12 days in The Netherlands & Cologne Itinerary

12 days in The Netherlands & Cologne Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Drive:  4 h
1
Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
The Hague, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Middelburg, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Tilburg, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  8 h 30 min
End: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

3
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gamescom. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at OMS Beachclub.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne road trip website.

Freiburg im Breisgau to Cologne is an approximately 3.5- hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 24th (Fri), you'll travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Cologne

Events Parks Beaches

Side Trip

OMS Beachclub
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Gamescom ©
Gamescom
OMS Beachclub ©
OMS Beachclub

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nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House. Step off the beaten path and head to The Jordaan and Strand Bloemendaal Aan Zee. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Leidseplein, choose your vessel at Rederij De Jordaan, and browse the fresh offerings at Cheese & More Dam.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planning app.

You can drive from Cologne to Amsterdam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to take a train to The Hague.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Neighborhoods Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Strand Bloemendaal Aan Zee
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The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
The Hague, The Netherlands

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.
For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the The Hague day trip planner.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to The Hague in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in The Hague, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 29th (Wed), you'll travel to Middelburg.

Things to do in The Hague

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Deltawerken Oosterschelde, Vrouwenpolder Beach
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Vrouwenpolder Beach ©
Vrouwenpolder Beach
Deltawerken Oosterschelde ©
Deltawerken Oosterschelde

2
nights
Middelburg, The Netherlands

Middelburg ©
Middelburg is a municipality and a city in the south-western Netherlands and the capital of the province of Zeeland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): wander the streets of Boulevard van Vlissingen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Boswachterij Westerschouwen and then see the interesting displays at Watersnoodmuseum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Middelburg online itinerary planner.

You can drive from The Hague to Middelburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Middelburg when traveling from The Hague in August, with lows around 19°C. On the 31st (Fri), you'll travel to Tilburg.

Things to do in Middelburg

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Boulevard van Vlissingen, Boswachterij Westerschouwen, Watersnoodmuseum
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Boulevard van Vlissingen ©
Boulevard van Vlissingen
Watersnoodmuseum ©
Watersnoodmuseum
Boswachterij Westerschouwen ©
Boswachterij Westerschouwen

1
night
Tilburg, The Netherlands

Tilburg ©
The industrial revolution transformed the town of Tilburg from a small village to one of the largest towns in the Netherlands.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Safaripark Beekse Bergen. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Safaripark Beekse Bergen.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tilburg vacation maker website.

Getting from Middelburg to Tilburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. When traveling from Middelburg in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Tilburg, with highs around 27°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 14°C. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tilburg

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Safaripark Beekse Bergen ©
Safaripark Beekse Bergen