Experience the Dutch North Sea coast on a weekend in Holland

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Canal in Eenrum - Dutch North Sea Coast

The Dutch North Sea coast and its hinterland

We had two days to look at the Dutch North Sea coast between Den Helder and the province of Groningen. The tips we have gathered are perfect for taking a vacation on the Dutch North Sea coast. Our journey began in Den Helder, the city in North Hollandfrom which the ferries are up the island of Texel depart. That was also the reason why we were there. We had before ours Beach vacation Already spent a few days along the Dutch North Sea coast on the southernmost island in the Wadden Sea. With such a stay you can combine this tour along the North Sea from North Holland via Friesland to the province of Groningen.


Dutch North Sea coast near Kaap Noord - North Sea coast holidays
Dutch North Sea coast near Kaap Noord - here you can vacation on the Dutch North Sea coast


From Den Helder we follow the dike along the North Sea - either parallel to it or on it. Our journey is almost always along the coast, even though we do not constantly see the sea. The Dikes in this region protect the hinterland from the storms on the North Sea coast. Nevertheless, you notice everywhere the proximity of the sea. On the canals that cross this landscape, there is a lively ship and boat traffic. Our destination on this day and starting point for the excursions of the next days is the place Eenrum in the province of Groningen. Even the overnight stay is an experience, because we are guests


Canal in Eenrum - Dutch North Sea Coast
Canal in Eenrum, typical for holidays on the Dutch North Sea coast - Dutch North Sea coast


In the smallest hotel in the world

We are curious. Normally, superlatives don't always deliver what they promise. But that was the case here. When we arrive at the Grand Hotel de Kromme Raake in Eenrum at the agreed time, we are initially faced with closed doors. Through the window we see a reception that looks like it came out of a picture by Edward Hopper. I immediately feel transported back to the 50s. Alone - even when we ring the doorbell, no one answers the door. What now? Then it occurs to me that there might be information about this in our travel documents. I discover a phone number there. When I call there, the cider factory (mustard factory), which is right around the corner, answers.


Reception in the smallest hotel in the world for the Dutch North Sea coast vacation
Reception in the smallest hotel in the world - vacation on the Dutch North Sea coast


Unusual check-in

The somewhat stressed-out gentleman on the phone thinks he already knows who we are. And that we live in the hotel. However, he was just so stressful that he could not bring us the key. We should please come to his restaurant and pick up the key. Oh yes, and he couldn't show us our accommodation personally because he just had to look after two bus groups in his restaurant. "A strange reception," I think to myself. But good. We walk a few meters around the corner and get our key. Number 1. Oh yes. Before we leave, we receive the instruction: “Please come to dinner one hour later than agreed. Then there is less going on here. ”And another cryptic explanation follows:“ You can open all but two of the doors in the hotel. They are cordoned off. This key doesn't fit either. ”Now I'm really curious.

Accommodation as in Edward Hoppers pictures

We unlock the front door and go through the only door that fits the key. This leads to a colorful room. I immediately notice the art print above the desk. The picture shows Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean at a counter where Elvis the Cocktails pours. Apparently the owner also associates his establishment with impressions of Edward Hopper. Its "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" perfectly captures the atmosphere of this hotel.

A whole hotel for us alone

The aged furnishings in this living room confirm my first impression of a pension as I would have expected in the 50 years. A wooden wall is colorfully painted with scenes that tell stories. By women. A garden. The life in the country. In the middle of the wooden wall is a double door, which we open curiously. Instead of another room, however, it leads directly into a huge double bed. Just like you often find them in old fisherman houses in Holland. Only that there is more space here. To get to the comfortable mattress, you first have to crawl over a wide frame. Only then do we sink into soft clouds.

To emerge from this again proves to be a time-consuming endeavor. Only when you have climbed the frame again, you can crawl back to the entry back. It takes some practice to get along with this type of bed.

