13 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

13 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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13 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Start: Paris
Train:  3 h 30 min
1
Amsterdam
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Oudeschild
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
De Cocksdorp, Texel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Hollum, Ameland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Groningen
— 2 nights
Travel:  3 h 15 min
6
Schiermonnikoog
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  11 h 45 min
7
Terschelling
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Paris

2
nights
Amsterdam

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Natuurgebied Zwanenwater and Uitkijkduin Petten. Get some cultural insight at Zaanse Schans and Van Gogh Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Alkmaar City Hall (in Alkmaar) and Kooijman Klompenmakerij (in Zaandam). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House.

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Paris, France to Amsterdam is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In April in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Oudeschild.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Zaandam, Natuurgebied Zwanenwater, Alkmaar City Hall, Uitkijkduin Petten
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
Oudeschild

Oudeschild ©
Oudeschild is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kaap Skil, Museum van Jutters & Zeelui, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Texel Brewery, then explore the striking landscape of De Hoge Berg, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Oudeschild online journey planner .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Oudeschild in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to De Cocksdorp.

Things to do in Oudeschild

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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De Hoge Berg ©
De Hoge Berg
Kaap Skil, Museum van Jutters & Zeelui ©
Texel Brewery ©
Texel Brewery

2
nights
De Cocksdorp, Texel

De Cocksdorp ©
De Cocksdorp is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Texel, kick back and relax at Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach, and then play a few rounds at Golfbaan De Texelse. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Luchtvaart- En Oorlogsmuseum Texel, take an in-depth tour of Eiland Galerij, stroll the grounds of War Cemetery Den Burg, admire the landmark architecture of De Hervormde Kerk van Den Burg Texel uit 1452, then explore the striking landscape of Oudeschild, Texel, and finally admire all the interesting features of Wezenspyk.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our De Cocksdorp journey planning website .

De Cocksdorp is very close to Oudeschild. In May in De Cocksdorp, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hollum.

Things to do in De Cocksdorp

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Texel
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Golfbaan De Texelse ©
Golfbaan De Texelse
Lighthouse Texel ©
Lighthouse Texel
War Cemetery Den Burg ©
War Cemetery Den Burg

1
night
Hollum, Ameland

Hollum ©
Hollum is a Dutch village on Ameland, one of the West Frisian Islands. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stop by Kaasboerderij Ameland, then see the interesting displays at Nobels Nostalgisch Museum, then examine the collection at Abraham Fock, and finally get engrossed in the history at Cultuurhistorisch museum Sorgdrager.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hollum travel route planning site .

You can drive from De Cocksdorp to Hollum in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Groningen.

Things to do in Hollum

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Nobels Nostalgisch Museum
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Nobels Nostalgisch Museum ©
Nobels Nostalgisch Museum
Abraham Fock ©
Abraham Fock
Cultuurhistorisch museum Sorgdrager ©

2
nights
Groningen

Groningen ©
Groningen is the main municipality as well as the capital city of the eponymous province in the Netherlands. On the 7th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of National Park Drentsche Aa. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through The Bare Feet Trail and then head outdoors with Klimcentrum Bjoeks.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Groningen trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Hollum to Groningen takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Hollum in May, expect nights in Groningen to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Schiermonnikoog.

Things to do in Groningen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

National Park Drentsche Aa, The Bare Feet Trail
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The Bare Feet Trail ©
The Bare Feet Trail
Klimcentrum Bjoeks ©
Klimcentrum Bjoeks

2
nights
Schiermonnikoog

Schiermonnikoog ©
Schiermonnikoog is an island, a municipality, and a national park in the northern Netherlands. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Vredenhof, then see the interesting displays at Shellmuseum, then hike along Het Bouwe Hoekstrapad, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog. On your second day here, shop like a local with Hijrre Pottenbakkerij, make a trip to Gallery Ogygia, and then kick back and relax at Oosterstrand.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Schiermonnikoog trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Groningen to Schiermonnikoog with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Groningen in May: highs in Schiermonnikoog hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Terschelling.

Things to do in Schiermonnikoog

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog ©
Nationaal Park Schiermonnikoog
Vredenhof ©
Vredenhof
Het Bouwe Hoekstrapad ©
Het Bouwe Hoekstrapad

1
night
Terschelling

Terschelling ©
One of the Frisian Islands, Terschelling contains a large nature reserve and lives off its tourist appeal.
On the 11th (Sat), enjoy the sea views from Brandaris, then kick back and relax at Groene strand, then head off the coast to Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sint Janskerk Hoorn Terschelling. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Wrakkenmuseum, take some stellar pictures from Bunkers Terschelling, and then have fun and explore at Museum 't Behouden Huys.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Terschelling route builder site .

Explore your travel options from Schiermonnikoog to Terschelling with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Terschelling

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat ©
Dark Sky Park de Boschplaat
Bunkers Terschelling ©
Bunkers Terschelling
Wrakkenmuseum ©
Wrakkenmuseum

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