Apr 24, 2024
Eva in 't Veld

Looking for fun getaways in North Holland? Of course, this province has even more to offer besides the capital! Be sure to read on for 10 great tips for unique getaways in this beautiful province!

Hoenderdaell Zoo

Dierenpark Hoenderdaell is a wonderful destination for animal lovers in the Netherlands. The concept of the animal park is a combination of a zoo, a nature park and a shelter for exotic animals. The park has a wide range of animals, ranging from lions and elephants to colorful birds and curious monkeys.

One of the highlights of the park is the spacious and natural habitat provided for the animals. The animals here often have large, open areas where they can move freely and display their natural behavior.

Would you like to spend the night near this animal park? Then be sure to take a look at Camping de Tulpenweide.

Day trip Volendam

Volendam is a village on the shore of the Ijsselmeer and is known for its historic center, costumes and fishing boats. The small streets and historic houses with their distinctive green shutters create a picturesque atmosphere in the village. Furthermore, you can take a picture in costume, eat a delicious fish or visit the Cheese Factory.

Would you like to spend the night near Volendam? Then be sure to take a look at Boerencamping Swarthoeve.

Boat to Texel

In Den Helder you will find the departure point for the ferry to Texel. The ferry departs every thirty minutes, except Sundays, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Whether you travel by foot, bicycle or car, the crossing takes only 20 minutes! Seven charming villages, vast nature and beautiful beaches await discovery on Texel. With so much diversity, there is something for everyone!

Cheese market in Alkmaar

The cheese market in Alkmaar can be visited every year from the last Friday in March to the last Friday in September. The square is filled with a sea of cheeses and cheese porters carrying the cheeses on and off with their berries. It is a beautiful spectacle that reflects the rich tradition of this centuries-old market. The cheese market starts every time at 10:00 am with the ringing of the bell, after which the spectacle begins.

Fairytale Wonderland

Fairytale Wonderland, located in a theme park that takes young and old on a magical journey through fairy tales and fantasy. The park offers a wide range of attractions and activities, as well as an enchanted fairytale forest with well-known fairytales such as Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.

Scattered throughout the park are various performances and shows. These take place in indoor venues and last at least 10 minutes, making them ideal to enjoy in bad weather or during an unexpected shower.

Spending the night near Fairytale Wonderland? Then be sure to take a look at Villavakantiepark Ijsselhof.

Artis Zoo

Artis, located in the heart of Amsterdam, is a popular zoo offering a diversity of animals and plants. Visitors can enjoy viewing different animal species, relax in the beautiful gardens and participate in educational programmes to learn more about nature. Will you come and have a look at the elephants or are you more curious about the chimpanzees?

Zuiderzee Museum

Located in Enkhuizen, the Zuiderzee Museum is an open-air museum that takes visitors on a journey through the maritime history of the Netherlands. The museum showcases life around the former Zuiderzee, with historic buildings, and fun demonstrations that bring the region's culture and traditions to life. Here, you can walk around the museum, visit traditional fishermen's cottages and see artisans at work, giving you an insight into the past of the Netherlands and the people who lived along the coast.

Want to spend the night near the Zuiderzee Museum? Then be sure to check out Camping de Gouwe Stek.

Bloemendaal aan zee

Bloemendaal aan zee is a beach over 4 kilometres long. You can go here for a long beach walk, a day of relaxation or a nice drink in one of the beach bars. Some beach tents are open all year round so you can visit any time!


The Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes are a beautiful nature reserve between Zandvoort and Noordwijk. This beautiful dune landscape is not only an important area for the drinking water supply of the Amsterdam region, but also a popular destination for nature lovers and hikers. Here you will find a unique mix of dunes, forests and lakes. The area is known for its large population of fallow deer, which roam freely. It is an ideal place for nature lovers, hikers and photographers to enjoy the peace and beauty of nature.

Day trip to Amsterdam

And of course, not to be forgotten in North Holland is a day out in Amsterdam. Here you have plenty to see and do. For example, you can visit the Amsterdam Dungeons for some excitement or take a look at the Madame Tussauds to have your picture taken with your favourite celebrity. But of course you can also go there for a day of shopping and finish off with a nice drink on the terrace.

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