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Cheap flights to the Netherlands

Netherlands (NL)

Why visit the Netherlands?

You could think of the Netherlands as a tribute to human ingenuity; as most of the country is built on land that sits below the sea level, and its prominence in the world consciousness is due entirely to its remarkable people, the Dutch. Flying to the Netherlands will give you a chance to see those famous tulip-filled plains, its meandering canals that bisect quaint villages, and its elegant cities that feature gabled houses, austere churches, and pretty squares. Though one of Europe’s smaller countries, the Netherlands has long been a key player in European history with its maritime intelligence, its artistic flair and its scientific might. Come to the Netherlands and discover for yourself why these Lowlands will be the highlight of any European tour.

Things to do in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is suitable for all sorts of travellers, not least because of the exhaustive list of things to do in this country. First on your list should be to see the country’s capital: Amsterdam. Likened to Venice for its pretty waterways, and its cultural attractions, visitors to Amsterdam will be blown away by the city’s extraordinary museums, in particular its art galleries showcasing the Dutch Golden Age of painting, head to the Rijksmuseum for the best of the best.

For some of the iconic natural attractions in the country, try a tour of the River Noord, which runs between Dordrecht and Rotterdam, and features the instantly recognizable Kinderdijk, and in particular the 19 windmills that were built in the 19th century and are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

For those looking for a little fairytale wonder, they need not look too far; in the Geul Valley you will find Valkenburg, which boasts a hilltop castle, a stunning basilica, and one of the country’s best Christmas Market held in a maze of caves. Or there is the city of Utrecht, which hits many itineraries because of its red-bricked Kasteel De Haar, a photographer’s dream because of its turrets, and beautiful manicured gardens.

Lastly, there are the parks and gardens, among the most famous being the Hoge Veluwe National Park, filled with wandering deer and circling birdlife, or the Keukenhof gardens where you can stroll through rows and rows of rainbow-coloured tulips.

Best time to visit the Netherlands

· For warmth, you can’t beat the summer season, the height of which is July and August, where highs sit at 21-22°C. However, this is peak season for tourists visiting this country, so expect the prices to be at their highest.

· April, May and June, as well as September and October are the shoulder seasons and are great months to visit the Netherlands, and this is when you can see days hovering at around 17-18°C. The spring season, particularly March to May is ideal if you want to see those famous tulips in bloom. You will find a spike in prices in April, as this is when Queen’s Day falls, and the whole country throws up their arms in celebration.

· Winters are cold, but very pretty, with Christmas parades and markets to enjoy. Expect lows of 0-2°C.

Flights to the Netherlands

· The main international hubs in the Netherlands are the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) in the pretty capital city of Amsterdam and the Rotterdam Hague Airport (RTM), sitting in the southeast of the country.

· Amsterdam’s hub is by far the largest airport in the country, and so offers the most options in terms of travel routes. You can fly to Schiphol from every major city in Australia, and usually these flights will only involve one stop. Frequently these layovers are in cities like Guangzhou (CAN), Shanghai (PVG), Beijing (PEK), Hong Kong (HKG) and Abu Dhabi (AUH).

· Airlines that fly to the Netherlands from Australia are China Southern, China Eastern, Air China, KLM, Jet Airways, Finnair, Etihad Airways, Delta, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, and SAS.

Currency

· Euro (EUR).

Visa requirements

· Australians do not need a visa to enter the Netherlands, and will have permission to stay for a cumulative total of 90 days. If you need more information, or want to check that conditions remain the same before you travel, check the smart traveller website.

 

Please note that information is correct as of August 2016

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.