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Best quick side trips from Netherlands

Going to be in Netherlands in a few weeks. Will get to see Rotterdam & Amsterdam, but should have a couple days left for a side trip. Any suggestions? Was thinking about Copenhagen. Paris/London seem too big for a quickie trip, and Prague/Vienna seem too far away...

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There are lot of nice places between Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Delft, Den Haag (The Hague), Leiden, Utrecht, just to mention a few.
But a few days in Gent can't go wrong. Perfect base for day trips to Brugge, Brussels and Antwerp.

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I agree with the above-mentioned​. I went to visit Aachen, Germany from Rotterdam last week it took two hours one way but you have to take the more expensive high speed trains.

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A couple nights in Bruges... just the ticket. Charming, maybe a bit overtouristed now, but still, fundamentally same structures as in 1380. Great art, but just charming as all get out to be in.

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Yeah, that 800km trip sure makes Copenhagen an obvious choice, compared to those intimidating 900km to Prague. ;-)

Seriously now, none of these IMO is suitable for a "quickie trip". I agree with the others that the towns of Belgium or the west of Germany (Aachen, Cologne) would be a great choice.

Or how about the Netherlands themselves, have you seen all there is to see? Groningen? The islands, Texel for instance? Delft?

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In the Netherlands itself, Haarlem, Delft, Leiden, Gouda, The Hague. Why leave without seeing these beautiful towns and cities?

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Just read that a new hop-on-hop-off bus will start July 1 ,2017 called " Greenline ". Go to https://greenline.amsterdam/ for info. They leave every 45 minutes from Museumplein 10 in Amsterdam . Museumplein is behind the Rijksmuseum . They take you to the green parts of the Netherlands , outside of Amsterdam . Ticket prices 22 euro for adults.