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My Route du Bonheur

Crossing the kingdom of the Netherlands

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Have city and nature come together in the Netherlands? Like a way of life, every Dutch person seems to enjoy the city, the North Sea and the countryside. Everyone here relishes this closeness with nature in their day-to-day lives. On foot and by bicycle, they take every chance to wander the narrow streets of these cities that still evoke the Dutch Golden Age. This Route du Bonheur running south to north in the Netherlands progresses through fields of tulips and canvases by Van Gogh, between windmills and dolmens, canals and polders. Here at the heart of Europe, we find a nation that loves to fete its royal family, painters, florists and cyclists. Because here, the atmosphere is unique, in a true reflection of the heritage…
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Château St. Gerlach

Valkenburg aan de Geul - Netherlands

Hotel and restaurant in the country. The St. Gerlach Estate is tucked away in the Geul Valley and the Ingendael nature reserve. Extensive parks, a vineyard, herb garden, orchard, rose garden, and its church with splendid 18th century frescoes, secure an enchanting setting for the Château, which dates back to the year 1200 and was once a monastery built to accommodate pilgrims who had come to pay homage to hermit Gerlach of Houthem. The guestrooms, housed in the former farmstead, boast views of Baroque gardens. The restaurant, which has lost nothing of its aristocratic décor, serves fine French cuisine, while the Bistrot de Liège offers the guests appealing dishes from the region in an informal setting. ... Learn moreless

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Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial

Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial

In Henri-Chapelle you’ll find a powerful cemetery where almost 8 000 American soldiers are laid to rest (of 17 600 deaths that occurred here).

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Relais Châteaux Restaurant Château Neercanne

Relais Châteaux Restaurant Château Neercanne

From its immense terrace, Château Neercanne reigns over the bucolic Jeker Valley. This historic château, built in 1698 by the governor of Maastricht as a venue for large receptions, is now a restaurant straddling the Belgian and Dutch borders, with a rich cultural and culinary heritage. Its two chefs, Hans Snijders and Gilbert von Berg, offer a concise yet sophisticated menu. Their French-inspired cuisine, which celebrates the best of seasonal produce, can be enjoyed in the elegant dining room of the gourmet restaurant. L'Auberge features charming vaulted ceilings and reserves its unique atmosphere for more informal lunchtime meals. And for an overnight stay in Maastricht, combine Château Neercanne with sister property Château St. Gerlach. Relais Châteaux Restaurant Château Neercanne

 

Relais Châteaux Restaurant Da Vinci

Relais Châteaux Restaurant Da Vinci

My goal is to grow every day in my creative process. I work towards this by offering the same quality to everyone every day, and then fine-tuning it repeatedly. My inspiration comes from all kinds of things around me. I’m also proud of what the region and, more specifically, Limburg has to offer. The fabulous products from our suppliers, such as asparagus, eel and Limburg wines, challenge me to create new dishes and combinations.

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Kasteel Engelenburg

Brummen - Netherlands

Hotel and restaurant in the woods. Located amidst elegant vistas of landscaped gardens, a golf course and old trees in a private forest, the 100 hectare estate of Kasteel Engelenburg offers unforgettable excursions in this beautiful region. This 19th century castle is a historical monument, with hand-carved fireplaces, high ceilings, period furniture and sumptuous suites that evoke the splendour of bygone days. The restaurant, in a 19th century conservatory with a tropical atmosphere, is an absolute delight, as are the lounge with its collection of 300 Scottish Single Malts, the medieval wine cellar and its wine collection. The sumptuous rooms and suites are all individually decorated. ... Learn moreless

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Paintings by Van Gogh, Kröller-Müller Museum

Paintings by Van Gogh, Kröller-Müller Museum

This museum, opened in 1938, is home to the world’s second largest collection of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. The Potato Eaters, the portrait of Paul-Eugène Milliet and the Flowering Orchards hang alongside masterpieces by Seurat, Picasso, Gauguin and Ensor. Located in the heart of the De Hoge Veluwe national park, the museum also boasts splendid gardens, adorned with sculptures by Rodin, Dubuffet and Jan Fabre.

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The dolmens of Drenthe

The dolmens of Drenthe

With some of them weighing up to forty tonnes, these dolmens are believed to have been brought here over 5000 years ago. The fifty or so megaliths form incredible tombs, whose origins are still unknown to us. To understand how they were moved here and find out about the tribes who are believed to have brought these Hunebedden deep into the forest, visit the Hunebedden Infocentrum National Museum, located in the neighbouring town of Borger.

