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Zaandam, Netherlands

The Netherlands Uniquely treasured heritage

The Netherlands is known for its picturesque landscapes, vibrant cities, and rich cultural heritage. The country offers breathtaking scenery that attracts tourists from around the world, from the iconic windmills dotting sweeping green fields to extensive canal networks. The Dutch countryside is filled with small farms famous for their colourful tulip fields and cheeses, making a visit to meet a local farmer a delightful way to experience the country’s heritage. Whether you're exploring charming villages, cycling along scenic routes, or indulging in Dutch delicacies, the Netherlands has something to offer every traveller.

HIGHLIGHTS

Landmarks
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Boasting a wealth of iconic landmarks, the Netherlands is filled with history and architectural elements. The historic windmills of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcase the country's age-old mastery of water management. The Anne Frank House stands as a poignant reminder of the impact of the Holocaust. And several world-class art museums, including the renowned Rijksmuseum and Mauritshuis, speak to the region’s impressive art history.

Cuisine
Stroopwafels

Dutch cuisine is diverse and reflects the country's rich culinary traditions. Traditional Dutch meals often feature hearty ingredients like potatoes, meat, and vegetables, with "stampot" being a classic comfort food made from mashed potatoes and various vegetables, served with sausages or meatballs. One of the most iconic Dutch dishes is "stroopwafels," thin waffle-like cookies filled with sweet syrup, generally enjoyed as a snack or dessert. Herring, often served raw with onions and pickles, is a popular street food and a must-try for seafood enthusiasts. Dutch cheeses such as Gouda and Emal are famous worldwide for their quality and flavour.

Beer
Dutch Beer

Beer holds a significant place in Dutch culture, and the Netherlands boasts a long history of brewing. Dutch beers are known for their quality and diversity, making them a beloved beverage choice for locals and visitors alike. In addition to famous brands like Heineken, the Netherlands is home to numerous craft breweries that offer a wide range of unique and flavourful beers. Dutch craft brewers often experiment with ingredients and brewing techniques, producing everything from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts. Beer enthusiasts can explore a growing craft beer scene in cities like Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Rotterdam, where they can enjoy tastings at local breweries and cosy pubs.

Pottery
Dutch Pottery

Dating back to the 16th century, pottery is deeply rooted in Dutch history. Various forms of the craft have taken root in the Netherlands, inspired by international styles from Italian to Chinese. The most famous Dutch pottery, however, is Delftware. The characteristic style got its start in the 17th century with the artisans of Delft, and traditionally features intricate patterns of blue on white ceramic.

TRAVEL TIPS

When to go: There is truly no bad time of year to visit the Netherlands. A spring trip is perhaps the most iconic, for the chance to see the tulips in bloom. Summer offers warmer weather, while the fall boasts less rain and lower crowds. Winter might be the most unique time to go, with crowds at their lowest and a festive holiday atmosphere.

How to pack: We suggest comfortable, sporty, smart-casual daywear both onshore and onboard. Depending on your travel season, the weather can range from cool to warm. Check the weather before you go and pack accordingly. Layering clothing items is always your best bet, allowing you to adjust to most temperatures. Pack a lightweight waterproof jacket (preferably hooded) in case of rain, though we will also have umbrellas onboard. You may participate in a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore, so please bring comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. Sturdy sandals are another good option.

Spring

MAR–MAY

Avg. Temp. 49º F / 9.4º C

Summer

JUN–AUG

Avg. Temp. 61º F / 16º C

Autumn

SEP–NOV

Avg. Temp. 52º F / 11º C

Winter

DEC–FEB

Avg. Temp. 39º F / 3.9º C

Currency

Euro (EUR, €)

Time Zone

Central European Time (CET)

Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Official Language

Dutch

Electricity

European 230V

Plug type E

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