10 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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Maastricht — 1 night

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Vrijthof, go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen, then explore the fascinating underground world of Maastricht Underground, then stroll the grounds of Netherlands American Cemetery, and finally learn about all things military at War Museum Eyewitness.

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Washington DC, USA to Maastricht is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Washington DC in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Maastricht: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Kaatsheuvel.
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Kaatsheuvel — 2 nights

Kaatsheuvel is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, situated along highways N261 and N628. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Efteling. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of St. John's Cathedral, deepen your understanding at World Heritage Kinderdijk, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Grote Markt.

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Drive from Maastricht to Kaatsheuvel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kaatsheuvel can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Groningen.
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Groningen — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Groninger Museum, then see the interesting displays at GRID Graphic Museum Groningen, then get engrossed in the history at Museum Slag bij Heiligerlee, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mariakerk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Klooster-wandeling Aduard, then wander the streets of Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden, and then examine the collection at Fries Museum.

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Traveling by car from Kaatsheuvel to Groningen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Groningen are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam — 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Body Worlds and Museum Quarter. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Van Gogh Museum and Zaanse Schans. Venture out of the city with trips to Old Church (in Delft) and Rotterdam (Rotterdam Centraal Station, Markthal, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Anne Frank House, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, enjoy breathtaking views from A'dam Lookout, and contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

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You can drive from Groningen to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in December, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.