One week in the Netherlands

After exploring some parts of tropical Asia and Australia, I went back to Europe in summer time and got to know the Netherlands. Although they are located right next to Germany, I’ve never been there before.

Nethertheless, I had lots of impressions in my head about cheese factories, wodden shoes and bycicles. And, for real, I’ve never seen as many bycicles in my whole life before.

Camping at the North Sea

Travelling with a camper van, we were staying at the campsite De Lakens close to Bloemendaal for the first couple days. It’s located in the middle of sanddunes next to the beach. The campsite is really quite and relaxing with a nice atmosphere. Furthermore it’s very likely to get some company of little cute bunniees, that live all over the dunes.

Sunset at De Lakens
Sunset at De Lakens

During the day you can relax at the beach, have coffee or tea at one of the beach cafes, wander along the dunes or even better rent a bycicle to cycle along the dunes. There you can expect even more little bunnies, small lakes and lots of birds, since the area is a nationalpark. And don’t miss the breathtaking sunset at the beach!

Dunes in the Netherlands
Dunes in the Netherlands
National Park Zuid-Kennemerland
Rabbits at the campsite De Lakens
Rabbits at the campsite De Lakens

Haarlem

Only a short bus (or bycicle) ride away, you’ll get to the city Zandvoord or Haarlem in the opposite direction.

Haarlem is a really beautiful city with nice shops and coffee places. I also found my first cheese store and it was exactly how I imagined it. And they got really interesting flavors aswell.
From Haarlem it’s also really easy to get to Amsterdam by train.

Haarlem
Haarlem
Haarlem
Haarlem
Cheese store in Haarlem
Cheese store in Haarlem

Groningen

On my next day I went to the city Groningen in the Northern Netherlands to visit my Dutch friend. The city is really beautiful aswell and a lot of students live there. You’ll find lots of cute little streets, shops and coffee places.

Groningen
Groningen
Groningen
Groningen
Groningen

Amsterdam

We spent our last 2 days in famous Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. The city is also tipical Dutch with lots of cute houses and canals, but also very touristy.

To speak for myself, I enjoyed the smaller cities way more, but nethertheless, Amsterdam offers some great spots to visit. Famous is for example the Red Light District, the Pijp or a visit in one of the museums. And of course you can’t miss a canal cruise.

Canal in Amsterdam
Canal in Amsterdam
Canal in Amsterdam
Canal in Amsterdam
Bike in Amsterdam
Bike in Amsterdam

Read a more detailed blog post about Amsterdam by clicking here.

All in all, this one week was a small but nice trip to this country, and I can’t wait to see more of it in the future. See you soon and don’t forget to check out some more photos of the Netherlands by clicking here.

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