Six must-see spots to visit during your holiday with a rail pass
Are you planning a rail holiday through Europe? With Eurail (for non-European citizens) and Interrail (for European citizens), you have access to unlimited rail travel through Holland and the rest of Europe. Discover new friends along the way, enjoy the best food, and immerse yourself in local culture. Board the train where and whenever you wish and travel at your own pace. Experience the ultimate freedom of a rail holiday with Eurail and Interrail!
- Travel cheaply and conveniently by train through Holland and the rest of Europe with Eurail and Interrail.
- Discover the freedom of traveling with Eurail and Interrail and get access to unlimited travel by train with just one ticket.
- Discover special places off the beaten track.
- Experience authentic Holland.
Through the Benelux with Eurail and Interrail
The Benelux has a great railway network. Trains depart often and distances are short, making the train the perfect means for traveling through the Benelux. With the Benelux Pass of Eurail and Interrail you can easily travel through the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg with a single pass. Enjoy Flemish fries in Antwerp or Brussels and continue to Luxembourg to enjoy its beautiful natural landscapes. You are free to choose when and where you board the train again.
In Holland, you will also experience the ultimate freedom of traveling by train with Eurail (and Interrail). The train conveys you from exuberant Maastricht in the south of the country to pleasant Leeuwarden up north. Experience for yourself how easy it is to travel by train in Holland. The Holland.com editors have selected six of the most beautiful places in Holland for you. Whether you are traveling alone, with your partner or the entire family, travel off the beaten tracks and discover what Holland has to offer!
The charming city of Maastricht lies in the south of Holland, just a stone’s throw away from the German and Belgian borders. Maastricht is a city for people who truly enjoy the good things in life and is well known for its welcoming squares, delicious food, and great shopping streets.
Have a look at Boekhandel Dominicanen, one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, where you will find new and second-hand books (in English, too) in the unique location of a thirteenth century church. Or go for a boat tour on the Meuse, the river to which the city owes its name, and explore the cave system beneath the Sint Pietersberg near the city.
In less than 90 minutes, you can travel by train from Maastricht to historical ’s-Hertogenbosch, city of Jheronimus Bosch. The Jheronimus Bosch Art Center is devoted entirely to his bizarre imagination. Paintings by Bosch and that other famous painter from Brabant, Vincent van Gogh, can be admired at the Noordbrabants Museum.
Go for a walk through the inner city and enjoy the unique medieval ambiance of ’s-Hertogenbosch. Don’t forget to spot the typically Dutch facades and visit the impressive Sint Janskathedraal (St. John’s Cathedral). Climb the cathedral tower’s centuries old staircase to the top and enjoy the view of the city from above.
Hip and happening Rotterdam
Maastricht and ’s-Hertogenbosch are beautiful historical cities. If you are looking for raw, modern and trendy Holland, you definitely need to visit Rotterdam. Rotterdam’s old inner city was destroyed by bombs in WWII. What reemerged is a dynamic, young city full of shiny skyscrapers that boasts Europe’s biggest harbor. This modern metropolis is just an hour by train from ’s-Hertogenbosch.
When in Rotterdam, go visit the Markthal, a covered market and a true paradise for foodies. From sweet delicacies like cupcakes and chocolate to Dutch cheese and fresh fish, this is the place to go if you love good food. Rotterdam’s zoo is one of the most beautiful animal parks in Holland. Do you love art? At the Museumpark, you will find the Kunsthal and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, which own world class collections.
Board the train at Rotterdam Centraal and you will travel to Utrecht in about thirty minutes. Shopaholics are in their element here, because as soon as you leave the station you will find yourself in one of Holland’s biggest shopping malls: Hoog Catherijne. You can shop until you drop in this modern mall. When you step out of the mall, however, you will walk into a completely different world full of charming canals with wharf cellars, welcoming alleys and beautiful museums.
The Miffy Museum in Utrecht is great for children and adults. Get to know this Dutch icon here. And there is nothing better to complete your rail holiday than visiting the Spoorwegmuseum, an interactive railway museum with special trains.
The Hanseatic city of Zwolle
Have you seen all there is to see in Utrecht and would you like to experience more true Dutch ambiance? From Utrecht it is less than an hour by train to the pleasant Hanseatic city of Zwolle. Old buildings, pleasant canals and beautiful church towers dominate the view of this lovely fortified city. Part of the defense works of this monumental city is still standing. The volunteers of the Sassenpoort are happy to show you around the beautiful fully preserved city gate from the late 14th century. And the Dominican monastery just outside the city center is also a must-see if you are in Zwolle.
But Zwolle is so much more than just old buildings. Museum de Fundatie is one of the places that clearly shows off that modern side of Zwolle. The historical building has a modern ‘cloud’ on the roof and boasts a collection of works from the 17th century up to today. Old and new come together in Zwolle.
Leeuwarden, Cultural Capital
In 2018, Leeuwarden is the Cultural Capital of Europe! And with reason, because it is a real hotspot for those who love culture. Admire the Oldehove, the leaning tower of Leeuwarden, and the Blokhuispoort, the former prison that has been transformed into a bustling cultural center, including a restaurant and hostel where you sleep in a former prison cell.
Wander through the inner city and experience Frisian hospitality. Meet famous residents of Leeuwarden, such as the infamous spy Mata Hari, at the Fries Museum. And enjoy Frisian delicacies, such as suikerbrood or ‘sugar bread’. The train takes you to Leeuwarden from Zwolle in less than an hour.
Discover the rest of Europe with Eurail
Would you like to see more than just Holland or the Benelux countries? With Eurail and Interrail, your journey does not stop at the border. A single all-in-one rail pass grants unlimited access to most trains throughout Europe. Book a Eurail Pass if you are not a EU resident. Do you have a European passport? Then you can buy an Interrail Pass. Or take the Global Pass to travel by train to European highlights. A single ticket allows you to enjoy a croissant while admiring the view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, discover centuries old remains of the Roman empire in Rome and, or relax on Spanish beaches. In addition, your ticket entitles you to a discount on hotels, museums and other fantastic attractions throughout the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. In short, everything you need for an unforgettable and carefree holiday!
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