Clogs, tulips and windmills only touch the surface of the Netherlands, since the “big”small country with its 16 million inhabitants, combines marvelous medieval and modern architecture with world beating museums and a buzzing artistic and cultural life. You have to visit at least once in your life all the fantastic Dutch art by Van Gogh and Rembrandt. They all speak English and some even German and French! It is not a surprise that many international companies have their European or even worldwide headquarters in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands has a maritime climate. Summer temperatures average about 19⁰C. July and August are the best months with temperatures between 21-26⁰C. But throughout you can expect some rain, and a fold-up umbrella or likewise a light raincoat prepares you for the unpredictable side of the Dutch weather in the hope that it will not be needed.
Electricity in the Netherlands is 230V, alternating at 50Hz. Hotels may have 110 or 120V outlet shavers, but otherwise you will need a voltage converter.
The currency in the Netherlands is the Euro (€, EUR), which is used in almost all countries within the European Union. No other currencies are commonly accepted, so you will have to change your dollars, pounds, yens etc. to Euros. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels and some restaurants, but generally one should pay cash in restaurants, bars and cafes. The most preferred payment method is in € cash with banknotes up to 50 € bill.
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