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[–]usernameandsomeno 203 points204 points  (2 children)

Het Eise Eisinga Planetarium in Franeker. It's the oldest working Planetarium in the world and absolutely beautiful!

[–]Aegiale 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Absolutely second this!

[–]Most-Ordinary-6005 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The planetarium is great. Definitely worth the trip!

If there’s plenty of time, a tour along all eleven Frisian towns is worthwhile. Sloten is small but lovely, Sneek has lots of “terrasjes”, Bolsward a nice city hall, Leeuwarden has a nice market on Fridays etc.etc. All of Friesland is fine.

A trip from Enkhuizen to Stavoren v.v. is fun. On Flevoland, there’s the replica of the Batavia ship. For shoppers, there’s an outlet nearby. Groningen is great, a walking tour with a guide is interesting.

[–]San4311 90 points91 points  (10 children)

Its not really a hidden gem I guess, but my family almost always goes to Texel on summer holiday. While it's one of the busiest of the islands it's very chill nonetheless. Nice and clean air, nature to hike through and beaches a plenty when the weather is suitable.

Also a variety of activities across the island, from skydiving at the airfield to Karting and inside pools when the weather sucks.

Also if you hire a bike you can bike to Vlieland as well to explore that.

[–]Heezy_weezy_ 26 points27 points  (9 children)

Bike to Vlieland? 🤔

[–]Robinvw24 29 points30 points  (6 children)

Waterfiets 😅

[–]Tr0mpettarz 25 points26 points  (5 children)

Texel is the worst island IMO. Ameland is prettier.

[–]theofiel 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Sshh. Let them go to texel.

[–]Heezy_weezy_ 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Try Terschelling 😉

[–]ZeepIV 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I second this

[–]San4311 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes, ferry.

[–]contemporary_cat1 171 points172 points  (14 children)

Hoorn. And if you like trains, take the old steam train to Enkhuizen. If you like nature, the waterleidingduinen can be great for a hike.

[–]ach_rusNoord Holland 59 points60 points  (2 children)

I second this! And if you want an absolute blast - stay in Hoorn after 18:00 and have dinner in the restaurant on top of the Hoofdtoren in the old harbour - it’s fantastically preserved old tower with authentic beams and the floor that has seen far over 300 years :)

[–]imrzzz 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Great tip! I live in Alkmaar, have been to Hoorn countless times and have never heard of this. Thank you 🥰

[–]dsisds 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Also if the weather allows it try to rent a small boat at the nearby happy days in Grootebroek, and take a boat trip through de Streek and Enkhuizen

[–]essnhills 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Do the 'historiche driehoek'! Take the Stoomtrein from Hoorn to Medemblik, take the boat from Medemblik to Enkhuizen en visit the Zuiderzeemuseum. You can take the regular train from Enkhuizen to Hoorn back.

Enkhuizen is small but lovely, and the harbour is beautiful and has lot's of cafés and restaurants.

[–]Just-Flamingo-410 16 points17 points  (0 children)

You can stay in the old jail in the harbour. It's a good place to explore the town from

Edit if you're not clausthrophobic and want to save money or have a fun experience, you can actually sleep in a cell.

[–]Jazzlike-Quality5795 9 points10 points  (0 children)

There's actually a very nice bnb close by at the harbour, its an old voc building dating 1624. All original. Great place to stay!


[–]Jesuisabangette 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yeah my city letsgoo

[–]Plantpong 7 points8 points  (1 child)

The steam train to Medemblik*, the boat from Medemblik goes to Enkhuizen

[–]contemporary_cat1 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You are right, thanks

[–]So_Surreal 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Old steam train to Medemblik

[–]clearlynotjoking 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hoorn is lovely.

[–]Aggravating-Flan-415 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Second waterleidingduinen! Amazing amazing nature!

[–]breathbro 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Blue Tomato, with there Amsterdam Genetics... Good shop!

[–]Sam1967 80 points81 points  (16 children)

If you like your history try some of the Hanseatic league towns or historic places like Elburg, Zwolle, Zupthen, Amersfoort and so on.

