9 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 30th (Wed), learn about all things military at War Museum Eyewitness, don't miss a visit to Vrijthof, take in the pleasant sights at Boekhandel Dominicanen, then Head underground at Maastricht Underground, and finally contemplate the long history of Fort Sint Pieter.

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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 difference when traveling from Washington DC to Maastricht is 6 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Maastricht, with highs around 46°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to 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 31st (Thu): get in on the family fun at Efteling. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Kinderdijk, and then see the interesting displays at Huis Van Gijn.

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You can drive from Maastricht to Kaatsheuvel in 1.5 hours. Another option is to 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 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Amsterdam.
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Body Worlds. Explore hidden gems such as Zaanse Schans and Museum Het Rembrandthuis. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Maria van Jessekerk (in Delft) and Rotterdam (Rotterdam Centraal Station, Markthal, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Anne Frank House, explore the engaging exhibits at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, take a stroll through The Jordaan, and enjoy breathtaking views from A'dam Lookout.

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Traveling by car from Kaatsheuvel to Amsterdam takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) 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.