A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Croatia vs. the Netherlands for Museums & Attractions, Nightlife, Food, and Beaches

Should you visit Croatia or the Netherlands?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Croatia or the Netherlands? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which country has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

We'll start with a quick overview, and below we will go into all of the details.


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Croatia is a historic, costal, and gorgeous country. Many visitors also come because of it's amazing beauty. It's also popular because of the nightlife, food, scuba diving and snorkeling, and water sports.

This coastal and island nation has become very popular with visitors because it offers such a wide array of attractions. The gorgeous beaches with clear, blue waters are just the start, as Croatia also offers historic cities and towns surrounded by walls with old cathedrals and amazing seafood restaurants. Ancient Roman ruins are mixed in with medieval fortresses, along with outdoor activities such as hiking trails, lakes, boating, snorkeling, and more. The weather is usually warm, and the people are also very friendly. If you visit yourself, you'll see why Croatia has become so popular in recent decades.

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The Netherlands is a vibrant, historic, and beautiful country. The beauty of this spot is also one of the main reasons why visitors come. Visitors also love the nightlife, food, water sports, and shopping.

The relatively small country of the Netherlands is densely populated and is host to world-class cities, amazing history, and plenty of cultural attractions. Also commonly referred to as Holland, much of this country's land has been reclaimed by the sea and is crisscrossed by canals and man-made waterways historically used for shipping and trade. Today, the Netherlands is a modern, diverse, and developed nation that still offers plenty of historic and cultural charm with beautiful old buildings, windmills, farmland, cheese shops, and bike paths. Amsterdam is the most popular city for visitors, as it contains famous museums and historic architecture along canals and streets filled with bicycles. Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht also have museums, history, and culture to explore, even though they see less tourists than Amsterdam.

Croatia and Netherlands: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Great culture, history, and arts
  • Popular beach
  • Good for hiking
  • Beautiful national parks
  • Adventure!
  • Plenty of watersports
  • Numerous outdoor activities
  • Great road trips
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less museums and historical sights
  • Less popular for shopping
  • Public transit not as usable
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Great culture, history, and arts
  • Good for shopping
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Easy public transportation
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less attractive beach
  • Less hiking options
  • Not as many national parks
  • Less adventure activities
  • Less watersports
  • Less outdoor activities
  • Not as many road trip options
  • Less popular with couples


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How is Croatia different from the Netherlands?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Below we will examine the differences and similarities between Croatia and the Netherlands. With this information, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Are the Museums and Historical Sights Better in Croatia or the Netherlands?

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Both Croatia and The Netherlands offer a variety of museums and places of interest, but The Netherlands generally has more to choose from.

The museums and tourist attractions in The Netherlands are world-renowned. With art, culture, history, science, nature, and more, this country has a large number of must-see museums that should be on everyone's itinerary. Amsterdam offers a number of famous art museums such as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum. Also here you'll find the famous Anne Frank house, dedicated to the young girl that hid with her family in the attic during the Holocaust. Even more art museums, historic and modern, are found in the major cities such as the Mauritshuis, Escher in Het Paleis, the Groninger Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum and Rembrandt Museum in Amsterdam. If you're looking for some family-friendly activities, check out the Naturalis in Leiden (a natural science museum), the NEMO Science museum in Amsterdam, the Railway Museum in Utrecht, the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, and the Open Air Museum of Arnhem. Also, many of the castles around the country have been turned into museums for exploration and historic purposes.

See also Cheap Activities in Amsterdam for Budget Travelers, and The Museums of Amsterdam.

If you're looking for an educational opportunity, there are a decent number of museums and historical sights around Croatia. A variety of museums can be explored in the major cities, such as in Zagreb where you'll find the Archeology Museum, the Zoo, and several large art museums. The technical museum is quite interesting itself, as is the museum of Torture. In Zadar, you'll find a glass museum focused on ancient glass works. Also, check out the Museum of Illusions while in town, too. In Dubrovnik, you can visit the Museum of the Croatian War of Independence, which is dedicated to the war in the 1990's. It sits at the top of Mount Srd and reached by cable car. The views from the top are worth the trip itself. Several other historic museums are found around Dubrovnik, focusing on the old fortifications of the city and its walls. And throughout the countryside, many of the historic castles and estates have been turned into museums. Trakošćan Castle is just one of many beautiful sites to visit for a glimpse into Croatian history.


Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for Culture, Arts, and History?

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You'll find great culture, arts, and history when visiting both Croatia and The Netherlands.

Croatia is an extremely popular destination for those that want to visit historical and cultural sights and attractions, as it offers plenty. The history of this country is on display everywhere, as many of the cities and towns have historical architecture dating back to medieval times. The old town of Dubrovnik is a UNESCO World Heritage site itself, as the beautiful walled city sits on the coast like a castle, protecting the old buildings, cathedrals, and harbor inside. Plenty of other historic sites are on display from Roman ruins to cultural Renaissance-era artwork and churches. The restored Pula Arena is a Roman amphitheater from the 1st century, and you can admire it during a concert, too. The Walls of Ston date back to the 14th century and are referred to as the Great Wall of Croatia because of their extensive length and beauty. The Roman Forum in Zadar has ruins and architecture that date back to the 1st century also, among other buildings from various historic periods. The Diocletian's Palace in Split, from the 4th century, provides a historical maze of old streets lined with temples, shops, and more. In general, the close proximity of Croatia to ancient Greece, ancient Rome, as well as plenty of medieval history means that visitors who are interested in history will have plenty to see and do during their visit. Trogir, Korcula, Zadar, Hvar, and many other towns showcase even more of the beautiful history and culture of Croatia, too.

