Five Places in the Netherlands to Unplug This Weekend
Whether the weekend has just passed or is almost upon us, there is no better time than the present to plan how you will spend those glorious days known as Saturday and Sunday. And if it is a relaxing weekend you are after, we’ve got five perfect suggestions for where to unplug.
At a National Park
The Netherlands may be missing mountains and major hills when it comes to its nature, but the country makes up for it with its twenty National Parks. The largest, De Hoge Veluwe in the province of Gelderland, covers an area of 5,500 hectares. The area is a mixture of forest, heathland, sand drifts, ponds, and ample wildlife. As a bonus, the park has 1,800 free white bikes for visitors to use when exploring the 40 kilometers of bike paths.
At a Museum
With over 60 museums in Amsterdam alone, getting a taste of culture in the Netherlands is no problem, and it is the perfect way to relax, especially when the weather is a little less inviting. Most people are familiar with the bigger museums such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Stedelijk Museum. But did you also know that the Netherlands has an internationally renowned photography museum, a museum of self-playing musical instruments and a cat museum? Tip: If you are a fan of museums then you might like to take advantage of the country’s Museum Card.
At the Beach
At first thought, you might not consider the Netherlands to be a beach country, but its coastline offers plenty of opportunities for water sports fanatics and beach lovers alike. Most popular during the warmer months when pop-up beach clubs are the norm, the beaches are still worth visiting during the cooler months. The Dutch even have a word – uitwaaien – that means, “to walk in the wind”. So after a long workweek, breath deep, relax, and seek out nature.
In a City, You Haven’t Visited
When it comes down to it, the Netherlands isn’t that big, which makes it perfect for exploring. Try the lively university city, Groningen; head south to one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Maastricht; or east to Arnhem where the Battle of Arnhem took place in 1944 as part of Operation Market Garden. And if you are feeling truly adventurous, cross the border into Belgium or Germany.
At a Spa
Spa culture in the Netherlands is alive and thriving. More than just a quiet room scented with essential oils, these spas are large complexes made up of treatment rooms, pools and plunge baths, and intricately themed sauna and steam rooms – everything from bamboo saunas to lavender ones. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing where to go. So to help you get started, have a look at: Spa ZUIVER , De Zwaluwhoeve, De Veluwse Bron, and Thermae 2000. Tip: Dutch saunas are typically mixed and naked. However, most offer female-only days and/or swimming costume days – check the website carefully.