caravanning
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Entry Requirements
Citizens of the European Union (EU) can enter the Netherlands with a valid passport and stay for a period of 90 days. Citizens of Schengen area countries need only carry a valid national identity card. Other nationals should consult the Netherlands' embassy or consulate in their country of residence before departure, for details of any visa requirements.

Driving
Vehicle documents
Check with your motor vehicle insurance company regarding any insurance documents you will need and whether any additional insurance is required. Make sure you have a warning triangle in the car in case of an accident or breakdown. The international registration letters of your country of residence must be displayed at the rear of your car.

Rules Of The Road
Always carry your full valid driving licence or International Driving Permit, vehicle registration documents, and insurance documents with you in the car. Seat belts must be worn by both front- and back-seat passengers. Children under 12 are not allowed to travel in the front seat. The limit of alcohol permissible in the blood while driving is 50 mg per 100 ml (5g/l). Cars from the United Kingdom or Ireland must fit headlights with an anti-dazzle strip.

Tipping
A service charge of 15 percent is usually included in hotel, restaurant, and taxi bills, and further tips are not expected. However, if the service is particularly good in a restaurant, you can leave an additional tip of up to 10 percent. Leave some small change in cafés and bars.

Public Holidays
1 January: New Year's Day
Good Friday
Easter Monday
30 April: The Queen's Birthday
5 May: National Liberation Day
Ascension Day
Whit Monday
5 December: Saint Nicholas' Day
25 and 26 December: Christmas

Transport
Metro, buses and trams
Most people use buses when leaving or entering a town or city and trams for getting around the streets. Tickets for trams and the metro can also be used on buses. The easiest means of travelling within cities is the tram. Tram drivers sell one-day travelcards. Strips of tickets can be bought at Transport Authority offices. Tickets are also available at post offices, railways stations and newsagents, where they are much cheaper than if bought from a bus or tram driver. The Amsterdam metro has only two lines and four stations in the centre. The strippenkaart, a strip card with 15 tickets, which are also valid on buses and trams, can be bought at post offices and railway stations. Rotterdam also has a metro. Most people use buses when leaving or entering a town or city, rather than for urban transport. Tickets for trams and the metro can also be used on buses.

The easiest means of travelling within cities is the tram. Tram drivers sell one-day travelcards. Strips of tickets can be bought at Transport Authority offices.

Ferries
A 20-minute car ferry runs twice an hour between Breskens and Vlissingen across the Westerschelde estuary. Ferries also run to Texel and the other islands in the Wadden Sea.

ADVICE AND INFORMATION


Camping 'De Duindoorn'

Camping Site 'De Duindoorn' is situated in the dunes at approx. 1 Km from the beach and is therefore a fascinating place to spend your holidays. Within walking distance from the sea and the beach, you can choose every day again where to recreate. Somewhat further away you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the harbour, the view of the North Sea Canal or the grandeur of the sea locks.

On our grounds, children can play to their hearts content on the grass or in the bad weather accommodation, where activities for both young and old are organised during the school holidays. When the weather is unsuitable for being outdoors, you can visit historical places in the vicinity of Camping Site "De Duindoorn" such as Alkmaar, Haarlem or Amsterdam, which offer enough culture and entertainment for even the most demanding holidaymaker.

Camping 'De Duindoorn'
Badweg 40, 1976 BZ in IJmuiden The Netherlands
Tel. 0031 (0)255 510773 Fax. 0031 (0)255 51505



Camping Liesbos is a nice Camp-site, well situated in the beautyful Southern part of the Netherlands, near the old city of Breda and at 50 km of Rotterdam and Antwerp (B).
Our camping is opened from 1 April until 1 October.

Contact Camping Liesbos:

Camping Liesbos
Liesdreef 40
4838 GV Breda
Netherlands
t: +31-(0)76-514 35 14
f: +31-(0)76-514 65 55


The Netherlands is situated on the Northern European coast between and . Few other countries of this size have made such an enormous contribution to art, science, agriculture, publishing, technology, architecture, and design. The country's cities are among the most attractive in Europe, with their tree-lined canals and neat brick houses, while the transport system is one of the best in the world, providing an excellent network of trains, trams, and buses, not to mention 15,000 kilometres (9,300 miles) of cycle paths. Yet the Netherlands remains a precarious landmass, threatened on one side by the North Sea and on the other by the Rhine. It has suffered countless floods, from the Saint Elisabeth Day flood of 1421 to the Zeeland disaster of 1953. This prompted the ambitious Delta Plan of 1957, which protects the vulnerable coastline with a series of dams and storm-surge barriers.

