22 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

22 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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Amsterdam
— 14 nights
Drive
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Edam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zaandam
— 2 nights
Train
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Haarlem
— 3 nights
Drive

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14
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Amsterdam

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Anne Frank House and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). Head to De 9 Straatjes and No Man's Art Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Naarden City Hall (in Naarden), Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (in Arnhem) and Utrecht (Canals area, Dom Tower, &more). Pack the 22nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Efteling. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Jordaan, examine the collection at Micropia, explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, and admire the landmark architecture of St. John's Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam travel planning tool.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Edam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 27:

2
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Edam

Edam is a city in the northwest Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. On the 28th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stichting De Westerkerk, see the interesting displays at Flessenscheepjes Museum, admire the striking features of De Westerpoort of Koepoort uit 1654, then pause for some serene contemplation at Zuiderkerk, then don't miss a visit to Wooden Shoe Factory, and finally look for gifts at Hollandse Markt. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Speeltoren, examine the collection at Mondial Museum, get engrossed in the history at Edams Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museum Betje Wolff, and finally contemplate the long history of Museummolen Schermer.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Edam route maker.

Edam is just a short distance from Amsterdam. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zaandam.

Things to do in Edam

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

2
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Zaandam

Zaandam is a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. On the 30th (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Windmillamsterdam, see the interesting displays at Zaans Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Museum van het Nederlandse Uurwerk, then steep yourself in history at Kooijman Souvenirs & Clogs Wooden Shoe Workshop, and finally examine the collection at Zaanse Schans. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Tsar Peter House, wander the streets of Stadshart Zaandam, then don't miss a visit to Molen De Kat, then see the interesting displays at Museumwinkel Albert Heijn, and finally explore the world behind art at Streets of the World Photo Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Zaandam day trip planning site.

Zaandam is just a stone's throw from Edam. In December, daytime highs in Zaandam are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Haarlem.

Things to do in Zaandam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

3
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Haarlem

Flower City

Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): have fun at Haarlemmermeerse Bos, explore the world behind art at Frans Hals Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, then take in the exciting artwork at De Vishal, and finally contemplate the long history of Stadhuis Haarlem. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Hofjeswandeling in Haarlem, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), then examine the collection at Teylers Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Corrie ten Boom House.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, read our Haarlem day trip planner.

Haarlem is just a short distance from Zaandam. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Haarlem

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
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.