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The Netherlands at a glance

The Netherlands
Official country name: Kingdom of The Netherlands
Area: 41,000 square kilometre
Population: 17,000,000
Education: Aged 25 to 64: primary education 15%, secondary 65%, higher 28%, other 2% Literacy; literate population aged 15 or over virtually 100%
Capital city: Amsterdam (population 820,000)
People: Over 95% of the population are Dutch,
5 % Indonesian, Surinamese, Turkish, African
Life Expectancy: Female 83 ; Male 80
Languages: The official language is Dutch which is spoken by almost the entire population. The principal minority language is Frisian while English is also widely understood
Government: Constitutional monarchy, stable democracy


Opening hours
Banks: Mondays - Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00/5:00 p.m.
Post offices: Mondays - Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Shops: Mondays - Fridays from 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Either Thursday night or Friday night from 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m.


Electricity

The voltage in Holland is 220 volts. Hotels may have 110/120 volt outlets for shavers, but travellers are advised to bring a power converter and adapter for two-prong, round-prong plugs.

Medical Facilities

Medical facilities are of high quality and widely available. Customers' medical insurances are not always valid in the Netherlands; please check before coming here. Travellers have sometimes found it necessary to take out extra medical insurance with specific overseas coverage.

Smoking

Smoking is increasingly banned by companies and in public buildings as organisations are becoming increasingly concerned at the health risks to their employees, as well as wanting to create healthier living and working environments. Most organisations set aside specific areas where smoking is allowed. The majority of hotels and restaurants have smoking and non-smoking rooms and public areas.

Alcohol and drugs

A person can legally buy beer and wine from the age of 18 years. For spirits and other strong drinks the age limit is also 18 years. Alcoholic beverages are sold at wine stores and supermarkets. Supermarkets may only sell beer, wine and alcoholic beverages with an alcohol level not exceeding 13%.
Drinking and driving. It is a criminal offence to ride a bicycle under the influence of alcohol (measured at over 0.05 % blood-alcohol level).

Drug trafficking, including buying, selling, producing and processing either hard or soft drugs is an offence in Holland. However, it is not an offence for persons over 18 to use a limited amount of soft drugs as long as this has no negative effect on third parties. The 'coffee shops', where soft drugs may be purchased, can be described as cafés where small amounts of soft drugs can be bought, but where alcoholic beverages are not available. Although the sale of soft drugs is actually an offence, coffee shop owners escape prosecution provided that they sell only very small quantities for personal consumption. No drugs may be sold to persons under 18, nor are minors admitted to these premises.

Climate in Holland

The Netherlands has a temperate sea climate being influenced by the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. As it is a small country there is very little variation in climate between the regions, although the influence of the sea is rather less the further inland (eastwards) you go. This sometimes results in the dramatic, cloudy skies, which can often be seen perfectly expressed in the paintings of the Dutch masters. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year, with the dryer period between April and September. This is also the best period for cycling, temperature-wise. Late Spring, i.e. beginning of April to the beginning of May is a good time for cycling along the bulb fields which are in full bloom at that time.
 
 
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Weights & Measures

Weights Volume Lengths
1 ton = 1016.048 kg (kilogram) 1 cup = 0.24 l (liter) 1 inch = 2.54 cm (centimeter)
1 pound = 0.45 kg 1 pint = 0.47 l 1 foot = 30.5 cm
1 ounce = 28 gr (gram) 1 gallon = 3.78 l 1 yard = 91.5 cm
1 dram = 1.77 gr 1 quart = 0.95 l 1 mile = 1.6 km (kilometer)
    1 acre = 0.45 ha (hectare)
 
 

Money & Currency

All major credit cards are accepted in the Netherlands, although not every outlet accepts them. In virtually every village or town you can get money from a cash dispenser (ATM) using your foreign bank or credit card and providing it has the Cirrus logo on it.

The currency in the Netherlands is the 'Euro'. The so-called 'euro zone' consists of the Member States (countries) of the European Union where the euro has been adopted as the single currency. The euro zone currently includes Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Finland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The symbol for the euro was inspired by the Greek letter epsilon and refers to the first letter of the word "Europe". The two parallel lines at the centre represent the stability of the euro. The official abbreviation for the euro is EUR.
  • The support given by Tulip Cycling was excellent. The equipment, choice of bike paths and the pre-programmed GPS made the whole experience one of pure delight and fun with gorgeous sights all the way, wonderful accommodations and easy travel.

