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Netherlands itinerary amidst tulips and windmills

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Netherlands, land of canals, windmills, tulips, modern cities and charming villages still untouched by tourism.

On the list of trips to take at least once in a lifetime, there is definitely Netherlands.

To go and return several times, actually, because, despite the country being small, the list of things to do and see is very long.

We fell in love with it.

Creating an itinerary to discover Netherlands is easy because the distances between the major attractions are quite short.

Therefore, it is also a great destination for families with children.

Spring is a great season to visit Holland because it is the time of the tulips’ blossoming.

The Netherlands is a magnificent journey through tulips, windmills, and traditional villages.

A visit to Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a must.

Our Netherlands itinerary between tulips and windmills

Our Dutch itinerary lasted a week and included the windmills of Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Keukenhof park, Haarlem, the pretty village of Zaanse Schans, the Waterland and, finally, Amsterdam.

Of course, this is only a small part of everything you can visit in Holland but, in my opinion, enough to get a taste of its culture, traditions and peculiarities.

And to make you want to come back.

Packing and unpacking, especially if you have children, is very tiring so, for this itinerary, you can choose a single location and move from there, meanwhile the distances are short.

Holiday home Landelijk Amsterdam is a cottage located in a beautiful fishing village in Amsterdam Noord.

Peace and relaxation is guaranteed, parking is free, and children up to the age of 18 are free.

The flat is a 10 to 15-minute drive from the centre of Amsterdam (there is also a beautiful 7-kilometre cycle path).

For information and to book – click here.

List of attractions to visit in the Netherlands

The mills of Kinderdijk

Netherlands itinerary

Our first stop was a visit to the mills of Kinderdijk. There are no less than 19 mills along the canals, one after the other.

The walk along the banks of the canals is flat and also suitable for pushchairs.

Landscape is wonderful.

The mills of Kinderdijk are located in the Dutch countryside where, amidst the green meadows, you can see cows and horses grazing and ducks bathing in the canals.

Here, time seems to stand still.

For detailed information on a visit to the Kinderdijk mills, you can read this article.

Keukenhof Park: a tulip paradise

Netherlands itinerary

Having planned a visit to the Netherlands in spring, with the aim of admiring the tulip blossom, a visit to one of the most beautiful flower parks in the world, the Keukenhof, could not be missed.

Keukenhof is a wonderful botanical park located near Lisse, about 35 kilometres from Amsterdam.

This huge garden is the ultimate expression of the love the Dutch have for flowers.

The colours, the scents and the shape of the flower beds will remain in your mind for a long time.

For detailed information on visiting the Keukenhof park, you can read this article.

Netherlands itinerary: Haarlem

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Haarlem is a really pretty town that is only a half-hour drive from Keukenhof Park.

Worth visiting are the Grote Markt, the main square where the local market is held, the church De Grote St. Bavokerk and the medieval buildings.

Walking along the canals, you arrive at the Molen de Adriaan windmill, which is very beautiful to see.

In spring, the road from Haarlem to Leiden is an expanse of tulips. Continue reading

The windmills of Zaanse Schans

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We were a bit hesitant to include Zaanse Schans in the itinerary because it is one of the most touristy places in Holland (also due to its proximity to Amsterdam).

In retrospect, we confirm that it is a must-see because, although very commercial, it is still an iconic place in Netherlands, land of windmills.

Here, in fact, in a postcard-perfect setting, you will find a dozen or so wind mills arranged along the river, as well as small museums and workshops explaining how daily life was done in the past.

For detailed information on visiting the mills of Zaanse Schans, you can read this article.

Waterland: Marken, Edam, Volendam

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Waterland is a picturesque region, largely untouched by mass tourism, located north of Amsterdam.

It includes three very characteristic villages, namely Marken, Edam, and Volendam.

When I think of Waterland, I think of the little green wooden houses, the fishermen’s boats, the fish at the stalls, the slow pace.

Right here, we tasted proffertjes, typical pancakes covered in icing sugar, very good!

For detailed information on a visit to the Waterland region, you can read this article.

Amsterdam

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One of the obligatory stops if you are travelling in Netherlands is a visit to Amsterdam.

Only here do you breathe in a special atmosphere of slow rhythms marked by the peaceful voyage of boats through the canals, cafés, museums, tree-lined boulevards

A visit to the city deserves a stay of at least 2/3 nights.

Go to the full article.

Map of our Netherlands itinerary

Itinerary in Netherlands between tulips and windmills: useful info

Below, you will find some useful information you should know before you leave.

Getting around in Netherlands

The best way to discover Netherlands is definitely by car.

In general, one gets around the country well by car.

The roads and motorways are in excellent condition and free of charge, and every town has ample parking spaces where you can conveniently leave your car.

▶ If you need to rent a car, the advice is to compare the offers proposed by rental agencies online and save up to 70% by booking your car on the DiscoverCars portal.

I talk about it HERE.

When to go to Netherlands

It depends a lot on your interests.

If, for example, you are interested in the blossoming of tulips, you will necessarily have to go in the spring period.

In any case, the best time to go to Holland is from spring to autumn; winter can be very cold.

Keep in mind that the weather in Holland is crazy: it changes quickly and, all of a sudden, a downpour could arrive and you’ll be soaked to the skin 🙂

The advice, therefore, is to dress onion-skinny and don’t forget your k-way or a waterproof windbreaker.

Is Netherlands expensive?

In our experience, it is very expensive to sleep in Netherlands.

Even the most isolated hotels/cottages, outside the tourist circuit, keep the price up a lot.

On the other hand, shopping in supermarkets does not differ that much from ours and, thanks to the many – and excellent – street food stalls, you can have a cheap lunch.

By planning your trip in advance, however, you can save a lot.

Medical expenses: travel insurance

With the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) you can receive free medical treatment.

In the case of longer stays, however, you will have to provide for the expenses yourself.

For this reason, Farnesina recommends that you take out an insurance policy to cover medical expenses and possible repatriation.

For a quote with the costs of the policy, you can have a look at this article.

Netherlands with children: tips

The Netherlands is a kids friendly country, hospitable to families. Practically everywhere you will find changing tables and high chairs.

The small size and slow pace definitely make Holland a child-friendly country.

Conclusions

The protagonists of a holiday in the Netherlands are nature, tulips in bloom (if you go in spring), windmills, friendly people and the slow pace.

A trip to Holland can only remain in your heart.

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