Many come to the Netherlands through Schiphol Airport near Amsterdam since it is connected directly to London, Paris and Frankfurt. Nevertheless, there are high-speed trains that make for a comfortable ride between these major cities. The Thalys high speed train also goes between France and the Netherlands and Belgium. Eurolines is another option for those travelling on the ground, and is a reliable method of transportation between major cities as well.
Traditional Dutch foods can be quite tasty and make for a hearty meal. Dutch specialties include Gouda and Edam cheese, raw herring, (fish cured in salt served with chopped onions), Mooselpan (boiled mussels with vegetables eaten with a cold garlic dip), and pea soup, eaten by itself or with potatoes and vegetables mixed in.
Perhaps one of Europe’s biggest parties, Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day) is not something to miss if you find yourself in the Netherlands at the end of April. The festivities commence on30 April, with many people wearing orange-coloured clothing in homage to the House of Orange which continues to rule the country. People sing and dance in the streets and ride boats that fill all the city’s canals. The following day has free markets, Dutch games and events for all ages.
50% of the country is only 1 metre above sea level, 25% is below sea level and Schiphol is 4.5 meters below sea level.
http://www.holland.com/global/tourism.htm (official tourist site)