The Dutch are notorious for their punctuality, yes, we like things on time. Whether it’s gathering for a tour, catching the bus or even meeting with friends, turning up past the appointed time is taken as a serious insult. Our time is valuable and we tend to have busy schedules, making planning essential. Take these rules of thumb and you will never find yourself standing in the rain, while the others have gone off to the party without you:

  • Don’t be way too early. The Dutch usually run busy schedules, so your friends probably have something planned before.
  • On time is actually 5 minutes before time, at Guided Walking Tour Holland we even ask you to arrive 10 minutes before time.
  • Dutch traffic is well-organized, but it is always susceptible to extreme weather conditions and great events. Plan your public transport trip ahead or car ride before you head off to your appointment.