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1. Posted by LadyMac (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

I wish I was there right now! But unfortunately I have to wait until April. (At least it's next month!!)

We'll be in the Netherlands for 8 days in mid-April. We have our airline tix; booked our room; now we're looking at day trips in the country. Thought I would throw out what we have in mind to see if anyone has any comments or suggestions. Please bear in mind that we're not interested in smoking or the RLD (unless I want to make my 12 year old son blush!)

In no particular order:

Rotterdam (harbor), Kinderdijk

Markem, Edam, Voldenham

The Hague, Schevenigen, Delft

Zaanse Schans/Haarlem (Does anyone know if the Sint-Bavokerk is still doing concerts at 3 p.m. on Saturdays?)

Keukenhof

Cologne

2 days in Amsterdam (including Easter Sunday)

Any help would be very much appreciated! I could also use
recommendations for kid-friendly places to eat. Thanks!

2. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

Quoting LadyMac

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Rotterdam (harbor), Kinderdijk

Markem, Edam, Voldenham

The Hague, Schevenigen, Delft

Zaanse Schans/Haarlem (Does anyone know if the Sint-Bavokerk is still doing concerts at 3 p.m. on Saturdays?)

it seems that that is only in the summer on some days, but i assume you're loooking for the music of the orgel?

Keukenhof

Cologne

2 days in Amsterdam (including Easter Sunday)

Any help would be very much appreciated! I could also use
recommendations for kid-friendly places to eat. Thanks!

perhaps it is aslo a nice idea to go to a 'normal' old city of holland? perhaps utrecht? or den bosch? but that depends where you are staying.

are you planning to travel by public transport? or hiring a car?
perhaps in den haag the esscher museam is a nice idea? i love there, it's in a nice old building.

or perhaps you want to visit the old houses of the royal family? or some musea?
and if possible, go cycling to marken, don't take a guided tour, it way too touristic, I always feel sorry for the tourists who do that, we don't live in those houses any more and don't wear clomps. but cycling, if it's not too cold, if a nice idea..

and perhaps the cheese market? in gouda? at least you should try some of our dutch cheese and the 'stroopwafels' if possible, when they are still a bit warm and speculaas

3. Posted by ozman (Full Member 118 posts) 10y

Forget Rotterdam, I went there and found it pretty boring. I would definitely recommend Maastricht instead.

4. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

rotterdam has a love hate relationship with people, you love it or you hate it.. but is has some nice points.. altough i fall under the 'hate' category

5. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 10y

Hiya,

Your itinerary seems manageable, except for Cologne. Has it occured to you that Cologne is actually in Germany and more than 400 km from Amsterdam (a four hour drive)? Delete Cologne from your itinerary, though it is a nice place.

I would not bother going to Rotterdam, unless you really fancy contemporary architecture or a museum crawl. Kinderdijk is very recommendable, though difficult to get to unless you are travelling on an organised excursion.

I would go to Alkmaar instead of Haarlem, unless you absolutely want to hear the organ of the Sint Bavokerk play. Alkmaar is much nicer and has a lovely old city centre with a cheese market (Fridays only). Besides, a visit to Alkmaar can be easily combined with a visit to the Zaanse Schans.

Maastricht is indeed one of the nicest Dutch cities, but it's some three hours away from Amsterdam. Gouda is also a good option. Nearby and it can be easily reached.

I noticed the Afsluitdijk and the Deltawerken are missing. I thought they were mandatory tourists sites? Consider giving them a visit.

Have fun!

6. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

You write you go mid april to the Netherlands. The Rotterdam Marathon is on april 9 but on all other days it is a fantastic city to go to. It has the biggest harbour in the world and to take a ferry tour is very nice. The city has also some nice museums.

You can hire a car but also the Netherlands has an excellent train network to visit all the places you want.

Rotterdam : Harbour tour is nice and shipsmuseums are nice for kids
Kinderdijk : A lot of windmills
Marken : ..
Edam : ...
Volendam : a nice city with famous old fashion
The Hague, scheveningen : royal city of the Netherlands and lot of art museums,
Delft : an old city where a lot of students live
Zaanse Schans : very touristic... but nice to visit
Haarlem : nice city
Keukenhof : A lot of flowers
Amsterdam : A nice city for everybody

Cologne (= Germany) : nice city with an fantastic church

kid-friendly places to eat : The Netherlands has a lot of different restaurants where you can eat. City's like Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam have restaurants with food all over the world. Every dutch city has a chinese, italian and turkish restaurant. Ofcourse McDonalds, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken are present. \

Nice restaurant in Haarlem : http://www.specktakel.nl/
just ask for Annemarie Kramer ....

7. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 10y

The Esscher Museum (located next to the american Embassy) is well worth a visit, though the entrance fee is not cheap. The same goes for the nearby Mauritshuis (adjacent to the parliament buildings) and the Mesdag Museum in Scheveningen. The latter is one of a kind with the spectator in the centre of a painted round room.
If you visit the Keukenhof, I suggest you to go cycling through the region around it, which by that time is full of fields of flowers in bloom. I recommend going by train to Voorhout railway station, alight there and cycle to Heemstede-Aerdenhout railway station, which is about 20 km to the north. The Keukenhof is about halfway and there is a canal running all the way from Leiden to Haarlem with a road and the railway along it.