Marriage to a Dutch Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Dutch citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.

If you want to bring your Dutch spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. If they would like to visit you in Canada while their application is in process, they must also apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA). For more information, please see our family sponsorship page and our eTA article.

See a sample Spousal Sponsorship Application


Processing Time

Once the necessary documents are gathered, it usually takes the Dutch government up to 3 weeks to authenticate the documents.

If you then file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Dutch spouse or partner, this application takes an average of 10-12 months.

An eTA application for your spouse or partner to visit you in Canada while the sponsorship applications are processing will be granted instantaneously if approved.

Please see our pages on family sponsorship and the eTA for more information on the processing times of these applications.


Dutch Marriage Basic Requirements

One of the most exciting days in someone’s life is their wedding day. Even though the theme of the day is romance, it is still an official ceremony. Just like any other country in the world, the Netherlands has some rules that need to be followed when taking such a big step.

Couples wanting to formalize a relationship can choose from three options: civil marriage, registered partnership, or a cohabitation agreement in the Netherlands. A cohabitation agreement must be drafted by a notary, has legal consequences only for the parties who sign it, and covers only those issues that the parties choose.

Dutch law only acknowledges civil marriages, performed by a registrar of marriages. Once the civil ceremony is completed, the marriage may then be solemnized in a religious ceremony.

Requirements for residency
Two people can get married on the condition that one of them is a legal resident of the Netherlands. The Dutch Immigration Service will not let a person get a residence permit for the sole purpose of getting married.

Required Documentation 
If you are a foreigner marrying a Dutch resident, do not forget to register your intention to marry (ondertrouw) at the local municipality at least two weeks before the wedding date. It would be even better if you register a couple of months before the wedding date, since the processing of the paperwork usually takes a bit of time. The registration for marriage is valid for one year.

If you were married previously, you need to have a divorce certificate from your home country. This certificate will be regarded as proof that you are free to marry.

As a foreigner, you need to bring a birth certificate. It must be affixed with an apostille stamp.

You must ensure that you take the original copies of your documents with you if you travel for your wedding in the Netherlands.

Married or registered partners may use each other's surname, or in combination with their own if they choose to do so.  However, official documents have to show the person's own name as well.

When you get married or register a partnership, there must be no less than two witnesses and no more than four. Each one of the witnesses must supply their identification.

Same sex marriage
The Netherlands was the first country in the world to officially legalise gay marriage. So if you and your partner are the same gender, you are free to marry the Netherlands.


Family Members

If your Dutch spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Dutch Marriage document application.

If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Dutch citizen.


List of Dutch Consulates in Canada

Embassy in Ottawa

Consulate General in Toronto

Consulate General in Vancouver

Consulate General in Calgary

Consulate General in Edmonton

Consulate General in Fredericton

Consulate General in Halifax

Consulate General in Quebec

Consulate General in Winnipeg


Calling the Netherlands from Canada

To make a direct call to Netherlands from Canada, you need to follow the international dialling format given below. The dialling format is the same when calling Netherlands mobile or land line from Canada.

011 - 31 - Area Code - local number  

011 - Exit code for Canada, and is needed for making any international call from Canada

31 - ISD Code or Country Code of Netherlands

Area Codes (landlines only)

Area Codes of the Netherlands

[Public Domain]

You do not dial the 0 when calling from outside of the Netherlands.

