Road trip Netherlands? Can you really do that? Are you tired of the same old touristy spots in Amsterdam? Then hop on a road trip with us and discover the best of this country beyond Amsterdam! From the iconic windmills in Kinderdijk to the charming town of Alkmaar and the serene island life in Texel, this is the ultimate Netherlands road trip itinerary for travelers looking to experience beauty, charm, and nature. And for those who are child-free, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing vacation without getting crowded.

Road trip Netherlands Stop 1: Exploring the Iconic Windmills

No trip to the Netherlands is complete without visiting the iconic windmills in Kinderdijk. These windmills were built in the 18th century to drain the polders and prevent flooding. Today, they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist attraction.

Guided tours and boat rides are available to examine the windmills and their history closely. And for photography enthusiasts, the windmills offer a stunning backdrop for your photos.

Kinderdijk Unesco World Heritage - The Netherlands

Road Trip Stop 2: Discovering the Charming Town of Alkmaar

The next stop is the charming town of Alkmaar, renowned for its cheese market and historic buildings. Alkmaar is a must-visit destination for any traveler, offering a unique experience that can be compared to Amsterdam but on a smaller scale. Alkmaar provides a delightful alternative with its charm, fewer crowds, and absence of the distinct smell associated with weed.

Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque canals and marvel at the stunning architecture of the buildings. Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of cheese-making by visiting the renowned cheese market and museum. Additionally, make sure to explore the town center, where you can indulge in shopping and dining. For a delectable dining experience, I highly recommend “Hofmann,” located near the magnificent Laureinskerk. Their lip-smacking menu is available for just 40 euros.

Where to Stay in Alkmaar

Experience something truly unique by staying at the Fallon Hotel Alkmaar, a hotel that was once a prison. Enjoy comfortable rooms with a touch of history. And the breakfast is simply excellent.

Road trip Stop 3: Island Life and Nature

Our last destination on this trip is the peaceful island of Texel. Texel is an ideal haven for nature enthusiasts, renowned for its exquisite beaches, picturesque dunes, and abundant wildlife.

However, please note that accessing the island requires a ferry boat journey. Embark on a delightful bike ride or invigorating hike through the dunes, reveling in the breathtaking vistas that await you. Enhance your experience by paying a visit to the Ecomare museum, where you can delve into the fascinating world of local wildlife. Additionally, indulge in bird watching amidst the island’s nature reserves. And, of course, remember to unwind on the beach, basking in the glorious sunshine.

Where to Stay on Texel

For a truly luxurious experience during your road trip in the Netherlands, consider staying in one of the many vacation homes with hot tubs on Texel. We opted for the island life on Texel; it was the best experience ever. There’s nothing quite like soaking in the hot tub after exploring the windy island.

So, why do you have to skip Amsterdam again?

Embarking on a road trip through the Netherlands offers the perfect opportunity to uncover the beauty of Holland beyond Amsterdam. From the iconic windmills in Kinderdijk to the picturesque town of Alkmaar and the tranquil island life in Texel, there is something for every traveler.

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