The exciting thing is that the bed is accessible from two sides. One of us climbs in from the living room. The other from the big bath.

Breakfast at home

On the way to the bathroom we discover a room that used to be the kitchen. Today there is an old wood stove in it, as my grandmother used to have it. On it are a coffee machine and a kettle, inviting us to a cup of coffee or tea. The next morning it turns out that our breakfast is served there. And what a thing! With a selection of delicious breads (the croissants are just great!). A sausage and cheese plate that is enough for a whole company. Boiled eggs. Freshly squeezed orange juice. And the whole thing in complete privacy. It's like eating at home without the work that such a household does.

Slowly we realize that we are actually here in the smallest hotel in the world. We are the only guests.




What does the Dutch North Sea Coast offer?

Well-fortified and after a deep sleep in our bunk we set out to explore the Dutch North Sea coast in Friesland and Groningen for two days.


Canal, houseboats and windmill
Canal, houseboats and windmill

Enjoy the Dutch North Sea coast

The first day of our stay we spend with a tour of the region. Our first stop is this

The fishing museum in Zoutkamp - typical Dutch North Sea coast

In a warehouse where buoys and other equipment for coastal fishing were once stored, you can find out about the development of fishing in Zoutkamp. We learn that the fishermen still live here. However, your fishing boats are now in a neighboring town that is closer to the sea. The boats that are docked in the canal in front of the museum either belong to the museum. Or there are excursion boats or House boatswho make a stop here. The fishermen from Zoutkamp no longer actively fish from their home port. This is no longer possible since the dyke systems on the Lauwersmeer were completed.


ZK2 - fishermen from Zoutkamp drive with this abbreviation the Dutch North Sea coast
ZK2 - fishermen from Zoutkamp sail the Dutch North Sea coast. Take care when vacationing on the Dutch North Sea coast.

Riding Pit 11
9974 PJ Zoutkamp

Through the vast hinterland of the Dutch North Sea coast we continue to Dokkum in Friesland. This is one of those small towns we love in Holland. Small. Cozy. Manageable. With alleys, where a nice house to the next rows. We will have lunch first

Stadscafe Artisante

In a casual bistro atmosphere, we will have lunch at the Stadscafé Artisante in the center of Dokkum. Here you can sit outside and watch the bustle of the bridge over the canal. In the midday heat, however, the seats on the bistro terrace are already occupied. Therefore we order our sandwiches in the restaurant.

Diepswal 1
9101 LA Dokkum


Next door is the Craft Beer Brewery of Boniface, one of the larger breweries in the area. In a narrow townhouse on the canal in Dokkum, the young beer brewers produce selected craft beers, which they serve to local beer lovers. We learn that the name goes back to the Irish monk Boniface, who was murdered 754 in Dokkum. After him, they name one of their beers.

Brewery Boniface

Diepswal 5
9101 LA Dokkum

Take time for a stroll through Dokkum. Along the canal you can watch the buzz on the canal ships. There are also restored houses to see. We take a walk through the city while we wait for the tide. It's not until six in the evening that we can do the mudflat walk we planned for the evening. Therefore, we postpone our dinner in the late afternoon. At KB Foods in Dokkum we feel right at home. With a steak and salmon filet we spend the rest of the waiting time until the tide in a pleasant environment.


In the brewery Bonifatius in Dokkum for a stop at the Dutch North Sea coast vacation
In the Bonifatius brewery in Dokkum - worth a stop on your holiday on the Dutch North Sea coast


KB Foods

Keppelstraat 4
9101 MV Dokkum


The Dutch North Sea coast on a clean-shoes hike in the watt

The last day's destination for this excursion is the small town of Paesens near Moddergat. We met Harm Jan in a visitor center. This accompanies us on a walk through the mudflats. He regularly guides visitors on their mudflat hikes and shows them what there is to discover. That is much. He stops at inconspicuous plants along the way. He picks up a few branches and eats them. "This is Queller," he explains to us. "Sea asparagus." We already had this during our Stay in Texel got to know. "How tedious it must be to harvest it," I think to myself.


