23 July 2019 | While best efforts have been made to verify the accuracy of the information, it should be used as guidance only. If you have updated information please contact policy@etoa.org.


Tourist tax (toeristenbelasting) is decided and levied locally by over 400 local governments (municipalities) on visitors who stay overnight in commercial accommodation.

Please click on the right hand banner to find out rates and further information.  

: 21% (reduced to 9% for hotels and other goods/services)
European Commission VAT rates in member states

Access and Mobility

Private transport

  • Real time road traffic information can be found here.
  • There are no road tolls unless travelling through the Kil or Westerschelde tunnels.
  • Information on low emission zones in some cities can be found here.

Public transport


These attractions are selected due to high demand and/or operational issues. If you think we should include others, please contact policy@etoa.org.

Attractions located in Amsterdam can be found here.

If you are a member attraction of ETOA and would like your attraction featured on this page, please contact policy@etoa.org.

It is no longer possible for coaches to stop for photos due to an effort to limit traffic congestion. There is now only one official drop off point for coaches, which require entrance tickets for the visitor centre and windmill.

  • A visit for 15 or more people must be booked at all times via info@kinderdijk.nl at the latest 2 weeks prior to the date of visit; information can be found here
  • Payment for a visit must be done in advance by bank transfer only
  • Groups without booking can be refused to enter the area when they have reached the maximum capacity of the area
  • Timeslots that are booked for the group need to be used for the visit. Visitors are not allowed to enter the area for taking photos only.
  • Groups will enter the area via the Group Entrance at all times after they have arrived at the Stop & Go zone by bus
  • The Group Entrance is closed before 08.30 and after 17.30 hours with a gate. Therefore a group visit before or after opening hours is not possible
  • Free coach parking is located in Nieuw-Lekkerland

Guiding regulation

Guiding is not regulated in The Netherlands, so no prior declaration or certificate is needed.

However, bringing groups through and guiding in Amsterdam does require a permit and is regulated. Please see more under Amsterdam.

Please click on the right hand banner to read more about guiding regulations in Europe and the ETOA tour guide ID card. 

Public holidays and opening hours

The Netherlands have 11 public holidays. In 2020 they are:

01 January New Year’s Day
10 April Good Friday
12-13 April Easter Sunday/Monday
27 April King’s Day
05 May Liberation Day
21 May Ascension Day
31 May and 01 June Whitsun Weekend
25-26 December Christmas Day and 2nd Christmas Day

Please click here for more information.

Opening hours are generally 09:00-17:30, banks and post offices 09:00-17:00. Please click here for more information.

Events and seasonality

The national tourism board in Holland has created a page with upcoming events.

The below events are a selection of events taking place throughout the Netherlands in 2020 (outside of Amsterdam). In addition, there are often arranged festivities around the public holidays, such as New Year’s Day and King’s Day.

21/03 – 10/05/2020 Keukenhof: Flower show
04-05/04/2020 Rotterdam: Marathon
14-16/05/2020 Rotterdam: Eurovision Song Contest
Late June The Hague: Parkpop festival
10-12/07/2020 Rotterdam: North Sea Jazz Festival
August 2020 Scheveningen: International Fireworks Festival
End August 2020 The Hague: Jazz in the Canal
End Oct – Start Nov 2020 The Hague: Crossing Border Festival

ETOA activity

ETOA’s Market Manager Yamin Saadi is focusing on developing the local membership base.

If you are experiencing operational issues in the Netherlands, please contact policy@etoa.org.

ETOA 30th anniversary drinks reception: ETOA organisied an informal networking drinks event in Amsterdam on 3rd of September. Please click here for more information.

Yamine Saadi

Yamin Saadi
Maket Manager, France & Benelux
+44 20 3325 5010

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Information about NBTC Holland’s tourism strategy can be found here.

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