Recently, Lonely Planet released a list of the ten best countries to visit in 2020, one of which is the Netherlands. This Windmill Country is indeed beautiful and never runs out of places for tourists to visit.
Although beautiful and charming, there are many things that you should not violate during your vacation here. Here are eight forbidden things in the Netherlands quoted on The Culture Trip page. Don’t take it lightly!
- Don’t walk on the bike path
It is well-known in the world that bicycles are the main means of transportation for the Dutch people. For this reason, bicycle lanes in every corner of the city in the Netherlands should not be underestimated. Even if you just walk, this is strictly prohibited because it will disturb the people who want to do their activities. This regulation does not only apply to pedestrians, users of four-wheeled and two-wheeled vehicles must also comply with this regulation.
- Don’t leave items unattended
Indeed, the Netherlands is one of the safest countries in the world. But, who knows the intentions of someone’s heart? Especially if there is a chance. Therefore, if you want to go to the toilet when you are visiting a tourist attraction or have other needs, make sure to leave your belongings with someone you trust, such as your family or vacation partners. Don’t be careless with your surroundings, especially when you’re in a crowd.
- Don’t take too long to take photos
This is especially true when you are in the city center like for example Amsterdam. As a busy city, of course, we have to understand this because when we take too long to take photos with as many poses as we want, this can disturb the surrounding community who want to start their activities.
- Don’t walk in groups or block the road
When the holidays arrive, especially during the summer, the Netherlands experienced an increase in the number of tourists who want to spend their summer holidays in the Land of the Windmills.
Because of this, sometimes the local natives don’t like to be sidelined by many tourists walking in groups or blocking the streets too much because they find it quite disturbing.
- Don’t forget to bring your OV-Chip card when using public transportation
To go green, the Dutch government is trying to reduce the use of paper and plastic. It also has an impact on public transport tickets in the Netherlands, which generally use paper.
Now, traveling by bus, tram, or train in several corners of the city in the Netherlands must carry an OV-Chip card (a kind of e-money) which you could previously buy at stations, airports, bus terminals, to supermarkets.
As quoted on the Holland page, the price of the OV-Chip card is around €7.50 and has a validity period of five years. For a minimum load of an OV-Chip card, at least there must be a balance of around €20 so that you can access any region in the Netherlands.
- Don’t forget to bring enough cash and credit cards
Can’t fully carry cash or only credit cards because some shops and restaurants make payment transactions using cards. Meanwhile, convenience stores and supermarkets usually don’t accept credit card payments like American Express or Visa, but if you have a debit card like Maestro, that can help.
- Don’t throw a party on weekdays
This applies to those of you who vacation in the Netherlands for a long time and choose to rent a house. To complete the holiday with family members or friends, we usually like to have a dinner party together.
However, you can do that in the Netherlands when the weekend comes. For them, the workday is the best time to rest. Most of them also try to refrain from making parties on weekdays and choose weekends.
- Don’t rent bikes from unofficial sources
The Dutch government recommends tourists rent bicycles for official services if they want to explore every corner of the city in the Windmill Country. As is known, many residents rent out their bicycles to tourists. This is to minimize the risk to users because rented bicycles from unofficial sources have minimal comfort and safety.
There are many more, prohibitions that you should not violate when on vacation in the Netherlands. However, some of the things that have been mentioned earlier are prohibitions that are generally violated by tourists.
In addition to the eight things mentioned above, there are things you need to know if the Netherlands has legalized marijuana cigarettes. Therefore, if you go to a cafe or restaurant, don’t go wrong! There are several places in the Netherlands where it is legal to smoke marijuana. Because they are not allowed to do it in a public space and can be caught by the law if they violate it even though this country has legalized it.