Did urbanism and Mother Nature decide to join forces in the Netherlands? Every Dutch person seems to enjoy the city, the North Sea, and the countryside as a way of life. Everyone here relishes this daily closeness with nature. On foot and by bicycle, they wander the narrow streets of these cities every chance they get, places that still evoke the Dutch Golden Age. This Route du Bonheur running south to north in the Netherlands traverses tulip fields and Van Gogh paintings, passing beside windmills and dolmens, canals and polders. Here in the heart of Europe lies a nation that loves to fete its royal family, painters, florists, and cyclists. Because the in this land atmosphere here is unique, quite as unique as its heritage.
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Restaurant in the country. Upholding a proud culinary tradition, Château Neercanne combines gastronomy and hospitality in an enviable setting. With breathtaking views over the bucolic Jeker valley, near Maastricht, this grand, late 17th-century property is home to an exceptional restaurant and accommodation that invites guests to savor its heritage. Located in the original manor house, each guest suite blends historical and modern elements, and offers access to the private baroque gardens, which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beneath the impressive chandeliers of Restaurant Château Neercanne, diners enjoy refined seasonal cuisine, inspired by French gastronomy. The chef prioritizes local ingredients and products from the property's own kitchen garden to create innovative dishes of great delicacy. Separately, the atmospheric vaults and elegant contemporary decor of L'Auberge, the estate's second restaurant, make a memorable setting for celebrations. ... Learn moreless
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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
With its striking rocket shape seemingly poised to shoot skyward beside the Maas River, this astonishing building, the work of Italian architect Aldo Rossi, stands in the former industrial zone of Maastricht and houses works of contemporary and modern art, as well as oeuvres by the old masters. The Museum...Read More less
Americans lost their lives here “so that we [the French] could speak French.” The Battle of the Bulge between December 1944 and January 1945 was World War II’s deadliest conflict. At Henri-Chapelle lies a very striking cemetery where nearly 8,000 American soldiers are laid to rest, out of the 17,600...Read More less
The nearby shipyards were the inspiration for the décor of the dining room overlooking the harbour. In this modern setting, Chef Margo Reuten pays as much attention to welcoming her guests as she does to the quality of her cuisine. She is perfectly happy to serve her tables herself and let her guests...Read More less
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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
Built at the request of William III starting in 1685, Het Loo Palace remained the residence of the House of Orange-Nassau for almost three centuries. The palace, which became a national museum in 1984, impresses all its visitors with the splendor of its decorations and the beauty of its gardens (designed...Read More less
Schokland, once an island, is now part of the municipality of 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 date back to prehistoric times. Schokland is a...Read More less
The thatched farmhouses and wooden bridges in the middle of these peat bogs paint an idyllic picture that seems to have arisen from centuries past. Giethoorn is so unlike any other village that it appears almost imaginary. Bordered by long canals, ponds, and reed beds, the houses resemble picture postcards....Read More less
Arnhem's Open Air Museum is a place for walking and discovery, an ecomuseum offering an amazing journey through time: old farms, mills, factories, and craftsmen's workshops are spread across 100 acres, evoking the everyday life of men and women over the past 350 years. Opened more than a century ago,...Read More less
The De Hoge Veluwe National Park is one of the largest in the Netherlands. From forest to heathlands, plains to beaches, the site shelters numerous protected species as well as a cultural center. In the heart of the park, the splendid Kröller-Müller Museum is home to the second-largest collection of...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in town. Next to the famed Jerusalem Chapel, this 16th-century orphanage is now home to 25 intimate, atypical and fairly eccentric suites. With elegant original details and a wink to the 21st century, Weeshuis Gouda celebrates the discrete charm of this city nestled in the country’s “Green Heart” and in easy reach of The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. Carefully conceived to underscore the city’s rich heritage, it is not only the old and authentic that you will find at this design hotel. A voyage through the ages, it blends beautifully with the soul of Gouda’s historic district — its maze of narrow streets, bridges and canals, its fascinating museum, its cheesemakers and its sweet aroma of hot syrup and waffles in the air. Delighting your senses with world-class dining, chef Remco Kuijpers’ fresh creations and focus on local ingredients add the final touch to your stay at this magical place. ... Learn moreless
Built in the mid-eighteenth century in order to drain the polder, the mill network at Kinderdijk Elshout joined the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. The nineteen windmills illustrate a portion of the country's history: peat extraction, farming, as well as the terrible floods of recent centuries. In...Read More less
While the Rijksmuseum is known by all for its impressive Rembrandt collection (such as the celebrated The Night Watch) and the works of Flemish painters, the museum is also home to splendid paintings depicting the landscapes of the North Sea, alongside canvases by the painters of the Hague School, and,...Read More less
In 2013, Queen Beatrix abdicated in favor of her son Willem-Alexander. With his coronation, the date of the national holiday changed to April 27, the young king's birthday. Come join the mass celebrations held on the streets and canals of Amsterdam. The entire city is decorated in orange, the color of...Read More less
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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
You have to climb the 153 steps of the old Eierland lighthouse to admire the view over the southern landscapes of the Dunes of Texel National Park. But it's worth the effort: This vantage point over dunes, salt marshes, and moors showcases the diversity of windswept landscapes across the west coast of...Read More less
Every year, in mid-June, Beach No. 17 in Texel is the start and finish point of one of the biggest catamaran regattas in the world. For one weekend, some 600 participants sail before more than 10,000 spectators scattered along the beaches. And while race times depend on tides and winds, the atmosphere...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.