Sunday 18 August 2019

One million tourists to hit the Netherlands over sunny Easter weekend

The bulb fields in full bloom. Photo: DutchNews.nl

A million tourists are expected to come to the Netherlands for the Easter weekend, up 150,000 on last year, the Dutch tourist board NBTC said on Thursday.

Two-thirds of the visitors will come from Germany and 25% from Belgium, the NBT said. In addition, a further 350,000 Dutch people will have a long weekend break elsewhere in the country.

The coast, boosted by the warm weather, and the bulb fields, which are currently in full bloom, are set to be major draws. The string of Rembrandt-related exhibitions at museums nationwide are also proving popular.

In total, the tourists and day trippers will spend some €800m over the three or four day break.

Dutch weather forecasters say there will be four days of blazing sunshine over the Easter weekend, with the temperature reaching up to 22 degrees in places.

Dutch motoring organisation ANWB says the sunshine will lead to busy roads over the weekend, and that jams are likely on Thursday evening as Dutch holiday makers head abroad for a few days.

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