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Parkhotel de Wiemsel

Ootmarsum - Netherlands

Hotel and restaurant in a park. At the edge of the charming village of Ootmarsum, the hotel is surrounded by meadows and woods. One need only to lie down on the bed and contemplate this ocean of greenery just outside the window to immediately feel relaxed. Everything here is designed for rejuvenation: the cuisine, simple but deliciously fresh and flavourful, the spacious rooms with their own private sun decks with direct access to the park, and above all the facilities dedicated to wellness. Indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna, steam room, and solarium allow you to take care of yourself all year long and, once reinvigorated, to hike or bike the paths surrounding the property. ... Learn moreless

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Landgoed Hotel Het Roode Koper

Leuvenum (Ermelo) - Netherlands

Hotel and restaurant in a park. The Sörensen family warmly welcomes guests to the estate of Het Roode Koper, a mansion once owned by the Count of Dutch-Indonesia. Surrounded by classical English gardens and the lovely woods of the Veluwe, the 3,000 hectare estate is a wonderful destination for a getaway. Explore the magnificent woods, heaths, water and wilderness by foot, bicycle or on horseback – guests can even stable their horses on the premises. On cooler days, curl up fireside with a spot of tea or a glass of wine in the lounge. The restaurant offers excellent seasonal fare, which can be enjoyed with views of the stately garden. ... Learn moreless

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Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

This museum, one of the most beautiful in the world, is a must see. After almost ten years of renovations, the Rijksmuseum opened its doors once again in spring 2013. It is a pleasure to rediscover the masterpieces of the Golden Age of Dutch painting in this bright and modern setting. There are twenty four rooms and 1.5 kilometres of galleries to explore, each more beautiful than the last, where you will find Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, Vermeer’s The Milkmaid as well as magnificent portraits by Frans Hals.

Koningsdag, King’s Day

Koningsdag, King’s Day

In 2013, Queen Beatrix abdicated in favour of her son Willem-Alexander. With his coronation, the date of the national holiday has changed to 27 April, the young king’s birthday. Come and join in the mass celebrations that take place on the streets and canals of Amsterdam. The entire city is decked out in orange and there is a very warm and friendly atmosphere. Boat trips, picnics, beer and laughter are on the menu until late into the night.

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World Heritage Site Schokland

World Heritage Site Schokland

Schokland used to be an island in what is now the Noordoostpolder. The former island symbolizes the age-old, heroic struggle of the Dutch against the water. On Schokland and in the immediate vicinity there are traces of human habitation that go back far into prehistoric times. Schokland is a unique combination of cultural history and nature that is rich in archeological mineral resources. Schokland has been a World Heritage since 1995.

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De Lindenhof Restaurant Hotel Lodge

Giethoorn - Netherlands

Restaurant in a park. Set in the Dutch idyll of Giethoorn, a village built on canals, Chef Martin Kruithof and his wife Marjan de Jonge make it their mission to spoil their guests. De Lindenhof is a thatched-roof farmhouse surrounded by the loveliest of English gardens, where the chef creates his classic but inventive cuisine, allowing the flavours of the ingredients to speak for themselves. On sunny days, dine on the terrace overlooking the delightful garden and canal or enjoy a delicious picnic on the restaurant’s riverboat, which can be hired with a captain to tour the picturesque canals. To complete the experience, stay the night in one of the Lindenhof’s two spacious rooms and four spacious suites. ... Learn moreless

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Bij Jef

Den Hoorn-Texel - Netherlands

Hotel and restaurant in a village. An hour and a half from Amsterdam, twenty minutes by boat from Den Helder — between the land and the sea — lies Texel, an island in the Frisian archipelago. It is where chef Jef Schuur, hand in hand with his wife Nadine Mögling, has chosen to open a Michelinstarred restaurant and several beautiful modern suites in what was once a presbytery. With the changing tides, he cooks local products such as Wadden Sea cockles with Texel lamb bacon, parsley root cream and a jus of puffed celery. Nadine, a sommelier, is an expert in European wines and uses her extensive knowledge of organic and natural wines to create subtle and unique pairings to compliment the cuisine's harmonious contrasts of tastes and textures. ... Learn moreless

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