It’s almost impossible to find anywhere in Europe as easy-going and fun for families as The Netherlands.
It’s also one of the prettiest and most historic countries in the world and small enough to explore a lot, even on a short holiday.
Base a break in Amsterdam and there are dozens of other fascinating cities nearby, you can cycle round tulip fields and along kilometre after kilometre of canal and hundreds of festivals are made for families, all year round.
Opt for Rotterdam and wonderful North Sea beaches are half-an-hour’s drive from the city. Eindhoven’s very cool for design-conscious teens. And places to stay are just as wide ranging and interesting, whether you’re looking for a family hotel, an eco-beach house or a houseboat.
Direct, low cost flights to Amsterdam from the UK take just over an hour, all year round.
Over 90% of Dutch people speak English fluently.
The Netherland’s coastline is over 290km long and known for sandy beaches and the dramatic dunes at Texel National Park.
Amsterdam hosts dozens of children’s events every year including the King’s Day kids’ market, KinderBevrijdings in May and the arrival of Sinterklaas at Chrismas.
From May to September theatre, music, kids’ shows, cabaret and comedy is free to enjoy, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark.
Rotterdam is under an hour by train from Amsterdam, Delft is 40 minutes away and both Utrecht and Haarlem are under half-an-hour from the Dutch capital.
The Netherlands has 20 National Parks including traffic-free Schiermonnikoog, one of the country’s Frisian Islands, famous for beautiful beaches and rare seabirds.
Don’t drive in any of the cities, parking’s impossible and public transport’s very good everywhere. Hire bikes to see the countryside round Amsterdam: flat and made for cycling. The Netherlands is a fantastic country to tour around because it’s so compact. The roads are excellent and even renting a car for a few days lets you see a lot here.