010 Rotterdam 020 Amsterdam 30 Utrecht 40 Eindhoven 50 Groningen
0111 Zierikzee 0222 Texel 313 Dieren 411 Boxtel 511 Veenwouden
0113 Goes 0223 Den Helder 314 Doetinchem 412 Oss 512 Drachten
0114 Hulst 0224 Schagen 315 Terborg 413 Veghel 513 Heerenveen
0115 Terneuzen 0226 Harenkarspel 316 Zevenaar 416 Waalwijk 514 Balk
0117 Sluis 0227 Medemblik 317 Wageningen 418 Zaltbommel 515 Sneek
0118 Middelburg 0228 Enkhuizen 318 Ede / Veenendaal 43 Maastricht 516 Oosterwolde
013 Tilburg 0229 Hoorn 320 Lelystad 45 Heerlen 517 Franeker
015 Delft 023 Haarlem 321 Dronten 046 Sittard 518 St. Annaparochie
0161 Gilze-Rijen 024 Nijmegen 33 Amersfoort 475 Roermond 519 Dokkum
0162 Oosterhout 251 Beverwijk 341 Harderwijk 478 Venray 521 Steenwijk
0164 Bergen op Zoom 252 Hillegom 342 Barneveld 481 Bemmel 522 Meppel
0165 Roosendaal 255 IJmuiden 343 Doorn 485 Cuijk 523 Hardenberg
0166 Tholen 26 Arnhem 344 Tiel 486 Grave 524 Coevorden
0167 Steenbergen 294 Weesp 345 Culemborg 487 Druten 525 Elburg
0168 Zevenbergen 297 Aalsmeer 346 Maarssen 488 Zetten 527 Emmeloord
0172 Alphen aan den Rijn 299 Purmerend 347 Vianen 492 Helmond 528 Hoogeveen
0174 Naaldwijk     347 Vianen 493 Deurne 529 Ommen
0180 Ridderkerk     348 Woerden 495 Weert 53 Enschede
0181 Spijkenisse     35 Hilversum 497 Eersel 541 Oldenzaal
0182 Gouda     36 Almere 499 Best 543 Winterswijk
0183 Gorinchem     38 Zwolle     544 Groenlo
0184 Sliedrecht             545 Neede
0186 Oud-Beijerland             0546 Almelo
0187 Middelharnis             547 Goor
                548 Rijssen
                55 Apeldoorn
                561 Wolvega
                562 Terschelling/Vlieland
                566 Irnsum
                570 Deventer
                571 Voorst
                572 Raalte
                573 Lochem
                575 Zutphen
                577 Uddel
                578 Epe
                58 Leeuwarden
                591 Emmen
                592 Assen
                593 Beilen
                594 Zuidhorn
                595 Warffum
                596 Appingedam
                597 Winschoten
                598 Hoogezand-Sappemeer
                599 Stadskanaal
70 The Hague 71 Leiden 72 Alkmaar 73 's-Hertogenbosch 74 Hengelo
75 Zaandam 76 Breda 77 Venlo 78 Dordrecht 79 Zoetermeer


  • Cells: 06
  • VOIP: 084, 085


Calling Canada from the Netherlands

To make a direct call to Canada from Netherlands, you need to follow the international dialing format given below. The dialing format is the same when calling Canada mobile or land line from Netherlands.

00 - 1 - Area Code - local number          

  • 00 - Exit code for Netherlands, and is needed for making any international call from Netherlands
  • 1 - ISD Code or Country Code of Canada

List of area codes in Canada

Province Code Province  Code

403 / 587 (southern Alberta)

587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)

Nunavut 867

236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)

236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)


226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)

249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)

289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)

343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)

416 / 647 (Toronto)

807 (northwestern Ontario)

Manitoba 204 / 431 PEI 782 / 902
New  Brunswick 506 Quebec

418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)

438 / 514 (Montreal)

450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)

819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)

Newfoundland and Labrador 709 Saskatchewan 306 / 639
Northwest Territories 867 Yukon 867
Nova Scotia 782 / 902    


Time Difference

The Netherlands is on Central European Time (GMT+1). The Netherlands observes Daylight Saving Time however Europe changes its clocks on different weekends than we do, so there are two weeks per year when the time differences below are off by an hour. Also, Saskatchewan does not participate in DST, so the time difference is an hour greater in the summer.

Canadian Time Zone

# of Hours The Netherlands is Ahead

Pacific (BC, Yukon) 9 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunvaut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 8 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan*) 7 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 6 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 5 hours
Newfoundland 4.5 hours


Emergency Information for Canadians in the Netherlands

Embassy of Canada in The Hague

Sophialaan 7
2514 JP The Hague
The Netherlands

Telephone: 31 (70) 311-1600
Fax: 31 (70) 311-1620

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Route description

From train station "Den Haag Centraal Station", take bus 24 or 22.
From trains station "Den Haag Hollands Spoor", take tram 1.

