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.
On the 15th (Tue), brush up on your military savvy at War Museum Eyewitness, make a trip to Vrijthof, don't miss a visit to Boekhandel Dominicanen, then Head underground at Maastricht Underground, and finally steep yourself in history at Fort Sint Pieter.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Maastricht trip planning website.

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 difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. While traveling from Washington DC, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Maastricht, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Kaatsheuvel.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
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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 16th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Efteling. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Kinderdijk, and then examine the collection at Huis Van Gijn.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaatsheuvel attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Maastricht to Kaatsheuvel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Groningen.
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games
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Groningen — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): deepen your understanding at Groningen Tourist Office, explore the world behind art at Groninger Museum, then see the interesting displays at Het Nederlands Stripmuseum, then take an in-depth tour of Klooster-wandeling Aduard, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie MooiMan.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Groningen online day trip planner.

You can drive from Kaatsheuvel to Groningen in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. December in Groningen sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.
Museums · Shopping
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Amsterdam — 5 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 discover tucked-away gems like Body Worlds and Museum Het Rembrandthuis. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: Markt (in Delft) and Rotterdam (Rotterdam Centraal Station, Markthal, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Anne Frank House, don't miss a visit to Museum Quarter, sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, and pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Amsterdam sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Groningen to Amsterdam in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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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.