So you were that German in the rear-viewmirror flashing it's lights all the way from Mönchengladbach till Nürnberg
I am very flattered that you think I can go that fast on my bicycle.
Although if it was this crazy guy, I will openly admit to it. There is talk of making him an honorable Dutch citizen in honor of his achievement.
Is 30 too fast for you?
Thanks, everyone is full of such great knowledge here! i am a bit scared of driving on the opposite side of the road so bikes might be best.. and love the mudflat hiking.
Know what you mean. If only we could convert the rest of the world to driving on the left. You can easily get around the Netherlands by train instead. The most obvious other cities, near to Amsterdam, but which can easily be done as a day trip are Haarlem and Leiden, followed by the Hague and Alkmaar. A bit further afield, Zutphen is an attractive little town as is Deventer. You could also travel to the very south to Maastricht, which is too far from Amsterdam for a day trip; go from Maastricht towards the German border at Vaals and you'll even come across some real hills.
As others have suggested, Haarlem, Leiden and Delft are good for day/short trips. Rotterdam is probably a couple of hours away by train and has some funky architecture (cube houses!). Have fun!
Since being of dutch decent, im there quite often and being an Aussie, i hope i can help (if u havent left yet)
We come from Limburg - and can honestly recommend that part of the south, places like Maastricht / Valkenberg (do the dungeon tour of the ruins ) Drielandenpunt / head up to Efteling (hence my username - you'll figure it out) across to Zeeland (Delft / d'Hague / Rotterdam) - take a big jacket - can get very windy next to the north sea. Since its Spring now there - go see Tulips at Keukenhof - do the canal tour of the Windmills. Then Amsterdam . .. .. sorry - i didnt like Amsterdam at all, the only really nice place was the Beijenhof
any way Have a nice trip
You already got a lot of comments there but since most are about how we ride bikes and campervans (I know it is true but doesn´t every culture has its flaws?) I thought I might be able to add some useful information.
I do not know how many days you have to travel around or what you prefer to do but i´ll give it a try. I am from Holland myself and as small as my lovely country is, it still has a lot of different things to offer.
As mentioned by others, Maastricht is a nice city to visit, it lies in the most southern point. From there you can go upwards enjoying the nature and smaller towns. The south of Holland has the prettiest landscape according to me. Some hills and woods and quite spacious compared to the middle part. In the north and east (to the german border) there is quite some lovely nature to see as well, I remember the moors from this area the most, it is prefectly beautiful to walk into such widespread, almost empty areas from the woods. On the west side of Holland you will find the beaches and dunes where you can take a nice hike as well. Last but not least you could also decide to go to Texel for one night. This is a small island in the north which you can reach by ferry very fast. Obviously you will find beaches here as well and you need to go to the north anyway if you want to go mudflat hiking.
´De Efteling´ about which ´lavenlaar´ speaks is a themepark in the South of Holland (close to the city Tilburg). The theme in this park is fairytales. It might sound a bit childish but people of all ages will enjoy this I guess. One part of the park consists of ´the fairy tale woods´ where you will find the most famous tales like cindrella and sleeping beauty. The other part of the park is the attractions part. Dream flight is one of them that you really have to take when you are there! http://www.efteling.com/home.aspx?LanguageId=2
Rotterdam is indeed a good place to go for architecture. Almost all buildings there are pretty new since most of the city got bombed during WW II. It is not as far from Amsterdam as ´summer910´ says. By train it is about an hour. You can also go to the harbours there, the biggest of Holland.
Well most cities have been named already. Amsterdam, Utrecht, Groningen, Maastricht, Rotterdam and The Hague are some of the bigger ones. Some smaller but really nice ones are Haarlem, Delft and Leiden (all close to Amsterdam) and more to the (north)east Deventer, Zutphen and Assen.
Last but not least I would like to suggest you to stay in the city Leiden for two or three days. This city is nice on itself (my city! haha) and from it you can get to Lisse to go to the Keukenhof (http://www.keukenhof.nl/), a flora park that opens in Spring and has many nice flowers(fields). I do not know around which time you are going but there is a big change you will see the famous colourfull flowerfields from the bus over there as well. The other day you can head to Scheveningen and go to the beach and/or Madurodam, ´the smallest city in the Netherlands´. It is a park in which you will find all the things that are so special for Holland, but then 25 times smaller. http://www.madurodam.nl/templates/mad/global/index.php?lngid=5&sqlmode=1&fid=638
If you would like some more information, especially about the ´randstad´ area (around Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam) just ask!
Veel plezier! (Have fun!)
I know it's been a while since the last post but I'm answering to those who are planning to visit The Netherlands.
You should definitely visit Delft, it's amazing. This is my website with all my pictures. I just love Delft and would go back again.
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
Yep, The Hague is easily worth a visit. There are regular trains from Amsterdam and they're fast and reliable. There's also the M.C. Escher museum with lots of his original work and lots of weird perspective gadgets to interact with like a camera that made me look like a lilliputian and turned my 5ft 1 companion into a 7ft giant.