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Easter and quality family time go hand in hand in the Netherlands. Indeed, many popular Dutch attraction re-open their doors just in time for the Easter holidays. Which, of course, is great news for all those planning a long-awaited trip to Holland this spring.
Nothing is quite as beautiful as spring time in the Netherlands …the tulips are in full bloom, lambs are frolicking in the fields, and the Dutch are leaving their homes in droves to make the very most of their great outdoors. And a number of renowned Dutch theme parks, nature reserves and museums, also open for the Easter break, meaning that there’s never a shortage of fun day trips for the entire family to enjoy.
Below are our 5 top tips for a memorable Easter day out in the Netherlands.
1. Enjoy a traditional Easter egg hunt
If your kids love nothing better than a traditional Easter egg hunt, then treat them to a fun-filled day out at Kasteel Ammersoyen in Gelderland, where they can search high and low for the tempting Easter eggs hidden inside the captivating castle. Alternatively spoil them with a trip to the entertaining children’s theme park in the Achterhoek, known as ‘Het Land van Jan Klaassen’ (the Country of Punch and Judy), where they can hunt down and devour an array of irresistible Easter eggs that have been carefully concealed in the playground.
2. Soak up spring at the zoo
Animals also benefit from a fresh lease of life and a renewed sense of vigour at spring time, often after a prolonged period of hibernation. So, why not visit one of the prestigious Dutch zoos this Easter weekend, such as Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam or Artis in Amsterdam, and allow your little monkeys to discover which fascinating wild animals are in mating season or already boast a young family of their own?
3. Admire open-air sculptures
You can make the most of any fine spring weather at the striking open-air Sand Sculpture Festival at Beeldentuin in Garderen or the nearby Hoge Veluwe National Park, a sprawling nature reserve that can be explored in true Dutch style using the free bikes on offer. Don’t forget to visit the celebrated Kröller-Müller Museum located in the extensive park grounds, which also boasts its very own sculpture garden.
4. Visit a Dutch theme park
Some of the Netherlands best-loved theme parks are open for the Easter holidays, which means that there’s plenty of action for those seeking thrills and adventure. Check out the magical Dutch children’s theme park, the Efteling, in addition to Slagharen theme park and resort, Duinrell or Walibi for more excitement than your family can possibly handle.
5. Take a walk along the beach
Whilst it’ll likely be too cold to go sunbathing on a Dutch beach this Easter, you can still enjoy a family stroll, help your kids to build a sandcastle or two, and round off an unforgettable day on the sands with a delicious slice of Dutch apple pie and whipped cream in one of the convivial beachside cafés. Some of the most breath-taking Dutch coastal areas include the dunes at Kennemer, Castricum and Stellendam, as well as Callantsoog, the stunning beach at Noordwijk.
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