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Bordering Germany, Belgium and France, the Netherlands entices visitors with far more than the traditional image of tulips and windmills. Known as one of Europe’s most modern, vibrant and open cultures, the country is a unique space where tradition and innovation are skillfully intertwined.

Why the Netherlands?

The Netherlands benefits from one of the highest internet speeds in the world, but what attracts travellers to the country is its visionary spirit and small-town atmosphere paired with a rocking nightlife and contemporary lifestyle.

The country offers a very comfortable working environment with its many coffee houses and artistic cafes. A wide range of after-work activities, frequent freelancer meet-ups, and lectures, as well as easy access when travelling to and from other European countries make the Netherlands a popular nomad destination and one of the most visited countries in Europe.

Best cities to work from

Brimming with exciting street life in the form of boutique coffee shops, cool cafes, and hip events such as rooftop movie parties and food festivals, Amsterdam is modern, artistic, and cosy. There is a wide choice of working spots — from the traditional wooden brown cafes (Dutch pubs) to a plethora of coffee shops, which often offer more than coffee to enhance your working session (marijuana is legally available in many establishments across the city). Amsterdam is also famous for its creative heritage — you will find art museums displaying the works of Van Gogh and Rembrandt lining the streets.

For those looking to explore the Netherlands’ long history, there is no better place than the quirky town of Utrecht, one of the oldest in the country. The town’s medieval centre protected by canals provides a unique setting to work from, and its large student population give Utrecht a young, vibrant feel.

Groningen is another vibrant and youthful city, friendly to bikes and digital nomads with its relaxed lifestyle and metropolitan infrastructure. Considered as the country’s leader in battling traffic congestion, it is an easily walkable city if you want to relax with a foot tour of the city’s sights after working hours.

The internet and coworking spaces

True to its image of a European hub of innovation and development, the Netherlands boasts one of the highest internet speeds in the world peaking at 68.83Mbps. You will find free Wi-Fi in most of the country’s coffee shops and cafes as well as on some trains, buses and next to main attractions.

Coworking spaces are aplenty, and there is a great selection of coffee shops and cafes to work from. A vibrant dining and drinking scene means that you will find a comfy place to sit down with a laptop in any city or town.

Coworking spaces in Amsterdam

The Thinking Hut, Mauritskade 55C

WeWork Metropool, Weesperstraat 61-105

ROOM4, Zekeringstraat 41

Coworking spaces in Utrecht

HackerCafe, Neude 2BIS

In De Ruimte, Oudegracht 230

Coworking spaces in Groningen

Launch Café, Herestraat 106

De Pijp Groningen, Boterdiep 69-1

Leisure in the Netherlands

There is no shortage of things to do in the Netherlands, whether you choose to settle in the busy Amsterdam or a smaller town. On the cultural side, there is a large number of art museums to visit: Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam to name a few. Keukenhof is a beautiful park with the classic set-up of tulips and windmills, and Madurodam, another popular attraction, is a miniature Dutch city. Some of the country’s natural attractions include the Wadden Sea and De Biesbosch nature reserve. Of course, Amsterdam’s fascinating nightlife is an attraction all by itself.

What to know before arriving

As a member state of the Schengen Zone, travelling to the Netherlands is not a problem. If you come from a country that is also a member state of the Schengen Zone, you can travel with your National Identity Card. Alternatively, you can apply for a Schengen Visa prior to your travels and enjoy access to other countries in the region as well. Travel will be especially convenient to the neighbouring France, Germany, and Belgium.

 Useful links:

Tourism and Recreation Official Portal

Map of free Wi-Fi hotspots in the Netherlands

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