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On the Map: Discover The Netherlands

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Published 24/05/2022 On the Map: Discover The Netherlands


Famous for its flat, cycle-loving landscape, shimmering canals, and vibrant fields of technicolour tulips, there's a lot to love about The Netherlands.

The life outdoors is certainly well-lived here, whether you're whizzing through the lanes on two wheels, or browsing the many markets and gardens that pepper this beautiful country.

And did we mention the food? Gooey stroopwafel with coffee is a mid-morning staple, while cheese tasting in Edam has to be sampled at least once!

Experience The Netherlands in all their glory, with a quirky stay in one of these unique retreats.

Author: Nina Jervis
Main image: Little Pea at Culture Campsite

Vliegtuigsuite

Vliegtuigsuite

Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a first-class stay... in your very own Dutch airplane suite for two. Expect top-flight facilities in this unique luxury suite for two, set within a former Government plane that seated 120 VIP passengers, as it carried them all over the world in blissful comfort. Grounded at Teuge International Airport, flight enthusiasts will love the stirring views…

Euromast

Euromast

Live the high life with your head in the clouds, in an exclusive suite set within the highest building in the Netherlands. Originally built to host the world's largest flower exhibition, and a proud member of the World Federation of Great Towers (joining the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building, no less), Rotterdam's Euromast is the only place to stay if you want to combine sightseeing…

Controversy Tram Inn

Controversy Tram Inn

Sleep in a UFO without the alien abduction, on a refreshingly quirky Dutch farm that's quite unlike any other! Controversy Tram Inn is home to all the things you might expect on an average farm. Fresh green land, abundant crops, and plenty of ducks, pigs, chickens and dogs to greet each day. Oh, and not forgetting, of course, a tempting selection of quirkily comfy sleeping spaces that…

Harbour Crane

Harbour Crane

Experience an out-of-this-world hideaway just moments from (and high above) the heart of historic Harlingen! Is it a spaceship? Is it a spider? Is it a sea creature emerging from the Wadden Sea? No, it's the Harbour Crane! The moment you set eyes on the Harbour Crane, you'll quickly see how it earned its many nicknames. ‘The Spider', ‘Blue Head' and ‘Long William' just about sum…

Amsterdam The Crane by YAYS

Amsterdam The Crane by YAYS

Experience a taste of the high life in an iconic, refurbished crane offering luxurious living, an outstanding location and unbeatable views across Amsterdam East, North and the IJ-River. Amsterdam The Crane by YAYS can be found on KNSM Island in the eastern point of this most famous Dutch city - a district still undiscovered by most tourists, but a newly emerging creative hub in high demand…

Bunker Pavilion

Bunker Pavilion

For a piece of Dutch military history, an ingenious architectural transformation and a countryside idyll, quick march to The Bunker Pavilion. The Bunker Pavilion is an unforgettable holiday home that's anything but ordinary! - a former World War II concrete bunker situated among rolling green hills in Fort Vuren, a military fort which formed part in the strategically vital New Dutch…

Crane Hotel Faralda

Crane Hotel Faralda

View the beauty of Amsterdam from a unique position - a stylish and award-winning hotel at the top of a former crane! Crane Hotel Faralda is probably the most spectacularly original hotel you'll ever stay in, so if you're looking for an inspiring break that will have everybody talking for a long time to come...you've just found it!   Set in a former harbour crane painstakingly…

SWEETS hotel

SWEETS hotel

Take your pick from one of the unique bridge house suites, beautifully scattered along the canals of Amsterdam.   Featured in the New York Times Magazine and Monocle Magazine, Amsterdam's SWEETS hotel is an innovative collection of 28 bridge houses scattered throughout the city, all accommodating a maximum of two guests.   Former bridge keeper's houses are set along the city's famous…

Hayema Heerd

Hayema Heerd

Recreate fairytales of old at Hayema Heerd, a Dutch hotel made of straw, set on a peaceful farm in the north of the Netherlands. Located on an authentic and refreshing Dutch farm, in the rural north of the Netherlands yet just twenty minutes from the stunning city of Groningen, Hayema Heerd Straw Hotel is a bucket-list stay just begging to be experienced. After all, who could resist the…

