An open-armed Dutch welcome: It is not without reason that the Dutch are considered by many to be the most hospitable nation in all of Europe. They are happy to welcome visitors here and particularly value their friends and families, which is why the Dutch are thought of as fond of children, warm-hearted, approachable and uncomplicated. In the World Happiness Report, which analyses happiness in individual countries, the Netherlands is always at the top of the leaderboard.
Given that the Dutch themselves enjoy travelling and do so often, a trip to visit them is always enjoyable. This is because the little country with its varied landscape and cultural history offers so much more than windmills, waterways and seas of flowers - even if these are a treat for the eyes. Whether you travel around by train or - in typical Dutch fashion - by bicycle, you are guaranteed to find inspiration - just like masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh did.
Goedemorgen and Goedenacht: The Nightjet allows you to experience three different Dutch highlights that bring both van Gogh and gouda into our lives. With a daily direct connection from Innsbruck or Vienna, you can travel overnight to Amsterdam, Utrecht or Arnhem and discover magnificent canals, open green spaces and a multitude of culinary delights.
Current information for travellers from / to the Netherlands
From 31 January 2023, travellers will be able to check in and out at Dutch gates (passage barriers) with their (mobile) debit card via the new OVpay system of Dutch Railways NS, if contactless payment is possible. However, this innovation may result in an erroneous debit of €20 when passing through the gates. Especially if travellers want to use their rail ticket to pass through the gates.
To avoid this, if you have a bank card stored on your mobile phone, it is best to use a printed ticket (not a screenshot of the ticket barcode) to open the gates.
You can use an Android mobile phone as soon as NFC is deactivated; unfortunately, this function does not exist for iPhones. In this case, please contact the Dutch Railways NS staff at the gates.
If you have been debited € 20 by OVpay, you can get this amount refunded at https://reisoverzicht.ovpay.nl/. These debits can be identified by the code NLOVxxxxxx on your billing statement.