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Hi All, after many years of touring France we would like to try something different this year so are considering Holland. We are countryside, sea and nature lovers so looking to include all this in our trip.
We have three weeks away so happy to do two or three stops. Anyone recommend an area/s please and or sites?
Are there do's and dont's in Holland?
Are vets easily located, any help and or advice welcomed please.
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To be pedantic, it's the Netherlands (my Dutch neighbours were insistent), but never mind..

OK, first of all is Amsterdam. This has something for everyone and has a couple of good campsites. Recommend Gaasper camping which has good metro links.

North of Amsterdam is the picture postcard village of Enkhuizen on the Zuider see. Great outdoor museum and boat trips. Camp sites in town.

In the north, is the University town of Groningen. Large campsite set in expansive park land. Good shopping, museums and great restaurants in town.

Other towns you could consider are Delft and Leiden.

Do NOT.. walk in a bike lane unless you have a death wish. In cities, try not to look like a tourist. Street crime and begging can be a problem, though this is probably common in most large cities. Exercise sensible precautions.

Do try the beers. You might recognise the brands, but you can get varieties that you don't get in the UK.

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"Countryside, sea and nature" means you need to get as far away as you can from the built up areas close to Hook of Holland, Delft, The Hague and Rotterdam - perhaps going as far as Texel island in the north - by car ferry from Den Helder.

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It depend how far you want to travel and if you want to see exclusively countryside and sea. Heading north from Amsterdam to Enkhuizen or as far as Texel would be good for the sea element. Alternatively east from Amsterdam to the area round Epe there are a number of sites in and around forests. The university city of Groningen, as I mentioned, has a nice mix of parkland and small city shops, restaurants, museums etc.. though it does take you to the north and close to Germany.

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We are planning a trip to the Netherlands in a few weeks time, just for 8/9 days, and Enkhuizen is on my list. We have some good friends from The Netherlands and though they live in France they have frequently said that that is the only town they would ever go back to live in.
The campsite looks good, and very close to the town.
We will probably visit Delft as well.

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Hi
Our experience, from last year, is that it would pay to book ahead. We were returning from a long trip across Germany and Poland to the Rotterdam ferry and found it really tricky to find a pitch. It took us visits to three sites before we found an overnight stop and we could only have the pitch for one night. This was on the eighth of June!

Usually, in France, we just turn and have never had a problem.

The site was superb and our excellent host told us that camping is so popular in the Netherlands, particularly with the 'grey hairs' that he was always nearly full. The site was: Jacobus Hoeve and is between Apeldoorn and Amersfoot off route A1.

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The vet in valkenburg is 14 euros cheapest we have every found took 5 mins in and out.

It's one of the easiest countries to visit most speak English and they are camping mad.

And yes it's the Netherlands as our Dutch friends will tell you.


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Thank you all for your views. Much appreciated. Those that go do you go tunnel and drive or ferry?

The ferry seems expensive but tunnel and fuel combined could be close, I've not done the maths yet.

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Delft is lovely but really only a little Amsterdam. Deltse Hout is a nice site about 15 minutes walk into town and plenty of walking around it. Do visit Keukenhof Gardens too if you can.

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You might like the windmill folk park called Zaanse Schans in the countryside outside the town of Zaandem 20km North of Amsterdam.

Also if you're travelling outside the main July / August holidays it would make sense to get an ACSI card, as Netherlands is the home of ACSI.

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Quote: Originally posted by Netherton on 11/3/2019
"Countryside, sea and nature" means you need to get as far away as you can from the built up areas close to Hook of Holland, Delft, The Hague and Rotterdam - perhaps going as far as Texel island in the north - by car ferry from Den Helder.



I will agree , delft would be an excellent first stop .
We are there on a c&cc rally for 3 weeks in April. The coast from The Hague is not to be missed ( scheveningen ) Rotterdam and the river bus . Plus the market hall. Delft is lovely.
Then I think perhaps move north of Amsterdam ( texel) Or if not to the area around Eindhoven . So much to see and do.
You will not be disappointed .
We stay at Delftse Hout.
Also look at mini camp sites in the Netherlands .


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Interesting to see, Nora, that the C&CC rally price is higher than the standard ACSI price. I am planning to be there on the 8th April and will be paying about 18, I would have expected the C&CC to negotiate a lower price with the campsite. Is it always higher?

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Badger54, The Delft site is often busy and especially so when one of the Clubs is holding a rally there - if you are unbooked and looking for a cheaper price at those times with an ACSI card you may find the site full. There are reports of people patiently spending several days on an overflow area before they are allowed into the main site. Why they would show such tolerance to do that I don't know.

Enkhuisen which you mentioned earlier is indeed a pleasant place. We have strolled around its open air museum of buildings twice - and have twice eaten their hot kippers - smoked on the spot in a tar barrel covered with a grubby sack - it may not be hygienic but hot fresh kippers are jolly tasty, although messy. Take wet wipes .


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Hot fresh kippers sound lovely.

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There are stalls that sell raw freshly caught herring with a bread roll and onion. I didn't know raw fish could taste so good!

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Quote: Originally posted by badger54 on 14/3/2019
Interesting to see, Nora, that the C&CC rally price is higher than the standard ACSI price. I am planning to be there on the 8th April and will be paying about 18, I would have expected the C&CC to negotiate a lower price with the campsite. Is it always higher?



Yes a friend joined the rally a few years ago . Paid with ACSI for the first week then over the Easter when prices were higher joined the rally for the second week .


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