15 days in Amsterdam & Ruhr Area Itinerary

15 days in Amsterdam & Ruhr Area Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 11 nights
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Essen, Germany
— 3 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 11 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zaanse Schans and World Heritage Kinderdijk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: The Hague (Louwman Museum The Hague, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, &more), Hertenkamp Bloemendaal (in Bloemendaal) and Rotterdam (Markthal & Rotterdam Centraal Station). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, see the interesting displays at Body Worlds, look for all kinds of wild species at Utopia, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam itinerary planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Amsterdam is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, you will find days in Amsterdam are little chillier (26°C), and nights are cooler (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Essen.
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Essen, Germany — 3 nights

For centuries one of Germany's major coal and steel centers, Essen offers some of Germany's best shopping, religious sites, and historical atmosphere.
Head to Zeche Carl and CentrOfor plenty of shopping. Step off the beaten path and head to Bislicher Insel and LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshuette Hattingen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Essen: Ruhr Park (in Bochum) and StiftsMuseum Xanten (in Xanten). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Mineralien Museum, take an in-depth tour of Soul of Africa Museum, take a stroll around Gasometer Oberhausen, and make a trip to Tetraeder Bottrop.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Essen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Essen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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