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Vacation in the Netherlands - between tulip fields and windmills

Jason Shores

The small country in northwestern Europe never ceases to enchant us with its pretty towns, countless windmills and vast fields of tulips. But art and culture lovers are also constantly drawn to Holland. The Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the port city of Rotterdam are just a fraction of the sights that during your holiday in the Netherlands. you can admire

And since the overnight prices in this country on the North and Baltic Seas rise immeasurably, especially during the summer holidays, the Netherlands are a great alternative. After all, the beautiful beaches in the Dutch region of Zeeland are only a three-hour drive from western Germany. Visit our Beach Holidays in Holland page for more great tips and deals.

Arrival in the Netherlands

Of course, the easiest way is to with your own car or mobile home go to the neighboring country. For city travelers, the train is an interesting alternative. With the Dutch NS trains and trams you can very comfortably and cheaply between Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht travel. In the cycling paradise of Holland, you can also cycle wonderfully on a well-developed network of cycle paths.

If you are coming from further afield, you can also consider flying. From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol you can reach both the city center and the seaside resorts in just 30 minutes.

Weather in the Netherlands

Summer is the ideal travel time for the Netherlands, when the North Sea coast invites you to beach holidays and sunbathing. But spring is also worthwhile when the tulip fields shine in intense colors. Autumn and winter are ideal for city breaks, when cultural life awakens and the big tourist hype is over. A holiday in the Netherlands is worthwhile all year round - discover our diverse neighboring country!

The most beautiful holiday destinations in the Netherlands

Most visitors are drawn to the North Sea. Here you can rent your own holiday home or stay in well-known Dutch seaside resorts such as Scheveningen and Noordwijk in famous hotels such as the Kurhaus. Well suited for families are the comfortable holiday parks with their bungalows arranged around large subtropical swimming pools, sports fields and other family-friendly facilities. There is definitely no boredom here!

It is never far from the seaside resorts on the coast to excursion destinations worth seeing, some of which you can even reach by bike:

  • the much-visited miniature country Madurodam near Scheveningen
  • the famous gardens of Keukenhof near Lisse
  • the historic seat of government The Hague with the Mauritshuis
  • the Space Expo at Noordwijk for all space fans
  • den Delta Park Neeltje Jans
  • the amusement park Duinrell between The Hague and Scheveningen

An alternative to the windy North Sea coast is the IJsselmeer, a paradise for sailors and other water sports enthusiasts surrounded by scenic nature. On the west coast you will find classic Dutch fishing villages such as Volendam and the touristy Enkhuizen with the Zuiderzeemuseum, which is well worth seeing.

Our pirate tip: The Efteling, the largest theme park in the Netherlands, is located in Kaatsheuvel, north of Tilburg, a little away from the big seaside resorts. A must for families with children!

least a day trip, or even better a city trip of your own. The metropolis of Amsterdam is worth at await you here Exciting highlights such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House and the new Maritime Museum in the harbor. Take a boat tour on the romantic canals past magnificent old merchants' houses and then treat yourself to a shopping spree on the Kalverstraat or on the colorful Albert Cuyp market.

Accommodation in the Netherlands

Whether hotels, holiday homes or campsites - when holidaying in the Netherlands you can find something suitable for every type of holiday and every budget. With many providers you can often find great offers without the usual seasonal surcharges.

Our city tip in the Netherlands: The Hague

The Hague is a city in western Netherlands, located on the North Sea. So if you want to go on a varied city break where you can combine a holiday by the sea with sightseeing, The Hague is the perfect holiday destination. We have put together our top 3 of the best sights in The Hague for you :

  1. The Mauritshuis: the picture gallery is definitely a must-see in The Hague. Here you can admire important paintings by artists from the 15th to 18th centuries such as Hans Holbein, Paulus Potter or Jan Vermeer. Famous works exhibited in the Mauritshuis include The Anatomy of Dr. Tulp by Rembrandt van Rijn or The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Jan Vermeer. A highlight - not only for art and culture lovers!
  2. The Peace Palace: built between 1907 and 1913 in Neo-Renaissance style, the Peace Palace is clearly the most photographed attraction in The Hague and should therefore not be missed on your city trip. In the visitor center of this imposing building you can visit the permanent exhibition about the history of the peace movement.
  3. Strandbad Scheveningen: No trip to The Hague without at least a short trip to the sea! After all, The Hague is also called the "Royal City by the Sea". So just get on the tram and take the 15-minute ride from the center to the district of Scheveningen, the largest lido in the Netherlands. On the long sandy beaches you will find relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Jason Shores
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