Small and welcoming, with some truly cool cities!
The Dutch vouch for their extensive rail network and so do we. Known as a tourist’s paradise, Amsterdam is on the wish list of every Interrail Pass holder. Besides, be sure to squeeze in the tulip gardens (Keukenhof) and the windmills of Zaanse Schans in your itinerary. While you're in the Netherlands, take a boat ride through the 17th-century canals and experience its vibrant nightlife.
Interrail passes for Netherlands
Interrail Benelux Pass
The Interrail Benelux Pass is the best way to explore Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Visit cities like Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Rotterdam and Bruges by train.
Interrail Global Pass
The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 33 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.
Pass benefits in the Netherlands
Places to visit
Amsterdam: Europe’s most liberal city
Amsterdam is one of the most welcoming and easy-going cities you’ll find in Europe. The most enjoyable thing to do is wander around the canal-laden centre and stop off for a coffee in one of the tiny cafés. The famous Anne Frank House is located in the Jordaan and is a must-see for anyone, who wants a deeper understanding of what it must have felt like to be in hiding during World War II. Another highlight is cruising along Amsterdam’s canals by boat and getting unparalleled views of the city.
Do like the Dutch: go by bike
Believe it or not, off the north coast are a number of surprisingly beautiful islands – the Wadden Islands. Terschelling is one of the most visited of the bunch. Camping is popular on the island as is getting around by bike. Enjoy the fresh sea air and the calming sound of the waves. Back on mainland, head down to Hoge Veluwe National Park and take your time exploring this precious woodland on one of the free white bikes offered as you enter. There’s a wide variety of plants and animals that can be found there.
Dutch city gems
Head south to Maastricht – one of the Netherland’s most beautiful cities, decorated with cobbled streets and peppered with pavement cafés. The culture has French and Belgian influences due to the city’s proximity to the these two countries, which makes for a city altogether different to the rest of the Netherlands. Another lovely Dutch city is Utrecht, just 30 minutes from Amsterdam – it makes for a good day trip.
Amsterdam is a European leader when it comes to partying hard, with a wide selection of commercial and not so commercial events going on every week. Start the night off in the Leidseplein which is teeming with bars, then head to Paradiso – a popular haunt, with live bands and various dance music on weekend nights. Rotterdam, Europe’s busiest port has a vibrant and underground night scene, which is now rivalling that of the capital.
Tulips and windmills
Visit a flourishing Dutch tulip bulb field during the spring or if you take a train from Haarlem to Leiden you will get free and satisfying views from the train window. If, however quantity (and quality) is important to you, go to Keukenhof – the world’s largest flower gardens, with around six million flowers on show! Flowers done, next windmills. There are windmills all across the Netherlands, but one in easy reach is Molen van Sloten (Windmill of Sloten) on the outskirts of Amsterdam, where you can make a tour of this 19th-century polder draining mill.