Den Haag repeatedly, but I'd like to see more of the surrounding country. I don't know 's-Hertogen-Bosch, Nijmegen, Deventer, or Arnhem. Been to Eindhoven and don't need to return. Thoughts from natives or other travelers? Nederlands spreek ik. Deutsch spreche ich auch. So non-touristy places are fine.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2015
FURNISHED apartment for 1 or 2 months  (4 Answers)

Hello, we are looking for a 2 bed furnished apartment outside of Amsterdam (Haarlem e.g) for a short term let. How do we go about this ...any suggestions? Rental max 1500 euros. Kind thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2015
i was refused entry to connect my flight  (7 Answers)

Good day, i have an Italian visa.....i got a flight with KLM and had to stop at Schiphol airport to connect with my flight to Rome, i had to go through passport control then they had me to go the immigration office, they asked my reasons to travel to Italy, i told them for pleasure....its just a 10days trip, its my first time traveling to a schengen flight stops and Rome and i booked my hotel in Milan, they questioned that and i said i can always get a ticket from rome to milan or get a new hotel in Rome because i haven't even paid for the hotel in Milan its payment on arrival.....and they could see i had sufficient funds for my trip, but they refused me entry and i had to come back to my country....I will like to know if i can still get a direct flight to Italy or through another route and if my visa is still valid??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2015
Are tulips still in bloom on the Bollenstreek near Leiden/Haarlem?  (4 Answers)

We would like to bike or walk part of the Bollenstreek near Hillegom or Leiden. Can anyone tell me if the tulips are still in bloom this week (May 14th to 16th)? And do you know a place where we could rent bikes near the tulip path? Thanks!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2015
Europe route covering Netherlands  (13 Answers)

About our tour covering Netherlands, where we are planning to spend 3 days, we have been advised to visit Gouda,Delft,Utrecht,Nijmegen,Maastricht,Java Island,Alkmaar,Edam,Volendam,De Rijp,Limburg Hills,Friesland.


But it is impossible for three days.
I would like to hear any advice about which ones initially we can visit during this holiday.
Thanks a lot in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2015
what else I must visit while in netherlands?  (24 Answers)

we have done:
1) Amsterdam
2) The Hague
3) Haarlem
4) Zaanse Schans
5) Leiden
6) Alphen aan den Rijn
7) Rotterdam
8) Kinderdijk
9) Apeldoorn
10) Arnhem
11) Utrecht
12) Delft
13) Groningen and Leeuwarden

what else? we will not come back I do not want to miss anything important :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2015
Vogelpark Avifauna  (3 Answers)

I tried to go to the web site but the English version is a working in progress, can someone tell me if the park open daily from 9 - 6PM and what is the cost for 2 seniors?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 15, 2015
a VISA to enter Netherlands  (5 Answers)

I'm a British citizen and will be going for a friends wedding and just wondering would I need a VISA to enter or the equivalent? (I'm hopeless travelling alone)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 12, 2015
Train or Car in the Netherlands  (10 Answers)

Going to visit Netherlands in September. We will fly from Canada to Amsterdam and make our way down through the Netherlands and to Brussels then Paris before returning to Canada. Do we need a car in the Netherlands? Would like to see Haarlem, The Hague, Gouda, and Burges. Are there some things that we should definitely see? We have about 3 weeks for the trip and longer
if need be.
Any suggestions?

Rick M

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2015
if I buy a flex pass for netherland, does it cover netherland, belgium and luxembourg?  (9 Answers)

I read that it does, so if I get a flex one 6 days in one month, does it include all the train, bus and boat and local buses and metro as well or?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 06, 2015
Rail/Bus passes  (3 Answers)

We are a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids (13yrs)) planning a visit to Netherlands in early April. Our base will be Amsterdam. Our itinerary
Day 1) City of Amsterdam
2) Zaanse Shans - 1/2 day (train), other half in Amsterdam
3) Keukonauf - Full day trip (train,bus,taxi?)
4) Amsterdam - Den Haag (train)- spend half a day, Den Haag-Rotterdam(train)- Spend half a day, Rotterdam-Amsterdam (train)

Currently Day 2 and Day 3 fall over a weekend. I wanted to find out what are the best available options for transportation? I have read about OV-Chipkaart online but cannot quite understand it.

Should we get day passes? Is it cheaper to individual buy train tickets for each day? How does OV-Chipkaart help with these trips?

Thank you for any help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2015
50km bicycle trip in Texel for untrained people  (4 Answers)


I'm planning to have a 50km bike trip in Texel,

For the trip we have like 8-9 hours.

The people coming with me know how to ride a bike, but are not in 100% fit (just regular people which don't train).

Will the trip be too hard/impossible?

Should we rent an electric bike instead?

Thank you very much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2015
3-4 days around Amsterdam  (13 Answers)

I am planning to visit Amsterdam and Keukenhof in April 2015. As I have 3-4 days I was thinking if I could cover some more places near Amsterdam too! Can you guys please share some places if you have some in your mind?

Please note, I am not into shopping and Museums. Natural beauty is what I appreciate most!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 18, 2015
where is this place?  (7 Answers)

hi.. does anyone recognize this photos location? should be on the west, north or north-west coast of Netherlands

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 26, 2014
Can I travel in the Schengen w/o a passport?  (15 Answers)

I am an American citizen with a valid passport. I came to visit family in Sevilla, Spain but have accidently left my passport with them. I am now visiting Barcelona and tomorrow my flight leaves to Amsterdam from Barcelona. I am also visiting more family there. Will I need my passport to fly to Amsterdam even though Netherlands is part of the Schengen Agreement? The only ID I have with me is my California Identification card.

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