Netherlands

 

I missed the tulips season when I visited Holland in September 2013. I travelled back to Holland on May 2, 2017 and visited Keukenhof (only opens between March 20 and May 9 every year) to see tulips. Keukenhof  is the most famous and largest flower park in the world. I experienced the gorgeous views of blooming Dutch tulips. Besides tulips, Holland is Vincent Van Gogh's home country. Holland also has very good airline KLM (Owned by AIr France now) which connects majority of large cities in Canada and USA. The Dutch speak very good English and the service industry shows Holland's great strength. 


Must Do

1. Buy a Holland Pass (Super Value including attractions and city transit) when you visit Amsterdam. Holland Pass can be purchased at Amsterdam airport. 

2. Visit Van Gogh Museum (included in Holland Pass) where has the largest collections in the world.  

3. Living expenses are pretty high in Amsterdam. Avoid buying foods from restaurants at Amsterdam airport. The airport has supermarket on the main floor. 

4. Take Canal Cruise (included in the Holland Pass) in Amsterdam. The cruise offer audio guides in 20 different languages

5. The bus/tram drivers offer change to passengers. If you use Holland Pass, you will have to tap you card when you get on and get off the bus. 

6. Holland has about 133 rainfall days during a year. Check and weather forecast and bring an umbrella with you.

7. Book Airbnb from the link below will save you $62 CAD/$43 USD/41 instantly for your first stay anywhere around the world

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8. Connecting your flights at Amsterdam airport using budget airlines (e.g., easyJet). 

9. For Keukenhof admission, purchase a combo ticket for both garden admission and bus ticket from Amsterdam airport from Keukenhof's official website. Then you print out the tickets.  


Avoid

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1. Avoid buying foods from airport restaurants which are expensive. 

2. Avoid the obvious tourist traps, such as Madame Tussauds and the Ice Bar. 

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Trip Highlights (2013, 2017)

Calgary to Amsterdam by KLM (My favourite airline)

Amsterdam Central Train Station

Amsterdam Canal
Amsterdam Canal

Keukenhof
Keukenhof
Keukenhof
Keukenhof
Keukenhof
Keukenhof
Keukenhof
Van Gogh
Van Gogh
Van Gogh
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