    The support given by Tulip Cycling was excellent. The equipment, choice of bike paths and the pre-programmed GPS made the whole experience one of pure delight and fun with gorgeous sights all the way, wonderful accommodations and easy travel.

    Tissot family, USA

  • A wonderful trip!!! Thanks to Peter for all his help to make it so special (and for convincing me to do the trip without a tour group). We had such a great time. My two 10 year old girls had such a great fun (and were proud of their accomplishment). It is a of a trip we will all remember. Thanks for everything! I’ve already recommended you to friends.

    A wonderful trip!!! Thanks to Peter for all his help to make it so special (and for convincing me to do the trip without a tour group). We had such a great time. My two 10 year old girls had such a great fun (and were proud of their accomplishment). It is a of a trip we will all remember. Thanks for everything! I’ve already recommended you to friends.

    Sharon Moore

  • Just returned from our fabulous journey from Amsterdam to Bruges. It was outstanding! The itinerary, the equipment (bikes, GPS, maps, etc.) and our guide Peter were fantastic. Peter really have deep knowledge of his country, what a memorable ride across the Netherlands.

    Just returned from our fabulous journey from Amsterdam to Bruges. It was outstanding! The itinerary, the equipment (bikes, GPS, maps, etc.) and our guide Peter were fantastic. Peter really have deep knowledge of his country, what a memorable ride across the Netherlands.

    Brigitte and Francois

  • Thank you for everything. We packed lots of memories into this trip. It was a grand way to learn about Netherlands and see what a cultured and friendly place it is.
    The GPS was essential, and we are so glad we learned to use it. Everytime, we wondered where is Peter taking us? We would come across a canal, field of flowers, quaint village, spectacular scenery. Thank you so much.

    Thank you for everything. We packed lots of memories into this trip. It was a grand way to learn about Netherlands and see what a cultured and friendly place it is.
    The GPS was essential, and we are so glad we learned to use it. Everytime, we wondered where is Peter taking us? We would come across a canal, field of flowers, quaint village, spectacular scenery. Thank you so much.

    Susan and Billy Hobart

  • You run a very professional organization and we look forward to more tours in the future. You have made us biking enthusiasts.

    You run a very professional organization and we look forward to more tours in the future. You have made us biking enthusiasts.

    Michael and Chau Smith

  • Because of you we had a magnificient trip! I’m excited to tell all my friends about my trip and this lovely country and encourage them to come and visit and use Tulip Cycling to see the country.

    Because of you we had a magnificient trip! I’m excited to tell all my friends about my trip and this lovely country and encourage them to come and visit and use Tulip Cycling to see the country.

    Mary Thomas

  • I thought I would just let you know we are having such a GREAT TIME!! Maybe you can find a job for a orthodontist and a Radiologist for us.?

    I thought I would just let you know we are having such a GREAT TIME!! Maybe you can find a job for a orthodontist and a Radiologist for us.?

    Louise Taillard, South Africa

  • Thank you so much for this very enjoyable experience! Your organizational skills and attention to detail are outstanding.

    Thank you so much for this very enjoyable experience! Your organizational skills and attention to detail are outstanding.

    Barbara Morgan

  • Just to thank you again for the wonderful trip, yours was the 7th we made and one of our favorites now

    Just to thank you again for the wonderful trip, yours was the 7th we made and one of our favorites now

    Alicia Fuentes

  • My wife and I just finished a 4 day self guided tour. It was fabulous! Tulip planned a route that we never could have found on our own. The equipment and handling of our luggage made everything easy. We loved the trip!!

    My wife and I just finished a 4 day self guided tour. It was fabulous! Tulip planned a route that we never could have found on our own. The equipment and handling of our luggage made everything easy. We loved the trip!!

    bob brownson

  • Thank you Tulip Cycling for a exciting and scenic 5 day tour through part of your beautiful country. Peter’s meticulous organisation and first class equipment made our ride a memorable one.
    Geoff and Bethany
    Canberra, Australia

    Thank you Tulip Cycling for a exciting and scenic 5 day tour through part of your beautiful country. Peter’s meticulous organisation and first class equipment made our ride a memorable one.
    Geoff and Bethany
    Canberra, Australia

    Geoff and Bethany

  • Our friends recommended this cycling trip for my 50th birthday and it was a fabulous celebration-- by far the best family vacation we’ve ever taken! The route Peter crafted for us was perfect-- so beautiful! The hotels were quaint, food was delicious. And our 11 and 12 year old loved riding tandem. I cried when we had to go home. We’ve talked about this trip for months... can’t wait to return. A 5-star experience!

