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From bustling vibrant cities to wide open countryside, this European nation is easy to navigate in your rental car...
Often referred to as Holland, the Netherlands is a country that packs a warm welcome, from the brown cafes serving up delicious food and drinks in what amounts to a pub in the UK, through to the lively nightlife of the country’s clubs and bars. You will easily make friends and feel at home with nearly everyone speaking excellent English and happy to meet their cousins from over the Channel. The Dutch enjoy a fantastic sense of humour and are straightforward and direct when talking so you’ll certainly know where you stand with them – usually shorter, as they are known as the tallest nation on earth!
There are high standards aplenty throughout the nation with a good range of accommodation choices and a great selection of things to see and do across the country. Food is not an issue for most travellers with an offering similar to many European countries. Although who can resist local temptations such as Dutch pancakes or delicacies such as herring? And with a large immigrant population, expect to find great cuisines from countries such as Indonesia and the Caribbean.
Amsterdam is the biggest city and where much of the action is, although getting out on the roads to explore cities such as Edam, Utrecht, Haarlem, Delft, Leiden and Rotterdam opens up a different world of quaint and modern cities, many of them built around the ubiquitous canal systems the Netherlands is famous for.
Car rental can be picked up at many locations in Holland. The airports of Amsterdam (AMS) and Rotterdam (RTM) make excellent places to start your car hire journey. However, you can also arrange pick-up at many locations throughout the country and within the cities. Use our car hire search to the left to find the best Netherlands car hire deals.
Get the keys in the ignition, belt up and get on the road with Netherlands car hire to find much more on offer than you expected...
Dykes, tulips, theme parks, vast beaches, canals, chocolate box villages and world-class museums are just some of the things you’ll want to explore in your rental car.
Amsterdam is the first place for many to visit. From Dam Square in the centre of the city it’s easy to take a canal boat tour to orientate yourself before plunging into the exploration of attractions such as the world-famous Anne Frank Museum, housed in the same building Anne and her family hid in during the Nazi occupation of World War II. Visit the recently renovated Rijksmuseum to marvel at the huge Dutch masters such as the Black Watch or the Van Gogh museum where many paintings by Van Gogh and other European artists are housed.
Of course, no visit to Amsterdam is complete without a nod to the Red Light district, a fairly self-contained area which is much safer and more touristy than you would imagine, or to one of the quirky and amusing attractions such as the Sex Museum.
Delft is a gem. Located in the south of the country it’s a picture perfect city of traditional Dutch gable houses and canals. Close by is Rotterdam with its modern architecture, and just beyond is the fantastic Dutch coastline with soft sandy beaches and lots of places to eat out (seafood is a speciality) and enjoy a day at the beach. If you are the sporty type, hire a bike to ride up the coastal paths or rent a windsurfer to ride the North Sea waves offshore.
Efteling is a Dutch theme park and is worth the drive so you can ride white-knuckle rollercoasters and the kids can enjoy Dutch fairy-tale worlds packed with fun entertainment.
A drive to the north of the country will bring you through green and vibrant countryside to the famous Zeeland area with beach resorts and unspoiled coastline. Further north you’ll find the agricultural areas of Friesland with the characteristic herds of black and white cows in the fields. Beyond them are lakes galore to get out on and explore in boats and yachts or on hikes and bikes. By winter they freeze over, giving you the chance to try out ice skating, something that the Dutch rule when it comes to competitive skating.
Get your timing right and driving through Holland can be one of the most colourful experiences you will ever have. Springtime in the Netherlands means one thing, flowers - from flower markets to endless fields of bright springtime colours. Head to the Leiden area for the most intense colour experience or to places such as Keukenhof with its flower park. Each spring there is a huge flower parade which runs from Noordijk to Haarlem, with floats decked out in more flowers than you have ever imagined driving along the packed route.