Dutch is the official language but there are also regional languages spoken like Frisian, Dutch Low Saxon and Limburgish. Most people in the Netherlands can also speak English and German.
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The most popular places to visit in the Netherlands
The biggest problem with Amsterdam is trying to decide what to do first! Museum lovers will be in heaven with over 70 to choose from, including the world-famous Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum. Discover where Anne Frank wrote her diary at the somber Anne Frank House. Explore the city by water with a canal cruise, or see it like a local by renting a bike for a ride through Amsterdam’s picturesque streets.
Known as the “International City of Peace and Justice”, The Hague is home to the UN's the International Court of Justice (aka the World Court) and is the center of Dutch politics. However, you don't have to be a political junkie to enjoy The Hague, as it has amazing museums, distinct architecture and great shopping.
The Netherlands is so much more than just Amsterdam! Arriving into iconic Rotterdam Centraal Station will set the scene for this fantastic city. Architecture lovers will love the Cube Houses, the Erasmusbrug bridge and the Euromast observation tower. The city is also home to great food and underground nightclubs!
All direct flights form the USA to the Netherlands arrive at Amsterdam's Schiphol (airport code AMS). Many larger US cities have nonstop flight to Amsterdam, with the flying time taking around 7-10 hours depending on distance. There are also plenty of connecting flights within the USA, Canada or other European cities.
There is a train station under the airport with service into the Amsterdam and to many cities in the Netherlands.
There is so much to do in Amsterdam. Whether you want to explore the canals of Amsterdam, take a walking tour of the Red Light District or take a day trip outside the city to discover windmills and tulips, explore activities and book early to skip the long lines.
April through October is the most pleasant time weather-wise to visit the Netherlands, but thanks to its location on the North Sea the weather is mild year round. The crowds are largest in the major cities in the summer, with July and August being the peak months. The cheapest accommodation rates can be found in the winter if you don't mind exploring in the colder months.
Do US citizens need a visa for the Netherlands?
If you hold a valid US passport then you don’t need a tourist visa to enter the Netherlands for the first three months of stay, but you proof of an onward ticket out of the country may be required.
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