Lifeboat Harlingen

Lifeboat Harlingen

A cosy and authentically restored former lifeboat, ideal for a nautical holiday for two in the enchanting Dutch ‘city of ships'. Serving as a faithful lifeboat from 1955 to 1979, in her heyday the Lilla Marras saved countless lives. Since her retirement, she has been lovingly restored and restyled for her new life in historic, view-filled Harlingen, the famous Dutch ‘city of…

Culture Campsite

Culture Campsite

An ingenious collection of upcycled, ‘tiny house'-style sleeping pods, on a creative campsite in the heart of Rotterdam. Fresh, innovative and sustainable, Rotterdam's Culture Campsite is strewn with creative architectural delights - in the form of a range of completely unique sleeping pods. Each pod is a characterful creation from a different designer, artist or architect, all using upcycled…

Amsterdam Windmill

Amsterdam Windmill

An authentic, operational nineteenth century Dutch mill, with easy access to the city and expansive green views all around.Ever fancied transporting yourself back in time?You'll feel as though you've stepped straight into a more peaceful age with a stay in this authentic Dutch windmill, originally built in 1874 and still fully operational.Sleeping up to six guests, the windmill has an immediately…

Harlingen Lighthouse

Harlingen Lighthouse

Rest your heads in an iconic Dutch monument, filled with fun, quirky features and boasting spectacular panoramic views. Originally constructed in the 1920s, Harlingen Lighthouse formed part of an iconic network of lighthouses that line the Dutch coast.  These days, the striking building has been comfortably restored as a scenic retreat for two guests. This is an ideal setting for a…

Lightship Amsterdam

Lightship Amsterdam

A cutting-edge floating haven, crafted by an award-winning architect, and peacefully moored in North Amsterdam's creative hub. Bobbing proudly and peacefully in Amsterdam-Noord is the vibrant red Lightship Amsterdam, a historic ship offering luxurious accommodation for two. Perfectly moored just minutes away from the iconic city centre, you can relax in a sumptuous on-board suite... that was…

De Bossche Kraan

De Bossche Kraan

An architect-designed ‘luxury hotel room' in a crane nestled above the water, with rotational Old Town and city views from the south of the Netherlands. The Tramkade is a former industrial area in the southern Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (known locally as Den Bosch.)   Once home to a procession of factories, over time the district has transformed into a buzzing, culture-rich hub,…

Amsterdam Houseboat

Amsterdam Houseboat

Enjoy a unique overwater experience on a clean-lined, stylish vessel moored in the heart of the bustling Dutch capital, with famous local landmarks mere moments away.Perfectly located in the heart of the city, Amsterdam Houseboat is an ideal base from which to explore, with many famous attractions - including Anne Frank House - in easy walking distance. Self-contained with generous kitchen…

Cocondo

Cocondo

A historic World War Two telephone bunker, transformed into a sustainable and design-led family retreat with captivating stories to tell, secluded beneath the coastal dunes in Hook of Holland. Brimming with fascinating tales, the Vinetaduin is a Hook of Holland monument featuring a vast network of bunkers that depict four layers of military history. Secluded beneath the wild dunes that line the…

Hotel Not Hotel

Hotel Not Hotel

A vibrant social hub in which every room is a unique piece of art (including ‘secret' bookcases and restored tram cars!) conveniently set in the buzzing heart of Amsterdam. Looking for all the world like a huge, sociable living room, Hotel Not Hotel enjoys a relaxed ‘hostel' vibe, and unique artistic elements that are sure to delight lovers of all things quirky. Located just 250 yards from…

Inntel Zaandam

Inntel Zaandam

A jaw-dropping fusion of Zaan-style cottages, in the form of a unique Amsterdam hotel with a home-from-home feel, just a short train ride from the bustling city centre.It's unlikely you'll have encountered anything like Inntel Zaandam before.Comprised of what looks like a charming mash-up of the green-painted cottages that characterise Amsterdam's Zaan region, the twelve-storey hotel cuts an…

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