The Netherlands has many famous historic and cultural sights and attractions worth visiting, and is one of the main reasons why poeple come here. With cities dating back thousands of years, a large collection of art and history museums, numerous historic sites such as castles, windmills, forts, and cathedrals, and historic architecture everywhere you look, it's no surprise that people visit the Netherlands for its deep history and unique culture. Historic cities such as Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden, Arnhem, and many others provide that quintessential Dutch vibe with historic buildings lining beautiful canals. You'll also find old castles and forts along with world-class art museums. Don't miss the Van Gogh museum, the Rijksmuseum, and the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. Also, make sure you add the historic Open Air Museum of Arnhem to your list, as well as the Mauritshuis in the Hague. Just north of Amsterdam you can find the Zaanse Schans, a town with historic windmills along the river that showcases the life and history of this water-borne nation. No matter what your interests may be, you'll find something for everyone in this culturally rich country. Even if history isn't your passion, you can't miss the beauty in it.

See also Free Things to do in Amsterdam.

Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for Big City Activities?

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The Netherlands is considered to have more larger cities than Croatia.

The Netherlands has some large cities, so you'll find plenty of things to do when visiting. Amsterdam is a very popular destination for travelers coming to Europe because it offers historic architecture, world-class art museums, boat trips along the scenic canals, the infamous red light district, and more. Rotterdam and The Hague also offer plenty of big city activities such as museums, theater productions, and great cuisine. While Amsterdam is often included in many traveler's European tours, the other cities in the Netherlands get overlooked despite their terrific attractions.

With a variety of activities, Croatia has some large cities to explore. While the largest cities are full of beautiful historical architecture and terrific cultural experiences, they are also not so large. Near the cities on the coast, you'll find beaches, historic ruins, easy access to rural areas, and gorgeous clear waters. Also, the cities in the interior are close to national parks, hiking trails, wineries, and more historic sites. These cities all lack large skyscrapers and the busy hustle of larger European cities, though, as the overall population of the country is around 4 million people.

Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for Small Towns and Villages?

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Croatia offers more villages and small towns to explore than The Netherlands.

You'll find plenty of local activities in all of the small towns and villages in Croatia. The coastline and many islands are dotted with beautiful small towns, many of which have historical architecture, nearby Roman ruins, and waterfront and beaches with clear, blue water that's perfect for swimming or snorkeling. These small towns also have cafes, restaurants, guest houses, shops, and historic churches, too. Some of the most scenic small towns in Croatia include Skradin, Purisca, Primosten, Rovinj, Trogir, and Hvar. Other medium-sized towns also dot the coastline and have a small-town feel. Dubrovnik, for example, has a beautiful, historic walled city center with a small town feel, even though the city itself spreads much further along the coast and into the hills above. No matter where you visit, you'll love exploring these amazing small towns, as they are one of the highlights of a trip to Croatia.

As The Netherlands is a destination with many small towns and villages, visitors also come to explore the sights and local activities. If you seek small towns with plenty of charm and history, Holland offers plenty of them. Many towns and smaller cities here have a historic vibe with canals, windmills, local agricultural products, museums, and more. Gouda, Leiden, Arnhem, Haarlem, Naarden, Edam, and Giethoorn are just some of the places worth visiting. They offer local cuisine, cute cobblestone lanes, historic churches, and friendly people.

Is the Food Better in Croatia or the Netherlands? Which Country Has the Best Restaurants?

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Foodies will appreciated the dining options available in Croatia a bit more than The Netherlands.

Croatia has a number of nationally recognized food spots and restaurants. Seafood is the obvious choice, as most of this country lies along the Adriatic Sea. The lengthy coastline of the mainland and the many islands is dotted with historic fishing villages and towns that pull in fresh fish and other seafood delights every day. You can have quick and affordable dishes at small street side cafes, quick-service restaurants, taverns, and also street vendors. Or, you can dine in style at delicious fine-dining restaurants in the city centers. Some of the best Croatian dishes to try include cuttlefish (squid), mussels and oysters in various recipes, and larger white fish species. Local wines are also very popular, as the countryside is dotted with vineyards. The same is true for olive oil, so make sure you try the delicious local varieties. Truffles are also popular, as the countryside offers a mix of species that locals enjoy. And don't miss the famous meat dishes. Ham and ox should be tried as Peka, Istrian dried ham, or Boškarin, which is ox served in different forms such as with pasta, thin sliced, or as a steak.

Dubrovnik: Restaurants are usually locally-sourced with fresh produce and seafood. Traditional local dishes include black risotto (made with squid ink), pašticada (a beef dish), and various pasta dishes.

Trogir: For such a small place there's a surprising number of amazing restaurants. You won't find touristy restaurants here. Instead, locals and tourists intermingle, enjoying the same amazing dishes. There's also a number of fine dining restaurants that are affordable and high quality.

There are many up and coming restaurants in the The Netherlands area. Traditional Dutch foods often include fried snacks such as krokets, small pancakes known as Poffertjes, fried fish, and world-famous cheeses. Furthermore, plenty of terrific restaurants serving a variety of European and global cuisine can be found across the country, especially in the larger cities. Food here tends to be fresh, and the dining and restaurant scene is very active.


Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for Nightlife?

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For nightlife, head to The Netherlands instead of Croatia.

The Netherlands is a party destination, and you'll find plenty of activity all night long. Amsterdam is a haven for nightlife, as it attracts a large number of visitors looking for entertainment. The red light district is full of bars and nightclubs, as are other areas of the city. You can also find theater productions and fine dining experiences, too. Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Leiden, and other cities also offer plenty of nightlife options with a wide array of bars, cafes, clubs, and theaters.

Amsterdam: The city has some of the best nightlife in Europe. There are plenty of bars, dance clubs, and other activities that you can enjoy throughout the night.

See also Party Hostels in Amsterdam.