Get off at the "Mauritskade" tram stop. Walk in the direction of the tram and the statue (Plein 1813). Turn left. After 100 meters you will find the Embassy building on the left.

Emergency Numbers in the Netherlands



Police, Ambulance, Fire

Tel: 112

National Police (non-emergency)

Tel: 0900 8844

Telephone (KPN)

Tel: 0800 0407

Gas, Electricity Emergency

Tel: 0800 9009

Sea Rescue / Coast Guard (Kustwacht)

Tel: 0900 0111

Tourist Medical Service (ATAS)

Tel: 020 592 3355

Breakdown Service (ANWB)

Tel: 088 2692 888


The Canadian Government's Travel Alerts for the Netherlands


Money in the Netherlands

The Dutch guilder or florin has been the Dutch currency. It has fallen in value in relation to the U.S. dollar and other major European currencies. In 1995, 1 U.S. dollar was equal to 1.6057 guilders; however, in 1999, one U.S. dollar equaled 1.8904 guilders. The weakness of the Dutch currency has actually helped the nation's economy since it has made Dutch products cheaper and therefore more marketable. In 1999, the kingdom was one of the founding members of EMU. EMU created a single currency, the euro, for the EU nations which replaced the Dutch guilder or florin in 2002.


There are 7 euro notes which are of different colors and sizes. They come in a denomination of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. The notes are uniform throughout the euro area; unlike coins, they have no national side. The designs are symbolic for Europe's architectural heritage. They do not represent any existing monuments.


500 euros

A Five hundred euro (€500) bank note features Modern 20th century architectural kind of style


200 euros

A Two hundred euro (€200) bank note features Art Nouveau architectural kind of style


100 euros

A One hundred euro (€100) bank note features Baroque and Rococo architectural kind of style


50 euros

A Fifty euro (€50) bank note features Renaissance architectural kind of style


20 euros

A Twenty euro (€20) bank note features Gothic architectural kind of style


10 euros

A Ten euro (€10) bank note features Romanesque architectural kind of style


5 euros

A Five euro (€5) bank note features a Classical architectural kind of style



There are 8 euro coins which come in denominations of 2, 1, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent. Every euro coin carries a common European face. On the reverse, each Member State has their own motif. 

You can use Euro notes and coins (irrespective of design) in any Euro member country. This includes Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France (including overseas departments and territories), Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Spain and Vatican City.

 The names and relative values of the coins depicted below are, from left to right:

  • One Cent - 1/100 of a Euro
  • Two Cents - 2/100 of a Euro
  • Five Cents - 5/100 of a Euro
  • Ten Cents - 10/100 of a Euro
  • Twenty Cents - 20/100 of a Euro
  • Fifty Cents - 50/100 of a Euro
  • One Euro - 100/100, 1 full Euro
  • Two Euros - 200/100, 2 full Euros


Dutch Wedding Traditions

The families of the Dutch bride and groom host a party before the day of the wedding vows. Before the ceremony, the bridesmaids would fill the bride's basket with green garlands and flowers as well as decorate the groom's pipe with garlands and ribbons. The bride's house was painted green and the families would host a party where the couple would sit on a throne beneath pine trees as their guests came to bless them and wish them happiness.


One practice that is done a lot is the bride and groom arriving to the stadhuis (Town Hall) together.  The bride usually gets ready at her parents house (where there is usually refreshments for the wedding party which normally consists of parent, grandparents, witnesses and their partners) and the groom comes in the wedding car and picks her up.  The wedding party is then transported to the stadhuis where all the guests wait for the arrival of the bridal couple


The wedding party and a lot of times all the guests get a special "corsage/boutineer" to show they're part of the wedding.  It's very common that the parents, witnesses, grandparents, and masters of ceremony each get a different type of arrangement to show their role in the wedding.


