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    Cities - Tilburg

    by Imaniac Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Tilburg is a student city in the province of Brabant, It's a big city close to Breda and Den Bosch. Although it hasn't got many great buildings or museums it is a really fun city. There are numerous events going on such as the biggest fun fair in the country. And it's also a great place to go out to eat or drink. It's the city with the most pubs for every citizen in The Netherlands.

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    Cities - Zaltbommel

    by Imaniac Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Zaltbommel is a charming fortified city just a couple of minutes away from Den Bosch. The boundaries of the ancient city center are now in use as parks. Inside the center you will find many historical building dating back to the middle ages. It's also very nice to take a stroll along the river Waal.

    Maarten van Rossum Huis

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    Hernen Castle

    by sim1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    I visited Hernen Castle in September and I enjoyed my visit to this castle a lot. The castle is so old and still in its original state. There is no furniture at all in this castle though, but the architecture and still being in its orinal state is what makes it special.

    Hernen Castle is a castle with a moat around it, dating back to the 14th century. Because this castle was hardly used since the 17th century it hasn't been changed at all since those days. It is quite an extra-ordinary castle in the Netherlands, because it has some unique architecture. It is one of the important examples of defendable houses in the Netherlands.

    Hernen Castle is in the Province of Gelderland and not that far from the city of Arnhem.

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    Hernen Castle

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    Appingedam

    by sim1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Appingdam in the Province of Groningen: I've been here so many times in my life. It was only 10 kilometers away from where I used to live, and it is the place where I went to school as a teenager. Appingedam is a nice little town, famous for its "hanging kitchens". It is nice to stroll around in Appingedam, but the best way to see it is by canoe! I've written a page about it in which I want to let you see Apingedam from a different perspective than normal.... from the water!

    The trip starts in Wirdum, and we slowly paddle to Appingedam. I always used to bike this route to school, so for me it is a bit of a flashback in time.
    I always looked at the canal while I was biking, spot the birds and see the flowers waving in the wind along the canal. Now I am on the canal, and I am looking up.... it was a wonderful day, beautiful weather, a clear blue sky, and I had wonderful canoe trip. And I would like to share some stories and photos with you of this trip. I hope you will enjoy reading it!

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    The hanging kitchens in Appingedam

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    Hoeksmeer

    by sim1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Hahaha, you can't further "off the beaten path" than this... Hoeksmeer in the Province of Groningen

    Groningen is a perfect place to go birdwatching. It is an area with green pastures, canals, and newly created wetlands. And Hoeksmeer is one of these newly created wetlands.

    I love this place in the northern part of Groningen. It is only a couple of kilometers from the town where I used to live. By the locals it is called "vogeltjes land" which means translated "birdsland".

    But birds are not the only thing you can see here. The other thing is this beautiful windmill called "The Meervogel"

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    Windmill

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    The province of Groningen

    by sim1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    When you say "Groningen" everyone automatically thinks about the beautiful city of Groningen.It really is a wonderful city, but the province of Groningen is wonderful as well. It has a lot more to offer, than a lot of people think. So I build a special page about this part of the country to show you this beautiful province in the north of The Netherlands.

    It's hard for me to describe this province in real 'must see' activities and tips. I think it the total effect of this province that gives it it's beauty and atmosphere. You have to come here and experience the landscape, the seemingly endless view over the pastures, the small rivers, windmills, old churches, picturesque villages.

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    A windmill in the Province of Groningen
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    My hometown Brielle

    by ATLC Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    The small town of Brielle can't be missed. A miniature Amsterdam with among the highest number of monuments per square kilometer in the country.

    5 km. from the beach and 25 km. from Rotterdam. Traffic permitting it's a 75 min. drive from Amsterdam.

    Lovely shops, many restaurants and pubs.
    Plenty of hotels and campings and only 10 min. away from the ferry Hull (UK) - Europoort.
    Explore the famous Deltaworks from Brielle. Or enjoy a seaside holiday.

    See my Brielle page!

    BRIELLE
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    My former hometown Oldenzaal

    by sim1 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    This is not a city that you will probably will visit, but I still want to tell you a bit about it, because it is has been my hometown for many years. In this picture you can see the basilica in the center of Oldenzaal. It is called the `Plechelmus Basiliek`.

    Oldenzaal is a little town in the eastern part of Holland in the Province of Overijssel. It is a nice little town, nothing really spectacular. But it has some nice old buildings, a lot of atmosphere and some great events. It is a great town to live in. You can read much more about my hometown on my Oldenzaal page.


