"the Netherlands - my country on my way" Top 5 Page for this destination Netherlands by vtveen

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The main picture is typical for the Netherlands ........

.... on my way.

These tulip fields are somewhere between Schagen and Callantsoog in the Top of North Holland on a bike trip. That is the way we like to do it. We visited the mills in Kinderdijk in bad weather on a day it was raining cats and dogs and the wind was howling along the mills. And so on ... on my way.

Visiting my country on that way you don't see many tourists, even on the most well-known touristy sites in the Netherlands.

And that is what I want to do with my tips about the Netherlands, just showing you unknown places, beautiful scenery, old villages, remoted areas (yes they are in the Netherlands), out-of-the-way castles and so on.

But you have to be patient, because I will only add tips about places, where I have been myself with my own experience.

The Netherlands on my way !!!

This little settlement should be the ultimate destination for foreigners visiting my country. Nothing 'cooler' than saying, "I have visited Nederland".

Things to do

The best way - in my opinion - to see the Netherlands is to walk or bike around. So in 'the things to do' chapter I will record all kinds of 'walk' and 'bike' tips in several parts of the country.


'Borger' - walk or bike along the Dutch Dolmens
'Noordoostpolder' - autotour to the tulips in the polder
Bolsward - on foot
Bolsward < > Bolsward, bicycle trip
Leeuwarden - Nassau/city walk
Oudemirdum - walking through ‘hilly’ Gaasterland
'Groenlo' - walking in a fortified city
'Kootwijkerzand' - hiking over shifting-sand
'Ooijpolder' - biketour through fascinating Dutch landscape
'Zaltbommel' - more than 'gutter ghosts'
'Groningen' - city walk
'De Marne'- biking through rural countryside
'De Meinweg' - biketour through an unknown national park
'De Groote Peel' - walking along wetlands
'Heusden' - walking through a lively and lovely fortress
'Broek in Waterland' - walking in an authentic and picturesque village
'Haarlem' - walking along almshouses
'Laren' - a different way of shopping
'Marken' - loop walk to the lighthouse
'Schagen' - very typical Dutch bike trip
'Texel' - made for biking
'Delden'- walk around Castle Twickel
'Dwarsgracht'- bike or boat trip along canals
'Nijverdal' - walking over the Sallandse Heuvelrug
'Vollenhove' - cycling along 'wieden' and 'weiden'
'Gouda' - walking through the history
`Noordwijkerhout' - biking along blooming bulbs

Things to see

The Netherlands has a great and rich history. Everywhere in my country you will come across examples: varying from villages from the middle ages, through castles till industrial monuments.
I will add tips about these spots in the 'off the beaten path' chapter.

'Assen': Drents Museum
'Havelte': dolmen and chamadron
'Franeker': Eise Eisinga Planetarium
'Joure': Douwe Egberts ‘vlecke’
'Lemmer': Woudagemaal
'Mildam': ecocathedral
'Sloten': the smallest of the 11 Frisian cities
'Apeldoorn': royal town
'Apeldoorn': royal view over the palace gardens
'Apeldoorn': Queen’s Day Attack Monument
'Arnhem': winter in the Open Air Museum
'Bronkhorst': (one of the) smallest CITIES in my country
'Elburg': walk through a fortified city
'Elburg': Zwaluwenburg and A.Vogel Tuinen
''s Heerenberg': inside and outside Huis Bergh
'Klein Amsterdam': the other Amsterdam
'Loenen': highest waterfall of the country
'Middachten Castle': romantic Christmas feeling
'Nijbroek' and its old church
'Staverden': just strolling around the castle
'Voorst': Verborgen Tuinen (Hidden Gardens)
'Vorden': Wildenborch: thousands of winter aconites
'Bourtange': back into the year of 1742
'Lutjegast': Abel Tasman village
'Niehove': perfect 'wierde' village
'Ter Apel': impressive monastery
'Eijsden': most southern town
'Griendtsveen": an unique peat village
'Houthem': St. Gerlachus Church
'Neer': Friedesse Water Mill
'Roermond': impressive Roman Cathedral
'Vaalserberg': highest point of the Netherlands (+ 322,5 metres)
'Valkenburg': Christmas Market
'Lierop': impressive dome-church
'Oploo': water and windmill
'Willemstad': fortress on the waterfront
'Woudrichem': authentic fortress town with a ‘blemish’
'Alkmaar'; inevitable cheese market
'Alkmaar': Wildemanshofje, quite different from the cheese market
'Weesp': a stone's throw from Amsterdam
'Blokzijl': (old) harbour city
'Hasselt': see the rare Snake's Head flowers
'Kampen': visit a cigar factory
'Amersfoort': seen from the water
'Tholen': Our Lady Church, most remarkable
'Kinderdijk': on a stormy day
'Leerdam': glass city
'Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel': lowest point of the Netherlands (- 6,76 metres)

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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2011 at 6:02 AM

    Hi, Jaap! You have presented a very nice story about your beautiful country! Thanks! Long live the Netherlands!~

  • pieter_jan_v's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    Jaap, Ik has gisteren juist de entreeprijs voor Vreeburg-Schagen aangepast. Wat is er mis aan 4.00 Euro? PJ

  • abi_maha's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Your latest tip reminded me of my visit to Muiderslot! :)

  • Pijlmans's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2009 at 12:57 AM

    Great tips...I still have to see a lot of my own country...Especially the Hunebedden! Cheers, Dennis

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Fantastic page which is definately going to help me plan our holiday. thanks ;-)

  • Irinna's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2008 at 1:57 AM

    These blooming fields look really fantastic! Greetings Irina

  • jcarolj's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    smeerling teehuis looks amazing -tables in nice grasses.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2008 at 6:44 AM

    Very interesting page, as usual top quality tips and pics!Beautiful Kinderdijk pic!Thx4 the hi yest, did see&rate yr new tulip tip yest too.having a gd weekend i hope!

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Very interesting Tip about the dolmens. What a fascinating period of history this is.

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2007 at 6:43 AM

    Thank you for your detailed tips, good directions, and nice photos.

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