The issue of a flight will not complicate a holiday in the Netherlands in any way, because the country is connected to several Russian airports, both direct and charter flights. From Sheremetyevo and Pulkovo, 4 planes depart daily in the direction of Amsterdam. The travel time in this case takes about 3 hours 30 minutes. You can save on the road by using the forklift route with a transfer in Tallinn or Riga. Tickets will cost 20-25% cheaper, but do not forget about the need to apply for a transit visa. In addition, waiting for a connecting flight can take up to 10 hours, which already makes you think about the feasibility of this option.
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Nothing simplifies the rest in Holland, and life in it, as solving the issue of transportation, both tourists and the residents themselves. The transport network here is one of the most comfortable in Europe, therefore, regardless of the chosen means of transportation, no difficulties will arise.
To travel distances that are not easy to overcome on a bicycle, the Dutch prefer trains. Modern railways are recognized as the busiest in Europe in terms of daily passenger traffic. You will not find tickets within the country for more than €35 for a seat in a second-class carriage. First class is 70-80% more expensive, depending on the season.
A kind of “trick” of the Dutch transport are water “minibuses” – boats and small ferries, plying both along rivers and along artificial channels. It’s fast and inexpensive – a one-way ticket costs €10-15, and there are no traffic jams or long waiting times.
There is a metro only in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, they are often used, while buying single travel tickets (similar to the Moscow Troika), because a standard ticket for one trip has a limited period of 60 minutes, and sometimes you have to ride a lot. An unlimited ticket for 9 days costs €30 and is valid both on buses and on the subway.
Traveling by taxi in the Netherlands is more expensive than most European neighbors. This type of activity is strictly controlled by the authorities, because cars with checkers stand in specially designated places, or are called by phone. Tariffs within cities, without luggage, start from €7 per kilometer, transfer from the airport to the hotel is €40 minimum.
You can rent a car, but under strict rules and with draconian taxes. For example, the driver’s experience must be 2 years or more, but at the same time, persons under 23 years of age will not be given keys at all, and a driver under 25 years of age pays an “age fee”, the amount of which is calculated by the formula from the cost of the car and the rental period. In total, a weekly rental can cost up to €1,000, excluding insurance premiums.
The official currency is the euro, EUR. The transition to a single currency lasted gradually, and until 2012 the Dutch guilders were accepted everywhere, but now, apart from the euro, no banknotes and coins are valid.
The exchange is made only in licensed points at banks, at the airport and in some chain hotels. In the latter case, inadequate commission rates are taken from tourists, so it is better to go to the appropriate institution. They work from 8:00 to 16:00 from Monday to Friday, a number of banks are open on weekends.
Cashless payments are welcome wherever there are terminals. But before inserting a card and entering a pin code, check what the commission is and whether it is cheaper to pay in cash. Interest-free payment is accepted only with ISIC and FIYTO student and youth cards.
If you are looking for a restaurant holiday in the Netherlands, then you will probably hear more than once that local culinary traditions are aimed more at satisfying hunger than at getting to know something exquisite and unique. At first glance, it seems so, but even in a small street cafe they can feed you so that you don’t have to go to an expensive restaurant.
- Ertvensop is, on the one hand, an ordinary pea soup, and upon a detailed study of the composition, it becomes clear that the recipe is completely different from our version. First, the Dutch never make it runny – the broth should be as thick as mashed potatoes. Secondly, in no case should the finished product be eaten immediately, it is cooled and put in the refrigerator for a day, and only after that it is reheated for serving.
- Herring – that is, herring – is the favorite of the fish for any inhabitant of the country. Forget all the spicy saltings and preserves – here it is customary to eat herring only in lightly salted form, snacking on pickled cucumber. However, several hundred cooking methods have been invented, but most guests will always be offered pure fish. Her taste and smell are very specific, and it seems to someone that she is completely raw, which, of course, is not so.
- Bitterbalen is the main appetizer on any table, which is meat balls deep-fried to a crisp. The secret of taste is in the filling, which can be either vegetable or in the form of a liquid sauce on the broth mixed with flour. It is advised to use such a snack with mustard, but for people with weak stomachs it is better not to risk it – it is very fatty and spicy.
- Stumpot is a winter side dish for meat, or, to put it simply, mashed potatoes, cooked with so many spices that in summer such dishes go hard, even with light drinks. In addition to the potatoes themselves, chicory, sauerkraut, bell pepper and a bouquet of spices, both hot and fragrant, are put here.
- Lekkerbekier is cod baked to a crispy crust, although in recent years other varieties of white fish have been increasingly found under this name. Serving it without tartar sauce is a crime of taste, but if you don’t like this combination of taste, you can replace it with simple garlic at the very first request to the waiter.
- Pofertjes is the most famous Dutch dessert, reminiscent of a sweet version of dumplings, only fried in oil. Of course, there is no meat inside, but there is chocolate syrup, strawberry jam and many other toppings added to the taste of the confectioner.