Springtime Dutch Discovery
If you’ve never experienced river cruising before or only have time spare for a short escape, this relaxing and rewarding cruise from Amsterdam to Düsseldorf is the perfect spring break. You’ll be able to marvel at the seasonal delights of the Dutch capital before taking in the beautifully diverse countryside of the Netherlands and visiting a string of towns and cities steeped in history and authentic culture.
After joining Brabant in Amsterdam, you’ll have the following morning to explore this iconic city before setting sail. The excellent Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House and the grand architecture lining the famous canals will vie for your attention, however a trip to the resplendent, 32-hectare Keukenhof Gardens is a must at this time of year to see the vibrant tulips in their spectacular spring bloom. Cruising on the Ijsselmeer Lake follows en route to Hoorn. [ReadMore]This historic town was a major trading base during the Dutch ‘Golden Age’ and the cosy harbour here harks back to those prosperous times. In the compact town centre seven fascinating museums are within easy reach on foot. You’ll also stop in Kampen for the chance to see centuries-old churches, towers and remains of the ancient city wall in one of the Netherlands’ best-preserved Hanseatic city centres.
Brabant continues onwards along the Ijssel River, presenting you with views of the beautiful city of Zwolle, several pretty villages and beautiful countryside as you head for Deventer. This city is renowned for its industrial and religious significance, which is showcased by the striking Hanseatic-era architecture and imposing St Lebuin’s Church. The Netherlands’ oldest stone house, oldest scientific library and the oldest park are among Deventer’s ‘must-visit’ highlights too. Your penultimate stop is made at Arnhem – most famous for the Battle of Arnhem during World War Two – after passing by the picturesque city of Zutphen. Just a short distance from Arnhem is the fantastic Netherlands Open Air Museum, which exhibits an impressive collection houses, antiques and monuments from various eras. Historic landmarks such as the gothic-style St Eusebius Church and 12th century Doorwerth Castle are also well worth visiting.
On your final day Fort Pannerden will be a sight to behold as you journey along the Pannerden Canal in the morning, before spending the afternoon in Nijmegen. Exploring the Netherlands’ oldest city will round-off your cruise perfectly before you disembark in Düsseldorf. Valkhof Museum is a great place to start before perhaps wandering along the Waalbrug to capture views of the Old Town and the Waal River.