Most people will know Amsterdam but The Netherlands is so much more than its capital. I was really taken with the cool vibe and funky architecture of Rotterdam, lovely Leiden and the historic city of Haarlem (a great alternative to Amsterdam and only 15 minutes by train).
And for that quintessentially Dutch experience, take a bike ride through the tulip fields near Lisse.
NETHERLANDS IN A NUTSHELL
- Capital: Amsterdam (The Hague is the seat of government)
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Population: 17 million
- Official language: Dutch
- Time zone: UTC+1
SOLO TRAVEL RATING
- Solo travel rating: 4 out of 5
- Risk to women travellers: Low
- Travel costs: Moderate
- Recommended for first-time solo travellers: Yes