What you need for a mudflat walk

  • On a Wattwanderung out into the Watt you need necessarily Rubber boots*, You will wade through silt. Sometimes even sinking to the knees.
  • Since the wind almost always blows at the sea and the weather can change quickly, you need one rain jacket.
  • Practical is also one Rain pants *that can get wet too.
  • In sunshine or wind shelter Hat with brim * against the elements.
  • Do you go out alone into the mud, then you should definitely one Compass* take with you, you can orient yourself in case fog raises.

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The fog is coming fast in the watt. This is also Holland holidays by the sea and Dutch North Sea coast
The fog comes quickly in the mudflats - vacation on the Dutch North Sea coast


We are happy that Harm accompanies us because it does not take long and we are stuck in a thick wall of fog. I am relieved that we hadn't planned a hike into the mudflats. With this poor visibility I don't want to be in the mud off the coast knowing that the tide will come back in the not too distant time. As it starts to drizzle more and more, we soon decide to return to the visitor center. There Harm serves us fresh mint tea "from home grown mint" and tells us about his kitchen experiments with the local herbs and plants.

We need half an hour to drive back along the coast to our one-room hotel in Eenrum. An eventful first day comes to an end, which brought us closer to the Dutch North Sea coast. The next day we spend the morning in Eenrum, because right next to our hotel is


Poured candles Dutch North Sea coast holiday
Cast candles in Eenrum - Here you can lend a hand while vacationing on the Dutch North Sea coast.


The candle factory Eenrum

Krista Jongsma, the new owner of the candle factory, is waiting for us there at 10.00 a.m. "I took over the manufacture from the previous owner half a year ago and I'm very happy about it," she laughs at us. "I got to know her on a vacation in the region." We meet some dropouts on our short trip through the Wadden Sea Region. You have said goodbye to the hectic life in the city and enjoy the peace in the country.

Krista introduces us to the art of candle making. We always dip the wick into hot wax. We listen to Krista's stories. She reports who her customers are: “Families often come with children. But there are also shop visitors who spontaneously decide to take a candle maker course. ”I dip my candles in wax and ask where they are selling their homemade candles. “Of course these are the visitors to the store. But we also have customers in the area. In the souvenir shops in hotels they are a popular souvenir of holiday guests for their families at home. ”I can understand that. We enjoy the almost meditative occupation of ups and downs in hot wax.

After the candles are thick enough, we dip them in paint pots. I want to make a candle spiral from two differently colored candles. One stays white, the other I color blue. Before I can turn the spiral, the candles must still be cooled in cold water. After further ups and downs in the water trough, the candles are finally cooled down so that I can shape them into a spiral. Up and down a few more times, and my homemade souvenir from Eenrum is ready. You can make your own candles in the

Kaarsemakereij Wilhelmus

Main street 14
9967 RJ Eenrum
Tel. 0595-491600


Various types of mustard Dutch North Sea coast holidays
Various mustard varieties


The mustard mill of Eenrum

Just a few steps around the corner we made an appointment with "Holland's last mustard maker, who produces real Groningen mustard from organic mustard seeds from the region". That's how Sten Sipkes introduces us. Making mustard is his passion. Even if he came to detours. Sten tells us that a few years ago he earned his money as a truck driver. "Then my friend got the offer to take over the restaurant of the mustard mill in Eenrum," he says. This could not refuse this and worked closely with the mustard maker for several years.

Then he wanted to retire and was looking for a successor. He also offered her this. However, that exceeded their possibilities. So she asked her friend, Sten, if he didn't want to go into the mustard business. At first he waved it off. "I don't know anything about it." After a bit of back and forth he finally gave in. And so today he produces real Groninger mustard with the historic mustard mills.

