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Netherlands on a Budget

Accommodations in Amsterdam are slightly more affordable than those in larger Western European cities like London or Paris. In the countryside, places to stay are even cheaper. You can find a room in a seaside B&B on the Dutch coast or a guesthouse near fields of flowers for the price of a hostel bed in some European cities (check with a local tourist information office for a list of family-run guesthouses in the region you'll be visiting) -- especially during shoulder season. For an affordable flight to the Netherlands, look for shoulder-season or low-season tickets. Airfares to the country are most expensive during summer.

Best Time to Go to Netherlands

Like many destinations in Europe, the Netherlands welcome the most tourists in the summer, when the weather is at its best, and the fewest in the winter. Fall and spring are shoulder seasons in the Netherlands -- and those famous flower fields in the Dutch countryside are in full bloom in April and May. During winter months, tourism winds down, but travelers can ice skate on frozen canals in Amsterdam or shop at Dutch Christmas markets. Keep in mind that the Netherlands are mostly below sea level, and, as a result, the weather can be quite chilly and damp during winter months.

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