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10 Days For the Netherlands

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New York
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10 Days For the Netherlands

The more we read about the Netherlands, the more we are intrigued. We are experienced independent travelers who have made numerous trips to Europe but have never stopped in The Netherlands except to change planes. We are inveterate museum goers who always look froward to trying local dishes, seeing the architecture and trying to understand the culture and history. We try to learn a little about the history, art, literature, and language of a country before we visit. Fortunately we have a runnimg head start for history and art. In fact, we just added to our things to do with our lives, is to see all known Vermeers which are measly 34 plus some disputed works.

We will fly into Brussels stay a couple of days, go to Bruges for a couple of days and then head to Amsterdam. What would be the most efficient way in 10 days (we could add a few more, if necessary) Amsterdam, Delft, Delta Project, Haarlem, and The Hague? Would a second base location be advisable? We will either go May or September.

We can rent a car but know that a car in many European locations is a greater burden than a help and no, we cannot bicycle as a means of locomotion. It seems the trains, as is the wont in most European countries, is the most effective and cheapest mode to get around. But we are open to suggestions.

Also can you also recommend writers of better fiction from The Netherlands and Belgium besides Georges Simenon?

Thank you for repsonses in advance.

Winter Haven...
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1. Re: 10 Days For the Netherlands

Stay in Amsterdam the entire time to cover the other mentioned towns (and delta project) by day trips.

In general, train is the most efficient way to get around when going out side Amsterdam. Get to know this website as it will give you door to door traveling directions within the Netherlands:

http://9292.nl/en

New York
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2. Re: 10 Days For the Netherlands

Thank you for your response.

Winter Haven...
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3. Re: 10 Days For the Netherlands

Stay tuned. You will get a lot more.

Fort Worth, Texas
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4. Re: 10 Days For the Netherlands

since you are seasoned european travelers and have probably driven over there dont discount renting a car..lots of small interesting villages that dont have train service or if they do it is 2 or 3 train changes plus a bus..just dont drive within the big cities, especially amsterdam...

New York
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5. Re: 10 Days For the Netherlands

Any small towns that you can recommend? What we usually do, is find a car rental agency on the periphery of a city, so we do not have negotiate the traffic of that city.

Thanks again

Fort Worth, Texas
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6. Re: 10 Days For the Netherlands

giethoorn comes to mind...

http://www.worldisround.com/articles/12004/

New York
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7. Re: 10 Days For the Netherlands

Thanks, we will keep in mind

Amersfoort, The...
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8. Re: 10 Days For the Netherlands

The Hanse towns, such as Zwolle, Deventer and Kampen are all well worth exploring either by train or hire car.

Also the area in and around Maastricht is well worth exploring.

I'd actually disagree with the advice given earlier. Don't spend your whole time in Amsterdam. For both these places you'll get much more out of your trip by staying in the area for a couple of days.

New York
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9. Re: 10 Days For the Netherlands

Thanks. We will consider staying at another area as well as Amsterdam..

Amsterdam, The...
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10. Re: 10 Days For the Netherlands

See my suggestions in this very similar thread. tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g188553-i58-k68125…