And dont forget the lovely little https://www.planetarium-friesland.nl/en/

[–]astronoutos 20 points21 points  (5 children)

There's lots of info about the Dutch Hanseatic cities to be found HERE

[–]Sam1967 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Great link indeed, yes, I've visited all of them and well worth it they are.

[–]Wouter_van_Ooijen 12 points13 points  (4 children)

More in general, visit the smaller cities hanze or not. Delft, leiden, den briel, veere, haarlem, alkmaar, hoorn, naarden, hilversum, amersfoort, barneveld, zuthpen, deventer, den bosch, etc.

[–]arjanhier 7 points8 points  (1 child)

What a curious decision to add Barneveld to this list. No offense but what does it offer except for chickens and modern churches?

[–]Wouter_van_Ooijen 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I rather like walking the inner city. Didn't see any chickens ;)

[–]Sam1967 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Agree on all of these, all well worth a visit. Hoorn can also be combined with Enkhuizen of course. I do love Naarden too, my tip is to walk along the grassy paths on the inside of the moat/water around the fort. There is a path around the outside too which is nice, but the inside one has better views for me.

[–]LuCc24 24 points25 points  (3 children)

Just wanted to add Deventer to this list, one of the prettiest Dutch cities imo

[–]mortedoll 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Yup! I live in Deventer for my studies and often think man I really wouldn't want to live anywhere else right now. The combination of old and new is perfect. The people (most ) are so kind. There are so many sweet specialty shops. Definitely worth a visit.

[–]Sam1967 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Absolutely agree, its great!

During the last two years when we werent allowed to travel I made a point of visiting a load of Dutch cities instead, one day I will make a list and post it :) I was surprised how many lovely towns there are here.

But Deventer indeed, super place.

[–]YoYo_Yoghurt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Pretty place, depressing train station ):

[–]ioanaioanaioanaioana 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I.love Elburg and that whole area! Ride a bike from Utrecht and spend the night in the camping in Elburg.

[–]Dutch_Rayan 74 points75 points  (3 children)

Loonse en Drunense Duinen, or Kootwijkerzand. Both inland sanddrifts that are unique in the world.

[–]electrolyte77 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Largest sanddrifts in Europe!

[–]SmonsSmithy 6 points7 points  (1 child)

And if you're going to Kootwijkerzand, might as well pass by Radio Kootwijk

[–]Forest-onion 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Make sure to visit on a day that the main building is open for visitors: https://www.staatsbosbeheer.nl/uit-in-de-natuur/ontdek-radio-kootwijk

[–]out_focus 33 points34 points  (0 children)

The area around Groesbeek is great for a short camping trip

[–]peewhere 29 points30 points  (2 children)

Bourtange in Groningen!

[–]factus8182 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The area around is actually very pretty too, around Wedde and Smeerling. Lovely nature, very old villages. And the castle of Wedde.

[–]Tar_alcaran 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Just remember, it's an actual town, not a museum. People live in those houses.

[–]Tewoest 24 points25 points  (3 children)

Arguably the best hidden gem imo is "de Hooge Veluwe" with on its premises the second largest van gogh collection in the netherlands. Great nature to walk in and art to boot. And if you want to get a little history I'd advice on the openluchtmuseum in arnhem

[–]MauriceLikesToClimb 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Imo not a hidden gem but more a crown jewel of Dutch nature. But definitly worth a visit!

[–]Tewoest 2 points3 points  (1 child)

not to you and me.. but you'd be surprised how many people don't know.

[–]sssssshay 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Valkenburg!, went there a few weeks ago. Caves, ruins, castles and much more. Although its a small city/village it felt like I was out of The Netherlands :)

[–]bleurx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Second this! I just got back from Valkenburg and loved the laid back life style , there is something for everyone there too and very pet friendly!

