When you think of the Netherlands, you usually associate it with tulip fields, winding canals and a vibrant art scene. However, there is even more to this colourful country than what initially meets the eye. Whether you want to discover Keukenhof, The Garden of Europe, or dance away your nights in the dynamic port of Rotterdam, or visit the coffee shops in Amsterdam, there is something in The Netherlands for every visitor, here you can find the perfect accommodation by choosing a holiday rental which caters to your every need.
Find and book the perfect apartment or holiday home in the Netherlands
Holiday letting opportunities are endless in The Netherlands, with a vast amount of apartment and holiday home rentals available across the country, there is no better way to experience this magnificent country than by reserving your very own home away from home. From a luxury apartment overlooking Amsterdam's iconic attractions, to a holiday home with a garden nestled in the dramatic forestry landscape of Utrecht, this country is bursting with some of the most uniquely individual homes in the world, so discover your piece of Holland and book via Airbnb or Trip Advisor here today.
When to visit the Netherlands
The perfect time to visit The Netherlands is between April to June and then again in late September to October, when the climate is pleasant enough to enjoy the many sights, but there is less of a crowd which would be so evident in the peak summer months. However, if you can brave the chill and pre-book your holiday accommodation in advance, it is worth visiting in March, especially if you plan to stay in Amsterdam, as this is the month when the Dutch celebrate the start of Lent with a three-day festival which involves street parties and, of course, endless amounts of pancakes.
What holiday rentals are available in The Netherlands?
The Netherlands is built up of a diverse mixture of lively cities and ports, beautiful landscapes and quaint villages which rose to life in the countries ‘golden age'. This country is far from dull, and with the wide range of holiday lettings available prove that your holiday home or apartment should not have to be either. For small groups of friends or couples, opt for an apartment overlooking Amsterdam's canals and wake up in the very centre of the action in the capital. There are also many beautiful boats available to rent on Amsterdam's canals for a unique and unforgettable stay in the capital. For families or larger groups, choose a villa with a private garden or house with a sea view in one of Holland's ports or many national park destinations, including Ouddor and Utrecht. Other types of accommodation available for lovers of the outdoors and staying on the move include mobile homes, caravans and campsites available all over the country.
How to get to the Netherlands
Located in north-western Europe, there are numerous methods of travelling across the North Sea from the UK to The Netherlands. The quickest way to reach Holland from many parts of Britain is by air, with affordable daily flights from London, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol directly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Eindhoven Airport taking just over one hour, the Netherlands are closer than you might have ever imagined. The countries proximity to the UK offers alternative ways of reaching The Netherlands, including by rail or ferry. The Eurostar service from London St Pancras International to Amsterdam Centraal takes 3 hours, with the ferry from Hull to Rotterdam or Newcastle to Amsterdam taking approximately 7 hours to cross the water.
Dutch Food and Culture Tips
Though the Netherlands is not necessarily recognised for its cuisine, you may be surprised at how delicious the food can be. Perhaps the most famous of these foods is the sweet Stroopwafel, a thin and syrupy waffle which you must not leave Holland without sampling. You can buy these last treats in bulk anywhere around the country, so why not buy some to snack on in your holiday home or apartment? Alongside the Stroopwafel, The Netherlands serves up traditional Kroket's, Patat, which is the Dutch twist on fries, and Hollandse Nieuwe, the staple savoury dish which is unmissable for all seafood lovers. Be sure to brush up on some key Dutch phrases before embarking on a trip to The Netherlands, though many Dutch people can hold a conversation in English, it is a good idea to pick up some Dutch greetings before your trip.
Artistic cities and colourful fields in the Netherlands
Nothing portrays the richly diverse Dutch art scene better than the country's vast selection of globally renowned museums, many of which can be found in the country's capital, Amsterdam. Book a hostel in Amsterdam to be a short walk away from the most famous Rembrandts in the Rijksmuseum and the timeless originals of Dutch icon Van Gogh in his museum. Modern art lovers will love the Stedelijk Museum, which showcases contemporary artists who are making their mark both locally and nationally - there is something for every art lover in Amsterdam! Choose to sleep in a bed and breakfast or a guest house in this evolving city, and you will be surprised at how accessible and affordable this capital can be when you look beyond a hotel room. Look beyond the capital, however, and you will soon come across the vibrantly rich colours of Holland's national parks and landscapes. Choosing a holiday rental or house with a private garden in one of these peacefully secluded destinations will allow you to wake up in a room with a view of a quaint Dutch market town or a vividly multicoloured landscape which Holland is so well known for.
Adventure in The Netherlands
Though the Netherlands holds a reputation as being one of the flattest countries on the planet, it offers a broad range of activities which will get your adrenaline pumping. If you have ever wanted to Zip-line down a Euromast in Rotterdam, try mountain biking in Hoge Veluwe National Park, or climb the impressive Excalibur, the tallest free-standing climbing wall in the world in Groningen. There is also the chance to take it a little more easily but still immerse yourself in the individuality and wonder of Holland, by hiking or leisurely cycling around Nationaal Park Veluwezoom. Choose a holiday home in this unspoilt area to catch the Dutch sunrise over the landscape. Every adventure filled experience is spread across the county, so there is guaranteed to be the ideal experience waiting right outside your accommodation door.
A richly historic but futuristic country!
The Netherlands is stooped in a deep history, from the maritime success and the famous ‘golden hour' to the darker days of the country's endurance through world wars; this country is by no means hiding its past from those who visit. The grand success across the seventeenth century shaped many of the Netherlands' traditional architectural spectacles, from the lone windmills to the Dutch Baroque architecture which flourished in small towns across the country. Settling in a bed and breakfast in Haarlem or the city of Delft, where you can wake up alongside history in this prosperous era. Meanwhile, the Anne Frank House is a poignant experience which cannot be forgotten if you are staying in Amsterdam and uncovers the country's turbulent past which still has an impact today. Though the Netherlands boasts evidence of interesting history, it is also undeniably futuristic, with cities such as Rotterdam and Eindhoven showcasing contemporary architecture just beyond your holiday letting.