Touring the Netherlands

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  1. Shell181

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    Hi, we visit France a lot and have also been to a few other countries in Europe but have never been to the Netherlands. We are thinking of going for a couple of weeks in June, we love the countryside, cycling, walking and also have an inflatable kayak (campsites by a lake or river where we can use the kayak would be a bonus). I've not started any research yet and just wandered if anyone has any recommendations of campsites or areas not to miss? We would also prefer to stay on the outskirts of a town and cycle, walk or bus in rather than stay in the town itself.

    Btw wherever possible we will be using the Acsi card like we always do.

    Thanks in advance :)
     
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    The Dutch love their motorhomes so plenty of places to stay.
     
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    I should have added, have a good look at Campercontact, a Dutch site that gives great info and planning opportunities throughout Europe
     
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    We stayed in a lovely site near Maastrict on the river.
     
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    Finding a place to stay in the Netherlands is never a problem as they have over 3000 campsites in a very small country, as well as plenty of aires. Below are a few suggestions.
    Amsterdam - There is a city camp very convenient for visiting, very bike friendly.
    Oudewater - A quaint town, very historic. There is a free aire within 10 minute walk.
    Dordrecht - This city is on the river and has canals as well. Worth a day visit. Bit biased as I was born there.
    The Weeribben National Park - Has both bike paths and plenty of water for canoeing.
    Zutphen - They have an aire behind the police station, only 2 euros for the day. Go to the tourist office to get info for the walking tour of the old town.
    Dokkum - an old fortified town in the north. Very picturesque, look it up on google images.
    Enkhuizen - on the coast and has a very interesting maritime village museum.
    Alkmaar - If you can try get there when the cheese market is on, still worth a visit anytime.
    The Kinderdijk is the best place to see windmills. Near Molenwaard there are 19 windmills in a small area.
    Delft - Definitely worth visiting, make sure to wander the back streets as there are many pottery workshops where they show you how it is made.
    Gouda - If you like cheese this is a good place to visit. In the old town hall they have a museum, last time we were there they had some free tastings.

    I could go on but as you can see the Netherlands has plenty of places to visit. The country is flat and great for riding bikes. There is also plenty of water so you will not lack for places to put you canoe in.
    Hope you have a great trip. Ewout
     
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    It's the best place I've found for cycling. Not just the fact that everywhere is flat (although that also means it can be exposed to the wind) but the infrastructure for cycling is superb.
    This site shows the routes.
    http://www.hollandcyclingroutes.com/online-cycle-route-planner
    You can plan your routes and just make a note of the waypoint numbers to follow. They're all signposted and at most of the waypoints there is a map.
    I'd also add Zierikzee and Harlingen to the list and also Hindeloopen on the Isselmeer but then almost every little town and city you stumble on seems worth a visit.
     
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    Not everywhere is flat, we went to Arnhem, big hills!
     
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    Very true. I think the highest point is the Drielandenpunt, which is where Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands borders all join at the staggering altitude of around 300m :)
     
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    Hi, thanks for all your replies, please keep em coming, any campsite recommendations or areas not to be miss :)

    Spidey, don't suppose you have the name of the campsite do you please?
     
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    We've decided to keep it to just a few regions now and do the rest another trip so that makes it easier. The regions we are now doing are Zeeland, Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Friesland, Flevoland, and Utrecht (y)
     
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    Even though Holland is not very big you've bitten off a lot there, we were there two weeks, managed three sites and did some cycling. Freisland is for us the 'real' Holland. Very flat there and ideal for lazy cyclists like us.
     
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    Maybe its best to say we would like to try and get to those regions then lol. Thankyou, that's helpful about Freisland, that will be one of the regions I focus on.
     
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    I'd agree about Friesland although many other places are equally as good. We particularly like Enkhuizen. There's a lovely open air museum which blends into the actual old town. A couple of reasonable sites and a good vets if you have pets that need their passports sorting.
     
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    We stayed at the Zeebad site at Breskens a while back, quiet site with water on each hedged pitch, and a wave pool, entry included in your pitch fee.

    We topped for a night, stayed for five. There is a humungous beach just over the sea wall right outside the site, beautiful and very large.
     
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    Thanks, will have a look. No pets.

    Any good campsites for kayaking please? We never take the motorhome off the campsite once we are on a pitch so would be interested in any recommendations for campsites within walking distance (with the kayak) of a lake, river or the sea. Not all the campsites we stay at need to be like this but we do like to use the kayak sometimes.

    Also hubby was talking about going to the islands if anyone has any info please
     
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    I recommend camping-tuinderij Welgelegen, Raadhuisstraat in Graft Noord Holland. Bicycling, kayaking, lovely village withing 5 minutes, public transport to Amsterdam and Alkmaar, they grow vergetables which you can buy, lovely people.
    Forgot: no dogs allowed!
     
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    There must be hundreds of places for kayaking. You're never far from water. We stayed here
    http://www.surfcamping.nl
    Which is next to the Issemeer - a pretty big lake.
     
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    We stayed at Camping de Jerden at Sloten, the canal was immediately across the road and led to a big lake. Campsite wasn't up to much but suited us, and it was cheap. Sloten is a lovely old place, smallest city in the world, population around 700.
     
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    Sloten does look an interesting place. One for our next trip too! Were more interested in locations than sites so would suit us.
     
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