The Netherlands emerged as an independent state in the 17th century after a bitter religious struggle against Philip II of Spain. By the end of the 80-year-long war in 1648, the country had become one of the great powers of Europe. This was also the age of the explorers, when Dutch ships chartered new routes to Asia and Australia, giving Dutch names to places as distant as New Zealand (after Zeeland), Cape Horn (after the port of Horn), and Harlem (after the Dutch town of ). At the same time, hydraulic engineers were working in the north of the country on major land-reclaiming schemes, using windmills to create drained land known as polder, which today supports a massive bulb-growing and dairy cattle industry.

Yet, apart from its successful national soccer side, it is for its 17th-century art that the Netherlands is best known, and Dutch artists such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Vermeer, Cuyp, and Hobbema now fill the world's great collections. Artistic creativity remains strong today, with exciting work flowing from artists such as Karel Appel and Jan Dibbets, from the architects Aldo van Eyck and Piet Blom, from novelists such as Harry Mulich and Ces Nooteboom, from the Nederlands Dans Theater, and from the experimental jazz workshops of .

Haarlem
The handsome town of Haarlem is famous as the home of the painter Frans Hals. The Frans Hals Museum, a former almshouse, houses some of the 17th-century artist's greatest works. Other important sights are the Grote Markt, the soaring Grote Kerk and the Teylers Museum, which contains an exceptional collection of scientific instruments and Dutch paintings in a well-preserved 19th-century interior. Haarlem is an attractive town to explore on foot, with its narrow canals and cobbled lanes leading to almshouses and quiet churches. Its art deco railway station is the pride of the city.

Amsterdam
Amsterdam, is a fascinating maritime city built on a network of canals. Its Rijksmuseum is world famous for its paintings by the great 17th-century Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. The Van Gogh Museum contains many of Van Gogh's greatest paintings and the Stedelijk Museum has an extensive collection of modern works. Other important sights are Anne Frank's House, where she hid from the Nazis and wrote her famous diary, the baroque Koninklijk Paleis and Rembrandt's House. With its gabled canal houses, houseboats and specialised shops, the city is wonderful to explore on foot or bicycle. Amsterdam is famed for its tolerance of soft drugs and sex, but it also offers higher pursuits such as classical music in the renowned Concertgebouw, home of Amsterdam's orchestra.


 


Before you go get covered for all events

When To Go
Hordes of tourists snap their way around the Netherlands in summer, but this is still the best time of year to sit picnicking by the canals. August is a great month for all sorts of events. Spring is a good time to visit for daffodils and tulips. Easter is busy in Amsterdam, but if you can visit during Koninginnedag it's worth fighting the crowds. Early October with its Indian summer can be an excellent time to come. In winter the museums are quiet, and if everything freezes over, there's great ice skating on the canals and flood plains.

Time Zones
Central European Time (GMT plus one hour). Clocks are put forward one hour from the last Sunday in March to the Saturday before the end of October.

Emergency Phone Numbers
Emergency services: 06 11
Alternative pan-European emergency number for all services: 112

The horizontal nature of the countryside makes the humble bicycle the ideal device for getting around, though there are decent train and bus networks to transport those with pedal-weary feet. You can also drive or motorcycle around, but only if you have an impeccable sense of direction and a knack for finding parking spaces.

Amsterdam is one of the world's best hangouts, a canny blend of old and new: radical squatter art installations hang off 17th-century eaves; BMWs give way to bicycles; and triple-strength monk-made beer is drunk in gleaming, minimalist cafes.

The city seems to thrive on its mix and, despite hordes of tourists, still manages to feel quintessentially Dutch. The old crooked houses, the cobbled streets, the tree-lined canals and the generous parks all contribute to the atmosphere.

Roads, Tolls And Speed Limits

Most roads in the Netherlands are toll free, although there are a few toll bridges and tunnels. The Netherlands has international motorways (marked with a green "E" symbol), national roads (indicated by a red "A") and other main roads (marked by a yellow "N"). Motorways which extend beyond the Netherlands' borders have an international European number (marked on signs with a green "E" symbol) and a national number (marked on adjoining signs with a red "A" symbol). Motorways which begin and end within the Netherlands have only a national number. The yellow "N" symbol stands for national roads. Speed limits are between 100 kilometres (60 miles) and 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour on motorways, 100 kilometres (60 miles) per hour on dual carriageways, 80 kilometres (50 miles) per hour on other roads, and 50 kilometres (30 miles) per hour in towns and cities. You are expected to reduce your speed significantly on wet roads.

Travellers With Disabilities
Many hotels, restaurants, and tourist sites are equipped with lifts, ramps, and special toilets for visitors with disabilities. Public transport is not always convenient for wheelchairs, although trains do have some railway carriages designed for travellers with disabilities. Organisations which can provide further information include ANWB (Royal Dutch Touring Club), travel information department, tel: +31 70 314 64 30, and the Netherlands Railways, tel: +31 30 33 12 53. The Netherlands Board of Tourism publishes the leaflet Holland for the Handicapped, which details hotel and camping facilities.