The Rough Guide to the Netherlands

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Practical travel guide to the Netherlands featuring points-of-interest structured lists of all sights and off-the-beaten-track treasures, with detailed colour-coded maps, practical details about what to see and to do in the Netherlands. The Rough Guide to the Netherlands also includes details on how to get there and around, pre-departure information, as well as top time-saving tips, like a visual list of things not to miss in the Netherlands, expert author picks and itineraries to help you plan your trip.

The Rough Guide to the Netherlands covers: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland and Utrecht, The North and the Frisian Islands, The Eastern Netherlands, The South and Zeeland.

Inside this travel guide you'll find:


Experiences for every kind of trip to the Netherlands, from off-the-beaten-track adventures in Giethoorn to family activities in child-friendly places, like Hoge Veluwe National Park or chilled-out breaks in popular tourist areas, like Keukenhof Gardens.


Essential pre-departure information including the Netherlands entry requirements, getting around, health information, travelling with children, sports and outdoor activities, food and drink, festivals, culture and etiquette, shopping, tips for travellers with disabilities and more.


Carefully planned routes covering the best of the Netherlands give a taste of the richness and diversity of the destination, and have been created for different time frames or types of trip.


Clear structure within each sightseeing chapter includes regional highlights, brief history, detailed sights and places ordered geographically, recommended restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and major shops or entertainment options.


Tips on how to beat the crowds, save time and money and find the best local spots for cycling, horseriding, sailing, windsurfing or skating.


Rough Guides' rundown of Amsterdam, Maastricht, Utrecht and Delft's best sights and top experiences helps to make the most of each trip to the Netherlands, even in a short time.


Written by Rough Guides' expert authors with a trademark blend of humour, honesty and expertise, to help to find the best places in the Netherlands, matching different needs.


Comprehensive 'Contexts' chapter features fascinating insights into the Netherlands, with coverage of history, religion, ethnic groups, environment, wildlife and books, plus a handy language section and glossary.


Features inspirational colour photography, including the stunning Texel and the spectacular Singel Canal.


Practical full-colour maps, with clearly numbered, colour-coded keys for quick orientation in Rotterdam, Eindhoven and many more locations in the Netherlands, reduce need to go online.


With helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781789194098
Series: Rough Guides Main Series
Publication Date: 2/28/2019
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm


This title is a part of Rough Guides Main Series

Practical travel guides series covering countries, cities and regions, with detailed factual travel tips, perfect for independent, long-stay, backpacking and budget-conscious travellers seeking comprehensive travel information and off-the-beaten track experiences

  • Extensive practical travel information including getting there, getting around, climate information, safety tips, accommodation explanations, food & drink advice and shopping essentials 

  • Curated author picks with destination highlights at the beginning of each guide

  • Ready-made itineraries covering every corner of the destination

  • Colour-coded places chapters with detailed coverage of places and sights, presented in a points-of-interest structure 

  • Extensive recommendations for accommodation, restaurants, shops and leisure activities for all budgets

  • Colour-coded detailed maps with marked-up key sights 

  • Insights on history and nature highlights  

  • Easy to use, newspaper-style layout

  • All guides published from January 2021 are printed on paper from responsible sources verified to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards

  • Free eBook with each printed guide published from May 2019 

Format: 129 x 198mm

Price: £14.99-£26.99 | $13.99-$34.99

Extent: 616–1208 page


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4.9 out of 5, 8 global ratings

Amazon Customer

Very Good Guide!

Reviewed on June 10, 2019
Paperback | Verified

Great book which will accompany me and my family around the Netherlands this summer!

Amazon Customer

Excellent Guide

Reviewed on October 14, 2018
Paperback | Verified

This is a belated review as I used the guide on a tour of the western part of the country in late 2017. I thought it was easy to use, readable, thorough and up to date. The text was supported by good maps which are not just limited to the major cities and were very helpful for explorations on foot. In short one of the best country-wide guides I've seen.

Amazon Customer

Five Stars

Reviewed on February 16, 2017
Paperback | Verified

Very useful

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