Netherlands – a country of tulips, windmills and bicycles is mainly flat reclaimed land. Sophisticated urban centers and sleepy provincial towns fit into a vast panorama created by winding canals, walls and dams. In the capital city life does not set for a moment, they are constantly at the epicenter of business bustle and activity of seasonal festivals, cultural and artistic events …
Netherlands – a state in the north-west Europe area 42 thousand square meters. km. In the east it borders with Germany, in the south – with Belgium. In the north and west by the North Sea.
Netherlands – flat country (the “Netherlands” – low land), more than 40% of its surface lies below sea level (the highest point in the country – Vaalserberh, 321 meters, the lowest – 6.7 m below sea level). Large areas in the coastal areas occupied “polders” – artificially brought by parcels of land, the intersection of dams, rivers and canals. About 70% of the country – man-made landscapes, natural areas are very few and they are carefully protected.
The capital of Amsterdam, but the parliament and the seat of government in The Hague.
Moderate sea, very wet. Average January temperatures – +1-3 C, in July – +16-17 C. Precipitation is 650-800 mm. year, fairly evenly spread over the seasons. Despite its relatively warm climate, frequent westerly winds cause a sharp drop in temperature even in the warmest months.
Netherlands – a constitutional monarchy. Head of State is King (now – Queen Beatrix). Legislature – bicameral parliament (States General). The country has 12 provinces, and a group of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba in the Caribbean Sea.
16,3 million. About 10% of the population are minorities.
Netherlands. Distributed by the English, in the course of German.
Euro (EURO), 1 EURO = 100 EURO cent. Banknotes: 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. Coins: 2 and 1 euro, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
The Netherlands is in the Schengen zone. Visas are issued by the Netherlands Embassy in Moscow. You can contact the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the following cases:
• If you intend to visit only the Netherlands;
• If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, and the Netherlands is the country’s main destination (which means that most of the time you are in the Netherlands);
• If you intend to visit several Schengen countries and the Netherlands are not the main country of destination, then you can contact the Embassy of the Netherlands, only if the Netherlands is the first country you intend to visit.
Documents required for obtaining a tourist visa to the Netherlands:
• 1 completed and signed application form (visa application form must be filled out by hand or by typewriter, in English or niderlandskom languages, as an exception – in German or French).
• 1 neustarevshaya picture on the passport.
• Passport, valid for at least 3 months. after returning from the Netherlands.
• Old (canceled) passport containing a Schengen visa (if available);
• Hotel Reservations for the entire period, including other countries that you intend to visit for this trip. Note: Hotels can be booked via the Internet.
• A copy of all pages (except empty), an internal passport
• proof of solvency: a statement from the bank or account statement not more than 3 months old to 34 Euros per person per day
• Booking a ticket with closed dates
• Certificate of Employment issued by the time of treatment, on company letterhead indicating the positions, dates of employment, monthly salary, and information about the next vacation
• for entrepreneurs – Registration in the CCI + copy INN
• for students – a certificate from the institution
• for children – a copy of a notarized permission from parents
• for foreigners – a copy of the Russian entry-exit visa or residence permit + registration valid for at least 3 months. after returning from the Netherlands.
Apply for a visa is made in person or by proxy (not notarized), but only if the passport (s) of applicant’s have 2 Schengen visas, he received over the past 3 years issued by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Moscow. Get a passport with a visa to everyone. Visa is in most cases 3 working days, with an additional review of documents about two weeks. Consular fees (35?) Payable immediately preceding the filing of documents for the visa.
The procedure for obtaining a visa to the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba takes about 7 days (the visa fee is 35?). Aruban visa application form must be completed in English or niderlandskom languages, as an exception – in Spanish, German or French. Remember that on arrival at the airport you may be asked to provide proof of your ability to pay.
Importation of weapons, drugs and animals is prohibited. On the import of certain items of restrictions: An adult may enter 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars (100 small cigars) or 1950 tobacco, and are also allowed to enter the 1 liter of alcoholic beverages, alcohol content exceeding 22 percent, or 2 liters of alcoholic beverages, the content alcohol which is less than 22 per cent (including wine). In the duty-free stores can not buy more than 1 block of cigarettes or 50 cigars, more than 2 liters of wine, 1 liter of alcohol, 50 g and 25 g perfume toilet water. Import and export of foreign and local currency is not limited.
Medical care and insurance
Pay, health insurance is obligatory. There are no additional health risks not.