Normally Dutch weddings don't have a bridal party like most western countries’ weddings.  There is a witness for the bride and for the groom.  If they like they can each have 2 witnesses for a total of 4 witnesses.  The other very important role is the Master of Ceremony.  They are heavily involved in the planning of the wedding and running the affairs of the wedding all together.  They also usually deal with late RSVPs and questions.  Along with the witnesses they help arrange the stag/hen parties.


The couple always has some sort of special transport to the ceremony location.  Be it a classic car, horse and buggy, bike, or a wedding cow.


Dutch Bridal Showers

The roots of the customary bridal shower originated in Holland. If a Dutch bride was unfortunate enough enough to have her father not approve of her choice in husbands, he would not offer a dowry. Her friends would then "shower” her with gifts so she could still be married to her groom,without the help of her father. 

The families of the Dutch bride and groom host a party before the day of the wedding vows. Traditionally, the couple sits on a throne, beneath the pines, as their guests come to bless them and wish them happiness.

The reception is very different from the western courtiers’ receptions. Dutch wedding receptions are famous for serving heavy foods. Two traditional items served at a marriage celebration in Holland are sweetmeats called, "bridal sugar" and spiced wine known as "bride's tears

After 2-3 hours the wedding party slips off for dinner.  Everyone being invited for dinner is more of an exception than a rule and it is considered practical and not rude or tacky.

Receptions are usually filled with speeches from the parents about their children's lives growing up and the relationship between the couple from the time they started dating to the marriage.  Wedding guests also like making sketches, songs and poems about the wedding couple.

Gifts are also dealt in a very different way than in the western countries.  When guests receive an invite to the wedding there is usually a little sticker or icon indicating if the couple wants an actual present or an "envelope" of money.  This is also considered very pratical and not tacky or rude.

After a Dutch wedding, newlyweds in Holland might plant lilies-of-the-valley around their house. This tradition symbolizes "the return of happiness" and the couple can then celebrate and renew their love with each blooming season.

A wonderful Dutch custom that can be substituted for the guest book is to create a wedding "wish tree." At the reception a beautiful tree branch is placed next to the bride and groom's table, and paper leaves attached to pieces of colorful ribbon are placed at each guest's place setting. Guests write their special wish for the happy couple on their leaves, which the bride and groom can then read and hang on the tree.

During the ceremony, the bride and groom walk on a bed of flowers to the altar and flowers are tossed at them as they depart. Instead of tossing her bouquet, the bride would give out her crown, and whoever got it was the next to be married. 


Dutch Wedding Food

Dutch Sweet Chili Meatballs


Dutch Wine


Dutch wedding cake


Religion in the Netherlands

The Netherlands was historically categorized by multitude of religions. Since the mid of the Middle Ages, the Netherlands was primarily Christian country until late into the 20th century. Although religious diversity remains to the present day, there is a major drop of religious devotion. Nowadays, the Netherlands is one of the main secular countries in Western Europe, with only 39% being religiously associated (31% for those aged under 35), and fewer than 20% visiting church frequently.

In 2010 the Netherlandic population was made up of 16.615.000 people. Among these 24.6% (4.100.000) were Roman Catholics, 14.6% (2.442.000) were Protestants (of these 2.250.000 or 13.5% were Reformed and Lutherans, 192.000 or 1.1% were Evangelicals and Pentecostals), 0.9% (166.000) were other Christians (Anglicans, Orthodox, Jehovah's Witnesses and others), 5.5% (907.000) were Muslims, 1.0% (170.000) were Buddhists, 0.9% (150.000) were Hindus. 8.527.000 people or 51.3% of the population were mainly non religious, and 2.1% were followers of other religions.



