We are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. Our own Netherlands has beautiful coast, green forests, modern cities, picturesque villages, fairytale castles and so much more. During a road trip you have the opportunity to explore all these sides of our versatile Netherlands. We therefore collected the most beautiful routes for a road trip in the Netherlands for you!
# 1 Delta route in Zeeland
The Delta Works in Zeeland, Brabant and South Holland are impressive proof of the engineering talents in the Netherlands. The 13 Delta Works were built after the flood of 1953, which flooded a large part of this part of the Netherlands. This Delta Route takes you along all these structures on a great road trip along the coast. The route combines a unique structure with the beautiful Zeeland coast.
# 2 Road trip across the Veluwe
The Veluwe is without doubt the most beautiful nature reserve in the Netherlands. The cities and villages, museums and nature make the Veluwe a place where you want to keep going. We love it! In our opinion, these are the highlights of the Veluwe. Combine them into one or more weekend trips to fully experience the most beautiful part of the Netherlands. So make a full weekend or week trip to the Veluwe of this road trip! Our route for the Veluwe starts in Arnhem and ends in Apeldoorn. In between you’ll drive past castle Rosendael, National Park De Hoge Veluwe with the Kröller Muller museum, Radio Kootwijk, the Pomphulweg and Paleis’ t Loo, so plenty of reasons to make a stop and get out of your car.
Reading tip: we wrote an extensive blog about the highlights of the Veluwe. From nature to castles and from art to the best restaurants!
# 3 Road trips through Drenthe
In Drenthe we have no less than two great routes for a Dutch road trip: the Hunebed Highway (Dutch) and the Middenveldroute. The Hunebed Highway is the tourist name for the N34. This road trip takes you along no less than 47 of the 52 dolmens. The red-blue signs tell you exactly where to stop for these unique, prehistoric structures. The area with heather, forest and sandy plains is also beautiful, so it’s no punishment to add a walk to your stops. The Middenveldroute also brings your road trip right through that beautiful Drenthe landscape. Highlights along the Middenveldroute are former Kamp Westerbork, museum village Orvelte and Dwingelerveld national park.
Reading tip: Want to read more about Drenthe? We wrote a blog about the best places in Drenthe.
# 4 The Holland America Route
This road trip is a nod to the historic Holland-America line from the port of Rotterdam to the United States. This route does not go that far, of course, although we have to go to the very tip of the Netherlands. This road trip starts in the Limburg town of America and then follows the Maas for 150 kilometers to Gelderland. The river is therefore the Dutch version of Route 66. The route ends in Gelderland at the castle ruin Batenburg (Dutch) and castle Hernen.
# 5 Six-castle route in Friesland
You can call castles in Friesland stinten or states and there are more than 50 of these in the northern province. This Dutch road trip takes you past six most beautiful Frisian castles and country houses. Which gems are there on this route? The Poptaslot with gardens in Marssum, the Dekemastate in Jelsum, the Fogelsanghstate in Veenklooster, the Schierstins in Veenwouden, the Uniastate in Bears and the Princessehof in Leeuwarden (unfortunatly most of the websites are only available in Dutch). In the castle in Leeuwarden, where the road trip ends, there is a ceramic museum.
# 6 The Sagenland Route in Twente
In the east of the country you can follow the Sagenland Route for an ultimate road trip through the Dutch landscape. The route leads straight through Twente and takes you past water mills, historic farms, picturesque villages, ancient churches, the nature reserve of Springendal, the historic Ootmarsum and the Singraven country house. The Sagenland Route is made by the ANWB (Dutch road assistance) and also has signage, so you don’t have to worry about a road map.