Croatia offers plenty to do in the evening. This country has become a party destination, attracting plenty of younger travelers. The nightlife and party scene here is not just focused on the typical bars and nightclubs of the major cities, but also on epic beach parties, huge music festivals, and huge dance clubs. On Pag Island, north of Zadar, you can visit during one of the popular festivals such as Electro Beach, Hideout, and Croatia Rocks which are held at Zrce beach. The nearby Noa Beach Club brings in crowds whenever there's not a festival happening, too. Hvar, Zagreb, and Dubrovnik have plenty of bars, clubs, and events that bring in crowds, too. Some of the best are Boogaloo in Zagreb, Banje Beach Club in Dubrovnik, and Carpe Diem on Stipanska island outside of Hvar. Many of these and other beach clubs can be found all over the coastline, and they swell with visitors at spring break and summer vacation travel periods. Another fun option for many visitors is to head out on a party boat. These can be booked in almost any coastal city, and they take groups around nearby islands for swimming, snorkeling, and partying on the water. If you're looking for something a little more relaxed than a huge dance party, Croatia also offers a variety of theaters, fine-dining, cultural shows, casual pubs, and other relaxing nightlife options.

Split: It has some of the best nightlife on mainland Croatia. Backpackers and students flock to this city for its parties and nightclubs. There's a great live music scene as well as DJs who keep the party going well into the early morning.

Hvar: The island has a reputation as a party island, and it's well earned. Most of the activity is found in Hvar Town, particularly between the months of June and September. Young people flock to the island for the all night parties and wild beach bars and clubs.

See also Party Hostels in Hvar Island and Split, Croatia.

Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for Beaches?

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Croatia provides a better beach experience than The Netherlands.

Many people visit Croatia for it's beautiful beaches. With over 1,200 islands and a huge length of beautiful coastline, it's no surprise that this country has plenty of beaches. The beaches in Croatia are stunning and beautiful. While they can be a bit rocky and pebbly compared to other European countries' beaches, they more than make up for it with clear, blue water that is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and admiring the scenery. Many beach areas and harbors have colorful fishing boats that seem to float in the air because the water is so clean and clear. And in most of the Croatian coast, the mountains and rocky shoreline adds to the dramatic beauty. If you're visiting the beaches here, you'll find activities such as boat rides, kite surfing, wind surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, fishing, and more. Some of the best and most scenic beaches are found in Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, around Zadar, Brac, and Novalja.

The beach in The Netherlands is worth checking out. While the weather is a bit cold most of the year, the beaches still attract a decent crowd. With wide stretches of sand, plenty of hotels, and many with easy accessibility by public transit, a trip to the beach here is quite fun and easy if the weather is good. One of the most popular beaches is Scheveningen, right near The Hague, where you can find a boardwalk and other beach activities. Surfing, the Pier, a Ferris Wheel, and plenty of great restaurants make this a fun day trip. Zandvoort aan Zee is the closest beach to Amsterdam where you'll find a good stretch of sand with dunes in the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. Bloemendaal aan Zee is another very scenic beach with natural areas as well as cafes and restaurants. Egmond aan Zee is a gorgeous beach near an old fishing village with a lighthouse, and is worth the trip. Plenty of other beaches are also easy to reach, including the Hoek of Holland near Rotterdam and the barrier islands in the north.

Is the Shopping Better in Croatia or the Netherlands?

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The Netherlands often provides a better shopping experience than Croatia.

The Netherlands is well-known for its shopping. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and the Hague are all full of shops where visitors can find everything from fashion to gifts to local arts and crafts. And each of these cities are large enough that different neighborhoods offer a variety of personalities each with their own shopping vibe. Some of the historic areas tend to cater to tourists and sell gifts and crafts, while the fashion neighborhoods and malls offer the latest trends in local boutique shops. Art galleries are also quite common, as are chain clothing stores, tourist shops, and cheese shops, but there's something for everyone. Even smaller cities that attract tourists will offer good deals, trendy boutiques, and local crafts. Look for some interesting finds in Utrecht, Amersfoort, Leiden, Den Bosch, Haarlem or other smaller cities.

Croatia has some good spots for those that want to go shopping. The major cities offer plenty of shopping areas within along their scenic and historic streets. Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Zagreb, and others have various streets where visitors and locals alike can find boutique clothing shops, art galleries, local craft stores, cafes and restaurants, and food markets. In addition to the shops in the city center, most cities also have larger shopping malls such as SubCity Dubrovnik and Arena Centar in Zagreb.

Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for Christmas?

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The Christmas season is more busy in The Netherlands than Croatia.

Christmas holiday activities are popular when visiting The Netherlands. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Leiden, and many other Dutch cities decorate their historic city centers with Christmas lights, large trees, and other holiday decor. Additionally, many towns also host parades and festivals to celebrate the holiday season. One of the most popular is the arrival of Sinterklaas, a boat and horse parade that tours Dutch cities and excites the children with his arrival. Many shops also sell festive gifts and delicious treats. Some of the cities also host ice skating rinks and festivals with children's games to bring out the holiday crowds. And if you're looking for a fun Christmas market, check out those held in Dordrecht and Maastricht, or the cave-market in Valkenburg.

Many enjoy the Christmas activities while in Croatia. Many of the cities and quaint towns throughout the country decorate with lights, trees, and holiday decor that turns these towns into magical Christmas wonderlands. The combination of the historic architecture with the lights is dazzling. Also, many towns set up festive Christmas markets that are filled with delicious foods as well as arts and crafts for sale. Zagreb and Zadar host large ice skating rinks, and many cities also put on festivals with concerts, theater shows, and small amusement parks with rides for kids. The town of Čazma, near Zagreb, hosts SalajLand. Here you'll find millions of Christmas lights along paths with holiday themed decorations and light shows that creates a terrific magical atmosphere for the whole family.


Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for Hiking?

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Croatia is generally considered to be a better destination for hiking.

Croatia offers some nice hiking trails. The rugged terrain of the coastline and the interior means that hikers will find a variety of trails here. National parks such as Plitvice and Krka offer some gorgeous trails around lakes, waterfalls, and through the forest. Other high mountain trails can be found in more national parks, too. If you're looking for a challenge, check out the Velebit Hiking Trail which is a multi-day journey through epic mountains where you stay in huts. Or, adventourous hikers can head up Vosac Peak. If you're near Dubrovnik and are looking for some amazing views, head up Mount Srd. Also, if you're up for the full Croatian hiking experience, the Via Dinarica is a set of trails that runs the entire coastline from the northern border with Slovenia to the southern border with Albania. Offering epic views and some challenging hills, the route spans over 1,200km. But don't worry, you can just do a small section of it if you like.

