The Netherlands is more than just Amsterdam, although this gem is certainly not to be missed. If you have one week to spend in this lovely country, there are certain destinations that you need to put on your travel itinerary in order to make this the perfect holiday. Between the windmills and the tulips, the cheese and the pancakes there is something to see each day of your journey. To make sure you are not missing out on "must see" experiences, a few suggestions on how to spend your week might be in order. Then there are some practical things to take care of as well, before travelling that is. Perhaps you will need a ETIAS for Netherlands or other travel documentation. By preparing and making sure everything is in order, you will soon be on your way, ready to embrace your adventure in the Netherlands head on.
Visiting the Netherlands might for some citizens require obtaining an ETIAS. Come 2021 it will be possible to obtain the ETIAS, should you require one, online. It will be a simple online application form that will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. It will require you to answer some basic personal questions as well as providing your passport details in addition to paying for the ETIAS. Once approved the ETIAS will be sent to you via email and is then valid for a period of 3 years, it will allow you to stay in the country for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. It's not certain that you will need to obtain a ETIAS to visit the Netherlands, as such it's best to visit official sites online for full disclosure on rules and regulations.
Monday - start the week of in Amsterdam and make sure to cover the Royal Palace as well as the 400-year-old Canal Ring. Take a canal cruise to experience the quaint city architecture from a different perspective.
Tuesday - Amsterdam is too much of an adventure to simply allocate only one day to, that's why day 2 is also best spent exploring the city. It's time to get cultural by visiting the Rijksmuseum as well as the van Gogh museum, two incredible experiences that shouldn't be missed.
Wednesday - after having spent some time in Amsterdam, set your sights on the Zaanse Schans. One of the must Dutch experiences you can have and it is a delightful one. The area is packed with the famous Dutch windmills from the 18th and 19th century and it is possible to sample local cheese, chocolate and of course the traditional Dutch pancakes.
Thursday - the old trade city of Groningen comes next and in the same area it is possible to visit one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, Wadden Sea.
Friday - Utrecht is next on the list. Here is the majestic Dom Tower the centre of attention although it is rivalled by the De Haar Castle.
Saturday - In Rotterdam modernism is in focus with skyscrapers and Cube Houses as prime examples of the city's remarkable architecture.
Sunday - finish the week in Maastricht where you should spend your time shopping and eating your way through the delicious Dutch cuisine.
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