For many travellers, the Netherlands means a city break in Amsterdam. But while the lively, canal-veined city is one of Europe’s most exciting, there’s plenty to see outside it, from grand castles and charming windmills to family theme parks. Luggage Mule’s Netherlands luggage shipping service offers a generous allowance and saves time at the airport, helping you arrive refreshed and ready to explore….
Customs: The Netherlands is a member of the EU, so entry is simple for EU citizens. However, meat products not originating from EU member states are forbidden, as is the transport of pets. Check the Tax and Customs Administration website for full details.
Price: One way shipping from £27.49!
Shipping times: 3 working days
Flights: Flights to Netherlands from the UK usually take about one hour. Major gateways include Amsterdam, Eindhoven, and Rotterdam. Netherlands is also well served by ferries from the UK. Key ports include Hook of Holland, Rotterdam and IJmuiden.
Currency: Euro (€)
Power: 230V, 50Hz
Visas: Holders of British Citizen passports or any other EU state citizens do not need a visa to travel to the Netherlands. Other nationalities may need a Schengen visa. To check the visa requirements of your country visit Schengen Visa Information website.
Time difference: GMT+1
Packing for the Netherlands
If you’re visiting the Netherlands for the summer season, pack suncream, sunglasses and a hat, as well as a few long-sleeved shirts – it can get hot and there isn’t much shade out in the countryside. And while it isn’t a famous beach destination, the Netherlands does have a few resorts, so it’s worth packing your trunks or costume if you’re heading for the coast. Be prepared for rainfall in some regions too, particularly on the north coast, and remember to pack sturdy shoes if you’re doing long-distance hiking or cycling.
Ship your bike to Netherlands
The Netherlands has a flat, scenic landscape with 32,000 kilometres of bike paths, so cycling is a great way to explore. Some of the most rewarding cycling can be found in the picturesque Zeeland region in the southwest, where bike paths pass through charming towns such as Cadzand and Oostkapelle and run alongside the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt rivers. Whether you want to explore from a base in Amsterdam or plan a country-wide bike tour, Luggage Mule can ship your bike to the Netherlands securely and at reasonable rates, so it’ll be waiting for you when you arrive.
Ship your golfing gear to the Netherlands
The Netherlands’ golf offering might just surprise you. There are good links courses on the coast, and some excellent parkland and heathland courses inland – though they do tend to be fairly flat. Popular courses include the Utrechtse Golfclub ‘de Pan’, The Noordwijkse, Kennemer Golf & Country Club and Hilversumsche Golf Club. Out on the coast, the Koninklijke Haagsche is recognised as one of Europe’s most challenging and modern links courses. Ready to try out one of Europe’s most underappreciated golf destinations? Luggage Mule can ship your clubs to the Netherlands ahead of you, so all you have to do is turn up and play.
What to ship home from Netherlands
One of the Netherlands’ most famous products is the blue-and-white china known as Delftware, which originates from around the town of Delft. It has been associated with the country for centuries, and is still widely available today. Other top buys include Dutch cheese such as Edam and Gouda, sweet and crunchy stroopwafels and ornamental wooden clogs. For something really special, head to Amsterdam’s famous Coster diamond factory, where you can book a free tour and purchase both stones and ready-made jewellery. Whatever you want to bring home from Amsterdam, Luggage Mule’s 30kg allowance will give you plenty of space to shop to your heart’s content.