Camping Holidays in The Netherlands
Why we love camping holidays
in The Netherlands
The Netherlands might not be the first holiday destination you think of, but it definitely deserves to be. Active families, beach lovers, nature seekers, history enthusiasts, art aficionados, food fanatics and city explorers will all find something to love here.
From the depths of the countryside to the heart of Amsterdam, the atmosphere is laid-back, casual and family-friendly.See all our parcs in The Netherlands ›
Best places for camping holidays in The Netherlands
It’s the most densely populated country in Europe, but with twenty national parcs, and a vast network of canals, rivers and wetlands, you’d never know it! Whether you’re looking for the excitement of lively cities, a peaceful spot to relax, or active adventures through coast and country, The Netherlands has it all. And we’ve got just the place for you …
This is The Netherlands at its most colourful. Every year 7 million flowers bloom at Keukenhof, and that’s just one of the farms in the ‘Dune and Bulb Region’.
Leiden is a hub of art and culture, and the sand dunes near Wassenaar are perfect for exploring the natural world.
- Look inside 200 year old windmills at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdjik
- Explore the canals of Amsterdam by pedalo
- Ride the 19th Century steam tram from Hoorn to Medemblik
Parcs in Holland region:
To the north of the region sits De Biesbosch National Park, a wetland nature reserve ideal for walking, canoeing and nature spotting.
Head further south and the region’s creative history comes to life: Van Gogh was born in Nuenen, and lively Eindhoven is the capital of Dutch design and technology.
- Go museum hopping in Den Bosch’s medieval centre
- Cycle along the ‘twinkling path’ inspired by Van Gogh’s Starry Night
- Visit the 1,500 animals at Beekse Bergen Safari Park
Parcs in Brabant region:
What was once a Second World War battleground is now a peaceful region packed with natural treasures to explore. Wildlife flourishes in De Hoge Veluwe National Park, and the Achterhoek area is The Netherlands’ answer to the Loire, with pretty villages and fairytale castles.
- Browse the Netherland's oldest shopping street, in Nijmegen
- Look inside historical buildings at The Open Air Museum
- Sample delicious wines and soak in Achterhoek’s scenic landscape at the Winterswijk vineyards
Parcs in Gelderland region:
Zeeland feels like a tropical destination: long white-sand beaches, clean azure waters, and more sunshine hours than anywhere else in the Netherlands.
The Oosterschelde National Park is teeming with wildlife to spot, and the historic towns of Middelburg and Vlissingen are ideal for shopping and museums.
- Catch and eat your own seafood at Tholen
- Stretch out on a 21 km long Blue Flag beach at Renesse
- Visit Deltapark Neeltje Jans for a fun introduction to the flood defences
Parcs in Zeeland region:
With over 20 lakes and canals, swap car for boat to enjoy the best of Friesland.
Sail between the region’s charming towns and cities, watch daring locals practice canal jumping, and don’t miss the watersports festival in Sneek, which brings a party atmosphere to the town every August.
- Climb the Oldehove leaning tower in Leeuwarden
- Walk the vast beaches and dunes of the Wadden Islands
- Canoe through De Alde Feanen National Park
Parcs in Friesland region:
Once a rich and flourishing trading centre, now a quietly impressive corner in the east of the country. Overijssel’s grand cities and reviving moorland and rivers offer holidays with nature, beauty and history in equal measure.
- Home to the country's oldest park, the ancient riverside town of Deventer has immense charm
- Visit the Kröller-Müller Museum - a must-visit for contemporary art lovers
- Perfect for families with small children, Slagharen Theme Park has shows, water rides and coasters for the smallest kids, as well as more thrilling rides for the grown ups too!
Parcs in Overijssel region:
Our favourite things to do in The Netherlands
There’s more variety, beauty and sheer scope of activities on offer in the Netherlands than you might think. So it’s true, good holiday experiences do come in small packages after all ...
The Netherlands’ proud history of art and design is in evidence everywhere. From the world-class collections in Amsterdam’s fine galleries and museums to the design-centric galleries of Eindhoven, the chic artisans’ workshops and showrooms of Rotterdam and the family-friendly sculpture parks, art is everywhere here.
Live the royal life
Perhaps surprisingly, The Netherlands has more castles and palaces than the Loire - and they’re every bit as extravagant. Try the grand 17th century palace of Het Loo. It was built for William III and Mary II of England as a ‘pleasure house’, rather than an official residence. It’s simply breathtaking. The Baroque ‘Dutch Garden’ is elegant, with space for an English country garden within.
Head to the beach
The Netherlands has mile after mile of wonderfully flat, soft and clean sands to stretch out on. You can spend the day your way: building sandcastles, dipping in the water, trying your hand at kite surfing or exploring the dunes and coastal nature parks. There are family friendly resorts complete with piers and proms, or blissfully remote stretches to call your own for the day.
Explore timeless countryside
A meandering network of lakes and polders, streams and forests makes the interior of The Netherlands a blissful retreat from the pace of modern life. Heathland in the heart of the country opens up a wide landscape of far horizons and big skies. The perfect backdrop for cycle rides, picnics and easy hikes.
Find your perfect town
There are gorgeous old Dutch towns aplenty where you feel like time has stood still. Pretty Zwolle and Kampen feature great shopping and sightseeing. Or try Giethoorn, with its waterside houses, known as the Venice of the North. Don’t miss a trip to the ancient Roman city of Venlo too, a lovely mix of old town and modern art.
Scream if you want to go faster
The Dutch love their theme parks. There are more here, per capita, than in any other European country. So which one do you fancy (actually, who said you only had to do one?). A world of wonders awaits at Efterling: where a fairytale grotto meets thrilling fun fair. Try Duinrell’s waterslides and rollercoasters, or the younger-themed fun at colourful Hellendoorn park.
How to get to The Netherlands
The Netherlands is served by several ports and airports, so however you want to travel, getting there couldn’t be easier.
The best way to get to the Netherlands from Ireland is by air. And it couldn’t be faster: it only takes around one and a half hours for a direct flight between Dublin and Amsterdam, and flights to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven are available from a range of Irish airports.
Check the ‘flight recommendations’ section of each parc page to find out more about which routes are available from your nearest airport, then once you’ve booked your accommodation we’ll link you to Skyscanner where you can book flights under a linked travel arrangement.
Alternatively, you can book an C.A.R-protected flight-inclusive package through our contact centre. Our holiday advisors can also answer any questions you have about travel, make recommendations about the best route to your destination, and arrange car hire if you need it.