While not known for its hiking, The Netherlands has a few options. Despite its smaller size and lack of mountains, plenty of beautiful hiking routes are found all over the country. With a variety of national parks and wildlife areas, many of these trails are easily accessible to the major cities. Some are found along the coastline where you'll hike among sand dunes and along the shore. Others are inland in the forest and follow rivers or canals with the occasional castle or historic ruins mixed in to the itinerary. So, if you're looking to get out of the city for some fresh air, a day hiking is a good option.

Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for its National Parks?

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Croatia is generally considered to have more national park destinations than The Netherlands.

Croatia has a range of national park areas worth visiting. The 8 national parks found here offer a wide array of landscapes from coastal regions to mountains to rivers and lakes. The most famous national park in Croatia is perhaps Plitvice Lakes, where visitors can walk through gorgeous landscapes made of up clear lakes, waterfalls, and forests that all feel magical. Krka River also has similar beautiful landscapes with waterfalls and rocky pools full of green and blue clear water, lined with small villages, hiking paths, and rolling hills. You can also see a 14th-century medieval fortress and a monastery, too. Mljet national park, located on an island, offers gorgeous coastlines, interior lakes, and forested hills waiting to be explored. Risnjak national park offers visitors a more typical mountain vibe with beautiful valleys, hiking trails, and wildlife such as wolves, deer, and lynx, among others. Fishing is popular here on the lakes and rivers, especially fly fishing. And if sailing and snorkeling is on your bucket list, make sure to visit the many islands of Kornati Islands National Park, which are unique and mostly untouched. The abundant marine and coastal life will leave you breathless.

The Netherlands has some good regions for those that want to go visit national parks. The 21 national parks are spread across the nation and serve to protect wildlife and cultural areas. Many of the parks are quite small compared to what other countries offer, but they are still beautiful and significant for what they provide. Some of the most popular include Weerribben-Wieden, De Biesbosch, and Zuid-Kennemerland.

Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for Adventure Travel?

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Croatia generally offers more adventure travel options for travelers than The Netherlands.

Croatia offers fun and exciting adventure experiences for visitors. Along the coast, you'll be able to participate in amazing activities such as sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more. And in the mountains, you'll find hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, horseback riding, paragliding, bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, snow skiing, caving, ropes courses, and rock climbing. Some of the best areas for all of these activities include the national parks, as well as just outside of some of the major cities such as Zagreb and Zadar. And all along the coastline, you'll find a huge number of amazing watersports activities.

The Netherlands has a few adventure travel activities for those that seek them out. Although it's a small country, visitors can still find adventurous activities along the coast and in some of the natural areas. The beaches offer kite surfing and wind surfing opportunities. Also, plenty of travelers like to go kayaking or canoeing on the many canals and waterways. Zip-lining and ropes courses can be found around the country, such as the Euromast in Rotterdam. Also, almost every city has a rock climbing gym. And if you're really interested in climbing, check out the tallest climbing wall ever built in Groningen.

Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for Watersports?

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Overall, Croatia is considered to offer more watersports activities and attractions to visitors.

The huge number of watersports activities in Croatia is one of the main reasons people come to visit. With over 1,200 islands, a huge array of watersports and aquatic activities are offered along the vast coastline of Croatia. You'll find more than just beaches and swimming, as snorkeling, diving, sailing, kite surfing, wind surfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding are all very popular. Some of the best places to explore the coastline are on the islands and coastline near small towns such as Korcula, Hvar, Brac, Trogir, Sibenik, Rovinj, or Novalja. These towns make it easy to head out into the water on boats or from the shore. In many places, it's possible to hop right in for snorkeling, stand up paddle, kayaking, or other seaside activities. You'll also find plenty of boats for hire to take you on a day tour to nearby islands, or charter a sailboat for a week to have a truly amazing adventure through the islands.

The Netherlands is a great destination for participating in watersports. With a fairly lengthy coastline, you'll find plenty of opportunities here for kite surfing, wind surfing, and normal surfing depending on the weather. Boating is very popular given the large number of rivers and canals in the Netherlands. Kayaking and Canoeing should be on anyone's itinerary whether you're in a city or out in the countryside. A large number of lakes dot the landscape, too, with opportunities for swimming, water skiing, boating, fishing, and more.


Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for Outdoor Activities?

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Overall, Croatia is considered to offer more outdoor activities and attractions to visitors.

Croatia offers fun and exciting outdoor activities for visitors. Popular outdoor activities here include horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and watersports such as snorkeling, diving, and boating. The landscape of Croatia is diverse, and offers a bit of everything. From the mountains to the coastline, it's possible to travel around to experience watersports, coastal scenery at the beach, and mountain activities within just a few days of each other. Some of the best areas to see the outdoors are at Plitvice Lakes national parks, Krka River, Korcula island, around Hvar, and the Vis archipelago, among others.

The Netherlands does have some outdoor activities to explore. A number of hiking trails, biking paths, and running trails can be found almost everywhere in the country. Boating, kayaking and canoeing are popular almost everywhere, too. Most cities and towns have kayak rentals if you're interested. The beaches are also popular spots for outdoor activities such as swimming, camping, and hiking. And with a variety of national parks and wilderness areas that are all easily accessible via public transit from the nearest city, the Netherlands makes it easy to get out and enjoy nature.

Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for a Road Trip?

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Croatia is usually considered to be a better destination to explore on a road trip than The Netherlands.

Taking a road trip through Croatia is very good way to see the countryside and smaller destinations. The long coastline, multitudes of quaint and beautiful small towns, and rugged mountains make this country a perfect place for a road trip. The roads are in great condition, and you'll find scenic viewpoints, castles, coastal fishing towns, secret beaches, and mountain views all along the way. Start in the north in Zagreb or in the sound in Dubrovnik and work your way up or down the coast and mountain ranges for plenty of epic adventures along the way.

See also The Croatian Coast: A Split to Dubrovnik Road Trip.

