Travelling to Holland with your car couldn't be simpler, whether you choose a minicruise or 90 minute crossing
Discover Holland when travelling by car
When travelling by car, discover what lies further afield from the popular main Dutch cities. Everything is easily accessible within short distances, so you can pack a lot in on a short break to Holland!
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The Dutch Coast
In Holland, you will find a variety of well-maintained seaside preserves and beaches to choose from for a beach holiday break. Discover The Frisian Island of Terschelling, part of the Wadden Islands with its idyllic coastline and nature walks. Experience off the Friesland coast, to and from the Wadden Islands, the Dutch sport of Wadlopen, or mudflat walking, from April to September. Many Amsterdammers like to spend a warm summer’s day on the sandy beaches of the North Sea coast. The seaside resorts of Zandvoort and Bloemendaal are also very popular. Zeeland is formed of dikes and dunes and welcomes many tourists each year looking to enjoy the province's good seafood, surf and sunshine. The seaside in this area is the warmest and sunniest in the country.
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Holland is not only perfect for the cycling enthusiast; Holland is also the perfect country to explore on foot. Vast heaths can still be found in the provinces of Drenthe and North Brabant and in the National Park De Hoge Veluwe. There are also plenty of possibilities to explore the beaches and the dunes behind them on foot. There is always something happening on the Dutch lakes, rivers and seas. Water-skiing is popular in Holland, so why not try Zeeland’s delta, or the lakes between Flevoland and Gelderland to catch some waves? But if you’re more of a sailor, it’s easy in Holland to rent sailboats and motorboats for cruising down a canal, or sailing on a lake with a picnic on board. In Friesland enjoy a day out on a historic Skutsje flat boat ship, for a true Dutch experience.
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From the end of March until the second week of May, the flowers in the bulb fields bloom in the region of South Holland, where most of the bulb fields can be found. In spring, enjoy a cycle ride through the bulb fields between Lisse and Noordwijk. In the region of North Holland, Alkmaar is famous worldwide for its cheese market. Plus Zaanse Schans is a fully inhabited, open-air conservation area and museum located 9 miles north of Amsterdam. Visit authentic houses, the historic shipyard, the clog-making demonstrations and, above all, the authentic windmills. Royal Delft is very close to Rotterdam, it is the oldest factory of Delftware earthenware that still produces entirely handmade and hand painted products. Volendam in North Holland is a popular tourist attraction, well known for its old fishing boats and the traditional clothing still worn by some residents.
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Quaint Dutch towns and unique cities
Further afield from the main Dutch cities you will also find many other picturesque Dutch towns and cities worth the visit. Go on a canal cruise, get lost in a cornfield maze or enjoy one of the many other events and attractions in Breda. Leiden, Rembrandt's birthplace, has a great city centre, which is famous for its canals and perfect shopping. This University City is always alive with a friendly atmosphere. Haarlem is definitely one of the most beautiful historical cities in Holland. The city is located on the river Spaarne, about 20 km west of Amsterdam and near the coastal dunes. It has been the historical centre of the tulip bulb-growing district for centuries and bears the nickname 'Bloemenstad' (flower city), for this reason.
In Arnhem experience how the Dutch people lived over the last four hundred years at the open-air museum ‘Openluchtmuseum’. The 85 authentic buildings range from an historic paper mill, an old school, bakery and a 1950’s health centre. You can also see here how cheese used to be made and take a ride around the museum in a historical tram. Also in Arnhem, you will find The Museum of Modern Art located in one of the most beautiful museum buildings of Holland. Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn in the region of Gelderland was once a beloved countryseat of Holland's royal family and now it's a magnificent museum where three centuries of the Royal House of Orange come to life. The country's most famous medieval castle is the Rijksmuseum Muiderslot in North Holland's Muiden.
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Family days out
For a great way to explore parts of North Holland, take a trip on the steam train, which dates from 1926, and leaves from Hoorn to Medemblik in North Holland daily. There are several theme parks in Holland for a fun family day out; The Efteling Park near Eindhoven, is where fairy tales come to life. Walibi world is not the place for the faint hearted! This park is in the region of Flevland only 20min away from Amsterdam. Young visitors will no doubt enjoy themselves at the Duinrell Park near The Hague. The world-famous miniature city Madurodam is in The Hague and presents everything Holland is famous for, replicated to the smallest detail on a scale of 1:25. Look, there is a monkey on your shoulder! This can happen to you in the Apenheul the monkey zoo, in Gerderland. Here you can walk through woods where monkeys roam around freely.
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Cool Breaks on the Lower Rhine
Nestled on the border of South-Eastern Holland and Western Germany the Lower Rhine covers the regions of North-Middle Limburg, North-Eastern Brabant, Veluwe, Rivierenland and the regions Arnhem and Nijmegen in Holland and a large section of the German Niederrhein with towns such as Viersen, Neuss, Duisburg, Kleve, Xanten, Wesel and Krefeld. The Lower Rhine is a relatively unexplored area of extreme natural beauty. Whatever your interests, there is something for everyone in the Lower Rhine. Explore the region by bike and admire the crystal clear lakes, unique fauna and flora or be challenged by refreshing water sports such as sailing, water skiing, surfing, diving and canoe rafting as well as land sports such as golfing and horse riding or even indoor skiing. For a more relaxing option, take a stroll across the heath lands, unwind in one of the fabulous wellness centres or try some of the local culinary delicacies, typical of this region. The regions are also a paradise for fashion lovers and shopaholics. With an internationally famous fashion academy in Arnhem where top fashion designers such as Viktor and Rolf graduated, style in the region is definitely in abundance. Treat yourself to the latest designer trends at the Arnhem Fashion Biennale in June or at the largest outdoor fashion show in the world, every September in Krefeld. Or enjoy some boutique shopping in Nijmegen, Venlo and Tiel or at the Designer Outlet in Roermond and the shopping mall City Palais in Duisburg. Ready to go?