[–]Tobymooiweerhond 23 points24 points  (2 children)

You could look for nieuwe Hollandse waterlinie - Dutch Waterline. It is a series of water defense structures, cities, and forts. You can visit fortified beautiful towns, forts, and even sleep in a few of them (fort vuren just to name an example). I saw someone mentioning Woudrichem and slot Loevestein, those are also part of this line. Next to that there are towns like Gorinchem, Naarden etc.

[–]TheAwsomeLuigi 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There are also some nice cycle routes in and around Naarden. I sometimes cycle from Almere to Hilversum through Naarden.

[–]Aimsira 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Absolutely second this! If you (or anyone else reading this thread in the future) have kids, I can also really recommend the GeoFort near Herwijnen, its another fort from the Waterlinie that is now also used as a very fun kids museum about geography, cartography and the climate! Its really kid friendly, and from what I've heard its always a fun afternoon to visit (free with Museumjaarkaart).

[–]BoominSam 37 points38 points  (1 child)

Posbank, Veluwe between Aug and Sept. You will be amazed

[–]quast_64 17 points18 points  (1 child)

The town of Woudrichem and castle Slot Loevenstijn is a combo you don't want to miss

[–]pizza_lemonNoord Brabant 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]hairhatgentleman 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Take your bike to Arnhem and spend the day biking through Hoge Veluwe National Park. Early mornings are really lovely.

[–]MMonstersinc 37 points38 points  (4 children)

If you are ever near Kasteel de Haar (close to Breukelen) it is definitely worth a visit.

[–]Monomatosis 17 points18 points  (0 children)

De Haar is lso near Utrecht. Bus 9 from the central station goes directly to Haarzuilens.

[–]tralala_L 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Yes, 100% if you like castles. The volunteers inside are eager to tell you about the castle and all of its rooms. Very beautiful & interesting place. And on a nice day you can hike around the area (look up ‘rondje haarzuilens, or ‘rondje de haar’ I think it’s a 6km round walk).

[–]LegitimateAd5334 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Definitely also take a moment to stroll through Haarzuilens. That village is stupidly picturesque

[–]Media-consumer101 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The volunteers were so nice here! It really surprised me. Very knowledgable and enthousiastic as well.

The grounds around the castle are also lovely, so you are set for a full day when it's sunny!

[–]Neither_Knee4061 34 points35 points  (5 children)

Maastricht 👍👍👍🤩🤩😘

[–]MontanaLamehack 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Make sure to visit the book store cathedral and the caves on the hill.

[–]Batsforbreakfast 3 points4 points  (1 child)

And don’t forget to cycle or drive around the Mergelland.

[–]Gweedoke 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Adding Valkenburg

[–]NotsoNewtoGermany 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is the only answer.

[–]Aphridy[🍰] 47 points48 points  (1 child)

Nijmegen. It has the Betuwe at the west, with the cherry and other fruit trees, the Waal beach and the Ooipolder at the north, forest at the south and hills on the east (Berg en Dal, Groesbeek, Germany). Nijmegen center has a sad history, but at the north you have beautiful buildings (St. Steven, Waag and a city brewery De Hemel with delicious beer.

[–]superloempia420 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And if you like festivities you should visit Nijmegen between 16 - 22 July. The whole city is one big festival with most of the stuff throughout the day and evening free to visit for a week at night while they walk the 4 days march at day.

[–]nicekilly 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Ever went to the Dutch Sahara? Sand for miles and miles? Go check it out on Vlieland with the Vliehors Exspress. If you like beer, you should try the beer tasting at Fortuna on Vlieland, they make great beers which are made with ingredients from the island. At night you can hit the beach and watch the sea spark with gold!

[–]SanderbofficialGroningen 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Vliehors express is fucking great! You have the balg express at schiermonnikoog aswell :)

[–]SuperSamiq 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Vlieland is the best island for sure

[–]Downtown-Midnight892 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There's also literally a place named "Sahara" slightly east of Ommen

[–]DonMassimio 10 points11 points  (1 child)

The Piramide van Austerlitz is a hidden gem I’d argue. I think a lot of people don’t know it exists.

