The Netherlands

Welcome in The Netherlands!

On this page you find some usefull facts for your stay in The Netherlands.

Weather

Netherlands has a temperate climate with relatively mild winters, mild summers and rain throughout the year. In November there is an average temperature between 3°C and 9°C, and 2 hours of sun per day. The sun comes up around 7:30 AM and it is dark around 5 PM. You may want to bring an umbrella as it can be rainy in November.

Money

The currency in The Netherlands is Euro since The Netherlands is one of seventeen euro countries.
You can exchange money at banks, post offices and exchange offices in Holland. Many hotels also offer this facility. And, of course, you can easily get money with your debit card from one of the many ATMs located throughout Holland. If you have a foreign bank card with a Cirrus logo you can get money from an ATM. Also check your card and the ATM for EDC, EC and Maestro logos. Of course, you can also use most credit cards to obtain money from an ATM.

Tipping

In The Netherlands, Value Added Tax and service charges are included in your check in hotels, restaurants, shops and taxis. Tips for extra service are always appreciated but not required. It is customary to give taxi drivers and waiters a tip of about 10 percent. Many public restrooms have an attendant who is usually tipped EUR 0,50.

Drugs policy

The Netherlands is famous for its tolerant drugs policy, but a lot of people don’t realize that drugs are in fact illegal in the Netherlands. Understanding the Dutch drug policy can spare you a lot of trouble.

All drugs are forbidden in the Netherlands. It is illegal to produce, possess, sell, import and export drugs. However, the government designed a drug policy which tolerates smoking cannabis under strict terms and conditions.

The drug policy in the Netherlands aims: to reduce the demand for drugs, the supply of drugs and the risks to drug users, their immediate surroundings and society.
The Dutch recognize that it is impossible to prevent people from using drugs altogether. Coffee shops are therefore allowed to sell small amounts of soft drugs. This pragmatic approach means that authorities can actually focus on the big criminals who profit from drugs and who supply hard drugs.

Electricity & water

Electricity
The voltage on outlets in Holland is 220 volts. Hotels may also have a 110-volt or 120-volt outlet for shavers. Travelers are advised to bring along a power converter and an adapter for round two-prong plugs with side grounding contacts.

Water
The tap water in Holland is of excellent quality and you can drink from any tap, unless explicitly stated otherwise. Bottled water is available at all supermarkets, snack bars and kiosks.