Visas: European Union residents need their EU papers to enter. No visas are required for travellers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and the USA for visits of up to 90 days.
Public holidays: New Year’s Day; Good Friday; Easter Monday; Queen’s Day (30 April); Liberation (5 May); Ascension; Whit Sunday; Whit Monday; Christmas Day; Boxing Day.
Local dishes: Steak, chicken and fish, along with filling soups and stews, are staple fare in the Netherlands. Specialities include gerookte paling (smoked eel) and broodje makreel (mackerel in a roll).
Funny fact: A national campaign against swearing has started in Holland. Railway stations have started to display signs that say: “Missed your train? Cursing doesn’t help!”