"What makes it Groningen mustard," I want to know. "Only black mustard seeds are used for this," and he points to a bowl full of tiny seeds. "Only those give our mustard the right taste." He laughs mischievously. "And of course some secret ingredients." In any case, the mustard soup that we try in the restaurant of the mustard mill has its own taste. Good and spicy.

Mustard mill in Eenrum

Main street 12
9967 RJ Eenrum
Tel. 0595-491001



The hanging kitchens of Appingedam - Coast in Holland
The hanging kitchens of Appingedam - worth a stop while on holiday on the Dutch North Sea coast

Appingedam and its hanging kitchens

We spend the afternoon in the small town of Appingedam. This is like many places in the region, on one of the channels. Many of the houses along the canal have small wooden dungeons housing the kitchens. The hanging kitchens offer an extraordinary sight. But otherwise, the small town is worth a stop with its beautiful old town and the well-kept houses in the city center and along the canal.


Basiliek Appingedam Dutch North Sea coast holidays
Basiliek Appingedam - enjoy your holiday on the Dutch North Sea coast


Eat well in the Basiliek Appingedam on the Dutch North Sea coast

In Appingedam we enjoy one of the best dinners of our trip along the Dutch North Sea coast in the Basiliek Appingedam. The Kosterij in Appingedam is located in the former church building of St. Nicholas Church and its outbuildings. There we are served a delicious dinner with regional specialties.

I like the elegant atmosphere in this restaurant. The historic building is particularly inviting in combination with the classically simple furnishings. The subtle but tasteful decoration underlines this impression. We feel immediately comfortable in this environment. The very attentive, but restrained service does the rest. For that reason alone we recommend a visit to this restaurant.

The food we enjoy at Basiliek Appingedam is the best of our whole trip along the Dutch North Sea coast. Here someone cooks with passion. This is shown by the “Greetings from the kitchen” as well as the delicate “biscuits” for starters. My steak in red wine sauce with potato gratin is delicious. And when it comes to chocolate snacks and cookies with coffee, I simply cannot say “No”, even though I am already full. An all-round delicious and successful dinner on our last evening in the province of Groningen. This restaurant is definitely worth a detour.

Basiliek Appingedam

Solwerderstraat 45
9901 BB Appingedam
Tel. 0596-683131


The Dutch North Sea Coast - Our conclusion:

There is much to discover on the Dutch North Sea coast. Especially slow travelers and connoisseurs will feel comfortable here. There is no trace of mass tourism. And that's good. In this way, we meet again and again people who take their time for a chat. They introduce their home with enthusiasm and enthusiasm. We all feel that he or she has consciously chosen this land and life in that region.

We enjoy our much too short time in this quiet area in the north of Holland, which consists not only of coast and mudflats. We love the well-kept small towns and villages as well as the vast landscapes. These are especially beautiful in the spring, because meadow flowers and hedges bloom everywhere. While our journey back to the south of Germany, we look wistfully after the geese, which fly north towards the coast. We like to come back to the Dutch North Sea coast. There is certainly more to discover here.

Travel Arrangements

Parking at the airport

Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.

Arrival to the Dutch North Sea coast

For example, book yours here Arrival by plane, bus or train*. KLM and Lufthansa will follow Amsterdam. From there it's best to take a car, as this is the only way to be flexible enough to get to know the towns in the region better. We traveled from southern Bavaria in our own car. We took two days for the journey with an overnight stay on the more than 1000 km long route. So the journey was easy to manage. Do you still have a few more days? Then we recommend one Road trip through the Hanseatic cities in Holland.

Rental car on the Dutch North Sea coast

Cheap car hire - quick and easy booking here *

Accommodation for the Dutch North Sea coast

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Source for this article: own research on site. We would also like to thank UNESCO Waddenzee Werelderfgoed for their kind support of this trip. However, our opinions remain our own.

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Experience the Dutch North Sea coast on a weekend in Holland

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn