Camping getaways in the Netherlands
The Dutch love camping all year round. But for those who prefer to camp during the better Dutch weather, Erika Rivera researches some good spots to pitch your tent.
Once in a while, we yearn to get ‘away from it all’ with our loved ones. We yearn for an escape where we can appreciate the beauty of nature, enjoy the simple things of life and just be! What better way to do this than to follow the Dutch enthusiasm for camping to make an easy transition from work and obligations to rest and relaxation. Plus, it doesn’t cost as much as a traditional holiday!
The Netherlands is divided into 12 provinces which all have their share of camp sites to suit all tastes and age groups. Here is my pick of camp destinations.
Marenland-Recreatie Winsum (Winsum)
Situated on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Winsum, Marenland-Recreatie offers canoeing and has plentiful walking and cycling routes, as well as giving a front-row seat to a scenic landscape.
Watersportcentrum Tacozijl (Lemmer)
Rent a motorboat and enjoy cruising the Friesian lakes and IJselmeer –exhilarating family fun!
Recreatiecentrum De Wâldsang (Bakkeveen)
De Wâldsang is situated in the middle of a nature park and is known for its wonderful woodland, dunes, and moors.
www.waldsang.nl/?page&language=eng (Website has information in English language)
A quiet and comfortable campsite in the village of Hooghalen. Its facilities include spacious wooden lodges and cabins for that rustic experience with a touch of comfort.
http://www.thyencamp.nl/(Website has information in English language)
Vakantiecentrum Besthmenerberg (Ommen)
You’ll find a natural serenity in this landscape with loads of space for the family to spread out in.
Camping 't Hazenbos (Buurse-Haaksbergen)
Suitable for families with young children, Camping 't Hazenbos is also ideal for cyclists, trackers, backpackers, and the elderly. It’s a 10-minute drive from the beach which features a pirate bunker for the kids.
Rivièra Parc is on the magnificent Veluwemeer Lake which has its very own beach in the heart of the Dutch countryside.
www.riviera.nl/welcome.html (Website has information in English language)
Recreatieoord de Panoven (Zevenaar)
This holiday resort has a well-preserved industrial heritage estate dating back in 1860, where guests can experience the traditional brick and roofing tile trade as well as becoming one with nature.
Kampeercentrum De Hooge Veluwe (Arnhem)
This campsite is situated in the middle of the woods, right in front of the National Park De Hoge Veluwe and just three miles from the Burgers Zoo. The Open Air Museum is also nearby, just 20 minutes by bus from the bustling centre of Arnhem.
Klein Varnebroek (Heiloo)
This recreation park offers anglers the opportunity to fish in a number of lakes while hikers can enjoy a variety of beautiful rambling paths. You can also burn off steam or just float in the park’s heated swimming pool. There are several play areas for children and also a recreation room for tiny tots.
http://www.kleinvarnebroek.nl/Engeland/camping_engels.swf(Website has information in English language)
Situated near Alkmaar with its world famous cheese-market, Bergen, home popular with painters, writers and architects, the beach-town Egmond aan Zee, and the tulip bulb-village Limmen.
http://www.campingheiloo.nl/(Website has information in English language)
Het Amsterdamse Bos (Amstelveen)
Ideally located on the southern rim of the magnificent Amsterdam forest, you’ll find yourself in the middle of nature yet very close to the city centre of Amsterdam. Het Amsterdamse Bos offers charming, green camping spaces and paved camper sites.
http://www.campingamsterdamsebos.nl/(Website has information in English language)
Vakantieoord De Maarnse Berg (Maarn)
This destination is located in the centre of Holland in the province of Utrecht, hidden in beautiful natural surroundings. Natural, calm, spacious and private are some of the words which sum up this park.
De Wijde Blick (Noordwijkerhout)
Bungalow- and caravan park De Wijde Blick (the Wide View) is situated at Noordwijkerhout. Pure natural beauty in the form of long stretches of beaches and sand dunes and undisturbed forest areas.
http://www.bungalowparkdewijdeblick.nl/nl/index.lp(Website has information in English language)
Le Parage (Noordwijk)
Le Parage means “the area near the dunes,” a name well chosen since the camping is just next to the natural park Hollands Duin. A short walk brings one to the quiet beaches on the Dutch coast.
Camping in de Bongerd (Oostkapelle)
Just outside the cosy village of Oostkapelle, this park offers a carefree holiday space surrounded by trees. Set amidst the characteristic polders of Walcheren, it is only a bicycle ride away from the vast North Sea beaches.
http://www.campingindebongerd.nl/english/index.html (Website has information in English language)
With its unique location, Weltevreden is situated at the edge of the village and at the foot of the dunes which gives immediate access to the beautiful south-facing beach of Zoutelande.
Vakantiecentrum De Zwarte Bergen
De Zwarte Bergen is a 25-hectare campsite nestling in the heart of rustic villages and unspoiled countryside. It offers facilities include Wi-Fi, a café and restaurants, a supermarket, and a pool and play areas for the kids.
Camping de Paal
Awarded Beste Europese Kindercamping (Best European Children’s Camp) in 2009, Camping de Paal has an indoor subtropical pool that the kids won’t be able to get enough of; sports facilities for football, volleyball, basketball and badminton; a children’s farm with a variety of animals; and theatre performances from Pipi Langkous to Pocahontas. Camping de Paal is simply one big playground for children of all ages.
Camping Den Driesch (Valkenburg a/d Geul)
A camp site especially suited to motor homes, which is ideally situated 500 meters from the centre of Valkenburg -- the historic town centre is rich in culture, architecture and cuisine.
Klein Vink (Arcen)
A spacious recreational park situated around a 30-hectare lake, peaceful and in natural surroundings, but not too out of the way. Make the most of this beautiful park campsite in natural surroundings with very spacious camp areas, a bathing beach and various sports facilities.
The Netherlands is a country that has a plethora of activities, culture and history that unwind and invigorate. Whichever camping haven, activities and facilities you decide on, following the Dutch camping route is sure to blow out the cobwebs and give you a new lease of life.
Erika Rivera / Expatica
Located in the Dunes in Bloemendaal:
Campingsite Delftse Hout in Delft - received 2010 best city camping site award. Buses take you back and forth from the train station and center.
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