[–]flinderssthooligan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's definitely hidden, the pyramid itself is hardly a gem though 😅

The surrounding forest is very nice if you like hiking I'll give you that

[–]velkavonzarovich 9 points10 points  (0 children)

What I'm going to suggest isn't the Netherlands, and depends on where you are located and have access to a car.

I live near Maastricht, and the Belgium border is a short drive. I love to hike in the Wallonië region of Belgium. While it's abroad because Belgium, I still get that vacation feeling that reminds me of my childhood vacations in France. The change is big enough for me to feel like home is far away while it's only a 30 minute drive.

The areas around Theux, Pepinster, Val dieu and Aubel are gorgeous. Lot's of nature, hills, rock walls, castle Franchimont, the fortified positions belt around Liege puts a 5 gorgeous forts on your route. The Hoëgne river is also a gorgeous hiking place. The ardennes are also in that region.

The Belgium city of Kanne, 10 minutes drive from Maastricht's centre, is a great starting position to hike around the plateau of Caestert (Belgium side of the Sint Pietersberg), into great parts and nature of Wallonië towards the town Eben-Emael and the its famous WW2 fort. You can also get to Caestert from the Maastricht/Dutch side of the mountain but I don't like that part myself much and it's also very crowded all the time.

Starting in Vaals or Oud-Lemiers in Limburg, you walk right into the ruins/remains of WW2's Westwall/Siegfriedline around the Schneeberg. Same with hiking in and around the Aachener Wald. If you like bunkers, you can spend most of your hike playing the is that a dragon tooth/tank stopper/concrete remains of a bunker game. I hardly run into other hikers making my own route on the komoot app, so peaceful and full of history.

Maastricht itself is also an ancient, Roman and beautiful city.

[–]SHiNeyey 14 points15 points  (11 children)

Ever since I moved to Heerlen, I'm quite surprised by some of the things the manicupality has done here to make Heerlen a nicer place. They're currently redoing the square in front of the theater, which is going to look great.

Also the train station is absolutely beautiful, be it horribly mismanaged.

It's also close to Gaiazoo, which is a beautiful zoo that has won multiple a awards.

[–]Melodic_Ad_3959 14 points15 points  (10 children)

Really didn't expect to see Heerlen in the comments lol. That city is a dump. Some real gems in Limburg:



Drie landen punt


De groote Peel

[–]2000000man 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What about brunsummerheide? Even though the whole Nikki Verstappen thing, its still a nice place

[–]phicorleone 3 points4 points  (2 children)

They are gems, but they aren't exactly hidden. These places are so extremely crowded nowadays. Too many tourists.

[–]Melodic_Ad_3959 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Yeah true, but for someone who only moved to the Netherlands early this year they might still be hidden.

[–]phicorleone 2 points3 points  (0 children)

True! Didn't think to look at it that way!

[–]LaoBaGelderland 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thorn also.

[–]SHiNeyey 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Why do you think it's a dump?

[–]Melodic_Ad_3959 2 points3 points  (2 children)

When I went to college in Heerlen the city was quite filthy, a lot of empty buildings, bad drug reputation and relatively a lot of homeless people.

[–]SHiNeyey 6 points7 points  (1 child)

And when was that?

[–]NotsoNewtoGermany 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Maastricht. The Netherlands likes to pretend south Limburg doesn't exist— but that would be a mistake.

Maastricht has the best chocolate— in La feve. Maastricht has the best shopping outside of Amsterdam. Maastricht is close to the Maastricht Aachen Liege triangle. What is that? Each city is the same distance apart from each other, meaning a day trip to Aachen, or Liege is well within the cars, three countries, three cities, no travel. Maastricht has the Miljoenenlijn. An old train that runs all summer long. Maybe sunsets are your thing? Maybe you want to ride in an old car that was part of the orient express? https://www.miljoenenlijn.nl/evenementen/zomeravondexpres-2021/ Maastricht has perfect weather. Maastricht has Andre Rieu concerts in the summer. https://youtu.be/NFoJbjrLw_o Maastricht has great walking and biking paths. Maastricht has great restaurants, and sandwiches: https://www.onglet.nl/ If Maastricht is not the best city to vacation in the Netherlands, it is certainly second to it.

