Cheap Flights to Netherlands
Flights to Netherlands
Netherlands is a small and densely populated European country with many interesting sights and destinations to offer every traveler. Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are the three largest and most important cities in the country with Amsterdam being the country’s capital. The Hague is the seat of government and parliament while Rotterdam is home to the largest port in Europe. The country, which literally means “low country”, is named after its geographical uniqueness of being flat and low with only around half of its land exceeding one meter above sea level.
Netherlands is divided into four regions that collectively consists of twelve provinces, each offering a diverse experience and exhibiting many cultural differences. The four regions are Western Netherlands, Northern Netherlands, Eastern Netherlands and Southern Netherlands.
Western Netherlands is more commonly known as Randstand and is the center for Netherlands thanks to having four of the biggest cities located in the region. Northern Netherlands is probably the least explored part of Netherlands for foreign tourists but is popular among locals particularly the West Frisian Islands and the Frisian Lakes. Eastern Netherlands is popular for the Hoge Veluwe National Park, the largest national park in the country. Here you will also find the Hanzesteden which are seven medieval cities along the IJssel River. Lastly, the Southern Netherlands is unique in its Catholic history and popular for carnival celebrations.
When planning your holiday to Netherlands, here are just a few tourist spots and destinations to keep in mind:
Amsterdam – As the capital of Netherlands and home to the busiest airport, Amsterdam is a bustling and urban city. It is considered to be the financial, cultural and creative center of Netherlands. Some call this city the “Venice of the North” due to its charming canals that flow through the city and its more than 1,500 bridges.
Delft – Located in South Holland, this city is popular for its historic town center, which still houses many monumental buildings; its gorgeous Delftware or Delft Blue pottery and the many canals connected by bridges. Stop by the Oude Kerk (Old Church) where several famous people are buried such as Johannes Vermeer and Piet Hein. The Windmill De Roos is also a popular destination. It is a tower mill that was built around 1760 and is now restored to working order.
When getting into Netherlands, most international passengers travel through the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam which is a major European hub and serves many scheduled airlines and low-cost airline carriers. Netherlands also has other international airports in the country namely the Eindhoven Airport, Maastricht/Aachen Airport, Rotterdam - The Hague Airport, and Groningen-Eelde Airport.
These airports are relatively smaller when compared to Schiphol and serves mostly low-cost airlines such as Ryan Air for Eindhoven and Maastricht/Aachen and KLM’s low-cost airline Transavia in Rotterdam.
Getting around Netherlands is easy as the country has one of the world’s most organized and extensive public transport system. Practically all villages in the country can be reached by some form of public transport. This public transport system is mainly supported by a train network that is extended by a network of local buses and trams. Netherlands is also known for its well-supported cycling network. Cycling in Netherlands is considered to be safe and convenient with the country’s many cycle paths, cycle lanes and signposted cycle routes. However, if you plan to cycle around the city, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the cycling routes and its rules as locals will not welcome cyclists being a hindrance to traffic and road safety.
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