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Rent a Camper Van in the Netherlands
Renting a camper van in the Netherlands is a perfect way to explore this fascinating country. The Netherlands seamlessly combines history and modernity with its beautiful old buildings and tradition of sea trade existing alongside cutting-edge innovations in architecture, technology, and design, all found in the lively, exciting cities. Balance out the urban sightseeing with some time spent in nature. Let yourself be blown away by the iconic tulip fields in spring, and discover the incredible countryside, from the forest of Veluwe to the stunning Zeeland coastland. Visit megalithic tombs in Hunebedden and the wetlands of Biesbosch, or explore the rolling hills in the Limburg Region. For a more authentic experience, bring bicycles, or rent them for the duration of your trip, and enjoy the nearly 23,000 miles of mostly flat bike paths throughout towns, cities, and the countryside.
roadsurfer Camper Van & RV Rentals in the Netherlands
When you rent your camper van or Class B RV from our roadsurfer stations in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, you’ll find a wide range of campers suited to every need. There are campers for cozy couple getaways, memory-making vacations with your closest friends, and bringing the kids along for their first taste of travel adventure in Europe. All vehicle options are dog-friendly and have either a pop-top or high roof. All come with a kitchenette and the signature roadsurfer kitchen box, where you’ll find everything you need to cook, eat, and drink local products. The included camping furniture allows you to take life outside, and there are plenty of optional extras to reserve, including a bicycle carrier that will be perfect for the Netherlands!
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Your Road Trip in the Netherlands
A road trip in a camper van in the Netherlands can be a wonderful experience. The country is known for its beautiful scenery, charming villages, and vibrant cities, and there’s no better way to explore it than by hitting the road in a camper van rental. When planning a trip, we know it can be all too easy to focus on the fun parts, like the beautiful areas you want to visit, the leisurely days of cycling by tulip fields and through quiet forests, and dreaming of the delicious food waiting for you! We’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the most helpful info for driving and camping in the Netherlands, as well as the best events to plan your trip around.
Driving Rules in the Netherlands
- Drive on the right-hand side of the road in the Netherlands. This means you should only pass on the left, except when a passing tram, which can be passed on the right.
- Drive clockwise around roundabouts. Vehicles already in the roundabout have the right of way.
- Speed limits in the Netherlands are given in kilometers per hour. National speed limits are 130 km/h (80 mph) on highways with a minimum speed of 60 km/h (37 mph). Major roads speed limits are 100 km/h (62 mph), regional roads are 80 km/h (50 mph), and 50 km/h (31 mph) in urban areas.
- Speed limit signs have the speed limit on a white background with a red circular border, while a sign in greyscale with black lines across means that the speed limit has returned to the national speed limit for that road. Square blue speed signs show the recommended speed for safety in an area where there may be hazards.
- Speed limits may vary on highways, so pay attention to the electronic speed limit signs that show the mandatory speed limit.
- Trams and bicycles have priority over other traffic, so watch out for them at junctions. There are bike lanes on almost all roads that you are not allowed to drive in.
- In most cities in the Netherlands, there are rules and restrictions on where you can drive, and the roads and parking aren’t friendly to larger camper vans or Class B RVs. In this case, it’s best to use the Park & Ride facilities, the excellent public transit system, or cycle into the center.
Camping in the Netherlands
- Wild or Dispersed Camping – Prohibited in the Netherlands. While some people do it, it is at their own risk: if caught, you may be fined and asked to move on, no matter what time of the night it is.
- Public Campgrounds – These have great facilities including bathrooms, laundry, WiFi, potable water, and electricity hookups. Some of these are grand affairs with playgrounds and swimming pools, while others are small countryside campgrounds where the main attraction is the fresh air and green surroundings.
- Independent Campsites – Check out roadsurfer spots for recommendations of beautiful and quiet campsites.
- Aires Overnight Parking – The Netherlands has overnight parking for camper vans and Class B RVs called Aires. They usually don’t have any facilities, which is important to keep in mind if your camper does not have a toilet, but they tend to be cheaper than campgrounds (or even free!). Many are situated in marinas right next to the water. Aires are not reservable which may be a problem if you’re traveling during peak tourist season and need to guarantee a space in a particular area.
Popular Events in the Netherlands
- Amsterdam Light Festival, December and January, Amsterdam – Artists from around the world come to Amsterdam with creations of light, which are displayed throughout the city. Numerous walking tours provide a route around the art. This is one best seen at night!
- Bloemencorso (Flower Parade), April, Noordwijk to Haarlem – This four-day festival has parade floats decorated with flowers in surprising forms. These floats travel for four days from Noordwijk to Haarlem to celebrate spring, and the spectacle is worth seeing at least once in your life.
- Koningsdag (King’s Day), April 27th, whole country – Live bands provide the soundscape to this lively spring festival celebrating the King’s birthday, where you’ll find street parties, parades, and colorful boats traversing the Amsterdam canals. There are big celebrations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht, while smaller towns and cities celebrate in a more peaceful manner.
- Rotterdam Summer Carnival, July, Rotterdam – In one of the largest carnivals of Europe celebrating Latin American culture, the streets of Rotterdam come alive to drumbeats, brass bands, and dancers. Parades and outdoor stages showcase incredible musical talent, as well as an epic food market!
- National Restaurant Week, September, Amsterdam – This foodie festival sees Amsterdam’s best restaurants charge minimal prices for their exquisite food, allowing people who may not normally be able to afford a place to experience top-tier dining.
- Amsterdam Dance Event, October, Amsterdam – ADE is the biggest dance and electronic music festival event in the world, and the capital’s streets pound to the beat of electronic, turning the city into one giant club.
Best Places to Visit in the Netherlands
Amsterdam is a European favorite among many travelers, and while it’s certainly not to be missed, there are many other places in the Netherlands that deserve your attention too. The beauty of nature in all of the Netherlands is amazing, which makes the fact that many people only visit Amsterdam a real shame. Luckily, from the comfort of a roadsurfer camper van, you can experience all of the hidden-gem countryside with ease! Read on for the roadsurfer guide to some of the best spots in the Netherlands.
Drenthe, in the northeast of the Netherlands isn’t a place to go if you’re looking for city life. Instead, it’s renowned for beautiful villages and scenic countryside. It’s the perfect place to take a bike and explore for a few days or two weeks, relaxing with a slower pace of living.
Friesland is culturally quite different from the rest of the Netherlands. In the north of the country, it has a long coastline and numerous islands to explore, perfect for nature lovers and anyone who wants to play on the water. Learn about its unique culture at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, the capital of the region, where there are canals and historic architecture without the tourist feel of Amsterdam.
The scenery in Gelderland is, you guessed it, breathtaking. This region is home to two of the oldest cities in the Netherlands: Arnhem and Nijmegen. You’ll also find Hoge Veluwe and Veluwezoom National Parks here, abundant with hiking and biking trails. Don’t miss the Kroller-Muller Museum in Hoge Veluwe, which houses one of the best Van Gogh collections in the world.
If you’re looking for a change from the flat countryside found in most of the Netherlands, head to Limburg where you can eat hills for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hike and bike to castles like Valkenburg and Eijisden, and spend time in lovely Maastricht which is often said to be the most beautiful city in the country.