The Netherlands is generally not the best destination for road trips, but it has a few options. Getting around by car is not difficult since the distances to drive are fairly short. On a road trip you can see the many small towns of the countryside, the agricultural regions, historic windmills, old castles and forts, and more. Also, a trip up and down the coastline is quite easy and very scenic, too.

Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for Families?

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Kids will enjoy a visit to either Croatia or The Netherlands.

Because of its large number of kid-friendly activities, Croatia is very family-friendly. The combination of beaches, beautiful small towns, historical sites, and natural scenery makes for a terrific combination that kids and adults will love. You'll find multiple destinations that offer both beaches and history, so after a terrific morning in the sand and water, you can explore the beauty of the ancient city walls, old cathedrals, and historic ruins. Dubrovnik is one such place with terrific activities for the whole family. Not only are there some nearby beaches and the amazing historic city center, but you'll also find some nearby hiking trails and a gondola to the top of the mountain with stunning views over the nearby landscape. Hvar, Split, Zagreb, Korcula, and Zadar also have similar attractions where historic towns are surrounded by beautiful hills, stunning beach areas, and historic sites. And if you seek nature, Plitvice Lakes national park combines gorgeous views with fun hiking trails that kids will love exploring.

The Netherlands is known to be a very family-friendly place to visit. Plenty of family-friendly activities can be found in the cities and countryside, such as amusement parks, the beach, historical attractions, biking, boating, and more. Numerous amusement parks are located throughout the country. Also, most of the cities have family-friendly museums such as the NEMO Science Museum or the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, the Natural Science Museum in Leiden, the Railway Museum in Utrecht, or the Open Air Museum in Arnhem. Several zoos are also found throughout the country. And of course, don't forget about LegoLand and the Sea Life center in Scheveningen.

Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for Couples?

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Couples will find a longer list of romantic activities in Croatia than The Netherlands.

Croatia is a great country if you're traveling as a couple. The small towns with their quaint historic vibe, beautiful islands with stunning beaches and clear blue waters, and classical historic cities provide the perfect combination for a romantic honeymoon or couple's getaway. Add to this all of the terrific seafood restaurants, local music and culture, and sunset cruises, and you have a recipe for the best romantic trip you can find. Rab Island is referred to as the island of love, because it has a small walled city lined with artists and shops. But it's not the only one, as Korcula, Dubrovnik, Hvar, and others also offer the choice of exploring historic sites, snorkeling in blue waters, hiking in the nearby hills, or all of them on the same day! Zagreb, Dubrovnik, and other larger cities have historic cathedrals, theaters with cultural and musical productions, delicious restaurants, fresh markets, and other romantic activities that couples will love.

Split: It's not uncommon for couples to choose Split as their honeymoon destination. The old town is filled with character and charm. There are also parks where you can enjoy a picnic and beaches where you can soak up the fun of the Adriatic Sea. Cafes serving local cuisine spill into the streets and the old world charm offers a romantic ambiance that can only be found in Croatia.

Dubrovnik: With its beautiful old town, nice beaches, and laid back atmosphere, this makes the perfect couple's getaway destination. Pop in a local restaurant and try the seafood before exploring the charming squares and historic buildings.

See also Hostels for Solo Travellers, Couples, & Groups in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Hostels in Dubrovnik for Solo Travellers, Couples, & Groups, and Hostels in Zadar, Croatia for Solo Travellers, Couples, and Groups.

The Netherlands is not always the best place to visit for a couple. Amsterdam is the most popular city to visit, and contains plenty of historic and charming hotels and B&B's which couples find to be very romantic. Elsewhere in the country, similar accommodations can be found that make for a terrific couple's getaway as you can enjoy romantic restaurants, outdoor cafes, scenic boat rides, and cultural activities.


Is Croatia or the Netherlands Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

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For backpackers, both Croatia and The Netherlands are great places to visit.

Many backpackers visit Croatia. The overall affordable prices combined with the wide array of fun activities has led this country to become very popular with budget-oriented travelers and younger backpackers. While the most famous and popular city for tourists is Dubrovnik, its prices are still not as expensive as in other European cities. Add to this the other beautiful towns along the gorgeous coastline that offer more affordable prices, and you'll be able to explore this dynamic country on a reasonable budget. Hvar, Zagreb, Korcula, Zadar, Split, Vis, and Rovinj are just some of the many terrific places that can be visited in an affordable manner. Hostels and low-cost guest houses are prevalent, the beaches are free, hiking is easily accessible, food can be found at lower prices, and museums are usually not too expensive, either.

Split: There's no shortage of hostels in town. This is a not-to-be-missed backpacker destination in Croatia and the social scene, beaches, water activities, and history all make Split a highlight for many backpackers.

Dubrovnik: It's not hard to find a room in a local's home near old town at an affordable price. The food is delicious and affordable as well, and you'll find plenty of other backpackers in town to hang out with.

See also Hostels in Split, Croatia for Backpackers and Budget Travellers, Hostels in Zagreb, and Hostels for Solo Travellers, Couples, & Groups in Plitvice Lakes National Park.

The Netherlands is a very popular country for backpackers and budget travelers. With a large number of somewhat affordable hostels, cheap transportation, affordable food options, and low cost attractions, most major cities in the Netherlands are popular with backpackers and budget traveler. Keep in mind that travel costs here are fairly high, though. So, while hostels are less expensive than hotels, they are still not cheap. But with plenty of options and a party atmosphere, Amsterdam especially is very popular with the backpacker and budget-travel crowd.

Amsterdam: With it's party-hard personality and countless low price hostels, this city attracts its share of backpackers. Do note that many of the hostels aren't focused on quality, so make sure you understand what you're paying for. It may be worth booking a slightly more expensive room in a hotel.

See also Best Hostels in Amsterdam, Party Hostels in Amsterdam, and Amsterdam Hostels Near the Red Light District.

Is Croatia or the Netherlands Easier for Transportation? Which is Easier to Get Around Without a Car?

