26 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

26 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Amsterdam
1
Amsterdam
— 8 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Kinderdijk
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Arnhem
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Assen
— 5 nights
Travel:  3 h 15 min
5
Schiermonnikoog
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  14 h 30 min
6
De Koog, Texel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Kornwerderzand
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Amsterdam

8
nights
Amsterdam

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Explore hidden gems such as Zuiderzeemuseum and Muiderslot. Grote Markt and House On The Three Canals will appeal to history buffs. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Het Jonge Schaap (in Zaandam), Utrecht (Canals area & Dom Tower) and Molen De Adriaan Museum (in Haarlem). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Brouwersgracht, get lost in a book at OBA Library of Amsterdam, view the masterpieces at Mark Raven Amsterdam Art, and wander the streets of Cornelis Schuytstraat.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam road trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Amsterdam. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kinderdijk.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Zaandam, Utrecht, Haarlem, Zuiderzeemuseum, Muiderslot
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Zuiderzeemuseum ©
Zuiderzeemuseum
Muiderslot
Muiderslot
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt

1
night
Kinderdijk

Kinderdijk ©
Kinderdijk is a village in the Netherlands, belonging to the municipality of Molenwaard, in the province South Holland, about 15km east of Rotterdam. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the views from Erasmus Bridge, then buy something for everyone on your list at Markthal, and then take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Kinderdijk.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kinderdijk tour builder website.

Getting from Amsterdam to Kinderdijk by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Kinderdijk sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Arnhem.

Things to do in Kinderdijk

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Rotterdam
Highlights from your plan
Markthal ©
Markthal
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk
Erasmus Bridge ©
Erasmus Bridge

2
nights
Arnhem

Arnhem ©
Arnhem is known mostly for its John Frost Bridge, which the British tried to secure during World War II.
Get some cultural insight at Airborne Cemetery and Castle Cannenburch. Explore hidden gems such as Castle and gardens Twickel and Glider Collection Wolfheze. Venture out of the city with trips to Kroller-Muller Museum (in Otterlo), Toy Gallery (in Brummen) and Het Verscholen Dorp (in Vierhouten). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Middachten and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Burgers' Zoo and Safaripark.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Arnhem road trip planner.

You can drive from Kinderdijk to Arnhem in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Assen.

Things to do in Arnhem

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Castle and gardens Twickel, Castle Cannenburch, Airborne Cemetery, Kroller-Muller Museum, Toy Gallery
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Airborne Cemetery ©
Airborne Cemetery
Castle and gardens Twickel ©
Castle and gardens Twickel
Toy Gallery ©
Toy Gallery

5
nights
Assen

Assen ©
Assen is a municipality and a city in the northeastern Netherlands, and is the capital of the province of Drenthe. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kamp Westerbork and D53. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fraeylemaborg and Kerkje Harkema. Venture out of the city with trips to St Bernardushof Kloostermuseum (in Aduard), Kaasboerderij Kleikracht (in Winsum) and Groningen (Battlefield Tours & Art Gallery Erik Zwezerijnen). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of D27, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie MooiMan, appreciate the history behind Veenkoloniaal Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Groninger Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Assen road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Arnhem to Assen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Assen can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Schiermonnikoog.

Things to do in Assen

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Groningen, St Bernardushof Kloostermuseum, D52, Nicolaikerk Appingedam, D20
Highlights from your plan
Kamp Westerbork ©
Kamp Westerbork
St Bernardushof Kloostermuseum ©
St Bernardushof Kloostermuseum
Fraeylemaborg ©
Fraeylemaborg

2
nights
Schiermonnikoog

Schiermonnikoog ©
Schiermonnikoog is an island, a municipality, and a national park in the northern Netherlands. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Shellmuseum, then steep yourself in history at Bunker Wassermann, then visit a coastal fixture at Noordertoren, and finally don't miss a visit to Gallery Ogygia.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Schiermonnikoog day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Assen to Schiermonnikoog with the Route module. Traveling from Assen in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 12°C in Schiermonnikoog. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to De Koog.

Things to do in Schiermonnikoog

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bunker Wassermann ©
Bunker Wassermann
Noordertoren
Noordertoren
Gallery Ogygia ©
Gallery Ogygia

2
nights
De Koog, Texel

De Koog ©
De Koog is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. On the 20th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora, then look for all kinds of wild species at Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Boeken aan de Dijk. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Texel and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our De Koog online trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Schiermonnikoog to De Koog with the Route module. October in De Koog sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kornwerderzand.

Things to do in De Koog

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Texel
Highlights from your plan
Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora ©
Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora
Lighthouse Texel ©
Lighthouse Texel
Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel ©
Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel

5
nights
Kornwerderzand

Kornwerderzand ©
Kornwerderzand is a settlement on the Afsluitdijk, a major dam in the Netherlands that links Friesland with North Holland.OverviewKornwerderzand is located approximately 4 kilometers from the coast of Friesland, on a former artificial island which was created during the construction of the dam. Your inner history buff will appreciate UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal and Lighthouse Urk. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Marinemuseum and Kaap Skil, Museum van Jutters & Zeelui. Change things up with these side-trips from Kornwerderzand: Eise Eisinga Planetarium (in Franeker), Poptaslot/Heringastate (in Marssum) and Workum (Jopie Huisman Museum & De haan watersport). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Kazemattenmuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel), take in the exciting artwork at Galerie de Vis, and stop by Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kornwerderzand trip planner.

Traveling by car from De Koog to Kornwerderzand takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kornwerderzand

Museums Adventure Transportation

Side Trips

Harlingen, Den Helder, Workum, Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden, Kaap Skil, Museum van Jutters & Zeelui
Highlights from your plan
Eise Eisinga Planetarium ©
Eise Eisinga Planetarium
Marinemuseum ©
Marinemuseum
UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal ©
UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal

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