I've been planning a trip with my parents (both above 60) to Europe. I posted in the General Europe thread and got many great suggestions on this thread (https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/general-europe/traveling-through-europe). Now, I am planning the things I want to see per city-in each country. So, here are the places that I'd like to see in the Netherlands.
I'm aware that it might be almost impossible to cover all of these, but this is just a master list that we have gathered. I would love suggestions on what places are really similar and droppable from my list. For example: If I have 3 museums on my list, but they are all similar - I'd love to know which one to pick. Here's my list of places:
I'll be there (if visa goes through) on the 23rd and 24th of August (Sat and Sun).
List of Places
Cheese making market Alkmaar (Not Friday)
Singel Flower market Amsterdam
Van gogh museum Amsterdam
Anne Frank house Amsterdam
Canal bus tour(Night) Amsterdam
Free ferry (Buiksloterdijk) Amsterdam
Hoge Veluwe park Gelderland
Amsterdam tulip museum Jordaan
Euromast tower Rotterdam
Rotterdam harbor tour Rotterdam
Erasmas bridge Rotterdam
Zaanse Schans Windmills Zaandijk
Keukenhoff Garden Near Amsterdam (Is this open?)
Delft pottery factory Delft
Arboretum Trompenberg Rotterdam
There you go :). Is that a nice list of places to go to? Anything obvious that I have overlooked?
There are a couple of other key questions:-
- Is it possible to do all this using public transport? I will definitely NOT drive. Anything that needs a car, do let me know - I'll drop that off my list straight away. :)
- Considering my list of places, where would you suggest I stay? Amsterdam seems the logical choice, but are there any cheaper and cuter places ..within say an hour of the places I would like to see - that'll be cool too.
Lastly, I'm trying to learn German :) ... do I need to know Dutch too? :). How easy is it to get by with just English for a couple of days? 2 languages in 2 months might be too much haha.