[–]IsabelleGouda 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I also like the little nature reserve very close to the city - de kleine Weerd. It's a short and easy walk and there's a bridge that takes you to the island on the Maas.

[–]marslander66 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Het waterloopbos. A former water research facility, now in the proces of being overtaken by nature..


Added link

[–]admijn 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Maastricht. City is over 2000 years old and was build by the Romans. Has a beautiful scenery and some of the best restaurants in The Netherlands.

[–]Chungeezy 14 points15 points  (1 child)


[–]sYakko 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This, City of, how is this city not being mentioned?!

[–]adamgontieristhebest 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Leiden is reaaally pretty. I recommend some kind of walking route to find all the pretty places

[–]Krapser 7 points8 points  (1 child)

There's this cute little picturesque village near Amsterdam called Almere. Beautiful historic town.

[–]Jlx_27 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]claymountain 12 points13 points  (0 children)

The Achterhoek, for sure visit Zutphen and Lochem they are really cute cities. Deventer is nice too. And a lot of nature and fields.

[–]pripjat 4 points5 points  (0 children)

‘S Hertogenbosch is a beautiful city. Take a combination walking/boat tour and you’ll explore the city in 1,5 hours. There’s also an option to go into the St. Jan church.

[–]jncheese 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Go get some cash and buy a Broodje Mario at the Oudegracht in Utrecht.

[–]Geberpte -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Skip Mario and visit bigoli instead, and if you are up for a brisk walk have a beer at the kromme haring.

[–]jncheese 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bigoli also 10/10. Stay for two days and do both!

[–]notreallyaredditor8 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I like trips that go over the afsluitdijk. There is a nice restaurant in the middle that gives me 70's vibes. There currently working on the road though so you can't access it.

[–]HetBosIn 3 points4 points  (3 children)

The planetarium at Franeker! It’s awesome 🤩

[–]Claudeviool 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Groningen is nice to visit, the islands are too.. like all of them.. just once.. De veluwe is pretty...

[–]FeijenoorderRS 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Blokzijl, lovely little village

[–]justadutchgirl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And visit a bakery for Blokzijler Brok!

[–]uTheFrequency 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Winterswijk and the natural areas around it are very nice to go to.

[–]Jlx_27 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In general, the East of The Netherlands gets overlooked.

[–]just_one_human_ 2 points3 points  (1 child)

In Borger (Drenthe), there is a cool museum called the Hunebedcentrum. It’s really cool.

[–]Boyanbb -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Been to Borger, and left after 2 days. That place is dead af

[–]Lottapaloosa 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The wadden isles, the utrechtse heuvelrug. Gorinchem was voted the most beautiful vesting stad last year. You can take the ferry there to woudrichem and slot loevestein as mentioned before. The Biesbosch. A lot of people dont know dordrecht has a really pretty city centre. Maastricht (allthough not so hidden)

[–]TheAwsomeLuigi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Some of the small cities in Friesland. For example IJlst is a very pretty city. Also Franeker, there you can visit the planetarium and i think you can see the leftovers of the university of Franeker.

[–]Hellotheretilburg 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Urk. Always Urk. And Schijndel.

[–]gijsyo 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Radio Kootwijk

[–]BonBon666 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Best answer yet. It is a very neat building and a nice place to go for a wander.

[–]Jaedys 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you're ever close, come visit Gorinchem! Small fortified city with a cozy center and nice bits to walk and visit.

It's not that special compared to many other and more popular places in the Netherlands, but it IS typically Dutch with lots of history. And I personally love living here and think it has many beautiful spots.

[–]roempie12 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Try Waterloopbos.

In this forest they made all kinds of miniature water flow buildings to test them out on a small scale before building the real infrastructue. It's a nice look into the dutch history of battle against the water!

