I. Plan of Tour.
The following tour of a week is recommended to the traveller
whose time is limited: —
From London to Rotterdam by steamboat; or from Antwerp
to Rotterdam by railway...........1
Rotterdam, and thence by railway to the Hague .... 1
To Scheveningen; also visit 'T Huis ten Bosch.....1
To Leyden, and the same evening to Haarlem.....1
Haarlem, and in the evening to Amsterdam.....1
Amsterdam, and Environs...........1
To Utrecht and thence by railway to Arnhem.....1
A hasty glance at the principal places in Holland may thus
be obtained in a week or ten days, but the traveller whose time
permits should devote a longer period to this interesting country.
The following will be found a pleasant and instructive tour of a
fortnight: — Days
From London, or from Antwerp, to Rotterdam .... 1
Rotterdam and Delft............1
The Hague and Scheveningen..... ... 2
Leyden and Haarlem...........11/.,
Alkmaar; Helder, and back to Haarlem......3
Amsterdam and Environs..........3
Arnhem............. . . 1
II. Money and Travelling Expenses.
Money. The Dutch currency consists of florins (gulden or
guilder) and cents. The florin (Is. 81 /2d.) contains 100 cents, or
20 stuivers, or 10 dubbeltjes. The only gold coins now issued are
pieces of 10 fl., known as Gouten Hentjes; and the gold pieces of
smaller denomination still occasionally met with cannot be ex¬
changed without a slight loss. The silver coins are pieces of 2l/»
(ryksdaalder) and 1 florin, and of 50, 25 (kwartje), 10 (dubbeltje),
and 5 (stuiver) cents. A stuiver, or 5 cents, is worth Id. English.
English, French, or German money is taken at the hotels and rail¬
way-stations. The average exchange for a Napoleon is 9 fl. 45
cents, for a sovereign ll3/4-12fl., for a 20 mark piecell fl. 80 cents.
Expenses. The hotels at the principal towns and resorts of tra¬
vellers are generally clean and comfortable, but inferior to those
of Belgium and Germany. In some respects they resemble the