Netherlands: Backpacking

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Netherlands Backpacking

A backpacking holiday in the Netherlands is a great adventure and an inexpensive way of exploring the the Dutch countryside and the country's hidden treasures. The Netherlands are also a great starting point for a backpacking holiday across Europe, with easy access from the UK and borders with Germany and Belgium. Having said that, there is plenty to see and do in the Netherlands, whether you want to visit the islands and beaches of the north, or you prefer the nightlife of Amsterdam, or the sleepy towns of the central Netherlands.

As the Dutch public transport system is so good, you can pack everything in to one short holiday! Although there are Youth Hostels in the Netherlands, as well as low cost guest houses and hotels that are in the price range for backpackers, you need to be aware that they are relatively few and far-between in some towns and even cities. Ironically, this is because of the highly efficient transport system. Most Dutch towns and cities are within easy reach of Amsterdam, so many holiday makers stay there and travel other places for the day. Hence, it may be a good idea to book your accommodation in advance if you can, especially in the summer season. A dormitory bed in an youth hostel is likely to cost you £20 upwards per night and a private room £36 in Amsterdam and slightly less in other towns and cities.