Croatia
Netherlands

The Netherlands has better transportation options to get you around the region.

The Netherlands has an effecient and thorough public transportation system which can take you anywhere in the country. As a relatively small country with a high population density, getting around in the Netherlands feels like traveling around a city instead of a country. The national train system operates routes on a regular schedule so that you can find a train anywhere at least every hour if not more frequently. And when you're in a city, the bus and tram systems are fantastic, efficient, affordable, and frequent. You won't need a car as a visitor, but if you choose to hire one, you'll find high-quality roads, too. Finally, many of the islands in the north are accessible with public ferries running on frequent schedules. As you probably know, much of the infrastructure in the Netherlands is built around bicycles, so don't be afraid to grab some fietsen and make your way around town on the dedicated bike lanes. It's common to rent bikes at the station if you arrive in a different city by train or bus, or bike rentals are available at many shops around the cities, too. Overall, the transit system in the Netherlands is amazing.

Is it easy to travel around the Netherlands?

  • Traveling by train is extremely popular.
  • Traveling by bus is very common and fairly easy.
  • Travel on ferry boats is possible.
  • It's possible to travel on cruise ships and excursions.
  • It's possible to travel with an organized tour.
  • It's possible to travel by car.
  • Travel by airplane is possible.

Croatia has a few public transit options. Trains connect the major cities in the northern half of the country quickly and efficiently, but only travel as far south as Split. This leaves Dubrovnik and other southern regions without train service, but they are connected by a terrific bus system. The rail lines provide a smooth and efficient way of traveling between the major cities and to nearby countries, and high-speed trains and night trains are also available on some of the routes. Buses fill the gaps of where the trains don't go, and it's possible to take a bus to Dubrovnik from Split and other destinations. Also, the roads are great, and if you want to see more of the countryside or national parks, hiring a rental car could be worth the money for a terrific road trip. Furthermore, with so many islands, Croatia has a huge network of ferry boats to transport people and vehicles. Many of these are high-speed catamarans, too. The major cities, including Dubrovnik, have airports with connections to the rest of Europe. Also, many travelers arrive on cruise ships.

Is it easy to travel around Croatia?

  • Travel by train is possible.
  • It's very easy and convenient to travel by bus.
  • It's quite common to travel on ferry boats.
  • It's very easy and convenient to travel on cruise ships and excursions.
  • It's possible to travel with an organized tour.
  • It's quite common to travel by car.
  • Travel by airplane is possible.

Is Croatia or the Netherlands more Comfortable for a Trip?

Both Croatia and The Netherlands can feel quite modern and comfortable as they both have an established tourist infrastructure.

People often come to Croatia because it is such a comfortable and luxurious destination. Even though it's in Eastern Europe, you'll still find modern standards of comfort here as you would expect in any other European or western country. Hotels at all prices ranges have modern amenities, clean facilities, and helpful service. Tour companies offering a variety of services can be found everywhere, the public transportation is clean and safe, and food quality is extremely high.

The Netherlands is extremely comfortable for travelers as it is a modern destination with plenty of amenities. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and other cities in the country all offer high-end, luxurious accommodations, fine dining restaurants, and extensive tour options for anyone wishing to travel in style. Even if you don't want to spend large amounts of money, this country is very modern with a high standard of living, and that is reflected in the mid-range and budget hotels, too. It's hard to find an uncomfortable place here, as the tourist infrastructure is vast and thorough.

Is Croatia or the Netherlands more Touristy?

The Netherlands generally has a more touristy vibe than Croatia.

Plenty of tourists come to The Netherlands every year, as it's a popular destination. Amsterdam in particular is extremely popular with tourists, and many parts of the city can be quite crowded most of the year. From the red light district to the museums and boat tours on the canals, it's often hard to avoid tourists here. On the other hand, other cities in the Netherlands enjoy significantly less visitors and offer similar cultural and historic activities without the crowds. It's quite easy to get around by train, so take the time to visit another city or two during your trip to avoid the crowds.

Croatia is fairly touristy, with a decent number of visitors coming each year. The most popular places to visit are Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes, and some of the other beautiful cities such as Hvar, Split, Zagreb, and the island of Korcula. While Dubrovnik hosts the most tourists, many of which arrive on cruise ships for the day, the crowds are still not too bad compared to other European cities. The evenings see less crowds, so you can experience the city lights and restaurants in style without any hassle most of the time. The other destinations also don't see too many tourists, meaning that you can relax and enjoy your time exploring Croatia without having to wait in long lines or deal with crowds that are unmanageable.


Korcula, Croatia Korcula, Croatia
Split, Croatia Split, Croatia

Which country is cheaper, the Netherlands or Croatia?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Croatia is $105, while the average daily cost in the Netherlands is $189. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each country. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Croatia and the Netherlands in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Croatia $54
    Netherlands $100
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Croatia $108
    Netherlands $200
Compare Hotels in Croatia and the Netherlands

Looking for a hotel in Croatia or the Netherlands? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Croatia


Hotels in the Netherlands


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Croatia Hotel Prices and Netherlands Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Croatia $13
    Netherlands $29
Typical Local Transportation prices in Croatia

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Croatia:


  • Bus Around Town
    $1.56

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Croatia

Also for Croatia, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Zagreb to Split: Private Transfer with Plitvice Lakes: $1,024
  • Split/Trogir to Zagreb: Private Transfer with Plitvice Lakes: $1,024
  • Private transfer from Zagreb to Vienna: $937
  • Private transfer from Zagreb to Budapest: $937
  • Split: Private Transfer to Zagreb with Plitvice Lakes Stop: $740
  • From Split: 1-Way Private Transfer to Zagreb: $673
  • Split Airport: Speedboat Taxi transfer to/from Hvar: $647
  • Private Transfer from Split to Zagreb via Plitvice & Rastoke: $647
  • Private Transfer from Dubrovnik to Split up to 8 people: $625
  • Private Transfer from Split to Zagreb with stop at Plitvice: $621
  • From Zadar: Private Transfer to Dubrovnik Airport: $613
  • Private Transfer Tour from Zagreb - Split via Plitvice Lakes: $608

