Hello! It looks like my husband and I might find ourselves with a week or so to spend in the Netherlands, including a 3 day conference in mid-March in Amsterdam. We are just beginning to plan the trip... and plan to stay at least 4 nights in Amsterdam while attending the conference (1-2 short sessions a day, which will give us plenty of time to see a few other sights that we are interested in like the Van Gogh museum, the Anne Frank house, a chilly canal ride, check out a few pubs, etc.).
My question is, would you recommend that we find another area in the Netherlands (or perhaps Belgium) to spend our remaining 3-4 nights, or stay put for the entire week and take a few day trips? We are not really "big city" people and would enjoy getting out and seeing the countryside. I would also love to tour a castle, but it appears that the Muiderslot castle does not open for the season until the end of March :-(. Maybe there is an equally spectacular one that you can recommend that we might be able to see if we spend a few days in another area?
We travel a lot but mostly to more wild, remote places, so we have very little experience with navigating on our own with trains and public transportation in non-English speaking countries, if that makes a difference in terms of your advice. This might be our one and only trip to this entire region, so we want to make the best of our 8 days! p.s. we realize that the weather will likely be cold and rainy.. but that never stops us from enjoying ourselves.
Also, we are not necessarily on a really tight budget, but we would not really consider flying to another country for part of this trip.....
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance.