I've been to Holland several times, and have made many friends there. It's a great country, probably the most fun.
Local Language: Dutch - Most people speak some English, especially younger people but it's helpful to learn a few phrases.
Visa Requirements: Canadians are allowed in Holland / The Netherlands for 90 days without a visa.
Costs: The Netherlands is expensive - budget $100 Canadian a day.
My Travels in Holland / The Netherlands
The first time I was in Holland was on my first backpacking trip, when I travelled to Amsterdam to spend three days. I ended up spending a week and a half.
Holland was nothing I expected it to be. I really didn't know much about the country or the people, culture etc and was really surprised to discover just how much culture and history is packed into such a geographically small country.
Some of the best museums in the world are in Amsterdam, travelling around the country driving on the dykes and taking a bike ride over countless age-old canals are some of the many highlights you can look forward to when visiting Holland.
Hotels and hostels are tough to get rooms in in Amsterdam, and especially in the high season. Make a hotel reservation as soon as you can, or try motels in the Netherlands and other Motels in the Netherlands
Holland's main airport is the Schipol airport in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam airport isn't quite in Amsterdam though and you'll have to find a way from the airport into the city of Amsterdam itself. Find Cheap flights to Amsterdam, The Netherlands here