You decided to visit Holland and not sure about where to start or where to go next? Then this tip is for you. Madurodam is the place where you can see many tourist attractions in mini-size. It is a little city with airport, cathedrals, palaces, bridges, train stations all in 1:25 scale and look exactly like the originals. This place is especially great for children, they always enjoy spending time in Madurodam. So, all you have to do is to visit the Royal City The Hague in which Madurodam is located.
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Favorite thing: Every year, usually in the month of May, the city of Breda hosts International Jazz Festival. Bands from all over the world are coming to play on many podiums that are mostly placed in the city center. Most of the performances are free, unless you're interested in attending some special concerts. The 2007 festival is going to take place between 17 and 20 of May, DON'T MISS IT! Great experience and good music, you'll be able to listen to all the possible styles of jazz!
Favorite thing: Churches can be found in every city, or should I say on every corner? It is my favorite piece of architecture, and I visit them everywhere I go. Many different styles can be found here, sometimes you can see a church that is build in a few different styles, like this one on the picture from Maastricht.
Favorite thing: When you travel in the Netherlands, you can get the travel information is every city at the visitors information office called VVV. They're always happy to help. There's one suggestion I have, DON'T BUY ANY MAPS THERE! Usually they're more expensive, get them in bookstores or news stands. See more info HERE
Our country is famous for its windmills. But there are only 1050 windmills left in our country.
The windmill is synonymous with our struggle against the water. About half of our country is below sealevel and the water has to be milled into the sea in order to keep our feet dry. In the old days it was done with windmills. And there are still some windmills doing this job, for example the 4 windmills in Aarlanderveen.
But most of the milling today is done by electric or diesel mills.
In the picture an electric mill. It mills dry the Vierambachtpolder near Alphen a/d Rijn.
It can move 190 cubic meters of water per minute. The water is lifted 5 meters by this mill.
Since 2006 mail services are provided by TNT.
The house colour tranformed from red into orange.
If you send mail abroad enter it in the mailbox section with: "OVERIGE POSTCODES" (remaining ZIP codes).
Dutch Postcode information
TNT Post website and Post Office website
This lovely town of DELFT certainly does have a special place in our hearts, as Hans was born and grew up in Delft, so there are many memories for him there. One of nine children, Hans would tell me the story how quite often one of the children would fall into the canal and would have to be fished out by one of the neighbours. "Mevrouw, Hansje has fallen into the canal, again" I love that story. HeHe. DELFT, founded around 1100, is a small but very beautiful town, steeped in history. Delft has a strong association with the Dutch Royal Family.
Royal burials take place in the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church). Delft came from the word Delf (Delven means to dig).Famous for its Delft Blue pottery, Delft teems with canals and Medieval houses with ornate gables.
If you want to send a postcard to your loved ones at home, or just your VT friends, you have to buy postcards and stamps first.
Sometimes shops sell stamps with the postcards, but not always the stamps for overseas mail. In that case you have to get them at a postoffice. And be warned! we dutch we want your money, so stamps are often sold in booklets only. For postcards or letters to addresses in Netherlands you need a 0.39 stamp (sold per 10), in europe stamps are 0.69 and outside europe it costs 0.85 Euro (sold per 5).
You write your cards, put a stamp on it. Then you find a postbox. They are red and have two openings. The left one says:overige postcodes. It is for all mail outside the area. The right one has numbers. For instance: postcodes van 2200-2800. Adresses in the Netherlands will have 4 digits and two letters in the postal code (in front of the city). We have 2435WX. So our postal code is between 2200 and 2800 and goes in the right one in this example.
But if you are that close, you can drop by and say hello !! You are welcome.
Most postboxes are emptied at 17:00 on sunday through friday. Some, in very desolated places, when the mailmen delivers mail in the area.
The color of the postboxes is slowly changing from red to orange, due to a new housestyle of the Post Office.
The walled town of HEUSDEN dates back to the beginning of the 12th century and was an important element in the defense of Holland between 1580 and 1620. The Bastion is located on the banks of the River Maas. In the 14th century a large defense wall, including towers and gates, was built around the town.
Points of interest include the bastion walls ( vestigingswallen ), the Harbour ( Stadhaven ), the fish market ( Vismarkt), three Windmills ( Molens ) and Saint Catherine's Church. (Catherijnekerk).
Heusden is north-west of S'Hertogenbosch and can be reached via the A59 and take exit for N267
Kinderdijk is a village 16 km east from Rotterdam and less than 10km north from Dordrecht. There are 19 KINDERDIJK WINDMILLS in close proximity to each other, forming an impressive symbol of the struggle of the Dutch against the encroaching water.
In 1366 and 1369, workers dug the canals (weteringen) through Alblasserwaar to Kinderdijk. The canals were designed to discharge excess water into the River Lek. When the canals were no longer sufficient to cope with rising water levels, Windmills were constructed. Eight were built in 1738 and eight more in 1740, to protect the surrounding land from flooding.
Unesco added the Kinderdijk Windmills to its World Heritage list in 1997.
A charge of 5,00 Euros for Parking applies. You will get a wonderful brochure about the Windmills from the parking attendants. One brochure per vehicle.
South Limburg ( Zuid Limburg ) is made up of hills, villages and towns. The region offers a wealth of opportunities for recreation.
VALKENBURG is also known as Valkenburg aan de Geul and sometimes nicknamed the "Marlstone Town". Marl is a form of limestone found locally.
Cosy restaurants, shops, sidewalk cafe's, historic buildings and the River Geul, define the face of the town.
There are wonderful walks and cycle routes along the banks of the Geul and through woods and forests.
Hans and I visited here. He wanted to show me the town he visited as a child, when the family would sometimes vacation here.
The whole area is beautiful and so different from the rest of the Netherlands. Whereas most of Holland is flat, this area or the HEUVELLAND is known as Hill Country.
Update June 4, 2008
Hans and I visited Valkenburg once again. This time is on our way back from the Karlsruhe VT meet and touring Germany.
Favorite thing: Holland is famous for it's nature beauty. And what I personally like is that in every city you can find at least one park. They're all different, but most of them worth a visit. Sonsbeek park in the center of Arnhem is a must.
Volendam is by far the most recognised place in the Netherlands, second only to Amsterdam. Not only is it famous for its traditional costumes, but also for its delicious smoked eel, characteristic fisherman’s cottages and folklore. Behind the dike the Doolhof can be explored; a collection of tiny narrow alleys, with its street plan free of any kind of regular, discernable pattern. With its sightseeings it has enjoyed welcoming tourists, dating back to almost 1875. The harbour and the fish market form the lively centre.
Fondest memory: In 2007, Volendam celebrated its 650 years of existence! It was a good opportunity to become acquainted with the present and the past of this unique fishing town.
Located in the Provincie Limburg, VAALS is the place where 3 countries meet - Holland - Belgium - Germany.
DRIE LANDEN PUNT is the point where they all come together.
People were having fun stepping in different spots and proclaiming which country they were in. It was quite a hoot. " I am now in Germany" one would proclaim. The other would say " I am now in Holland". "Well, I am in Belgium".
As you can imagine, this area attracts a lot of tourists. Besides the Drie Landen Punt ( 3 Land Point ) there is a Labyrinth and a Panorama Tower. From Valserberg, the highest hill in the Netherlands, one can admire the superb view of Aachen, just across the frontier.
This area is a lot different than the rest of Holland as it is hillier than the usually flat lands. It's probably the reason the Dutch like it here. In nearby Valkenburg, there is even some ski hills.
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Moral of the story: call the restaurant to make a dinner reservation the day before or in the morning.
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