Open from 8.00 to 16.00 on weekdays, the lunch break – from 12.00 to 13.30. On Fridays, some banks are closed one hour earlier. Offices “GWK” work from 8.00 to 20.00, Sunday – from 10.00 to 16.00.
Shops are open from 8.30 (9.00) 17.30 (18.00), once a week (usually on Mondays) are closed to 12.00-13.00, and on Thursdays operation extended to 21.00. Grocery stores operate on Saturdays until 16.00, and the rest are closed at 17.00.
The Netherlands has a good transport infrastructure. The extensive system of highways and expressways, an extensive rail and bus network covers the entire country, providing ease of communication with any point. The city has a unified system of urban transport (GVB), which includes trams, trolleys and buses (including night tours – “nachtbussen”). The ticket is valid for one journey within one hour and costs 1.5 euros. More profitable to purchase reusable cards (“strippenkaarten”), consisting of a few tickets, paying for one trip (the ticket of 15 coupons worth about 5 euros) and day (“dagkaart” – about 6 euros) and 9-day (22-30 euros ) Common travel. Cities are divided into transport zones, so depending on the itinerary, tickets must be validated as many times as the route crosses areas. The fee for a trip on a bus at night is increased twice in the 1-2 zone and a half times – to 3 zones. Log me in public transport made through the back door, front door is usually allowed to enter only with multi-day travel, which are presented to the driver.
In Rotterdam and Amsterdam are underground. The fare on the subway is the same as in other forms of public transport. Travel costs for all modes of transport can be purchased at the train station, post office, in some bookstores, special ticket GVB, as well as the drivers of trams or buses (only certain kinds of maps and more expensive). Widely distributed Shipping – various pleasure boats, water taxis, etc., but this kind of transport is much more expensive than public, and focused mainly on trips and tourists.
The Dutch often used as a means of transportation bike – their number exceeds the number of inhabitants of the country. On roads and city streets under the cycle lane must have its own place, and almost every corner placed special parking for bikes. Bicycles can also be rented for special items (3 – 5 euros a day without collateral).
Roads and driving rules
Right-hand movement, state of roads is excellent. On the streets of the city priority in the movement given to cyclists. The central band of many streets reserved for the public transport. Parking on many streets, especially in areas of concentration attractions and public transport is extremely difficult. On motorways, speed limit 120 km / h on the highway of local importance – 100 km / h in built-up areas – 50 or even 30 km / h, police radars are installed everywhere
Voltage – 220 V.
Holland itself, 40% of which is situated below sea level and literally “created” by people earth could already be self-sufficient cultural monument. The entire coastline of the country is surrounded by a whole system of dams and other waterworks, the total length of which exceeds 3 thousand km. City of Holland – masterpieces of medieval architecture, which combine the magnificent cathedrals, picturesque canals, old houses, churches, town halls and naisovremenneyshie facilities. Plantings of flowers – “business card” of Holland, in the spring almost the entire country is covered with multicolored carpet of flowering plants that, in contrast to the constantly gray sky the sea, creates a mouthwatering flavor of this land. Another integral part of the Dutch landscape – windmills, many of whom still perform their functions.
Amsterdam (dam on the Amstel River “) – a city of hundreds of channels through which to throw more than 600 bridges, the most beautiful of them – and Blauburg Maher Brug (Skinny Bridge). Channels – an indispensable attribute of all the tours of the city – from the water you can view most of the sights of Amsterdam, hundreds of picturesque bridges, the spirit of the city and its indescribable atmosphere.
Most city tours start from the beautiful red brick building with a clock and weather vane in neo-Gothic style – the Central Station (XIX century.) Separating itself from the old harbor town Hey. From the station a fan run up the street and grahty – Amsterdam canals, including the main street of the city – Damrak on which you can get to the historical city center – “quarter for more channels.” Shingles his single channels (“defensive”), Heyrengraht (“channel master”), Kayzersgraht (“Imperial”), the Prinsengracht (Princes Canal “) and many others share the city on 90 islands. “Quarter for more channels – above all the famous Dam Square, the center of gravity” informal groups “from around the world, which also are the Royal Palace with a great museum (XVII century. The royal family does not live here now), the monument of Freedom (1956, in the base soldered capsule to the ground in countries where war Dutch), Nieuwe-Kerk (New Church “, in 1408, repeatedly rebuilt) – place the coronation of monarchs Netherlands, and the famous Madame Tussauds. Nearby are the building Berlaga Exchange (1897 – 1903 years.) Served in the Middle Ages, mint Munthe wooden tower with a spire and Courant (1620), the zero point of reference for sea level rise around the world – Amsterdam foot rule, a complex of buildings of the East India Company, One of the most interesting buildings of the city – House shipbuilders, the Museum of Torture and the Museum of Sex on the Damrak, and numerous picturesque houses XVI-XVII centuries.