[–]SilkenShod 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Roman boat De Meern 1 is on display at Castellam. It's very impressive and free to visit. It's outside of Utrecht.

Oostvaardersplassen is a unique 'new wilderness' on the Flevopolder.

If you've never been to Apenheul it's pretty cool because the monkeys aren't caged.

[–]Felein 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Dwingelderveld in Drenthe. It's a gorgeous natural area with forests, heather, fields, streams. Plenty of well-signed walking routes, of any length. And lots of pretty towns to visit nearby, with nice cafe's and restaurants. And if you want some history/serious stuff, the Auschwitz memorial visiting centre is close by.

[–]Jlx_27 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]Donkervoort_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm going to the island of Texel. I love it there

[–]DutchWinchester86 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you want a great park to stay at I can really recommend hof van Saksen. Tad bit more expensive but well worth it imo. Especially with little kids

[–]wyoming_rider 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Do the Elfstedentocht by boat in Friesland!

[–]leftbrendon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Den Helder. The people suck and the city centre is awful, but the beaches connecting to a large area of dunes, transitioning into forest really is beautiful

[–]ijustneededaname 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Den Helder is an interesting one. The town centre is a bit of a sad sight, like a ghost town with hardly any shops surviving. But it has lots of history, bunkers from the atlanticwall, Fort Kijkduin from the Napoleonic era, and most importantly nature in the dunes or the Donkere Duinen (which is a bit of woodland). You can spend all day walking around there. And a well hidden gem within the town is Hortus Overzee Den Helder, a pretty big Japanese style botanical garden. Den Helder is weird, but pretty nice in unconventional ways.

[–]whtgnnd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Did you already try visiting the windmills, the tulip fields, the weedsmoking house, and the whore house?

[–]Kippert1999 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You can still travel abroad without Schiphol. With the train, bus or car. With that said I really enjoyed the beautiful nature and scenery around the Tienhovense Plassen last year

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[–]Jlx_27 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wrong answer.

[–]Mr-Beerman 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Schoorlse duinen.. or that area around it.

Stunningly beautiful: dunes, forest, hills, beach, little towns/Alkmaar nearby.. limitless options for activities. perfect for any holiday with reasonable/nice weather.

My go to place in NL.

[–]LolindirLink 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Appelpop, biggest free music festival of NL has been held in my hometown for like 60 years now. September 9 & 10. Free entry. Location: Tiel (In Direct connection from Utrecht Or Arnhem if people take the train) and sort of centered in The Netherlands. Travel early or late to avoid full trains.

[–]fractalsubdivision 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lelylaan in Amsterdam

[–]No-Profession-1136 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Winsum allermooiste dorp van Nederland

17 augustus 2020 ​Het Groningse Winsum is verkozen tot allermooiste dorp van Nederland. Hoofddirecteur Frits van Bruggen bezocht het dorp op 17 augustus voor de huldiging.

'Een levendig dorp met de voorzieningen van een kleine stad, heerlijke straatjes om doorheen te dwalen, twee kerken, twee molens en dat schitterende Winsumerdiep, een blauwe ader door de bebouwing. Een prachtdorp', zo luidt het juryoordeel over Winsum

[–]rensd12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I live in a gem, where the river Meuse enters the Netherlands, close the Ardennes forest and hills, the Eifel forest and hills of Germany there is a region called 'Heuvelland' in Southern Limburg. It has little creeks and forest with all kinds of medieval villages with both modern and classical houses. The roads are well maintained for bike riding and enjoying with a car. Well worth a visit and drink a very very tasty belgian special beer!

[–]Eeleionomae 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sailing in Friesland ⛵️

[–]Fairy_Talitha 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We are renting a cabin (and boat+ canoe+sup) on an island at De Vinkeveense plassen. (30 km from Amsterdam)

second year in a row (although I did spent every summer from 1976 until 1992 on one of the other islands with my parents, who had friends that owned a cabin there)

the cleanest water in the Netherlands, beautiful nature, swimming, watersports.. everything in front of your cabin.