Roman Catholicism

Presently, Roman Catholicism is the only largest religion of the Netherlands, creating some 24 per cent of the Dutch people in 2011, down from 40 percent in the 1970s. The number of Catholics is not only decreasing, but several people who identify themselves as Roman Catholics also do not often attend Sunday Mass. Fewer than 200,000 people, or 1.2% of the Dutch population go to Mass on a given Sunday, according to the Catholic University of Nijmegen Institute for Ecclesiastical Statistics (KASKI) in their 2007 annual statistical update of the Dutch Catholic province, Most Catholics live in the southern provinces of North Brabant and Limburg, where they constitute/ cover a majority of the population. Willem Jacobus Eijk is the top Catholic authority.


Hooglandse Church in Leiden

The Hooglandse Church in Leiden Holland is one of the two major churches in the community.  Built in the 15th century, the church can be found near the old castle


Churches in Maastricht


Church of Our Lady

The Church of Our Lady, Maastricht is one of the most ancient churches in Netherlands.


Protestant Churches

The Protestant Church of the Netherlands (PKN) forms the biggest Protestant denomination, with 12.3% of the population, down from 60% in the early 20th century. It was formed in 2004 as a union of the two major strands of Calvinism: the Dutch Reformed Church (which characterized approximately 8.5% of the population) and the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (at that time 3.7% of the population) and a smaller Lutheran Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Kingdom of the Netherlands (0.1%). Since the 1970s these three churches had seen a major drop in believers and had begun to work together. The Church embraces religious pluralism.

A big number of Protestant churches, mainly orthodox Calvinist splits, stayed out of the PKN. They represent some 6% of the population.



The first Greek Orthodox congregation in Amsterdam was founded by Erasmus of Arcadia.



Islam is a relatively new and fast-growing religion in the Netherlands with the current statistics showing a round 825,000 or 5% of the Dutch population being Muslims. Muslim numbers began to increase after the 1970s as the result of immigration. Some migrants from former Dutch colonies, such as Suriname and Indonesia, were sometimes Muslim, but migrant workers from Turkey and Morocco are the biggest part of it, as well as their children. During the 1990s, the Netherlands opened its borders for Muslim refugees from countries like Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. Of the immigrant ethnic groups, 99% of Moroccans; 90% of Turks; 69% of Asians; 64% of other Africans, and 12% of Surinamese were Muslims. Muslims form a diverse group. Social tensions between native Dutch and migrant Muslims began to rise in the early 21st century, with the rise and killing of populist politician Pim Fortuyn by militant animal rights activist Volkert van der Graaf and the murder of Theo van Gogh by an extremist Muslim, Mohammed Bouyeri.


Dutch mosques


Mevlana Mosque in Rotterdam 


Mubarak Mosque, Hague


A Mosque in Terborg



Judaism has been existing in the Netherlands for considerable period of the country's history and several sources argue/ claim it reached in the Netherlands before Christianity. Due to its social tolerance, the Dutch Republic made a haven for Jews that were mistreated/ persecuted/tortured because of their beliefs throughout Europe. Prominent Dutch Jews include Baruch Spinoza, a 17th century philosopher, Aletta Jacobs, a 19th century feminist, and Henri Polak, who founded both the socialist party SDAP and the labor union NVV. The majority of Jews lived in Amsterdam, where they constituted/ formed an eighth (90,000) of the population. During the Second World War about 75% of Dutch Jews were deported and murdered in the Holocaust.


Cults, sects, and new religious movements

The Dutch government chose not to make special laws regarding cults, sects or new religious movements (generally all informally called "sekten" in Dutch). This decision was based on reports made after the 1978 Jonestown mass murder and suicide. Nor is there any officially assigned institute that provides information to the public about these movements and organizations.


Romantic, Scenic and Historic Places in Netherlands


Banks Mansion - Amsterdam

This chic Art Deco-influenced hotel which opened in 2004 overlooks the Herengracht canal, and is centrally located 200 metres from Amsterdam's Rembrandtplein, and 500 metres from the Flower Market. Banks Mansion's lobby area provides a tranquil space where guests can surf the Internet in front of a real fire, while indulging in a full range of complimentary drinks around the clock. Smart, airy guestrooms feature Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired décor and furnishings; all include LCD televisions with in-house movies, CD/DVD players, complimentary minibars and decanted spirits.


Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken - Amsterdam

This 62-room hotel in a chic shopping district of Amsterdam faces the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum; Leidse Square's shopping, dining, and nightlife are just three blocks away.

A private spa for two with a steam room, massaging leather recliner, sun bed, and tiled spa tub is stocked with essential oils and a minibar; the Wines & Bites bar overlooks the garden.

The rooms of Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken blend 19th-century architectural details with modern amenities such as wireless Internet, electronic safes, air conditioning, and cable TV.


The Dylan Amsterdam

The Dylan Amsterdam is located in a charming 17th century building on the "Keizersgracht," one of Amsterdam's most famous canals. The Dylan Amsterdam is a 5 Star Boutique Hotel in the heart of Amsterdam. The hotel has 40 rooms and suites which each has its own style and colorpalet. Restaurant Vinkeles was awarded a Michelin star in 2009.


Hotel JL №76 - Amsterdam

This romantic hotel is located in the heart of Amsterdam, walking distance from Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, and Rijksmuseum. Also nearby are Concertgebouw and Leidse Square.

In addition to a restaurant, Hotel JL №76 features a bar/lounge. Other amenities include an Internet point and laundry facilities.

Flat-panel televisions come with digital channels. Guestrooms also feature iPod docking stations, signature bedding, and DVD players.


Hotel Okura - Amsterdam

This exclusive, contemporary hotel with its own private jetty is situated on the Amstel Canal two blocks from the RAI Congress Center and half a mile from Amsterdam's World Trade Center.

Amenities at Okura Hotel Amsterdam include a health club, Japanese restaurants, Ciel Bleu, a Michelin two-starred French restaurant with a frescoed ceiling and panoramic views, and the new Serre Restaurant.

Guestrooms in this 23-story tower offer city views, five star service and modern facilities. Subtle Japanese decor; robes and slippers are provided, as is twice-daily housekeeping.


Hotel Piet Hein - Amsterdam

This romantic hotel is located in Amsterdam (Museum Quarter), close to Stedelijk Museum, Van Gogh Museum, and Vondelpark. Also nearby are Concertgebouw and Rijksmuseum.

In addition to a bar/lounge, Hotel Piet Hein provides laundry facilities, a 24-hour front desk, and dry cleaning/laundry services.

Televisions come with cable channels. Guestrooms also feature safes, direct-dial phones, and electronic/magnetic keys.


Hotel Pulitzer - Amsterdam

This Amsterdam hotel is composed of 25 canal houses on the Prinsengracht canal, 500 meters from the house of Anne Frank and a five-minute walk from Dam Square. The hotel features marble stairways, exposed wooden beams and baroque plasterwork; wireless Internet access and business services are available. Hotel Pulitzer's 230 unique rooms offer timber floors and exposed beams; all include a TV, wireless Internet access, minibars, and private bathrooms with toiletries.


Hotel Roemer - Amsterdam

This romantic hotel is located in Amsterdam (Museum Quarter), close to Holland Casino, Leidse Square, and Van Gogh Museum. Also nearby are Stedelijk Museum and Vondelpark. Hotel Roemer provides a bar/lounge, laundry facilities, multilingual staff, and wireless Internet access (surcharge). Televisions come with cable channels. Guestrooms also feature DVD players, air conditioning, and slippers.


Ibis Styles Amsterdam City

This centrally located hotel is adjacent to a major tram stop and 0.6 km (0.4 mi) from both the Heineken Experience and the Magere Brug ("Skinny Bridge"). The Rijksmuseum is 1.1 km (0.7 mi) away.

Complimentary wireless Internet access is available throughout this Amsterdam hotel. Other amenities include complimentary daily breakfast and a 24-hour front desk. Hotel Seasons is smoke-free.

Accessed via elevator or stairs, the 45 guestrooms offer LCD televisions, coffee/tea makers, wireless Internet access, and in-room safes. Bathrooms include hair dryers and showers.


