Not many people consider it when planning a tour of Europe, but this country is by far one of the best places to enjoy a holiday. From its extravagant music halls to lovely canals, it holds some of the best social events and coffee culture you’ll find.

This was my first trip to Europe, and I must say, afterwards I only ever wanted to go back. So I had better share some tips with you, because it should be at the top of your list.

First, you will definitely need to understand the difference between cafes and coffeeshops. In the cities, coffeeshops mean marijuana. I made that mistake immediately while asking directions to one. You won’t necessarily see them in the small towns, but it’s good to have the terminology sorted while looking for a good pastry.

You should always have a back-up plan for transportation. If renting a bike, make sure you also know the train routes. If walking around, make sure to know where the closest bus tickets can be purchased.

I’d highly suggest renting a car should you travel the whole country as I did. It’s not too expensive and can be organized right at the airport. Google maps/GPS are extremely helpful, being that the roads are strictly organized to certain routes, and if you take a wrong turn you could end up forty kilometers the other direction without even knowing it.

If you want to go to some of the major attractions in Amsterdam, the capital city, such as the Anne Frank House or the Concert Gebouw, book at least four months ahead of time or else you won’t get a spot.

The food culture is something you needn’t worry about too much while visiting. I tried several places out of sheer curiosity and was never disappointed. Some will always be better than others, which is only fair, but getting a good meal for a decent price is not at all difficult.