The Netherlands (Holland) motorhome country guide

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Rottordam skyline at dusk
Netherlands farm landscape with windmill
Amsterdam canal bridge with parked bicycles
Amsterdam canal boats

Water dominates the history and the landscape of The Netherlands. Today dykes, canals and rivers crisscross all over the country. Between 1927 and 1932, a 30.5km long dyke called Afsluitdijk (the Barrier Dyke) was built, turning the Zuiderzee into the Ijsselmeer, a freshwater lake. The bulb fields, especially the tulips, are a popular tourist destination. The season lasts from the end of March until the first week of May, weather depending. The best-known bulb fields are located behind the North Sea sand dunes, between the cities of Leiden and Den Helder. Flower Route cycle maps are available from tourist information offices.

Campsites, Motorhome Stopovers and Offsite-Parking in The Netherlands (Holland) (free wild camping)
There are a wide range of campsites available to suit all budgets and desires. The Camping Card ACSI details over 370 off season discount campsites. Small campsites, known as ‘Mini Camping’, are detailed in Kamperen op het Platteland which is available from www.vekabo.com, and bookshops in Holland, but is only in Dutch. SVR, www.svr.nl, is another camping association and members receive a map detailing SVR sites, there is no handbook. Motorhome facilities are often inadequate, under whelming and expensive, which is surprising when you consider how many Dutch motorhomes you see in other countries, perhaps that is the reason why! Many of the Motorhome Stopovers only have two parking bays, and no facilities. Service Points are predominantly at marinas and a fee is charged, these are generally waist height sinks for emptying cassette toilets only. Grey water drains and fresh water supplies are rare. Charges at marinas are sometimes more than campsite fees. Motorhome Stopovers are detailed in All the Aires Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, Bord Atlas and CamperStop Europe. All books and  the ACSI Camping Card are available from www.vicarious-shop.com. Offsite-parking is not tolerated in The Netherlands nor is it in practice.

Driving your motorhome or campervan in The Netherlands (Holland)
The roads are generally in good condition and toll free but do suffer from strong winds. Being a densely populated country, like Britain, The Netherlands also suffers morning and evening rush hours. The driving style is generally good and drivers are decisive when joining traffic or overtaking. It would also seem that everybody gets on their bike in the Netherlands and cycle routes are everywhere. Usually bikes do not share the road, making cycling safe and easy. Thousands of bikes are stolen in the Netherlands every year so always lock up your bike.