Are you looking for a nice day out in the Netherlands? For a day out you can go to an amusement park or museum, but a visit to a beautiful village is always fun! Beautiful villages are not only found abroad, because the Netherlands also has enough villages that are worthwhile. I often forget how beautiful my own country is and that is such a sin! There are so many nice villages in the Netherlands!
I would like to show you the 5 villages in the Netherlands that I like best!
1. Giethoorn, Overijssel
The Venice of the Netherlands is the village of Giethoorn in the province of Overijssel! This village owes its nickname to the many charming bridges and the large amount of water. Giethoorn is a picturesque village with one bike path and one walking path and all other transport goes over the water. The houses in Giethoorn are also all built on small islands.
In Giethoorn they sail with boats called “punters”. These are boats with a sharp point at the front and back. I think it is definitely a village in the Netherlands where you must have been! Especially when the weather is nice, you can enjoy a boat trip and the beautiful surroundings of Giethoorn. It is also very entertaining to take a walk along the canals and view the bad sailing skills of the tourists in the boats! Japanese and Chinese tourists, however, know this village massively and therefore it can be quite busy.
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2. Elburg, Gelderland
The small and historic town of Elburg lies on the Veluwemeer in the province of Gelderland. In this town you will find several monuments and the city walk of the VVV Elburg is a must. You can walk past all interesting sights and admire the old architecture, stroll through the picturesque streets and across the beautiful bridges. The water and the harbor provide a wonderful atmosphere in the town. There are also several shops and a cozy terrace in Elburg where you can have lunch. Just outside Elburg you will find the beautiful estate Klarenbeek in Doornspijk and this is definitely worth a visit!
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3. Appingedam, Groningen
In the north of the Netherlands lies the beautiful village of Appingedam. This village has its origins from the Middle Ages. The town has a unique history and has a protected cityscape. In the center you can still admire many originally medieval buildings. The beautiful old facades, the small alleys and the authentic hanging kitchens located at the Damsterdiep are the attractions of this historic village. A high tea at Landgoed Ekenstein is a must!
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4. Kinderdijk, Zuid Holland
Kinderdijk is a small village located in the province of Zuid-Holland near Rotterdam. Just outside this picturesque village are the 19 famous windmills in the polder. Kinderdijk is, just like a large part of the Netherlands, below sea level and without management of water the whole region would be flooded.
All nineteen mills of the complex are owned by the World Heritage Foundation Kinderdijk and they are all on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Learn how the mills work and see what the life of a miller looks like. The mills are located along the dikes and public roads and the park is therefore not closed and can always be visited.
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5. Domburg, Zeeland
The province of Zeeland has many nice villages, but the nicest village is Domburg. The village lies on a long and wide sandy beach and by the sea. In the winter you can relax here and in the summer you can laze on the beach and swim in the sea. Domburg is also perfect for shopping in small boutiques and there are many cozy cafes, restaurants and hotels. In the beginning of the 20th century many artists, such as Piet Mondriaan and Jan Toorop, came to Domburg to get inspiration.
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These are my 5 favorite villages in The Netherlands!
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