Typical Local Transportation prices in the Netherlands

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in the Netherlands:


  • Ride on Tram
    $3.45
  • Renting a Bike
    $16
  • One Hour Canal Cruise
    $11
  • Single Day Transit Pass
    $2.80
  • Transit Pass to Amsterdam Airport
    $3.66
  • Taxi Ride
    $11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in the Netherlands

Also for the Netherlands, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • From Amsterdam: Private Transfer to Paris: $2,381
  • From Amsterdam: 1-Way Private Transfer to Dusseldorf: $833
  • Amsterdam: Private Transfer to/from Bruges: $833
  • Amsterdam: Kinderdijk & Delft Private Day Trip w/ Transfers: $812
  • Amsterdam: Private Transfer to/from Brussels: $747
  • Amsterdam: Private Transfer to/from Antwerp: $595
  • Amsterdam Cruise Port: Private Transfer to The Hague hotels: $337
  • Rotterdam: Private transfer to/from Schiphol Airport: $314
  • Amsterdam and Rotterdam: 1-Way Private Transfer: $314
  • Private Minivan Transfer from Rotterdam: $298
  • Schiphol Airport Private Transfer to Brussels: $294
  • Private Minivan Transfer from Rotterdam : $292

Is it cheaper to fly into Croatia or Croatia?

Prices for flights to both the Netherlands and Croatia change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Croatia $32
    Netherlands $49
Typical Food prices in Croatia

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Croatia:


  • Seafood Dinner (for 2)
    $32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Croatia

For Croatia, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Split: Small Group Food Tour: $38
  • Zadar: Small Group Cooking Class: $39
  • 3-Hour Sunset Dolphin Spotting and Dinner in Medulin Archipelago : $44
  • Dolphin Watching Sunset Boat Trip in Pula with Dinner: $55
  • Food Tour in Split ( Small Group): $60
  • National Park Brijuni Tour from Pula with Dolphins, Sunset&Dinner: $60
  • Dolphin & Sunset Cruise with Dinner & Drinks from Pula: $60
  • Fantastic DOLPHIN & SUNSET TOUR with dinner (Pula - NP BRIJUNI): $60
  • Food Tour in Split : $62
  • Zagreb: Taste Zagreb Food Tour: $74
  • Taste Zagreb Food Tour: $76
  • Strukli cooking class with Dolac Market Tour: $77

Typical Food prices in the Netherlands

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to the Netherlands:


  • Afternoon Tea
    $6.47

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in the Netherlands

For the Netherlands, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • 2 Hours Food Tour in Amsterdam (Tip Based): $5.52
  • Amsterdam Self-Guided Food Tour in De Pijp Neighbourhood : $8.27
  • Amsterdam: 3-course Jamaican dinner party at Ashs Plek: $11
  • Amsterdam: 2-course Jamaican dinner party at Ashs Plek: $11
  • Amsterdam: Self-Guided Food Tour in De Jordaan Neighbourhood: $14
  • Amsterdam: Self-Guided Food Tour in De Pijp Neighbourhood: $14
  • Self-Guided Food Tour of Amsterdam's De Jordaan District: $14
  • Dinner Cruise with Fries Bitterballen and Drink from Amsterdam: $30
  • Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam with Set Lunch or Dinner: $31
  • Utrecht: City Boat Tour & Balkan Restaurant Lunch OR Dinner: $32
  • Amsterdam: Dinner Cruise with Fries, Bitterballen and Drink: $34
  • Amsterdam: Food Tour Jordaan District: $35

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Croatia $14
    Netherlands $28
Typical Entertainment prices in Croatia

For Croatia, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Boat to Lokrum Island (for 2)
    $15
  • Dubrovnik City Wall Tour (for 2)
    $58
  • Dubrovnik Cable Car (for 2)
    $49

Tours and Activities in Croatia

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Croatia.

  • BLUE CAVE & 5 islands tour from Hvar: $99
  • Blue cave and Hvar - 5 Islands speedboat tour from Split: $171
  • FULL CAVE & SAFARI EXPERIENCE by KAYAK: $104
  • Grand Zagreb Tour : $100
  • History tour: $33
  • Kornati island National Park & Telascica Nature Park Boat Tour from Vodice: $77
  • Lim Bay Outrigger Canoe Tour: $65
  • Lopud Sunrise Sea Kayaking Guided Tour: $39
  • MONTENEGRO TOUR from Dubrovnik: $105
  • Magical Sunset Tour by CRUISER TAXI DUBROVNIK: $50
  • Montenegro Bay Cruise with Lunch on the Boat from Koločep: $113
  • Panorama guided Zadar Eco Tuk Tuk tour: $49

Typical Entertainment prices in the Netherlands

For the Netherlands, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Two tickets to the Houseboat Museum
    $6.47
  • Entry for two to the Anne Frank House
    $18

Tours and Activities in the Netherlands

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for the Netherlands.

  • Amstagram Tour & Moco Experience: $54
  • Amsterdam (Museum Quarter) Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Tour: $12
  • Anne Frank Story & Neighborhood Walk Tour in Amsterdam: $47
  • Cheese, Wine with Unlimited Drinks in Amsterdam Luxury Cruise: $76
  • Keukenhof Tulips and Zaanse Schans Windmills Private Day Tour: $276
  • Private Tour With A Local Guide Amsterdam: $66
  • The Hague Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $12
  • Your Own Holland. Tulip Fields Tour by Electric Bike: $275
  • "Remastered" Audiovisual Experience in Rotterdam: $27
  • 1 Hour Canal Cruise in Amsterdam: $21
  • 1 Hour Canal Cruise with Local Skipper and Complimentary Drink: $22
  • 1 Hour Private Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour : $110

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Croatia $12
    Netherlands $24