In Amsterdam, a great number of churches, among which highlights the town’s oldest church – the Gothic-Ude Kirk (1300, “Old Church”) which holds regular organ concerts, the biggest in the Netherlands, the Renaissance Church – Westerkerk (“West”, 1619, Mr. .) to the grave of Rembrandt, the first Protestant church of the country – Zyudkerk (“South”), Norderkerk (“Northern”, 1620-23 years.), and once the world’s largest Portuguese Synagogue (1675), as well as one of the largest Catholic cathedrals of Europe – Amstelkring (XVII century.), which is now a museum.
Amsterdam – one of the largest art museums and centers of the world. You can visit the largest art museum of the Netherlands and one of the best in Europe – Reyksmyuzeum (in 1885, Flemish painting XV – XVII cc.) Dutch historical museum in the east wing Reyksmyuzeuma, Museum of Contemporary Art Stedeliyk (contemporary art), the Van Gogh Museum with the world’s largest collection of his works (some 200 paintings and 580 drawings), Van Gogh Museum in the building of XVII century. on Yodenbreystraat, the Historical Museum of Amsterdam, the famous Museum of the tropics, Anne Frank, numerous museums, diamond factories, the Museum of brewer Heineken, Cabinet cats, Jewish Historical Museum in the joint building of the 4 synagogues, unique in Europe Museum of hashish, marijuana and Cannabis on Udeziyds Ahterbyurgval and located in a neighboring building museum of tattoos and many other no less original assembly.
In addition to historic and cultural monuments, lots of reviews draws the famous red light district, across from Central Station and excellent shopping point of the city – from flea markets and squares Vatrelupleyn Spain, “flower market” along the single and the monetary area (Myuntpleyn) to luxury jeweler Coster Diamonds shops, Amsterdam Diamonds Centre and others. The traditional places for shopping are areas of streets Kalverstrat, Nieuwe-Vendiyk, Rockin, Damstrat, Leydsestrat and Viyzelstrat, and the Jordaan area and the Magna Plaza. Market Complex Zwart Markt, located 15 km. north of the city, is considered the biggest market in Europe.
In Zandame lying 20 km. north of Amsterdam, be sure to visit the house of Peter I and Architectural Museum under the open sky “Zaandam in the XVII century.”. Zandama north of the famous Alkmaar (“surrounded by water”) – the only city in the world, where to this day preserved medieval cheese fairs and even guild “cheese porters”. Interesting narrow medieval streets, the city’s numerous canals, the cathedral of St. Lawrence and the Gothic Town Hall. Here is a splendid museum of cheese, a museum complex Tsaans Chance, the National Museum of beer in the building of the old brewery, Netherlands baking Museum and the Municipal Museum of History and Art.
Lying to the west of the city of Amsterdam, Haarlem from the XI to XIII century. was the residence of the Dutch Palatinate, and so full of monuments of history and culture no less than Amsterdam or The Hague. City Centre – the Grote Markt, surrounded by picturesque medieval buildings. It is also the Town Hall, Sint Bavo church with the tomb of Frans Hals and the famous organ (1738), nearby stands the old almshouse harlemskaya (1608), which is now housed City Museum Khalsa. Interesting Bishop Museum, Museum of Industrial Art in the XVIII century castle., Church Grote Kerk (XV – XVI centuries.) And the old “meat ranks” (XVII cent.).
The Hague (Grafenhage) – seat of government, parliament and the royal court, the third largest and one of the oldest (1248) cities in the country, although the status of the city of The Hague was only in 1811 This is the city officials, diplomats and senior citizens. It is also the Peace Palace, which operates the International Court of Justice. Around the old castle Binnenhof (1248), which now meets the country’s parliament – the States General, lies the historic city center. Before the castle, an area of Plain, there is a monument to William I of Orange, and around – a lot of beautiful architectural and historical monuments – the building tribunal Ridderzal (XIII cent.), A medieval prison Gevagenport (now here is the Museum of the Inquisition), the Colonial, the oldest city in the country Passage (1882 – 1885 years.), the Ministry of Justice and the Literary Club De Witte. Nearby is the palace of the former governor of Netherlands possessions in Brazil – Mauritshuis (1633-1644 Gg.), Which houses one of the best art galleries of the world – Royal Art Gallery with a collection of works by Dutch and Flemish painters of the XV – XVII centuries. – Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, wall, etc. Next, at the Town Hall Square, hosted the Gothic Old Town Hall, Market Berlage and the most famous cathedral city – Grote Kerk Church (XV – XVI cc.) Images on the front of coats of arms of the Knights of the Golden Fleece, and symbol of the city – the bell with the image of a stork.
