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By vehicle to the Netherlands

By vehicle to the Netherlands

On our streets, our neighbors enjoy a special reputation because of the caravans. Whether this reputation is justified, everyone must judge for themselves. In this article from the series “By the vehicle to…” we deal today with the Netherlands.

With 41,543 km², the Netherlands is one of the three countries that are often grouped under BeNeLux. Almost 17.5 million inhabitants live there, which is more than twice as many inhabitants as in Austria. The official language is Dutch, but in some provinces West Frisian, Papiamentu or English is also spoken.

About 50% of the country is less than a meter above sea level, 25% even below sea level. The landscape is covered with dikes (total length 3,000 km). The Netherlands is really high only outside Europe. On the Caribbean island of Saba, Mount Scenery rises above sea level at 877 meters above sea level. In Europe, the Vaalsberg in the extreme south of the country is the highest point with 322.5 m above the Amsterdam water level.

If you travel to the Netherlands by car, you can visit a number of nature sights. Here is a small overview (source: Wikipedia):

peaceful city district with modern buildings and streaming canal on sunny day - by vehicle to the Netherlands
Water determines traffic routes in the Netherlands
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Traffic rules in the Netherlands

Let’s start with the maximum permissible speeds. Depending on the vehicle, the maximum permissible speeds for vehicles vary. Motorcycles, living modes (less than 3.5t) and passenger cars may not exceed the following maximum speeds:

  • 50 km/h within built-up areas
  • 80 – 100 km/h outside built-up areas
  • 120 – 130 km/h on the motorway

If you travel to the Netherlands with a motorhome from 3.5t or a car with a trailer, the following maximum speeds apply:

  • 50 km/h within built-up areas
  • 80* – 90 km/h outside built-up areas
  • 80* – 90 km/h on the motorway
    *applies to motorhomes from 3.5t as the permissible maximum speed

We recommend – as in every article in this series – to adhere to the 0 per thousand limit. In the Netherlands, novice drivers are not allowed to exceed a blood alcohol level of 0.2 per thousand in the first five years. Thereafter, 0.5 per thousand is the limit.

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