10 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

10 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

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10 days in The Netherlands Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Drive:  1 h
1
Delft
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
2
The Hague
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Leiden
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
4
Haarlem
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Delft

Delft ©
Delft is a town rich in tradition and provides a lovely alternative to the bustling more popular cities.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): make a trip to Beestenmarkt and then see the interesting displays at Royal Delft - Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Markt, look for gifts at The Blue Tulip, pause for some serene contemplation at Nieuwe Kerk, then admire the masterpieces at Vermeer Centrum Delft, then examine the collection at Museum Prinsenhof Delft, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Church.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Delft road trip planning app .

Amsterdam to Delft is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. December in Delft sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to The Hague.

Things to do in Delft

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Old Church ©
Old Church
Nieuwe Kerk ©
Nieuwe Kerk

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nights
The Hague

The Hague ©
Known as the "judicial capital of the world," The Hague is the center for everything official in the Netherlands: the home of the Dutch government and parliament, the workplace of the King and Queen, and the base of many international affairs such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Louwman Museum The Hague, then explore the world behind art at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), and finally browse the exhibits of Panorama Mesdag. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Madurodam, get a sense of history and politics at Vredespaleis, and then ponder the world of politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights).

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read The Hague day trip planning tool .

The Hague is just a short distance from Delft. In January, daytime highs in The Hague are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Leiden.

Things to do in The Hague

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites
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The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery ©
Madurodam ©
Madurodam

2
nights
Leiden

Leiden ©
Located in the flower-growing district, Leiden has been called the most beautiful city in the Netherlands.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Canals area, take in panoramic vistas at Dom Tower, and then see the interesting displays at Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum). Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Duinrell Amusement Park and then steep yourself in history at World Heritage Kinderdijk.

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Leiden is just a short distance from The Hague. In January, daytime highs in Leiden are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Haarlem.

Things to do in Leiden

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Utrecht, Duinrell Amusement Park, World Heritage Kinderdijk
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Dom Tower ©
Dom Tower
Canals area ©
Canals area
World Heritage Kinderdijk ©
World Heritage Kinderdijk

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nights
Haarlem

Haarlem ©
Often referred to as "Mini Amsterdam," Haarlem provides all the classical charm of Amsterdam, but on a smaller scale.
Change things up with these side-trips from Haarlem: Nederlands Openluchtmuseum (in Arnhem) and Zaandam (Zaanse Schans & De Zoeker Molen). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Frans Hals Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Bavo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sint-Bavokerk (Church of St. Bavo).

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Haarlem tour itinerary planner.

Haarlem is very close to Leiden. In January in Haarlem, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in Haarlem

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Zaandam, Nederlands Openluchtmuseum
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Zaanse Schans ©
Zaanse Schans
Frans Hals Museum ©
Frans Hals Museum
Grote Markt ©
Grote Markt