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    Erve Kots

    by margaretvn Written May 8, 2005

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    This is a lovely little open air museum in Lievelde. There are several farmhouses on the site including a "los boes" farmhouse dating from 1500. There are also craftmen's shops for example a charcoalburners hut. We visited on a bitterly cold December day and that is not really a good time to visit as everything is out of doors and the wind howls around the place. There is a good restaurant for a warming cup of coffee or a meal.
    ope4n tuesday - sunday 10 am - 5pm 1 November to Easter.

    Erve Kots
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    Nuenen

    by margaretvn Written May 8, 2005

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    This little town is a bit off the beaten path but is worth a visit - especially if you like the works of its famous son - Vincent van Gogh. The town is northeast of the city of Eindhoven and the painter lived here from 1883 to 1885. It was in December of 1883 that he moved to Nuenen where his father was rector of the church (which still stands near the documentation centre) He was given the "stable" behind his parents house as room and studio. He stayed there until he moved to Antwerp. It was in fact a very fruitful period of his life and the rural life of the province suited him. One of the most famous paintings from this period is his "Potato -eaters" and the house (much changed) is still on the outskirts of the town. There is a walk around the town showing important things out of his life. This windmill features in severeal of his works. The documentation centre on Papenvorst 15 is not to be missed - although you need time for it as the volunteers love to chat! They show a DVD about his life and the DVD is also for sale. In the centre is a small park with a good lifelike statue of Vincent.

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    Oostvaarderplassen

    by margaretvn Written Aug 6, 2006

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    This National Park is wonderful, it developed quite by chance really. until a few decades ago the 5600 hectare park was under water. In 1968 the polder was drained and earmarked for development. The area is the lowest and so the wettest area of the province Flevoland. While decisions were being made about its future nature took its chance and started to develop the largest wetland area in The Netherlands with a flora and fauna diversity of national and international importantance.
    The park lies between the cities of Lelystad and Almere and has little as possible human interference. It is managed by Stadsbosbeheer. It has a wet area where visiting Greylag Geese keep the area from being overgrown, and a dry area where hundreds of hoofed animals such as wild cow, deer and ponies graze. The open areas are broken up with shrubland and trees with its own wildlife.
    The park was given the European Diploma for Nature Conservation in 1999, it is said to be on a par with parks such as Camargue in france and Cota Donana in Spain. In the park there are walk signposted and cycle routes. There are hides where you can watch the birds and a good visitors centre.
    opening times from the visitors centre are:
    April - November: tuesday-sunday 10.00 - 17.00
    November - April: saturday - sunday 12.00 - 16.00

    in the Oostvaarderplassen in the Oostvaarderplassen in the Oostvaarderplassen in the Oostvaarderplassen
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    Zundert

    by margaretvn Updated May 8, 2005

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    This is famous because it is the birthplace of Vincent van Gogh, he was born in 1853 and a stone plaque on the site of the house commerorates this. The house itself has been demolished. In front of the church where his father was rector is a statue of Vincent and his brother Theo. It was made by the Frnch artist Ossip Zadkine. In the Cultureel Centrum Van Gogh you get a very good idea of the painter early life. Sorry on the day we visited i did not take my camera - will have to go back. So I have put a photo of the statue of him which is in Nuenen.
    Cultureel Centrum Van Gogh:
    Molenstraat 5
    open may - sept
    mon - fri 10 am - 4 pm
    sat - sun 10 am - 2 pm

    Vincent van Gogh
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    beautiful gardens

    by margaretvn Updated Jun 3, 2007

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    A visit to the Ada Hofman Botanical Pool Gardens in Gramsbergen is certainly worthwhile. It is "off the beaten track" but if you like gardens this is a beautiful spot and an oasis of peace. She has created 30 differet garend with 50 garden pools in them but they all form one big garden. She has made one of the biggest collections of plants, bushes and trees in The Netherlands. In the gardens she has also put animals such as frogs, little lizards, and salamanders. Her green frog population is the largest in the country. There are of course lots of butterflies and a Kingfisher is regularly seen in the garden.
    I have to admit to having a "thing" about frogs and love catching them on photos. I had said to Koos a few days before we went on holiday that I dreamed about taking a photo of a frog on a waterlily. Koos said that it would be difficult to get. BUT in these lovely gardens I got photo after photo of frogs lazing about on waterlilies!
    Bronze statues are also used in the gardens. In a prive pool not open to the public there is a statue which symbolizes Ada Hofman being helped out of a pool by her husband after she had planted waterlilies. The statue can be seen from the car park.

    Westeinderdijk 3
    Gramsbergen

    open: 1 April to 1 November

    at the Ada Hofman Botanical Pool Gardens at the Ada Hofman Botanical Pool Gardens at the Ada Hofman Botanical Pool Gardens at the Ada Hofman Botanical Pool Gardens at the Ada Hofman Botanical Pool Gardens
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    Holland Casino, Schiphol International Airport

    by hopang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We placed Holland Casino at Schiphol International Airport under "off the beaten path" tip as this casino is not really a "nightlife" tip nor "things to do" tip! The Casino opens to all international passengers with minimum age of 18 years old between 6.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. daily. You may try your luck at the casino in the airport while waiting for your flight out of the Netherlands. Schiphol International Airport is probably the only airport in the world with its own casino!

    The Holland Casino in the airport has more than 100 slot machines together with several table games such as American Roulette and Black Jack. Admission to the casino is free but minimum age of 18 years old is strictly applied as required by the law of the country. The casino is located between Gate E and Gate F.

