Coast, cheese, culinary - Netherlands road trip with Romantik
The Netherlands: we think of bicycles, tulips, cheese, windmills and winding canals. But besides its charming clichés, Holland has much more to offer. On our Romantik Road Trip through the Netherlands, we take you on a little journey through Holland's starred cuisine, to the North Sea coast and to an in-house art collection. The route starts near the German border in Ootmarsum and runs across Holland via Utrecht southwest to the coast in Zeeland.
Pearl in Ootmarsum - Parkhotel de Wiemsel
The Romantik route through the Netherlands starts in Ootmarsum, a town that combines art, history and charming canals. In this small town in the east of Holland near the German border, time seems to have stood still: As you stroll through the small town, you'll walk along 13th-century streets that have remained unchanged for more than 700 years. Numerous sculptures and art galleries against a medieval backdrop of cozy alleyways characterize the local townscape.
Equally artistic is Parkhotel de Wiemsel, which has its own art collection. On the edge of the hotel park in Ootmarsum, an exclusive art exhibition with collectibles from host Henning J. Claassen awaits you in a historic country house. In addition to contemporary paintings and graphics, you will also find sculptures and small treasures. The hotel's own gourmet restaurant de Wanne is also full of art: the kitchen team creates multifaceted and high-quality dishes from fresh regional products. After your exclusive art and culinary enjoyment, you can relax in the SPA or the beautiful outdoor pool of the luxury hotel.
Manor house near Utrecht - Romantik Hotel Parc Broekhuizen
The little road trip continues in the direction of Leersum: Situated in a beautiful idyllic park with a small lake, the Romantik Hotel Parc Broekhuizen welcomes you here in an imposing manor house, embedded in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park. The historic building from the 15th century combines individuality, elegance and a touch of luxury, which is also reflected in the hotel's own star restaurant. Only about 20 km from the famous Dutch city of Utrecht, a short city trip or stop there is a good option before you find peace at Parc Broekhuizen in Leersum.
But there's plenty to discover not only in Utrecht, but also in smaller Leersum: sculpture collections in the hotel park, the nearby Amerongen moated castle, or walks through the national park promise a fantastic stay without the hustle and bustle. Gourmets can look forward to the versatile star cuisine of chef Arturo Dalhuisen, who sources his ingredients fresh from the region and even from his own herb garden. But the kitchen team also serves delicious snacks and drinks in the modern bistro LOF. At Romantik Hotel Parc Broekhuizen you can recharge your batteries before heading by car to the last stop on the way to the coast.
Zeeland - Romantik Hotel Mondragon
Fresh coastal air, sandy beach & cheese dairies: The island of Schouwen-Duiveland with its beautiful coastline in Zeeland is the last stop of our Romantik Road Trip in the Netherlands. From Leersum, it's only about a two-hour drive towards the southwestern coast. Passing dynamic cities like Rotterdam, it's also worth making a stop or two until you reach the island. Surrounded by the rushing North Sea, the Grevelingenmeer and the green Oosterschelde National Park, Schouwen-Duiveland is a wonderful place to relax and discover the Dutch coastal flair. The historic island town of Zierikzee, in particular, has a lot to offer: Taste fresh Dutch cheese at Koetshuysch Kaas, stroll along the North Sea coast or visit numerous impressive monuments.
Located directly on the harbor canal in the charming old town in the center of Zierikzee, Romantik Hotel Mondragon skillfully combines historical and sophisticated ambience. The hotel is named after the Spanish general Cristóbal de Mondragón, who besieged the city in the 16th century on behalf of the Spanish king and captured Zierikzee. Feel a touch of history here, enjoy multi-faceted cuisine with "Chef Jeff" in the Cristó restaurant, or sit back with a cocktail or vino in the dynamic new Eleven bar.