The residence is located in the palace of Queen Keninkliyk Pale Nordeynde (1533 – 1655 years.), Which in summer is open for free visits (the queen herself lives in a palace Hays Ten Bos). Another landmark of the city – Madurodam park, a sort of open-air museum, where a scale of 1: 25 represented almost the entire country and all its monuments, and all these clever models acting! Also interesting is an ultramodern residence quarter, which worked on creating the best architects in the world. Many tourists are attracted built by Napoleon Bonaparte’s Walloon Church (1807), the house-museum of Spinoza, a unique museum of chocolates and candies Gaagshe Hofe, the old Catholic Church (1722), Palace of Peace (1913), Art Gallery of Prince William V, International Press Museum, Postal Museum and the Museum of Costume, and the Aquarium and Marine Center, which operates walking on the bottom of the ocean underwater tunnel and excellent environmental exposure.
Not far from The Hague are located world-famous seaside resort Shveningen and city Delft (1246) – The famous Dutch blue and white porcelain, famous, along with those of its Renaissance Town Hall (1619) with sentinel baschney, the monastery of St. Agatha (XIV century .), the chapel of St. Hippolytus (1400), Church (1250) with the incident bell “(1325), as well as the National Museum Lambert van Merten and the Gothic church Nieuwe Kerk, (XIV – XV centuries). with the graves of members of the royal dynasty. They say that the Market Square of Delft, with the 109-meter high belfry Nieuwe-Kerk – the most beautiful in the country.
Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe and second largest city, lies on one of the northern branch of the vast delta of the Rhine – p. Lek. For the first time chronicles mention it in 1238, and by the 1340 Rotterdam has been one of the great cities of Europe. The old city was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War, so the old monuments almost did not survive, but restored modern Rotterdam amazes guests bold architectural design and business activity.
The most preserved part of the city is the region of Delft port – Delftshaven saturated with narrow streets, canals, old buildings and windmills. Here is the first skyscraper in Europe – Het Witte Hayes (45 pm, 1898). The territory of the old port tightly surrounded by new housing developments. In the center of town, near the Maritime Museum of Prince Hendrik vysititsya bronze statue of “The Scream” (“Devastated City”) in memory of the Nazis destroyed the old city, located near the Historical Museum in the palace of the XVII century., Building Kunsthal (art exhibitions XIX – XX centuries .) and building a tower with a beacon – the famous museum Boyman Van Beuningen in Holland with the best collection of Flemish masters XV – XVI centuries. You can visit the city’s Cathedral of Saint Lorentskerk (XVI cent.) Preceded by a monument of Erasmus, or the nation’s largest City Hall (1920), a monument to Peter I on the bank of the Meuse, as well as Mail and Exchange. Above the town rises the huge towers Euromast (1960, 185 m.), on top of which is revolving viewing platform, which offers a magnificent panorama of the city and the huge port. In the quarter Kralingen is a beautiful botanical garden, and going into the downtown area, you can admire the modern high-rise buildings, banks and offices, many of which only a few meters lower than Euromast. Among the interesting museums Academy of Arts, Conservatory, the Museum of Ethnography, Museum of Entomology, Museum of History and a wonderful Rotterdam Zoo.
Utrecht – the old university town situated in the center of the country. A characteristic feature of the city – two-channels connected by numerous bridges with adjacent houses, which in the Middle Ages served as warehouse – goods from the barges to warehouses shipped up directly. Now the terrace of the first stage converted into numerous charming cafes and restaurants, while they themselves serve as channels for the most part, for pleasure trips and relaxation. “Calling card” of Utrecht – the oldest Gothic cathedral of the country with the highest spire in the Netherlands – Domkerk (1254 – 1517 years.), Is also interested in City Hall (XIX cent.), A famous university (in force since the XVII century.) Museum of coins, museum community arts and sciences, Railway Museum, Central Museum (collection of works of art of the early XVII century.), medieval houses and one of the nation’s largest collections of medieval art at the Museum of Christianity.
Maastricht, one of the oldest cities in the country and the administrative center of the province of Limburg, lies in the south, on the border with Belgium. One of the main attractions of the city – the remains of the defensive line van du Moulin (walls, ramparts, underground mine galleries, etc.) as well as a maze of 20 thousand caves in Sint-Petersburg, also used as vaults and warehouses during the numerous sieges of the city . No less interesting are protected as architectural monuments of medieval burghers houses “old town”, the narrow streets and bridges, the oldest in the Netherlands city gate (1299), Hall (XVII – XVIII centuries.) Symbol of the city – the cathedral of Sint Servas (Sint -Servaskerk, VI cent.), a lot of museums – Bishop, art and antiquities, art museum Bonnefanten, as well as the most beautiful Romanesque basilica of the Netherlands – the church of Onze-Livet-Frauve (or the Onze-Livet-Vrau, XII cent.) in the eponymous square . Not far from Tilburg located unique in Europe safari park and an amusement park “Efteling”.
Lying in the north of Groningen is famous for its churches – St. Martin (XIII – XVI centuries). To the tower (XVI cent.), Aa (XIII cent.) And the Nieuwe Kerk, (XVII cent.), As well as the remains of Roman settlement. Maritime Museum of Groningen and the original Museum of tobacco are among the best in Europe, and in the library of the city filed a Latin translation of the New Testament, made by Erasmus of Rotterdam with the notes of Martin Luther.
Along the northern coast stretches of the island province of Friesland, and Wadd, interest, first of all, his “wild” landscapes, sand dunes, numerous lakes, pine forests and beach resorts and secluded villages, preserved their cultural identity is an ethnic group living friezes. The provincial capital – Leeuwarden, is interesting for its ancient ramparts, Palace of Justice, Town Hall, the best collection of porcelain and faience products in the country estate of Marie Louise of Hesse-Kassel and unique Frisian Museum, the artistic traditions and culture of this fascinating province. In the village Venkloster branch is located in the museum with a remarkable collection of toys. In Dokkum – another Frisian Museum of Folk Art in Franekere – a unique planetarium (XVIII cent.), My university (who was considered at one time second in importance after the Leyden) and the building of the former dormitory. The snack is Frisian Maritime Museum and an excellent yacht club, and Collum – luxury homes in a traditional style and majestic City Hall (XV cent.). National Park De Kennermerdyunen (kennemerskie dunes) took more than 1000 hectares of natural dune area in the North Sea coast, which is one of the few areas with natural vegetation and many small ponds, and beautiful pine and deciduous forests with the natural fauna.
The largest national parks – Hoge Veluwe National Park is known for, among other things, one of Europe’s largest sculpture in the Museum Otterlo – more than 20 hectares located in the open air of masterpieces by artists of the twentieth century. As well as the richest private art collection four Kröller-Müller.
In the Netherlands, numerous medieval castles, palaces and castles. Fortress Ammersoen (XIV cent.) Famous exposition of objects found during excavations in the castle moat, the castle Middahten (1190 rebuilt in the XVII century.) – One of the few fully-preserved together with the whole atmosphere of the medieval castles of the country, Valkenburg is built on the bedrock ( 1100) and is famous rasvetvlennoy system of underground tunnels leading into the vast labyrinth of caves, are also interesting castles De Haar, Breda (XIV century.) etc.
Traditional Dutch cuisine clavitsya its “village” thoroughness, extensive use malosochetaemyh at first sight products, and excellent traditions in cooking seafood. Favorite food – “Haring”, ie a special way of cooking salted herring with a slice of pickled cucumber and onions. Also popular are fried fresh herring fillets with onions, braised in the oven for perch with vegetables, smoked eel garnished with egg and lemon, fresh herring fillets – maches, fried fish or meatballs “Crockett”, as well as numerous dishes of freshwater fish, shrimp and clams (in their consumption of the country ranks first in the world). For grilled fish dishes are usually served lettuce or potato wedges, fried “Potatoe”. The menu is usually lots of vegetables and dairy products. Besides, to truly Dutch dishes ranked pancakes.
Meat consume relatively little, but try to use every piece – in the course are even offal and meat scraps, however, with a great imagination cooked. The most typical dish – “hotpot” (hutspot “or” Hot Pot “) – soft boiled or stewed meat with vegetable puree, also worth a try” stampot “- mashed potatoes with cabbage, bacon or smoked sausage, stewed pork with beans cracklings “kantes” sausages “vorstes” and the national dish of rice, meat and vegetables – “riystafel.
It is loved by the Dutch excellent soups – pea soup with crushed with smoked sausage “Erten-soup, celery soup, broth with chunks of ham and carrots” consomme sweat-a-fairy “, etc.
It is impossible to Dutch cuisine without hot sandwiches of all kinds. The most “famous” hot club sandwich with fried egg, bacon and ham – rausshmeyser, sandwiches with cheese, ham and butter balls bruudzhes “with all kinds of stuffing, apeldornskie sandwiches with apples or the Rotterdam sandwiches with bacon and tomatoes. The main ingredient in them – a first-class Dutch cheese – great source of pride of the country. As a separate snack often served in cubes of hard cheese with slices of fruit, vegetables or meat products. Dutch salads also imply that the presence of cheese.
Of the alcoholic drinks Dutch would prefer all sorts of beers and vodka, preferring juniper, more like a genie, “Enever.” Also in the country are doing first-class liquors, the most popular is the famous “Bitter Orange”.
Traditions and rules of conduct in the country
The vast majority of the population – Christians (Catholics – 38%, Protestant – 30%), also free to live representatives of virtually all world religions.
Amsterdam – Amsterdam Carnival (February), Amsterdam the week of Art and Blues Festival (March), the annual demonstration against Racism (March 21), the most important holiday of the country – Queen’s Birthday (April 30), Dutch Theatre Festival (June), Jazz Festival North Sea (July), the largest annual parade (15 August), a beautiful Flower Festival (September), the Jordan Festival (mid September), the International Festival of cannabis (the third week of November), a solemn procession of Santa Claus (December 6), St. Nicholas Day ( 5-19 December) and the day of St. Sylvester (December 31).
In Maastricht, conducted the famous Food Festival “Privenemint” (last Sunday of August). In the summer across the country held traditional fairs and festivities – “Kermes”, as well as many days “fisherman”, various music festivals and sporting events.
Festival of cannabis in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is famous not only for its museums and canals, but also coffee shops that offer a variety of types of marijuana. Every year, November 20-24, there is a hemp festival. During five days of coffee shops compete in five categories: the best variety of marijuana, hashish best, the best marijuana seeds and the best product of processing of hemp (for example, beer or muffins). The jury evaluates the appearance, smell and taste of the product, and produced their effect. To get to the jury can anyone who is willing to pay 200 euros for the Cannabis Cup judge’s pass. For those who plan to buy it in advance, ordering by phone or online, ticket prices will be slightly lower – $ 200.
Ordinary visitors can taste food from hemp burgers to cheese and see hemp fashion. You can purchase various devices for smoking marijuana and souvenirs. These days, stores offer a large selection of jewelry, aromamasel and cosmetics based on cannabis, as well as clothes made of hemp fiber
Official holidays and weekends:
January 1 – New Year’s.
3rd – 4 th nedeyai April – Good Friday.
April 30 – Queen’s Day, a national holiday.
May 1 – Labor Day.
4 May – Memorial Day, the Day of Remembrance of the Second World War.
May 5 – Day of Victory over Fascism.
August 15 – National Day of Memories.
December 25 – Day of St. Nicholas.
25, 26 December – Christmas.
December 26 – Boxing Day (“Boxing Day”).
If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the output is often declared the previous Friday or following Monday.
Netherlands is honesty, sincerity, and thrift, moderation. Wealth has never put up for display.
A founding member of the room, he greets all present, and this applies not only to business offices, and shops, waiting rooms, compartments of railway carriages.
According to the Dutch never to show a sense of superiority. These manifestations evoke a sense of rejection.
An important aspect of prosperity is planning. Every aspect of the problem in detail worked out. In Europe, bordering the Germans. Almost all Dutch entrepreneurs speak good English. The inhabitants of the country is not only widespread in English, but respect for everything British.
Netherlands – the only country in the world, where officially authorized the use of soft drugs, which are sold all adults in kafeshopah. That is officially permitted only natural agricultural products – marijuana, hashish. Potent opium, cocaine, crack and psychedelic achievements of modern chemistry prosecuted in the Netherlands as well as in the rest of the civilized world.
Room service in hotels and restaurants included in the bill (it does not exceed 15%). Tips can be given to ports (one guilder), maid (guilder per day), a hairdresser, taxi drivers (10% of the amount on the meter).