    Holland Casino, Schiphol Airport
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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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    Oceanium, Rotterdam

    by ATLC Written Mar 5, 2004

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    Finally I can be under water and still breathe normally. Although I am a bad swimmer and not particularly fond of water, I do love to watch nature movies about the sea. Here is one live and it's really fascinating!

    Click here how to get there (English)

    OCEANIUM AT ROTTERDAM ZOO
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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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    Petrus Brouwershuis-Baarle Hertog

    by Nathalie_B Updated Jun 28, 2004

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    OK, most of you already know how much I love beer. No wonder, what else a full time student can do except for studying? ;-)
    Baarle Nassau is a very unique village which is located on the Netherlands' territory but actually belongs to both Holland and Belgium. Please don't be surprised, it's true! The Belgian part is called Baarle Hertog, the Netherlands' part called Baarle Nassau, but it is actually the same village. How can you know which part belongs to what country? Simply look for the flag on a house, if it's the Belgian one then it's Belguim, if it's Dutch then... you know the answer.
    The place is very touristy so don't be surprised if you see buses full of tourists arriving there.
    The town is beautiful and I'll definitely be back to see more of it.
    What you shouldn't miss is the beer brewery called Petrus Brouwershuis. This place serves over 500 types of beer and has a very unique menu. You can choose from different types of menu what kind of beer you'd like to drink. For an average price of 14 Euro you get 5 different types of beer which are being served to you from the lowest percent of alcohol to the highest.
    Be carefull though, I took the menu which started from 5% and ended at 9% and you don't wanna know how I looked like after my third glass ;-)
    If you have the opportunity to visit this place please don't miss it. It is easily accesible from Breda, take bus #132 and in 30 minutes you'll find yourself in the "beerland". The Petrus Brouwershuis is also has a store where you can buy bottled beer and glasses.
    Address:
    Molenstraat 42, Baarle Hertog (Belguim)

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    Kijkduin

    by Nathalie_B Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    I'm sure that most of you have heard of Scheveningen, but what about Kijkduin? This tiny beach area is located south of Scheveningen and within 20 min bus ride from the city center of The Hague. If you're looking for a nice beach with promenade, shops, and restaurants then this place would be a good choice. It is mostly visited by locals, but you can also see some tourists there, now and then.

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    Grotten St. Pietersberg

    by Nathalie_B Updated Jan 7, 2004

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    The Mount St. Peter Caves is a very interestig place to visit. It is located just a bi south of Maastricht. The Mount is 120m. high was resulted from the erosion of the valleys of the river Maas and Jeker. Well since it has created itself long long time ago (80,000,000 years) you can assume that it is actually formed from remains of shelfish etc.
    The caves have a very long and interesting history, it was a very important place during the WWII. People were coming and building the caves until the beginning of last century. Now you can actully make your way to Belgium through the caves, which I don't suggest, you'll never find your way out. :) All the tours are guided "of course" and there are no same routes. The guides are showing different parts every time. A lot of art works can be seen inside, and many interesting stories will be told by the guides.

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    De Biesbosch

    by margaretvn Updated Aug 5, 2007

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    "De Biesbosch" is a National Park. It is basically a wetlands area with opportunites for canoeing, walking, birdwatching - quieter forms of recreation are encouraged so that nature is not too disturbed. There are boat trips through the park along the waterways.
    De Biesbosch has a long history its history can be traced back to the "St Elizabeth's Flood of 1421" - this flood engulfed 16 villages. It only became a National Park in 1994. The area is actually a sort of sort of several rivers with lots of narrow or wide creeks. Importabntly the area is one of few remaining fresh-water tidal areas in Europe. The NP is divided between two provinces (North Brabant and South Holland) by the Nieuw Merewede Canal. The whole park is 9,000 hectares in area.
    Vegatation in DE Biesbosch is mainly willow woods which have grown out of the willow shoots of old "withy- beds" after years of neglect. These marshy woods alternate with areas of grasslands and reedlands.
    In 1970 the Haringvliet dam was opened and this closed off the open sea connection which had great influence on the area. The tidal influence of about 2 metres was greatly reduced and certain plants and animals disappeared from the area. Certain areas of the Biesbosch are managed with as little human interference as possible.
    In 1825 the beaver was made extinct in The Netherlands but in 1988 5 beavers were released in De Biesbosch. They were a success and now about 150 beavers live in the area. There are tours to observe them at certain times of the year.

    in De Biesbosch transport to De Sterling in De Biesbosch in De Biesbosch in De Biesbosch in De Biesbosch
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    Giethoorn

    by Nathalie_B Written Jun 26, 2005

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    Giethoorn is a really off the beaten path place. Except for the Dutch people who seem to love this place very much, you won't meet many tourists. Bus is running to this town only until 6pm, and only during the weekdays. Besides a car, you'll need a boat to explore the beautiful "Venice of the North". People will say hello on the streets, because this is the tradition (if I may call it so) that is kept in this town since the times when Giethoorn was just a small village with a few houses and many waterways - a place where everybody knows your name.
    Although it is not the kind of place where you find a loud nightlife, crazy parties till the early hours of a next day's morning, McDonalds on every corner, and billboards advertising coca-cola and Guinness there's still plenty of activities for you. You can explore the countryside cycling around, you can rent a boat or a canoe since this is the only way to see the town, you can enjoy the local restaurants, taste beer in local bars and visit some interesting museums in the area.
    This is not Amsterdam, this is Giethoorn - the real Dutch atmosphere and a place to have a very pleasant and relaxing vacation

    Rent a canoe and explore Giethoorn
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