5 Day Trips in The Netherlands

 

You have probably heard of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague but The Netherlands has so much more to offer such as the stunning islands in the north, medieval castles scattered around the country, and not to forget the sublime 450 km long coastline!

Read further to discover the top 5 sublime secrets of The Netherlands!

 

National Park de Hoge Veluwe

In the large province of Gelderland, to the east of Utrecht, you can find the National Park De Hoge Veluwe. It is a forest-rich area known for its many different landscapes. Here you find wild pigs and deers, lovely lakes and Europe’s largest sand drifts.

Wandering through the astonishing unspoiled nature on the Veluwe, you might stumble upon the world-renowned Kröller-Möller Museum. Here you can marvel at one of the largest collections of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings.

If you go during the month of August, you can enjoy the purple field coloured by the heather plants.

Blooming heather fields during sunrise at the Posbank in Veluwe

 

Wadden Islands – Wade through sea as a divine local

If you are visiting Haarlem, Amsterdam or Groningen you are very close to the Dutch northern islands and the largest national park of Europe and World Heritage, the Wadden Sea. 

Book a cottage together with family and friends in one of the several picturesque Waddeneilanden, Dutch Wadden islands, and drive through the beautiful countryside in the north. Finish the ultimate tour with a ferry tour and you might even get to spot a seal at the Wadden Sea.

In the sweet old towns along the coast, there is an abundance of unspoiled nature. Get a taste of authentic Dutch island life and bike through the dunes and forests and reward yourself with a picnic at sea.

One more thing before you go: there is a divine experience you can only have in the Wadden Sea during the low-tide season : hiking through the muddy bottom of the sea. Mudflat hiking in the Wadden Sea is the most incredible and unique experience you can while in the Netherlands.

 

Kasteel de Haar, a medieval treasure

Visit a medieval castle whose roots are traced back to the 13th century. Located within 10km from Utrecht Central Station, you will find the spectacular Kasteel Haar. It is the largest castle in the Netherlands.

With beautiful gardens to wander, interesting guided tours and beautiful architecture and design, this historic monument brings old times back to life.

Back view from Kastel de Haar

 

Maastricht – A romantic getaway

Our journey begins at the southernmost tip of the country. Although hidden far away for many tourists, the Romans long ago discovered the beauty of this city.

Divided by the Maas river, the Romans built the current oldest bridge of the Netherlands. Later, the bridge was named after the famous Armenian Saint Servaas who is buried in the Basilica of Maastricht.

Tourists enjoy the history of this place as well as the classy venues for dining and wineries. Maastricht is a fairy-tale like southern Dutch city that charms everyone ready to escape the densely populated west. This most romantic city with a distinct southern ambiance serves as a great weekend getaway.

TIP: Within half an hour of Maastricht, you can find the highest ‘mountain’ in The Netherlands: the Vaalserberg (322,4 meters). The top of the hill is also the three-country point of Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands.

 

Discover the warmth of Renesse beach! 

Dutch summers can be hot (you’d better believe it!) and where better place to cool down than at the beach! The Dutch have a coastline stretching more than 450 km offering astonishing beaches and great hangouts.

If you are seeking for a more local beach vibe, drive to Renesse beach, it is only 50km away from Rotterdam and The Hague. Here you will find the clean and gorgeous 21km-long beach. The Dutch youth come to this hotspot for sun, sports and partying! 

Every summer, this town turns into an amazing adventure, tuned up by the best Dutch DJs. While in town, you can also visit the beautiful James Church or the Moermond castle. 

Another option for beach destination is the popular Scheveningen known for its art, beach bars, and easy access from The Hague. Before heading to the beach, you can also visit the famous international painting from Johan Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring at the Maurithuis. 

Albeit the Netherlands it is tiny country, it possesses the magical combination of forest, beach, cities, castles, and islands. Explore more of this country by working in the Netherlands as a nurse. 

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