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    The Plechelmus Basilica in Oldenzaal

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    Kennemerland Sand Dunes

    by ant1606 Written Sep 1, 2009

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    The park of Zuid-Kennemerland, just outside of the city of Utrecht, is the perfect location for a day at the beach and a pic-nic under the canopy or by a pond. Wind creates sand dunes and these are covered by various types of vegetation. Shrubs are the main greenery where the wind blows harder while tall trees take root in more sheltered areas. Footpaths and cycling trails are quite popular. We rode through the park on a Sunday among beachgoers who fill the dedicated parking spots for bicycles, some of which are guarded for a fair daily fee around the most popular beaches.
    Not the tallest sand dunes I've seen but it's quite a nice park well worth a visit.
    Free access for pedestrian and riders, parking fee for caged people.

    Kennemerland Kennemerland Kennemerland Kennemerland
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    Anne Frank Statue

    by DueSer Written Mar 6, 2009

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    Although this is actually on a fairly busy street, it's a small statue and not, like some people assume, right in front of the Anne Frank House, so it is easy to miss.

    It's a charming statue though, and should not be passed up.

    Part of the charm comes from the size and pose of the sculpture. It's small and sweet and the way she stands makes her look like just a regular girl, which she was in some ways.

    While the house is located on the Prinsengracht, this statue is around the corner on Westermarkt/Raadhuisstraat by the Westerkerk.

    Anne Frank Sculpture, Amsterdam
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    Visit fisherman villages

    by AlexanderRu Written Jan 3, 2009

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    If you want to see the traditional Holland you should visit fisherman villages, such as Volendam and Edam(place of famous cheesemakers). There you can see and buy traditional closes, try fresh fish in the numerous small restaurants and feel like century ago.

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    Dutch castles are not worse than German or French

    by AlexanderRu Written Jan 3, 2009

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    I would never think of Holland when planning the trip to see the castles. However there are numerous fortresses in this old country.
    Castle Muiderslot in Muiden is worth to see even when you travel with kids. Unforgettable atmosphere of medieval fortress, educational entertainment for the children, you can try, play, touch... Very interesting for everybody. There is also the inner garden and wild falkons which you can try to hold with the help of instructor...

    De Haar Castle in Haarzuilens is privately owned by the actual duke. But public is allowed. And main time to visit this place is during the Fantasy Fair or Knight tourneers. Just visit web page of this place to check the dates. Imagine our dissapointment when we came there at 5PM and saw the closure of Fantasy Fair with numerous Elfs, Goblins and other fairytale creatures!.. One more romantic place to visit. Your kids will also remember it all their lives.

    There are many other castles and fortresses which you can choose. Unfortunately we didn't have much time to visit all.

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    Woerden

    by margaretvn Written Sep 7, 2008

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    Woerden is an old city that is very quickly growing. The old centre is small and very pleasant though. Woerden began as a town on the dykes along the Rhine and the Lange Linschoten and was given its town charter in 1372. There is a castle "Kastel van Worden" which was built between 1405-1415. It is now used partly as apartments for young people needing sheltered accommodation; you can go into the forecourt of the castle though. In 1575-1576 The Spanish tried to take the town during the 30 Years war but did not succeed. Then the French besieged the castle in 1672 but they too were unsuccessful. The town museum is a really beautiful building with a step gable, it used to be the town hall.

    Woerden Woerden Woerden museum (detail) Woerden museum (detail)
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    Brielle

    by margaretvn Written Aug 10, 2008

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    The lovely town and port of Brielle is worth a visit. The 18th century fortifications are still mostly intact and the town played an important part in the first steps to Dutch independence from Spain. It is a protected town today and there are many beautiful old houses, some dating from the 1600's - so spend time looking up at the wonderful gables and decorations. The famous Dutch admiral van Tromp was born here. There is a 15th century Brabant Gothic style church - the Catharijnekerk and the Historisch Museum is worth visiting. Here you can learn about the "Beggers of the Sea" these were are group of Dutch and Flemish noble men. At the beginning of the Inquisition they fled to across the North sea, plundering ships and generally causing problems for English and German ports. In the spring of 1572 they were forced to leave England (where some of their ships were berthed). Under the command of van Lumey they entered "Den Briel" on the first of April and held it for "the prince" It was this action that led to the start of Dutch independence from Spain.

    Brielle Brielle Brielle Brielle in Brielle
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    Nieuwpoort

    by margaretvn Written Jun 8, 2008

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    This is a really lovely little fortified town, that got its city charter in 1283. The main street dates from the 17th century and is still almost completely intact. The city walls, which were built to protect the town from attacks by the French are intact. they also save the town from flooding - the town is located along the river "de Lek" . There is a town hall which is built over a lock. It dates from 1696 and there is an arsenal dating from 1781.
    You can get there with the bus (nr 154) from Rotterdam. We by car following alongside the river which we had to cross with a little ferry. There are ferries at several points along the river so you can combine the trip with a visit to Shcoonhoven or Gouda.
    We had stopped at Streefkerk before going to Nieuwpoort and there we had had coffee and made a lovely (8 kilometre) walk along the dike and then through the polders and seen some lovely windmills. If anyone needs information about the walk - just let me know.

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