Five great winter trips from the Netherlands

Five great winter trips from the Netherlands

Five great winter trips from the Netherlands

If you still haven't decided what to do this holiday season, we have some ideas that might inspire you to try a heart-warmingly beautiful winter trip!

Winter excursions over the border are quite popular in the Netherlands, as many locations with great views and facilities can be reached quite easily by car, train or plane. Have a look at our pick of five fun and active winter escapes from the Netherlands:

Ski in the Kitzbühel Alps, Austria

For a popular skiing location, many suggest the Kitzbühel Alps in Tyrol, Austria. In between the Kitzbühel Horn and the impressive Wilder Kaiser mountains you will find the world-famous ski slopes of the Hahnenkamm.

With beautiful views of the surrounding nature, you can follow routes for hiking and cross-country skiing in one of the top winter sporting areas in Europe.

Snowboard in Les Deux Alpes, France

Les Deux Alpes is the perfect area for snowboarders. Equipped with excellent facilities, this winter sports village offers slopes for beginners and experienced boarders alike. Cross-country explorers can take beautiful hikes and skiers will definitely find some good descents, but it’s the snowboarders who really count Les Deux Alpes among their favourite spots.


Ride a husky sled in Hausen-Roth, Germany

The beautiful landscape of Hausen-Roth is just 400 km from the Dutch border. The area hosts a beautiful UNESCO biosphere reserve with the great Rhön Park Hotel at a height of 700 metres.

Besides the breath-taking surrounding nature, perfect for exploring, this easily accessed resort offers great winter sports facilities. For instance, they offer the wonderful opportunity to ride a husky sled!

Find the Northern Lights in upper Norway

The wondrous winter landscapes above the Arctic Circle can be traversed by car, Hurtigruten freight ships and husky sled.

On excursions through the beautiful Lofoten, the Vesterålen Islands, the Trollfjord and Tromsø you can search for the legendary Northern Lights, or undertake a whale safari. On the road, the overwhelming beauty of the surrounding nature is sure to leave you stunned. You never know if you can catch the rare light phenomenon, but the further north you go, the bigger your chances!

Go on a weekend trip to the Sauerland, Germany

Located just a few hours’ drive from the Netherlands, the hilly Sauerland offers a whole new surrounding and a gorgeous experience during all seasons.

The Sauerland is home to the famous Rothaarsteig, one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Germany. Hikers can take a break in the charming town of Winterberg, where you will find lots of little and trendy shops and plenty of cosy terraces.

Where is your favourite place to spend the winter holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

These great trips have been advised to IamExpat by Pharos Reizen, who offer holiday packages on their (Dutch-language) website.

Alexandra van Kampen


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wonko 06:32 | 28 September 2019

Les Deux Alpes without question, the worst snowboarding resort in Europe. Typical transit time from chalet to top of slope around an hour with limited number of short slopes. Nothing of any interest to the snowboarder. Nothing particularly challenging in terms of technical slopes, no border park 1/2 or 1/4 pipes. Day ends in a heavily mogaled black or a tediously narrow and long blue back to the village. That's assuming you last a whole day. You're likely to complete ever run by lunchtime and a whole week to go on repeat... yawn. To be fair, when I visited, the 'sunny' side was closed (no snow) but again, it could be seen that the runs are short and limited. So assuming it has snow and is open, well you'll easily do that after lunch... I suppose on day 2 you could do the two sides in reverse but remember you'll loose over an hour in transit between the two. Night life is limited and there are, or were, no buses or taxis after 6pm which is a problem as most chalets.are >3km from the centre and of course, uphill. Probably best visited in the summer for the BMX park which looked awesome under the snow.

wonko 06:41 | 28 September 2019

As for Pharos Reizen. Just visited their site. Clicked the winter sports photo, selected Italy as destination. Result? Tuscany and southern Italy summer resorts. Yep, with their service, knowledge and impressive understanding I can't recommend them highly enough - NOT.