25 days in The Netherlands, Germany & Zealand Itinerary

25 days in The Netherlands, Germany & Zealand Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Zaandam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Groningen, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Hannover, Germany
— 4 nights
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Lubeck, Germany
— 4 nights
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 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.
Visit Anne Frank House and Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo) for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and Grote Markt. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Hertenkamp Bloemendaal (in Bloemendaal) and Haarlem (Stadhuis Haarlem & Frans Hals Museum). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, get curious at NEMO Science Museum, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and walk around Vondelpark.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zaandam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Zaandam, The Netherlands

— 1 night
Zaandam is a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. On the 6th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, catch some excitement at Experience Volendam, take an in-depth tour of Edams Museum, then look for gifts at Wijn & Kaas speciaalzaak, and finally steep yourself in history at Scheepswerf Groot.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Zaandam vacation planning website.

Zaandam is just a short distance from Amsterdam. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Leeuwarden.

Things to do in Zaandam

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nightlife

Side Trips

Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

— 3 nights
Leeuwarden, Stadsfries: Liwwadden) is a city and municipality with a population of 108,249 in Friesland in the Netherlands. Eise Eisinga Planetarium and Broerekerk are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Redding museum, Den Helder and It Fiskershuske. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leeuwarden: Kinderboerderij de Naturij (in Drachten), Donkere Duinen (in Den Helder) and Rondvaartbedrijf Kiewied (in Ballum). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Poptaslot/Heringastate and get engrossed in the history at Museum Dokkum.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Leeuwarden tour planner.

Drive from Zaandam to Leeuwarden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Groningen.

Things to do in Leeuwarden

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Groningen, The Netherlands

— 3 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galerie MooiMan and Hoofdstation Groningen. You'll explore and learn at Groninger Museum and Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Groningen: Assen (Drents Museum & Adventskerk), Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld (in Ruinen) and Kamp Westerbork (in Hooghalen).

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Groningen route maker app.

Traveling by car from Leeuwarden to Groningen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Groningen are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Hannover.

Things to do in Groningen

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hannover, Germany

— 4 nights

City of Fairs

Hannover, northern Germany's major urban center, may be best known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs.
Bremer Rathaus and Aegidienkirche will appeal to history buffs. Appreciate the collections at Museen Boettcherstrasse and Autostadt. Explore Hannover's surroundings by going to Wernigerode Castle (in Wernigerode), Kloster Drubeck (in Drubeck) and St. Magni Kirche (in Braunschweig). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Altstadt, ponder the world of politics at The New Town Hall, make a trip to Historische Altstadt, and take in nature's colorful creations at Herrenhauser Garten.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hannover trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Groningen to Hannover in 3.5 hours. In March in Hannover, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lubeck.

Things to do in Hannover

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Lubeck, Germany

— 4 nights

City of Seven Spires

Lubeck is the only northern German city with a largely intact medieval old town comparable to sites farther south.
U-Boot U 995 and Holstentor will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Marienkirche and European Hansemuseum. Explore Lubeck's surroundings by going to Dosenmoor (in Neumunster), Himmelmoor (in Quickborn) and Arche Warder - Zentrum fur seltene Nutztierrassen (in Warder). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Brodtener Steilufer, pause for some serene contemplation at Lubeck Cathedral, stop by Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown), and explore the historical opulence of Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss).

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lubeck trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Hannover to Lubeck in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and car. In March, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Copenhagen.

Things to do in Lubeck

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Copenhagen, Denmark

— 5 nights

City of Beautiful Towers

Founded in the 10th century as a Viking fishing village, Copenhagen has morphed into the cultural, political, and economic powerhouse of the country.
Get some cultural insight at Nyhavn and Rosenborg Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kastellet and Christiansborg Slot. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Copenhagen: Kronborg (in Helsingoer) and Frederiksborg Castle (in Hillerod). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Denmark, take a stroll through Christiania, explore the world behind art at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, and take in panoramic vistas at Rundetarn.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Copenhagen holiday planner.

You can fly from Lubeck to Copenhagen in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. March in Copenhagen sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Copenhagen

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
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.

Friesland Province travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Art Museums

Groningen Province travel guide

3.9
Art Museums · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
Groningen is the northeasternmost province of the Netherlands. It borders on Friesland to the west, Drenthe to the south, the German state of Niedersachsen (districts of Leer and Emsland) to the east, and the Wadden Sea to the north. In 2014, it had a population of 582,640 and a total area of 2960km2.The area was subsequently part of Frisia, the Frankish Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, and the Dutch Republic, which is the precursor state of the Netherlands. In the 14th century, the city of Groningen became a member of the Hanseatic League.The capital of the province and the seat of the provincial government is the city of Groningen. Since 2016, René Paas has been the King's Commissioner in the province. A coalition of the Labour Party, People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, Democrats 66, and ChristianUnion forms the executive branch. The province is divided into 23 municipalities.

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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Schleswig-Holstein travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Landmarks
Germany's northernmost state with coasts on two seas, Schleswig-Holstein seems to possess two very distinct faces. Along its coastlines, the region features wide sandy beaches and is cut by deep fjords carved out by glaciers. These areas near the water contain some of the country's finest resorts and holiday centers. They attract visitors from around the world all year long, and are chock-full of things to do. The highlight of the region's western coast is a sprawling national park that shelters the densest bird population in this part of Europe. Hundreds of different species live or pass over this unusual water landscape, which is featured on the World Heritage list. Deeper inland, the region reveals its rural face. This countryside of seemingly endless pastures spreads as far as the eye can see. Schleswig-Holstein belonged to Denmark until the 19th century. You can expect to notice plenty of Scandinavian overtones while you vacation in the region. Several coastal towns contain award-winning recreations of ancient Viking settlements.

Zealand travel guide

4.1
Historic Walking Areas · Theme Parks · Monuments
The largest and most populated island in the nation, Zealand houses the country's metropolitan capital city juxtaposed with stretches of sandy beaches, lush woodlands, peaceful lakes, rolling hills, and a number of small fishing villages and harbor towns. With a rich history tied to its coastal position and the presence of the tallest cliffs in the nation, Zealand boasts striking white fortresses bordering the Baltic Sea, majestic castles, and other remnants from the Viking era.