We've just returned from a couple of days in Amsterdam, we had good time.
I ask this question more out of interest than need, my wife purchased some perfume in a pop up shop next to C&A, probably about €200, she wanted to pay by credit card but both her Amex and Visa cards, from Thailand, were "declined", she paid in cash.
When we got home we contacted our banks and both advised that there had been no request for authorisation from the Dutch bank.
When we attempted to book Thalys tickets online, the cards were also declined, again our banks confirmed that there had been no request for payment. We did manage to book the Thalys tickets by calling the call centre based in France, but this meant paying a surcharge.
The cards worked without a hitch in Paris and the UK.
Does anybody know if this is the norm in Holland, or we just constantly unlucky?