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Utrecht plus ?? beginning of July with family

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My husband and two children ages 10 and 12 will be traveling to the Netherlands as part of my husband's business trip. We will have 4.5 days, 2 of which will be in Utrecht where his meeting will be. I have been searching on these forums on how we might spend the 2.5 days before his meeting - We arrive in Amsterdam early afternoon on Sunday and need to be in Utrecht Tuesday night.

I am looking outside of Amsterdam to explore on this trip, and am looking for a base for the first two nights and advice on what to do with those 2.5 days. My kids and I will be on our own in Utrecht and I can travel from there while my husband is working, so for the first part of the trip I am looking for a base city to stay and ideas which would not be overlapped with potential travels for when we stay in Utrecht. I was looking on a map and considering either the area around Hoorn/Enkhuizen, or Geithoorne area. The area around Maastricht looks amazing as well -I am also interested in Delft - I'm not sure which of these to see with my husband as a family, and which to save for when he is working, making trips out of Utrecht. Thanks for your help! I think I am trying to see it all in such a short time and need to focus!

We would be interested in Museums, some walking tours of towns/cities, canal rides - my kids are flexible and very excited about this. We are interested in some small and traditional Dutch towns, landscape and architecture as well. I don't think they would do well "aimlessly wandering" for hours and hours (which my husband and I would love!).

Also, a recommendation on a fun and interesting hotel for the first two nights would be great.

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