22 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

22 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam
1
Amsterdam
— 14 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Edam
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Zaandam
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Haarlem
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
End: Amsterdam

14
nights
Amsterdam

Amsterdam ©
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 Portuguese Synagogue. Head to De 9 Straatjes and Buitenplaats De Blauwe Meijefor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Utrecht (Canals area, Dom Tower, &more), Naarden City Hall (in Naarden) and Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (in Arnhem). Pack the 22nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Efteling. There's much more to do: wander the streets of The Jordaan, examine the collection at Micropia, explore the world behind art at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam sightseeing website.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Edam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Utrecht, Kroller-Muller Museum, Schotel Museum, Doesburgsche Mosterdfabriek, Efteling
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 27:
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
Edam

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, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Zuiderkerk, thendon'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, thensee 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

Enkhuizen, Volendam, Museum Betje Wolff, Museummolen Schermer
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Mondial Museum ©
Mondial Museum
Museummolen Schermer ©
Museummolen Schermer
Flessenscheepjes Museum ©
Flessenscheepjes Museum

2
nights
Zaandam

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, thentake an in-depth tour of Museum van het Nederlandse Uurwerk, thensteep 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, thendon't miss a visit to Molen De Kat, thensee 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:
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Zaans Museum ©
Zaans Museum
Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
Streets of the World Photo Museum ©
Streets of the World Photo Museum

3
nights
Haarlem

Haarlem ©
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, thenget to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, thentake 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, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo), thenexamine 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 Beaches

Side Trips

Haarlemmermeerse Bos, Cruquius Pump Museum
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Frans Hals Museum ©
Frans Hals Museum
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt
Cruquius Pump Museum ©
Cruquius Pump Museum

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