First Time Motorhoming in Holland

Paolo Imberino replied on 09/11/2019 16:48

Posted on 09/11/2019 16:48

Hi Guys

We've covered quite a bit of Europe but 2020 we'll explore Holland in our 8m motorhome with bikes on board.

Your recommendations please:-

Places you would defintely visit, but no cities or large towns.

Any really good campsites or Aires close to places to visit.

T h a n k Y o u one & all.

Me x 

DavidKlyne replied on 09/11/2019 17:14

Posted on 09/11/2019 17:14

Personally I would have thought it was the towns and cities that were the main points of interest in Holland? I suppose the bulb fields and Keukenhof Gardens would be worth considering but you have to be there fairly early in the year. Nuenen is worth a visit if you are a fan Of Vincent  van Gogh but far better to visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

David

WayTwoGo replied on 09/11/2019 19:28

Posted on 09/11/2019 17:14 by DavidKlyne

Personally I would have thought it was the towns and cities that were the main points of interest in Holland? I suppose the bulb fields and Keukenhof Gardens would be worth considering but you have to be there fairly early in the year. Nuenen is worth a visit if you are a fan Of Vincent  van Gogh but far better to visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

David

Posted on 09/11/2019 19:28

Totally agree.

Having just returned yesterday from Amsterdam (our 5th visit to the city), where, among other things,  we spent a long time in the Van Gogh Museum, I cannot imagine going to the Netherlands and not visiting that wonderfully compact, laid back, relaxing, friendly city. Delft is also rather pleasing.

Otherwise, I recommend: Broek in Waterland; Volendam; Marken; Hoorn; Ijsselmeer; the Oorlogs Museum  at Overloon.

henniek replied on 10/11/2019 10:40

Posted on 10/11/2019 10:40

I have lived in The Netherlands off and on for many years and my wife is Dutch.  You might like the area of The Veluwe which is, broadly speaking, a forested area between Apeldoorn and Arnhem.  There are many sites there as the Dutch view this area as a holiday location.  It is not overly commercialised but has many interesting towns and places to visit.  In no particular order to might like to consider some of the following (not all of which are, strictly speaking, in De Veluwe.  (Each Dutch town has a tourist information office called the VVV where they are very helpful - all in perfect English.    www.vvv.nl  There are also several cycling maps of the Veluwe with almost all villages having cafes with outside terraces).  

Elburg- small historic Hanseatic town.  Hattem is similar

Zwolle - beautiful historic city

Apeldoorn.  Nice town with Paleis Het Loo and park

Open Air Museum in Arnhem (which also has the Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek)

Kroller Muller Park and (Art) Museum near Hoenderloo

There are just too many places to list. Superb public transport everywhere.

You might also like South Limburg near Maastricht and Valkenburg.

Hope this helps.  

 

 

Sumitra replied on 11/11/2019 08:28

Posted on 11/11/2019 08:28

Our last stay was in Delft.We were lucky with the weather and we liked the camp site.It had some lovely walking round a lake and was also only about 10 minutes walk from Delft itself which is a lovely small town.Public transport excellent.

 

henniek replied on 11/11/2019 19:04

Posted on 11/11/2019 19:04

Further to my previous note where I mentioned Hanseatic towns if you look at this link you will see others and they are, without exception, all great places to visit.  

https://www.holland.com/global/tourism/holland-stories/hansa-towns.htm

I mentioned Maastricht and South Limburg but one of my favourites is also Groningen.  It is perhaps a little isolated "up north" but it has its own charm and the city itself, being a university city, has a great buzz about it.  

If I was advising friends to visit NL I would personally say enjoy the tourist sites if you like but to visit the real NL I would do:

Groningen

The Veluwe and quite a few of the Hanseatic towns listed.  Paleis Het Loo and Park in Apeldoorn.

The Open Air and Airborne museums near Arnhem

The Kroller Muller Park and Art Gallery which is not at all "stuffy"

(Hilly) South Limburg with Maastricht being stunning

If you are staying in South Limburg it is easy to hop over the border into the Eifel area of Germany which is also great.  Several Eifel caravan sites were handing out leaflets at the recent Caravan and Motorhome show. It's very nice near Niddegen.

You can cycle anywhere safely in NL on totally segregated cycle paths and can hire electric bikes just about everywhere.  It would be a great shame not to visit and ride your bikes.

I am pretty sure that if you went to the places listed you would not be disappointed

Phishing replied on 13/11/2019 23:14

Posted on 13/11/2019 23:14

Zeeland mainland. Superb region. Mainland at Cadzand or Breskens as a base, dozens of sites to chose from, plenty of small towns around.

Zeeland Walcheren island try Zoutelande, Dishoek, Westkapelle, Domburg, Renesse, Veere (possibly the best).

This area is totally sorted for RVs, dozens of sites and never had a bad one. Many on or near beaches, towns are small and roads are superb. The dutch really know how to run sites. Miles and miles of beach with a restaurant every mile or so, walk or cycle everywhere, quiet, relaxed sort of place. 

Dont know if you have a dog but the most dog friendly place we have been.