(17 June 2019) Enjoy a sizzling summer in the Netherlands this year with Stena Line. The region has lots to offer with new hotel openings, new Michelin-starred restaurants, and exciting events worth exploring.
Stena Line offers twice-daily, seven hour return crossings between Harwich and the Hook of Holland. Fares start from £59 one way for an adult and car. For those who want to leave the car behind and explore the region on foot or even on two wheels like the locals, Stena Line has its handy rail-and-sail service, allowing holidaymakers to take any Greater Anglia service to Harwich, and then on to any Dutch city.
To help travellers Stena Line has compiled a list of the hottest things for the ultimate Dutch summer adventure.
Enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine across The Netherlands
Unknown to many The Netherlands is home to over 100 Michelin-starred restaurants. At the end of 2018 two new two-star restaurants and 12 new one-star restaurants were added to the list – bringing the total of 110 Michelin-starred restaurants. For the second year running De Librije in Zwolle, De Leest in Vaassen, and Inter Scaldes in Kruiningen retained their three Michelin star status. New additions on the Michelin star list include De Rozario a short drive from Eindhoven, The Millèn in Rotterdam, and Olivijn in Haarlem.
Travelling by car with Stena Line, passengers can create their own Michelin star foodie trail whilst visiting some of The Netherlands stunning landscape. Foodie lovers can start of at De Librije in Zwolle, head to De Rozario in Helmond before heading back to the port. Of course, it’s certainly worth squeezing in meal at Fitzgerald in Rotterdam before the journey back across the North Sea.
For dining ideas, visit: www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Restaurants/Restaurants-Netherlands
Dine in Utrecht’s national park
Located in the National Park Utrechtse Heuvelrug is the breath-taking Parc Broekhuizen and restaurant Voltaire. The property is also the backdrop to the annual International Gourmet Festival Chefs at The Parc. The suites and rooms exude minimalist chic design – a relaxing sanctuary for those looking to rest, whilst the restaurant offers a culinary haven for food lovers. Unsurprisingly Restaurant Voltaire was awarded a Michelin star at the end of 2018. Gastronomes can savour a six course tasting menu paired with some exquisite wines selected by head sommelier Yvo Kwak. Guests can either work up an appetite or burn off a few calories, as there are plenty of hiking trails to choose from in the park. A dream & dine package extravaganza starts from £270 (€305) per person and includes a welcome glass of bubbly, a six-course dinner and wine arrangement in Restaurant Voltaire, a stay in a luxury suite (with free minibar), and breakfast in the morning.
To book visit: www.parcbroekhuizen.nl/
Stay at stylish Leonardo Royal Hotel in Amsterdam
Holidaymakers have yet another chic hotel to stay at when visiting the Dutch capital. Recently opened, the property boasts over 400 spacious rooms with most overlooking the incredible canals. Ideal for the whole family, there are baby cots available and even four-legged friends are more than welcome to stay for a nominal fee of €10 per day. A weekend stay for two adults, one child – and a dog – starts from £355 (€400).
To book visit: www.leonardo-hotels.com/leonardo-royal-hotel-amsterdam
NH Collection Amsterdam Flower Market opens
Guests travelling to Amsterdam with Stena Line can be amongst the first to stay at the newly opened NH Collections Amsterdam Flower Market. Formerly NH Carlton Amsterdam, this stunning hotel is the sixth NH Collection Hotel to be unveiled in the city. The hotel takes inspiration from its location, infusing floral designs in its décor. The hotel boasts more than 200 stylish rooms, including family quadruple rooms and junior suites with a balcony. Those driving through the region can take advantage of the hotel’s onsite car parking. With the hotel offering a 10% discount on new bookings, a weekend stay in a superior room for two adults with a car starts from £492 (€555).
Lowlands Festival 2019, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands 16-18 August 2019
Every summer The Netherlands is home to one of Europe’s established and eclectic music events, Lowlands Festival. Hosting over 60,000 revellers each year, the festival has around 250 artists including cutting edge film, stand-up comedy, visual arts, literature and street theatre performing over various stages. Acts this year include the likes of Franz Ferdinand, ASAP Rocky, and Ziggy Marley – to name a few. Tickets for the festival start from £95 per person. www.festicket.com/festivals/lowlands-festival/2019
With Stena Line up a driver and to nine passengers can travel for £535 from 16 to 19 August. Revellers can book now and enjoy their own soundtrack to summer.
To book, visit: www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry-to-holland
Take a walk on the gentle side at Trompbenburg Botanical Gardens, throughout summer 2019
Less than an hour’s drive from Hook of Holland is the stunning Trompenburg botanical garden. Located in Rotterdam Trompenburg is home to some incredible shrubs, trees and bulbs including beech, privet, dwarf, conifers, holly, oak and rhododendron – a sanctuary for any phytophile. The garden dates back to the 17th century and is an impressive 7 hectares. Open all year round, the summer is certainly the best time to make the most of the horticultural exuberance. Tickets are just €7 for visitors over 12 years so make for a great pit stop before heading further afield.
Heritage Days – throughout Holland, 14 – 15 September 2019
Held every year the ‘Open Monumentendag’ (Heritage Days) is back again this September. With more than 4,000 historical buildings and sites opening their doors to the public visitors can learn more about the heritage and historic importance of these monuments. Besides opening their doors, many locations also host on-site activities like exhibitions, music and guided tours. Almost every Dutch monument is open to the public, free of charge during the weekend of the Heritage Days. To find out more, visit: www.openmonumentendag.nl
A return vehicle crossing for two adults over the Heritage weekend starts from £173. To book now visit: www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry-to-holland
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