Meppel is situated in the east of the Netherlands, about 130 km from Amsterdam. The city, which counts over 32.000 citizens, is not one of the biggest of the Netherlands, yet it is surprisingly diverse for its size. Here you'll find anything from a large harbor with sea access, to rural landscapes and from agriculture to modern technology. The city centre has many characteristic streets, small canals, squares and windmills and offers a large diversity of shops, amongst which you will find many large chains, as well as small boutiques. Meppel is known for its events as well; the most notable of which are the Grachten festival in the beginning of June and the Donderdag Meppeldagen.
If you're looking for peace and quiet, however, Meppel may very well be a destination for you as well. The city is surrounded by scenic landscapes and offers many hiking and cycling routes. Aside from nature you can find medieval churches and limekilns.
Meppel has a train station that services fast Intercity trains, which directly connect the city, to Zwolle, Amersfoort and Utrecht to the south, from where you can take direct connections to Amsterdam and to Heerenveen and Leeuwarden in the north. To Amsterdam, the journey will take about 1.5 hours.