31 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

31 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Created using Inspirock The Netherlands travel route planner

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Kaatsheuvel
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam
— 10 nights
Train to Den Helder Zuid, Ferry to Texel
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Texel
— 5 nights
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Ferry to Den Helder, Veerhaven, Taxi to Den Oever, Busstation, Bus to Leeuwarden, Train to Groningen
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Groningen
— 4 nights
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Apeldoorn
— 4 nights
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— 4 nights
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Kaatsheuvel

— 3 nights
Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, situated along highways N261 and N628. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Efteling and Oostkapelle Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kaatsheuvel side-trips: World Heritage Kinderdijk (in Kinderdijk), Dordrecht (Grote Kerk & Imbarcazione Barone) and Engelermeer (in Den Bosch). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of St. John's Cathedral, stroll around rijksmonument Houtmansplantsoen uit 1829, get a taste of the local shopping with Sjakie's Chocolademuseum, and get to know the resident critters at Safaripark Beekse Bergen.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kaatsheuvel travel route site.

Brussels, Belgium to Kaatsheuvel is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August in Kaatsheuvel, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Kaatsheuvel

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Amsterdam

— 10 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Jordaan and The Amstel. Explore Amsterdam's surroundings by going to Zaans Museum (in Zaandam), Rotterdam (Museum Rotterdam, Rotterdam Centraal Station, &more) and Utrecht (St. Martin's Cathedral Domkerk, Dom Tower, &more). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, enjoy breathtaking views from A'dam Lookout, and take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip tool.

Getting from Kaatsheuvel to Amsterdam by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Texel.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Texel

— 5 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Ecomare and Paracentrum Texel. Change things up with these side-trips from Texel: Callantsoog (Natuurgebied Zwanenwater & Callantsoog Beach) and Den Helder (Het Nollenlandschap, Redding museum, Den Helder, &more).

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Texel day trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and ferry from Amsterdam to Texel in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. In August, daytime highs in Texel are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Groningen.

Things to do in Texel

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Groningen

— 4 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Groninger Museum and Amelander Musea. Change things up with these side-trips from Groningen: Leeuwarden (Provincial House (Provinciehuis), Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden, &more), Buren (Museum Buren en Oranje & Landbouw-Juttersmuseum Swartwoude) and Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld (in Ruinen).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Groningen holiday planner.

Do a combination of ferry, taxi, bus, and train from Texel to Groningen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Apeldoorn.

Things to do in Groningen

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Apeldoorn

— 4 nights
Situated in the picturesque district of Gelderland, Apeldoorn is known for its family-friendly atmosphere and lush greenery.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kroller-Muller Museum and Paleis Het Loo. Change things up with these side-trips from Apeldoorn: Deventer (Stadhuis van Deventer & Botermarkt Deventer), Otterlo (Natuurmonumenten-route Planken Wambuis & Oerrr op het Mosselse Zand) and Escape Room Nederland (in Bunschoten). Pack the 27th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Walibi Holland. The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Apenheul, meet the residents at Burgers' Zoo and Safaripark, explore the different monuments and memorials at Holten Canadian War Cemetery, and take an in-depth tour of Nederlands Openluchtmuseum.

To plan Apeldoorn vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Groningen to Apeldoorn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Apeldoorn are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Maastricht.

Things to do in Apeldoorn

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Maastricht

— 4 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vrijthof and Maastricht Underground. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maastricht: Bottle Distillery (in Eindhoven), Dierenrijk (in Nuenen) and Museum Klok & Peel (in Asten). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Boekhandel Dominicanen, snap pictures at Meanderende Swalm in het Groenewoud, take an in-depth tour of Rijtuigenmuseum Valkenswaard, and admire the landmark architecture of Eiffelgebouw.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Maastricht day trip planning website.

You can drive from Apeldoorn to Maastricht in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Maastricht, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Maastricht

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

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.