15 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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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.
Appreciate the collections at Zaanse Schans and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. Explore hidden gems such as The Jordaan and Body Worlds. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amsterdam: World Heritage Kinderdijk (in Kinderdijk), Zuiderzeemuseum (in Enkhuizen) and Rotterdam (Museum Rotterdam & Pauluskerk). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Paleis Het Loo, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Portuguese Synagogue.

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Lisbon, Portugal to Amsterdam is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Amsterdam. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lisbon in August, with highs in Amsterdam at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Terschelling.
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Terschelling — 2 nights

One of the Frisian Islands, Terschelling contains a large nature reserve and lives off its tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Noordkaap Nederland, stroll through Groene strand, and then have fun and explore at Museum 't Behouden Huys. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Wrakkenmuseum, then enjoy the sea views from Vuurtoren Brandaris, then get a new perspective on nature at Centrum voor Natuur en Landschap, and finally see the interesting displays at Landbouwmuseum en Kinderboerderij 't Hooivak.

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Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Terschelling takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Terschelling are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Schiermonnikoog.
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Schiermonnikoog — 2 nights

Schiermonnikoog is an island, a municipality, and a national park in the northern Netherlands. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): make a trip to Whale Jaws, pause for some photo ops at Statue "de Schiere Monnik", enjoy the sea views from Noordertoren, brush up on your military savvy at Bunkermuseum Schlei, then contemplate the long history of Bunker Wassermann, and finally stroll the grounds of Vredenhof. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Oosterstrand, then make a trip to Gallery Ogygia, and then surround yourself with nature on Eilander Balg Express.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Terschelling to Schiermonnikoog. In August, daytime highs in Schiermonnikoog are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Leeuwarden.
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Leeuwarden — 3 nights

Leeuwarden, Stadsfries: Liwwadden) is a city and municipality with a population of 108,249 in Friesland in the Netherlands. Groninger Museum and Fries Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum de Grutterswinkel and Het Vrouwtje van Stavoren. Change things up with these side-trips from Leeuwarden: Museum Van Papierknipkunst (in Westerbork), Groningen (Noorderlicht Photogallery & Gallery Noord) and Hunebed D13 (in Eext). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Museum Heerenveen and get a sense of history and politics at Provincial House (Provinciehuis).

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Schiermonnikoog to Leeuwarden. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Leeuwarden when traveling from Schiermonnikoog in August, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Maastricht.
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Maastricht — 2 nights

Culinary Capital of the Netherlands

With 1,677 national heritage sites, Maastricht is a town rich in history.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koepelkerk, Head underground at Maastricht Underground, then make a trip to Vrijthof, then go for a walk through Boekhandel Dominicanen, and finally take a stroll through Grote Staat. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at GaiaZOO, then have fun at EuroParcs Resort Limburg, and then step into the grandiose world of Kasteel Hillenraad.

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Drive from Leeuwarden to Maastricht in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Maastricht sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can fly 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.

Friesland Province travel guide

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