The Netherlands offers visitors a plethora of exciting activities. As one of the most densely populated and developed nations in the world, it packs a true punch. Innovation and creativity run rampant throughout its thriving cities such as Amsterdam and Rotterdam, while you can still find unique cultures, identities and dialects in its many small towns and villages. Biking is the main mode of transport, especially due to the flatness of the country – with around half it of lying below sea level. In recent years it has become synonymous with liberal, free culture, especially due to the tolerance of some drug use and prostitution, but historically, Dutch culture was synonymous with world-class art from masters such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt and MC Escher. Explore the capital city on its famous canals and pay visit one of the many impressive museums such as the Van Gogh Museum, The Anne Frank House or the Rembrandt House and Museum.
Fly to the Netherlands with SAS
SAS flies to the Netherlands from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. via Oslo, Copenhagen or Stockholm (depending on route). With daily departures from multiple locations, you can easily find a departure to suit your travel plans. Book early to save on airfare and when you choose SAS, enjoy a 24-hour right of revocation on your flight tickets and online check-in 22 hours prior to departure. Passengers on intercontinental flights can enjoy food and drinks on board. In addition, WiFi is available for a small fee. We look forward to welcoming you on board!
If you are travelling with children under 2 years (without own seat) they fly either free of charge or with a 90% discount on the flight portion of the ticket price, depending on the destination. Children from 2–11 years get a 25% discount. The discounts do not apply to taxes and fees.
Mini vacation in Amsterdam
A visit to the capital city of Amsterdam could be a complete vacation on its own. Here, rows of shockingly thin houses, which line the numerous canals and picturesque bridges, will greet you. Everywhere in Amsterdam is an opportunity to take a beautiful photo, and its best explored either by boat or on bicycle. Head to the main square, Dam Square and then venture off in any direction from there. The many museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum and many other galleries and exhibits are the perfect activity for a rainy day. In addition, the capital city is a thriving creative cultural capital, and you will find that many new restaurants and bars are created from repurposed spaces such as the up and coming NDSM neighborhood in the north of the city. The cuisine is international; a reflection of the multicultural attitude of the Dutch and you will find that nearly everyone speaks perfect English.
Shopping and partying in Amsterdam
Amsterdam boasts numerous shopping opportunities from the chain brands on Kalverstraat to the busy open-air markets such as Albert Cuypmarkt. In addition, the city hosts the largest flea market in Europe each year, known as IJ-Hallen, with more than 750 vendors selling anything from second hand clothes to furniture and vintage records. For a taste of some of the delicious local and international dishes, head to the Foodhallen, which features some of the most unique cuisine the city has to offer.
Within the city center, you’ll find some of the city’s best nightlife destinations including Odeon, Escape, Paradiso, Soulkitchen and the Melkweg. In addition, the Red Light District becomes a popular spot for tourists to go out most nights of the week.
Day trips to the Dutch countryside
A short distance from the capital, you’ll find the charming region of Waterland, home to three picturesque fishing villages: Volendam, Marken and Edam, with the latter the birthplace of the famous yellow cheese! You can travel here by bike from Amsterdam with a chance to travel through the charming countryside or by bus from the central station.