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Back toward the corner 1. Don’t go to the Netherlands in a fur coat or other outerwear made of natural fur. Animal rights activists can attack and even set the item on fire.
2. Despite the legalization of light drugs in the country, do not buy anything from street dealers. If you want to experience new sensations, you should go to a smart shop or a coffeeshop.
3. Don’t try to export light drugs from the country. You can get imprisoned for 12 years.
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4. Large cities are very different from the provincial Netherlands. If there would be enough time, you should definitely go out of Amsterdam and get acquainted with the pretty towns and their old streets.
5. English and German are full-fledged languages ​​of communication, but you should take a Dutch dictionary or a phrasebook with you. Locals in small towns often speak only this language.
6. The Dutch do not like non-punctual people very much. One should watch the time in this country.
7. In large cities, pocket thefts are quite often. Tourists should be especially attentive in trains and trams. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
8. The dense cyclist traffic is typical for the streets of Amsterdam and other big cities. The bicycle lanes are highlighted with a special color. It’s forbidden to walk on them.
9. Fans of photography should also be careful  in the Netherlands, especially in the streets of the red light district. Guards can easily break the camera, so you need to pay attention to the prohibitory signs.
10. Public transport is very expensive in Amsterdam. There is only paid parking. The city is famous not only for its rich nightlife, but also for its luxurious architecture. Hiking will help to save the budget and get an unforgettable experience.
11. In the Netherlands, the tip is already included in the bill. Leaving some extra money is considered a tactlessness.
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12. National cuisine is best served in traditional brown cafes with dark walls and wooden facades. The same applies to bars. Only in these places, you can feel the real Dutch flavor.
13. Smoking is prohibited in public places in the Netherlands.
14. There are high fines for fare-dodging in the public transport. Tickets are sold separately and are usually valid for a certain period depending on the cost.
15. It’s unaccepted to dance in restaurants in the Netherlands, as it’s considered to be the faux pas. Even in the company of friends, it is customary to split a bill.
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Keukenhof Flower Park

From the series “Top 16 Most Unusual and Original Parks and Gardens”
One of the most beautiful flower parks in the world, Keukenhof, is in the Netherlands. Here, more than a hundred varieties of tulips are planted every spring on the territory of ​​32 hectares. The park is accessible for public only during the period from March to May. Most experienced tourists tend to visit the Keukenhof in April. This time of year, the park is a venue for the annual parade of flowers. The first park on this site was founded in the mid-19th century. In the 15th century, this area was occupied with dense forests, which for hundreds of years served as a source of wild game, mushrooms, and healing berries.

In the 40s of the last century, manufacturers and exporters of flowers had an idea to create an original theme park that would serve as a visual exposition of the … Read all

Schokland and Surroundings

From the series “Top 15 Unesco Sites in Europe”
In the Netherlands, travelers will have an opportunity to visit the amazing Schokland Island. It is of great interest due to its fantastically picturesque landscapes and historical monuments. Initially, Schokland was a peninsula. However, in the 15th century, due to the onset of the sea, a narrow isthmus connecting the main territory of the mainland, was completely flooded. The island had a strategic importance, but because of the low altitude it was regularly subjected to destructive elements.

In 1859, due to constant flooding, it was decided to resettle local residents to other, safer parts of the country. After the island became uninhabited, the lighthouse and harbor, which employed a few dozen people, remained active. The lighthouse on the island served until the mid-20th century, … Read all

Electric Ladyland Fluorescent Museum

From the series “15 Unofficial Man-Made Wonders of the World”
In Amsterdam, travelers will have an opportunity to visit the surreal Electric Ladyland Museum, the world's only museum of the fluorescence, which strikes with colors and incredible exhibits. The founder of the museum is the unusual local resident Nick Padalino. He decided to name his museum after the last album of Jimi Hendrix. The museum is a wonderful gallery with a collection of rocks and minerals of the most incredible shapes and sizes. Artistic lighting makes forms really unusual. Thanks to light common gray stones are painted in a rainbow of colors.

The opening of the museum took place in 1999. The ground floor houses an amazing gallery with paintings that glow in the dark. Visitors have an opportunity to buy any exhibit they like and carry a piece of the unique museum home. In … Read all
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Advices for popular cities of Netherlands

Amsterdam
Maastricht
1. Tips in local restaurants and bars are included into the amount of the bill and estimate approximately 10 - 15%. If you want to, you can leave an additional amount for a waiter. Tips are also usually given to maids, hairdressers and taxi drivers. 2. The majority of malls and shops are closed on weekends, and Monday is often considered a short working day. Weekdays’ mornings are the best time for shopping. 3. When you enter a store, a restaurant or other public facility, you should … Read more
Rotterdam
1. Despite the fact that the use of soft drugs is allowed in Rotterdam, sale and use of strong drugs is punishable by law. 2. You should greet others in public places (stores, banks, restaurants and subway wagons) - these are the local rules of etiquette. 3. It’s not recommended to wear clothes made of fur and leather for your walk in Rotterdam. In this city there are quite a lot of people who actively protect animal rights, so your look can cause many negative emotions and thoughts. … Read more
The Hague
1. Music lovers should visit Hague during the period of the jazz festival. It is held annually in July and attracts thousands of fans of this musical direction. 2. Fans of nightlife should visit Binnenhof district, where they will find most attractive and popular venues. The local nightclubs are not only a great place to dance and to listen to your favorite music, but also a good reason to visit the surrounding bars, many of which offer delicious menu. 3. The most reasonably priced … Read more
Utrecht
1.Most shops are open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Sunday is a common day-off. Saturday and Monday are half-days, so the timetable of places of interest should be specified in advance. 2. Mains voltage is 220 V; however, many modern hotels provide additional outlets for 110 V and 120 V. Tourists are advised to bring necessary adapters for electrical devices with them. 3. Despite the fact that telephone booths begin to disappear from city streets, they can still be found in busy tourist areas, … Read more
Eindhoven
1. Holidaymakers should take into account that almost the entire central area of ​​the city is pedestrian. It’s very easy and fun to explore it on foot or by bicycle; everywhere in the center you can see beautiful buildings in the traditional style and spectacular futuristic constructions. 2. Those who expect to save on visiting restaurants and cafes are recommended to specify the location of the nearest grocery stores and supermarkets. It can be difficult for inexperienced tourists to … Read more
Groningen
1. The most beneficial way to make calls to other cities and countries is to use special telephones that can be found on every street of the city. You will need to use special plastic cards to pay for your calls. As a rule, these cards can be conveniently purchased at any newsstand. Sometimes you can see machines that accept payments by coins. 2. The majority of shops and trading centers open at 9:00 and work until 18:00. Saturday is usually a short working day, so small shops can close at … Read more
Delft
1. Tourists, who plan to make phone calls to other states, should use local telephones. They can be found near underground stations, close to major shopping malls and traffic stops. This method of communication will be the best and the cheapest one. 2. Voltage is 220 V here, so prior to trip we advise you to check the compatibility of electric shavers, hair dryers and other appliances that you plan to take with you. 3. Tips are usually included in the final bill of local restaurants … Read more

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