Fringed by the North Sea, the Netherlands is a country in northwestern Europe known for its colourful tulip fields, windmills, UNESCO- listed canals and endless cycling routes. More than half the country lies below sea level, and these famed Dutch windmills have helped to pump water over the dykes since the 13th century. The Netherlands boasts one of the most striking coastlines in Northern Europe. Visitors can look forward to exploring the beautiful capital of Amsterdam featuring the Rijksmuseum, the famous Van Gogh Museum and the world-renowned Anne Frank’s house; cycle along almost 32000 kilometres of bike routes through the scenic flat-as-a-pancake landscapes, and visit one of the laid-back atmospheric cafes known for their cozy corners and warm conversations filling the air.
There is never a bad time to visit the Netherlands, which has a moderate climate with warm summers (average 19° Celcius) and relatively mild winters (average 3° Celsius). That said, mid-April to mid-October is probably the best time to go, although coastal resorts and big cities like Amsterdam do get busy during the summer holidays (July-August) - higher prices reflect the increased demand. To see the country’s famed bulb fields burst with colours, plan a trip to the Netherlands between mid-April and mid-May.