8 days in The Wadden Itinerary

8 days in The Wadden Itinerary

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8 days in The Wadden Itinerary

Start: Groningen
train:  1​h
1
Leeuwarden
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Texel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Den Helder
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Groningen

2
nights
Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden ©
Leeuwarden, Stadsfries: Liwwadden) is a city and municipality with a population of 108,249 in Friesland in the Netherlands. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Eise Eisinga Planetarium and AquaZoo. Get some cultural insight at Fries Museum and Franeker City Hall. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Leeuwarden: Sneek (Rijksmonument Waterpoort Sneek uit 1613 & Fries Scheepvaart Museum), Nationaal Park Lauwersmeer (in Lauwersoog) and IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel) (in Makkum). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden.

Before you visit Leeuwarden, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Groningen to Leeuwarden is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Leeuwarden can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Texel.

Things to do in Leeuwarden

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Franeker, Sneek, Nationaal Park Lauwersmeer, IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel)
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Fries Museum ©
Fries Museum
Eise Eisinga Planetarium ©
Eise Eisinga Planetarium
Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden ©
Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden

2
nights
Texel

Texel ©
On the 16th (Mon), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ecomare, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vuurtorenweg Texel Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Shipwreck and Beachcombing Museum Flora, experience rural life at Schapenboerderij Texel, then trek along Sommeltjespad, then enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse Texel, and finally find something for the whole family at Klimmen EnZo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Texel trip planning tool .

Getting from Leeuwarden to Texel by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Texel are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Den Helder.

Things to do in Texel

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ecomare ©
Ecomare
Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel ©
Nationaal Park Duinen van Texel
Lighthouse Texel ©
Lighthouse Texel

3
nights
Den Helder

Den Helder ©
Den Helder is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland. Kids will enjoy Landgoed Hoenderdaell and Callantsoog Beach. Get outdoors at Natuurgebied Zwanenwater and Afsluitdijk. Take a break from Den Helder with a short trip to De Goudvis in Sint Maartenszee, about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Marinemuseum and see the interesting displays at Fort Kijkduin (Museum and Aquarium).

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Den Helder trip planner .

You can drive from Texel to Den Helder in an hour. September in Den Helder sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Den Helder

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Callantsoog, Afsluitdijk, De Goudvis, Landgoed Hoenderdaell
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Landgoed Hoenderdaell ©
Landgoed Hoenderdaell
Marinemuseum ©
Marinemuseum
Afsluitdijk ©
Afsluitdijk