Caravan Tour Netherlands: camping in the North Sea

Campers in the Netherlands can reach the expansive North Sea beaches without having to travel too far, as well as welcoming harbors and lively cities. And there is a wide variety of campsites available almost everywhere.


In pre-Crown times, around 20 million tourists a year visited the Netherlands, where around 17.5 million people currently live. So they are prepared for the guests and have a lot to offer. The main focus of many visitors is the Capital Amsterdamwhere there is already talk of overtourism.

The modern RotterdamAlso, the second largest city in the Netherlands, is attracting more and more tourists. The same goes for The Hague, where the government is based. But although more than twice as many people per square kilometer live in the neighboring country as in Germany, the Netherlands is by no means just conurbations.

The inland provinces near the German border are more rural. The is also considered to be particularly quiet province of Friesland with its many canals and the IJsselmeer. Water is an attraction for campers almost everywhere in the country: on the islands of the ford seaon the dune beaches of North Sea or in the stream Zealand. By the way, Holland is the name of only two provinces in the country.

travel time

The long North Sea coast helps the Netherlands to have a temperate maritime climate. Therefore, even in the height of summer, you cannot expect too hot and in winter only rarely freezing temperatures. they are also typical regular rainfall and a consistent one the wind – all Seasons.

The months are for campers from Germany and abroad July and August particularly popular, which are considered high season on practically all courses. Many campsites open in late March and stay open until October. Even for city trips, places that open in winter are rare. Only a few high-class structures, often too indoor swimming pools have on site, welcome camping guests all year round.

© krizhanskaya –

Typical of the Netherlands are the wide beaches and often the small campsites.


The Netherlands is not known as a camper nation for nothing. More than gathering here 2,000 campsites on a smaller area than the state of Lower Saxony. Not only on the famous North Sea coast, but also inland and on the outskirts of large cities, there is always room for tents, caravans and mobile homes. The differences in equipment are great. Here you will find the most popular campsites in the Netherlands from last year.

“,”rectangle”:” “,”sky”:” “}}” ga-track-vis=”” class=”v-A_-article__inline-container”>

The best campsites in the Netherlands

Campsite De Kleine Wolf

Campsite De Kleine Wolf

Those with a long tradition here five-star rated facilities, which almost have the character of an amusement park with their swimming pools, restaurants and holiday program. On the other hand, there are also small squares, such as at farms (Boerencamping), only with the most necessary infrastructure. At the same time, the number of caravan parks is growing, which now exceeds 2,000. Many marinas offer parking spaces. About 50 semi-natural areas are available specially for tents (Paalkamperen). However, no overnight stays are allowed outside the marked places.


In the Netherlands one has to deal with a slightly higher cost of living than in Germany, also due to a higher value added tax. However, the price level is lower than in the Scandinavian countries. How much do the campsites cost? According to statistics, the prices are as moderate as in Germany.

According to Pincamp, a subsidiary of ADAC, you have to calculate with prices that are about 25% higher. Simple explanation for the different information: While the ADAC mainly considers middle and upper class pitches, the data from also includes cheap mini-campsites and farm pitches. What is certain is that the costs for diesel and super are significantly higher than ours. It is worth filling up before the border.


Overall, the traffic flows quieter than here, because from 6:00 to 19:00 you are only allowed to drive at 100km / h on the numerous motorways. Otherwise, the following applies to mobile homes under 3.5 tons: depending on the signs, 120 or 130 km / h on the motorway, 100 km / h on the freeway and 80 km / h outside the city. Over 3.5 tons: 80 km / h on motorways, expressways and out of town. squads of caravans they can drive at 90 km / h on motorways and expressways, out of town at 80 km / h. The speed limit in the city is 50 km / h. The blood alcohol limit is 0.5. Environmental zones were introduced in Amsterdam, Arnhem, The Hague and Utrecht. Interested in diesel cars and mobile homes from 0 to 3 euros.


cabbage stall

Many inland marinas have also discovered campers as their target audience. Here the small camper in Middenmeer, in North Holland.


Our north-western neighbors are one of the few vacation countries in Europe no road tolls. There is no presentation. There are only two small exceptions: The Western Scheldt Tunnel passes under the water of the same name in the southwest of the country and connects the Zuid-Beveland peninsula with Zeeuws-Vlaanderen on the mainland. Here, however, the costs remain within the limits. Vehicles up to 6 meters long and 3 meters high will have to pay 5 euros for the 6.6 kilometer tunnel and 7.45 euros for larger mobile homes and caravans. Taxes for the Kil Tunnel south of Rotterdam between ‘s-Gravendeel and Dordrecht.


For holidays with a dog or a cat you need the EU pet passport. In addition to the rabies vaccination, a transponder (chip) is also required. As the minimum age for rabies vaccination is 12 weeks and this is only valid after 3 weeks, a young animal can only cross the border at 15 weeks. The entry of all dog breeds is allowed. However, the authorities reserve the right to subject large animals, regardless of breed, to a behavioral test.


Communication difficulties are the exception in the neighboring country. English and often German are common in tourism and gastronomy. Furthermore, many Dutch terms can be guessed without knowledge of the language. Here are some examples from the holiday environment:

camping = camping
Camper pitch = Camperplaats
Floorplan = Plattegrond
Shop / shop = corner
Sanitary building = Sanitairgebouw
Shower coin = Douchemunt
gas bottle = gas bottle
Bike rental = Fietsverhuur
Disposal = Camperverzorgingsplaats
camper = camper
Camping bus = camper bus
Caravan = Caravan
curtain = curtain

Leave a Comment