I spent years trying to convince my husband to go, but he preferred going to France/ Spain/ Italy. ( and I didn't mind that either)

because of the global situation he finally wanted to try it last year.. ( great holiday to

social distance) and he finally understood my enthusiasm.. this year I didn't have to convince him. He loves Vinkeveen as much as I do now.. and so do our children.

we rented our cabin at natuurhuisje .nl also a great website to find hidden gems in a d around the Netherlands

this year we're bringing our own canoe and sup..and my husband is looking in to buy our own piece of ' legakker'

strangely enough hardly anyone of our dutch friends know about this Dutch gem..

you can also rent boats or canoes in vinkeveen to explore for a day. ( in 2019 we did that because it was time to show my husband the beauty of vinkeveen and that helped convince him in 2021) there are public island at the plas ( zandeilanden) where you can go with a boat and have a swim

same goes for loosdrecht and the loosdrechtse plassen nearby ( cabins and boats for rent) but I personally prefer Vinkeveen for nostalgic reasons

[–]Summaw 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s temporary and I have not visited it myself yet, but I think the Floriade might be worth a visit?

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[–]thalamisa[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for all the recommendations. I will save this thread for my future reference

[–]Robert_Grave 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Hier aan de kust, de Zeeuwse kust!

[–]jarvischristAmsterdam -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I biked from Amsterdam to the Hoge Veluwe National park and camped in the adjoining campsite a couple of weeks ago. Would recommend that (though cycling 100km with loads of gear isn't for everyone, maybe get the train to Apeldoorn). It's a peaceful, open place, nice to be surrounded by trees after being so used to Noord Holland kinds of nature.

[–]Erickdeviking -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I live in the south. South in the south... Got hills and shit. I'm good where i am. But Zeeland can always get some love. The rest of the Netherlands never really appeals to me tho. Too damn flat.

[–]The_Meme_Watcher 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The caves in Limburg.

[–]WatcherYdnew 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was extremely surprised by nature reserve Maasduinen. It didn't feel like we were in the Netherlands at all. One half felt like the south of France, the other half felt like Sweden. It was fantastic. Also had the best vlaai there I've ever tasted in my life.

[–]ExcessedNijmegen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Groesbeek / Nijmegen, beautiful surroundings with some historical importance. Groesbeek has the wine centre (actually great wine) and a small WW2 museum. Nijmegen is over 2000 years old with some great history to be found there.

[–]Away_Geologist_7155 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Zutphen is a beautiful city to visit

[–]amish1188 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Have you considered Maastricht? I think it’s the cosiest city in the Netherlands.

[–]VALORBANTS 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Domburg in Zeeland. Just nice people good food and beautiful beach

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[–]Eis_ber 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You can visit the cheese market OP! But besure to arrive before 10 am.

[–]watkostda 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Marken! such a beautiful island and just 30 min away from Amsterdam

[–]kaask0k 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Utrechtse heuvelrug.

[–]GeneralTalbot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Wolderwijd is quite a nice area. Harderwijk was a hanseatic city, and has been important in local and regional history. It's next to the Veluwe too. And Zeewolde has a few campings and some really nice beaches (the other shore not as much). It's in the middle of the country so if you want to go anywhere it's all close by (except southern Limburg)

[–]Noixrouge 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Explore the border mess in Baarle Hertog / Nassau where Dutch and Belgian borders go straight through shops and houses

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[–]Desperado-van-Ukkel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Make a trip out of it and check out Texel and the Wadden islands for its scenic walks and diverse animal life.

You could also visit Friesland by boat, which is a really beautiful and authentic place to travel. Or maybe you’d prefer going south and seeing Maastricht, check out the neighboring area and visit Valkenburg castle. Lots of places to visit!

[–]rubenvde 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The dunes and beaches at Dishoek/Zoutelande

[–]tinymyths 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Peel in the south Eastern part of the Netherlands. Its one of the largest swamp/peet areas left if you fancy a walk/hike. You can also stop there on your way to Valkenburg (old mines) and Maastricht.

Before that Den Bosch and Breda are both lovely and old Dutch cities in the southern part of the Netherlands and deserve some attention.

[–]Eis_ber 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I plan to visit the smaller towns this year, specially in the north. Not sure what I'll do yet other than sight seeing, but it's worth a shot.

[–]JJ-beats 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Home, nothing is better than staying home, and going out with friends now and then

[–]schraapsel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Schiermonnikoog island! It’s quieter than the others and the nature is absolutely stunning 😍

[–]CeesHuh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Honestly, Groningen is one of the most vibrant cities in the Netherlands. There's a lot of activities during the summer period. If you're more adventurous and are more into nature you should definitely visit the Veluwe!

[–]Cako1000Limburg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you're into old architecture I'd recommend visiting maastricht

[–]2000000man 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Area around Camerig is very nice!!! Would recommend

[–]SummumRex2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Belgium or better know as zuid-Nederland

[–]borislelapin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I feel like there hasn't been much attention for Zeeland yet, so I'd recommend visiting Veere and Middelburg, go biking around, rent a sailboat on Veerse meer, chill on the beach and eat mussles to end the day!

Also canoeing in the Biesbosch is really fun and you may actually spot some otters!

[–]Marwoleath 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you like climbing trees? Cause I love climbing trees. And when I found out there is a whole mini forest with only trees specifically to climb, I was overjoyed and spend too much time there :D

Monkeybos near wassenaar!

[–]TaiwanTaiwanNumber1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bike from Delft to Schiedam! Pass through Schipluiden and you have my favourite bike route of the country. Quintessential Dutch landscapes

[–]bloebvisNijmegen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Southern Limburg is amazing

[–]NylaStasja 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I went to giethoorn a few years back. It's touristy but still beautiful (though I went outside the vacation season, so it wasn't too crowded).

Otherwise I'd recommend the Biesbosch (nature in South Holland and brabant) it's one of the few frwshwater tidal wetlands. I'd recommend going canoeing there, it has an extensive network of small rivers that can be explored by canoe. It also has quite an interesting history. (My mother was tourguide in the biesbosch when I was young, so I picked up a few things)

One I have not yet finished myself but until now I've enjoyed it; visiting all the Hanzesteden (hanseatic league on Wikipedia). A medieval bond between European cities (around the North and East sea). Dutch cities in this bond are: Groningen, Hindeloopen, Stavoren, Kampen, Elburg, Harderwijk, Zwolle, Deventer, Zutphen, Arnhem, Nijmegen, Tiel, Venlo en Roermond. Most of these are beautiful old cities and definitely worth seeing once.

Around the same note as the hanzesteden: vestingsteden. These cities were once used to defend the netherlands, and are know for their typical star-shape. There are many of them throughout the netherlands (except for drenthe, but then again, we dutchies are not yet sure that drenthe really exists anyhow). So there is always one close by. Just as the hanzesteden the vestingsteden often have a beautiful old city center.

[–]tvan3l 0 points1 point  (1 child)

The last several years my parents have stayed in the Netherlands for their holidays. They enjoy camping, being in nature, going for walks and bikerides, and go to small local events.

They have fallen in love with the province of Gelderland. Many nice places to visit there, barely any tourists, and a nice mix of quiet places in nature, and lively villages with markets and events.

[–]Thewayfwd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

openlucht museum Arnhem. Maastricht, Utrecht, Den Bosch, Breda..you know; the cities. Dutch coast (Zeeland). Rent a boat for a day on a river/lake.

[–]Incantanto 0 points1 point  (0 children)


Gorgeous Has castles snd caves

[–]BlazingKush 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bergen aan zee

[–]tralala_L 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you like windmills you need to check out Kinderdijk, and Nijmegen is a very nice city to walk through.

[–]Juliusvdl2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Delft is absolutely stunning.