Sample the Local Flavors in Croatia

Also in Croatia, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Pula Pub Crawl: $16
  • Local Craft Distillery Pairing Spirits with Local Craft Chocolate: $17
  • Zagreb Pub Crawl: $17
  • From Split: Krka National Park, Skradin & Wine Tasting Tour: $17
  • Private Sparkling Wine Tasting in Istria: $24
  • From Split: Krka Waterfalls & Swimming & Wine tasting: $24
  • Split: Krka National Park Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting: $25
  • From Split: Krka Waterfalls, Food & Wine Tasting Tour: $25
  • Skradin: Wine Tasting in a local family winery: $27
  • (Copy of) Zagreb:Private Bar Crawling and Alcohol Testing with a Guide: $29
  • Vinoplod Winery - Wine Tasting Tour: $30
  • Krka & Sibenik Tour with Boat Ride, Swimming or Wine Tasting: $30

Sample the Local Flavors in the Netherlands

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in the Netherlands:

  • Dordrecht: Distillery Tour with Dutch Gin & Genever Tasting: $7.58
  • Rotterdam: Beer Brewery Noordt Tastings with Optional Tour: $8.12
  • Rotterdam: Heineken Building former brewery | Guided Tour: $8.12
  • Rotterdam: Stadshaven Brewery Tour with Beer Tastings: $12
  • Utrecht Pub Trail: Pub crawl with interactive online game: $16
  • Haarlem Pub Trail: Pub crawl with interactive online game: $16
  • Amersfoort Pub Trail: Pub crawl with interactive online game: $16
  • The Hague Pub Trail: Pub crawl with interactive online game: $16
  • Delft Pub Trail : Pub crawl with interactive online game: $16
  • Leiden Private Self Guided Pub Crawl: $18
  • Leiden Private Self-Guided Pub Crawl Pub Quiz: $22
  • Utrecht Private Self-Guided Pub Crawl Pub Quiz: $22


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Croatia and the Netherlands, we can see that the Netherlands is more expensive. And not only is Croatia much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Croatia would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Croatia and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in the Netherlands would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in the Netherlands than you might in Croatia.

Amsterdam, Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands

When is the best time to visit Croatia or the Netherlands?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

The Mediterranean climate on the Adriatic coastal areas of Croatia is hot and dry in the summer, but wet and colder in the winter. The warmer months are fantastic for travelers, beach-goers, and hikers, which is one of the many reasons why the Croatian coast is a popular destination. Winter months see lots of rain with temperatures that are cold, but not freezing. In the northern regions away from the coast, the summers are not as hot and a bit more rainy, and the winters are much colder as they experience freezing temperatures and snow.

The northern European climate of the Netherlands experiences four seasons, with rainy winters and mild summers. While the temperatures are often cold in the winter, it only snows periodically. Summers can be quite comfortable as they are not too hot.

Should I visit Croatia or the Netherlands in the Summer?

Both the Netherlands and Croatia are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Croatia for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, and the family-friendly experiences during these months. Also, the summer months attract visitors to the Netherlands because of the beaches and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Dubrovnik is a little warmer than Amsterdam. Typically, the summer temperatures in Dubrovnik in July average around 25°C (77°F), and Amsterdam averages at about 17°C (62°F).

In July, Dubrovnik usually receives less rain than Amsterdam. Dubrovnik gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 75 mm (3 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Dubrovnik 25°C (77°F) 
    Dubrovnik 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Croatia or the Netherlands in the Autumn?

Both the Netherlands and Croatia during the autumn are popular places to visit. The autumn months attract visitors to Croatia because of the hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area. Furthermore, the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to the Netherlands this time of year.

In October, Dubrovnik is generally much warmer than Amsterdam. Daily temperatures in Dubrovnik average around 18°C (64°F), and Amsterdam fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik usually gets more rain in October than Amsterdam. Dubrovnik gets 162 mm (6.4 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 72 mm (2.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Dubrovnik 18°C (64°F) 
    Dubrovnik 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Croatia or the Netherlands in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Croatia and the Netherlands. The skiing, the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, and the cuisine are the main draw to Croatia this time of year. Furthermore, many travelers come to the Netherlands for the museums, the Christmas ambience, the shopping scene, the theater shows, and the cuisine.

Be prepared for some very cold days in Amsterdam. Dubrovnik is much warmer than Amsterdam in the winter. The daily temperature in Dubrovnik averages around 9°C (48°F) in January, and Amsterdam fluctuates around 2°C (36°F).

Dubrovnik gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In January, Dubrovnik usually receives more rain than Amsterdam. Dubrovnik gets 139 mm (5.5 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 66 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Dubrovnik 9°C (48°F) 
    Dubrovnik 2°C (36°F)

Should I visit Croatia or the Netherlands in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Croatia as well as the Netherlands. Many travelers come to Croatia for the beaches and the natural beauty. Additionally, many visitors come to the Netherlands in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Dubrovnik is much warmer than Amsterdam. Typically, the spring temperatures in Dubrovnik in April average around 14°C (57°F), and Amsterdam averages at about 8°C (46°F).

Dubrovnik receives a lot of rain in the spring. Dubrovnik usually gets more rain in April than Amsterdam. Dubrovnik gets 104 mm (4.1 in) of rain, while Amsterdam receives 52 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Dubrovnik 14°C (57°F) 
    Dubrovnik 8°C (46°F)

Typical Weather for Amsterdam and Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Amsterdam
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 9°C (48°F) 139 mm (5.5 in) 2°C (36°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Feb 10°C (50°F) 125 mm (4.9 in) 3°C (37°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Mar 11°C (52°F) 104 mm (4.1 in) 5°C (41°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Apr 14°C (57°F) 104 mm (4.1 in) 8°C (46°F) 52 mm (2 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 75 mm (3 in) 12°C (54°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Jun 22°C (72°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 15°C (59°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 26 mm (1 in) 17°C (62°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 17°C (62°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 101 mm (4 in) 14°C (57°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Oct 18°C (64°F) 162 mm (6.4 in) 11°C (51°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Nov 14°C (57°F) 198 mm (7.8 in) 6°C (43°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Dec 11°C (52°F) 178 mm (7 in) 3°C (38°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)