InterContinental Amstel Hotel - Amsterdam

Since the opening in 1867, InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam has been celebrated as the most beautiful and luxurious hotel in the Netherlands, and ranks with the best hotels in the world. It is elegantly situated on the banks of the Amstel River in the heart of the financial, cultural and entertainment district of Amsterdam. The Interior Design Of This Grand Hotel Resembles That Of A Gracious Home. Dutch Delft Lamps Complement Oriental Rugs And A Warm Color Scheme Throughout. It Is Not Surprising That The Inter-continental Amstel Amsterdam Is Popular Amongst Royalty And Celebrities As The Service Is Highly Attentive And The Michelin Restaurant, La Rive, Serves Top-notch International Cuisine.


Park Hotel Amsterdam

This hotel is in several traditionally-Dutch, canalside properties and is set in the centre of Amsterdam, 300 metres from Van Gogh Museum and the nightlife of the Leidseplein.

The Park Hotel Amsterdam's restaurant, MOMO, offers Pan Asian cuisine with a trendy cocktail bar; multilingual staff can offer advice on sightseeing in Amsterdam.

The 189 guestrooms have traditional or contemporary furnishings; all include coffee and tea-making facilities, minibars, flat-panel TV with satellite channels, and wired and wireless Internet access.


Seven One Seven  - Amsterdam.

1810 building with canal views, Stylish boutique hotel decorated by the owners.  


Hotel Des Indes - The Hague

Hotel Des Indes is nestled in the heart of the city at the edge of a well-known leafy square (Lange Voorhout). The surrounding buildings make up the government and diplomatic district, which is quite vast in The Hague, since the city is home to a wide variety of international organizations and peacekeeping forums.

Built to host aristocrats and heads of state, the Hotel Des Indes continues a tradition of opulence in each of its 92 uniquely designed guest rooms and suites. It has vaulted ceilings, rich draperies, plush bedding, and the latest technology envelope visitors in comfort. Old-world grandeur and elaborate elegance permeates 92 guest rooms and suites. Recently redesigned by Parisian interior designer Jacques Garcia, guest rooms are a perfect combination of opulence and contemporary chic, with vaulted ceilings and elegant draperies.

Each room features a luxurious, spacious bathroom with sleek black marble floors, white marble basins and custom-made red Portuguese tiles. Elegant white bathtubs and powerful rain showers enhance the visitors’ comfort.


Joseph Corneli Allee: Chateau St. Gerlach - Limburg

Century’s old estate that once housed a convent, Baroque church and farm buildings, recently converted into a deluxe hotel with Kneipp spa. The splendid hotel has 112 rooms, suites and hotel apartments, a la carte Restaurant Chateau St. Gerlach, Bistrot de Liege, S.P.A. & Wellness St. Gerlach, a Roman indoor swimming pool and several meeting and banqueting rooms for business meetings and receptions.


Hôtel Les Charmes - Maastricht

Located in the historic Jeker district, two adjoining 1725 townhouses were recently restored and transformed into a charming inn.


Historic Places



Strand Zuid - Amsterdam

In the South of Amsterdam (behind the Rai Event Center) visitors will find Strand Zuid. Strand Zuid is known for it’s wide range of activities and well accessible location. On a summer afternoon you will find couples relaxing on the beach, businessmen and women having their meal, while at night you will have the parties going on till the early morning hours.


Egmond aan Zee Beach

Egmond aan Zee is known for being the number on family beach  in Holland. As an old fishing village Egmond aan Zee also has a small museum.


Scheveningen Beach - The Hague

One of the most well-known beaches in the Netherlands is Scheveningen. It is a lively beach which is surrounded by walking routes, restaurant and nice shops. Scheveningen is well known for it’s famous pier that has an event complex on it and a sixty meter high look-out-platform that even allows visitors to bungee jump of it. The beach itself is lengthy and wide



The beach of Texel is a true adventurous beach.


Zandvoort Beach

Zandvoort is another extremely popular beach in Holland, especially among families. The beach has plenty room for all sorts of activities. Ranging from a simple game of beach soccer to surfing in the water.


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