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10 Fantastic Places to Visit on Your Campervan Holiday

photo by Michielverbeek (wikimedia commons)Sint Servaasbasiliek Church, Maastricht Photo by Michielverbeek (wikimedia commons)

Where do you start?  The Netherlands is jam packed with museums, beautiful cities, long unspoilt beaches, and national parks; the old cliché ‘something for everyone’ is very apt here.  If you’re travelling in a motorhome rental or campervan hire you can cover the areas that interest you most, and in such a short list there will always be places that have to be left out, but here goes.

Amsterdam.  We have to start here because there is just so much to see. Choose from the Jordaan District with its picturesque canals and the traditional tall houses, traditional café’s and quirky shops, visit one of over 40 museums and galleries featuring everything from the masters of Van Gough to contemporary pieces, as well as traditional and modern architecture side by side.  You simply cannot miss visiting this fantastic city.

Lisse.  Visitors come here to visit the most famous bulb fields in the Netherlands, Keukenhof gardens.  South west of Amsterdam, the ‘gardens’ spread over 32 hectares and are not only full of tulips but hyacinths, daffodils and other spring flowers.  For the best displays come around mid April.

Kinderdijk.  The village of Kinderdijk is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the south of Holland and home to a host of windmills.  Take a boat or hire a bike to explore the area, even get the opportunity to have a look inside one of Holland’s most famous icons.

Texal.  Take the ferry to this beautiful West Frisian Island.  The west of the island has some beautiful sandy beaches backed by sand dunes and a centre dominated by a hill.  The rest of the island is flat land and wetland which has some beautiful walking trails to follow.

Waterland and Zaan Region.  Not just one but four great places to visit here.  The whole area is the stereotypical Netherlands landscape and way of life; flat, rural lots of water, dykes, windmills, clog makers and wooden houses.  There are also rural towns such as Beenster, Broek in Waterland, Markken and Edam; home of that famous cheese,

Hoge Veluwe National Park. The park is situated in the Gelderland (Eastern Netherlands).  This is one of the largest National Parks in the Netherlands, there are no vehicles allowed inside, so, it’s a case of on your bike.  The area is flat and covered with grassland; shrubs and wild flowers, there are also areas of desert and sand dunes.

Maastricht.  For something totally different visit the most southerly city of the Netherlands.  From here you can cycle to Germany or walk to Belgium, it claims to be the oldest city in the Netherlands.  There are some very magnificent buildings here, a lovely cathedral, old houses and cobbled streets, as well as some good shopping and excellent cuisine.

There is so much to explore in the Netherlands.  As well as the fantastic facilities for motorhome rental and campervan hire, all the art and culture, and the great outdoors there are the wonderfully friendly people, who will make your holiday here one to remember.

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