    Our friends recommended this cycling trip for my 50th birthday and it was a fabulous celebration-- by far the best family vacation we’ve ever taken! The route Peter crafted for us was perfect-- so beautiful! The hotels were quaint, food was delicious. And our 11 and 12 year old loved riding tandem. I cried when we had to go home. We’ve talked about this trip for months... can’t wait to return. A 5-star experience!

    Jane and Mark

  • The trip overall was our favorite vacation we've ever taken. We feel privileged to have visited. As a lifelong cyclist, it was like visiting the promised land.

    The trip overall was our favorite vacation we've ever taken. We feel privileged to have visited. As a lifelong cyclist, it was like visiting the promised land.

    Katherine and Stephen Coleman, USA

  • Thank you for organizing our trip this summer, we had a fantastic time and will definitely return in the future. We had so many good experiences traveling along the countryside enjoying the scenery and weather.

    Thank you for organizing our trip this summer, we had a fantastic time and will definitely return in the future. We had so many good experiences traveling along the countryside enjoying the scenery and weather.

    Auburn and Sean Brady, USA

  • We had a great time in Holland.Thank you for everything.

    We had a great time in Holland.Thank you for everything.

    Carvajal family, Mexico

  • Our memories are still fresh in our minds and we loved every minute of out time in the Netherlands. Your company ensured the cycling portion was flawless and most enjoyable. Thank you for providing top quality bicycles and support equipment.

    Our memories are still fresh in our minds and we loved every minute of out time in the Netherlands. Your company ensured the cycling portion was flawless and most enjoyable. Thank you for providing top quality bicycles and support equipment.

    John and Peg Lalonde, Canada

  • The tour was wonderful, and I've recommended your services highly to my friends. In particular, the route selection was superb.

    The tour was wonderful, and I've recommended your services highly to my friends. In particular, the route selection was superb.

    Judith Macaluso, USA

  • We had the most wonderful holiday with your company and I wish to say a big thank you for all your hard work and professionalism in ensuring we had the best possible experience.

    We had the most wonderful holiday with your company and I wish to say a big thank you for all your hard work and professionalism in ensuring we had the best possible experience.

    Gillian and John Au, UK

  • Tulip cycling just got better! We do a weeks self guided tour with Tulip Cycling every year and have now been cycling for 9 years each time in a different area of this lovely country.

    Tulip cycling just got better! We do a weeks self guided tour with Tulip Cycling every year and have now been cycling for 9 years each time in a different area of this lovely country.

    John and Christine Widdowson, UK

  • Our trip with you was fantastic....and we've told many others about it. The GPS made it unique.

    Our trip with you was fantastic....and we've told many others about it. The GPS made it unique.

    Martens family, USA

  • We have recommended your business to many people – as we had a terrific cycling trip, due to your professional organisation and fabulous path routing. The GPS was brilliant and the route really showcased the variety of experiences available in the Netherlands – there is no better way to see a country than through the eyes of a local.
    Thank you, again.

    We have recommended your business to many people – as we had a terrific cycling trip, due to your professional organisation and fabulous path routing. The GPS was brilliant and the route really showcased the variety of experiences available in the Netherlands – there is no better way to see a country than through the eyes of a local.
    Thank you, again.

    Richard Lewis

  • It was truly an extraordinary journey, where everything was carefully prepared by you and your staff.
    We were enchanted by the landscapes of flower fields, windmills, canals, small towns and by the kindness with which we were treated by the Dutch people. It was really unforgettable days that make us want to return, and invite our friends as well.

    It was truly an extraordinary journey, where everything was carefully prepared by you and your staff.
    We were enchanted by the landscapes of flower fields, windmills, canals, small towns and by the kindness with which we were treated by the Dutch people. It was really unforgettable days that make us want to return, and invite our friends as well.

    Emerson de Carvalho

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