From the beauty of Keukenhof Gardens to the windmills of Zaanse Schans and top beaches such as Zandvoort and Scheveningen, the Netherlands has stunning scenery and engaging history to explore. One of the top ways to take in the history and beauty of this country is by grabbing a rental car and going on a road trip.
The ultimate road trip itineraries for the Netherlands will include both historic attractions and natural wonders. If you have a trip to the land of the Dutch coming up, these are the top scenic drives visitors must not miss.
Best Road Trips in the Netherlands
1. Zeeland Delta Route
In 1953, the infamous North Sea Flood caused a storm surge that caused expansive flooding in the Netherlands and some neighboring countries. The damage caused was devastating, and the Netherlands created a plan to prevent problems in the future. The Delta Works is a series of dams and storm surge barriers that would protect the country from future floods.
Today, the Zeeland Delta Route takes you past the 13 Delta Works, including the 9-kilometer-long Eastern Scheldt Storm Surge Barrier. This stop along the route is one of the most popular, as it can shut off the Eastern Scheldt in just 80 minutes.
The impressive engineering marvel is now listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. U Parkhotel is a good starting point for this Netherlands road trip.
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2. The Holland America Route
The name of this route stems from the historic Holland America line, but it won’t actually take you out of the country. A kind of flip side of Rotterdam or Amsterdam, New York, this Netherlands road trip will take you from a Dutch town called America, in the southern province of Limburg.
Then you’ll head to Gelderland, where you can explore the castle ruins of Batenburg and the still-standing Hernen castle. This is a highlight of the trip, as it is a well-preserved medieval castle from the 14th century. The entire route winds along the Maas river, stretching 150 kilometers past picturesque villages and beautiful natural scenery. Book a stay in Center Parcs Meerdal Limburg-Brabant to experience America for yourself.
3. Sagenland Route in Twente
The Sageland Rount is located in the eastern part of the country. This is one of the most scenic road trips in the Netherlands if you want to experience…