17 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

17 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands journey planner

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Amsterdam
— 3 nights
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Ballum, Ameland
— 1 night
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Terschelling
— 3 nights
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De Cocksdorp, Texel
— 4 nights
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Schiermonnikoog
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at House On The Three Canals and De Otter. Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder and Zaanse Schans will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Canals area (in Utrecht) and The Hague (Panorama Mesdag & The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery). There's lots more to do: get lost in a book at OBA Library of Amsterdam, admire the masterpieces at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), contemplate the long history of Begijnhof, and examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam tour itinerary maker tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Amsterdam. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, you will find days in Amsterdam are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ballum.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Ballum, Ameland

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stop by Kaasboerderij Ameland, get engrossed in the history at Cultuurhistorisch museum Sorgdrager, then see the interesting displays at Nobels Nostalgisch Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Landbouw-Juttersmuseum Swartwoude.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ballum tour planner.

Getting from Amsterdam to Ballum by car takes about 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Terschelling.

Things to do in Ballum

Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Terschelling

— 3 nights
One of the Frisian Islands, Terschelling contains a large nature reserve and lives off its tourist appeal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wrakkenmuseum and Landbouwmuseum en Kinderboerderij 't Hooivak. Visiting Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat and Groene strand will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: get great views at Bunkers Terschelling, have fun and explore at Museum 't Behouden Huys, enjoy the sea views from Vuurtoren Brandaris, and look for all kinds of wild species at Noordkaap Nederland.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Terschelling day trip tool.

You can drive from Ballum to Terschelling in 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Terschelling are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to De Cocksdorp.

Things to do in Terschelling

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

De Cocksdorp, Texel

— 4 nights
De Cocksdorp is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. Appreciate the collections at Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora and Luchtvaart- En Oorlogsmuseum Texel. Visiting Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach and Sommeltjespad will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from De Cocksdorp to Texel to see Lichtschip Texel about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel, explore the different monuments and memorials at de Hervormde kerk Den Hoorn Texel uit 1425, admire the striking features of De Hervormde Kerk van Den Burg Texel uit 1452, and take an in-depth tour of Cultuurhistorisch Museum Texel.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our De Cocksdorp trip itinerary tool.

You can travel from Terschelling to De Cocksdorp in 4.5 hours. September in De Cocksdorp sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Schiermonnikoog.

Things to do in De Cocksdorp

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Schiermonnikoog

— 2 nights
Schiermonnikoog is an island, a municipality, and a national park in the northern Netherlands. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bunker Wassermann and Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog. Museum-lovers will appreciate Shellmuseum and Hijrre Pottenbakkerij. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Vredenhof, learn about all things military at Bunkermuseum Schlei, stroll through Oosterstrand, and visit a coastal fixture at Noordertoren.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Schiermonnikoog online sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from De Cocksdorp to Schiermonnikoog. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Schiermonnikoog

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.