Netherlands Off The Beaten Path

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    Windmill Oranjemolen
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    The small port of Marken
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    Barge leaving the Locks
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Netherlands Off The Beaten Path

  • Zaanse Schans

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    This was the highlight of my visit, actually getting inside a historic windmill and actually seeing the working movements of the mill. These windmills are hundreds of years old and were moved to Zaanse Schans to be part of the museum park. Inside the windmill you can see the working parts are made of wood, no metal. A small charge is made to...

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  • Sonneveld house

    Rotterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Note the lights in the ceiling. The original Gispen furniture. The central heating which has not changed shape till the present day. The only difference now would be that the curtains would be to the floor.

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  • Surrounding places and cities

    The Hague Off The Beaten Path

    The Hague is one of the "randsteden" (the rim-shaped agglomeration of cities in the westerly part of the Netherlands). Some think of an over-crowded industrial area where it has been clipped its wings of nature. Well, not a word of truth in it! You can make some great cycle-trips, and The Hague has special rules to please its cycle-friends. And...

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  • Surrounding area

    Maastricht Off The Beaten Path

    On the second day of our visit to Maastricht (19 June 2013) we made an early morning walk in the countryside, our point of departure was the village of Bemelen. Notice the characteristic hollow road, a rarity in the Netherlands.

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  • Parks

    Haarlem Off The Beaten Path

    In summer it's very nice to visit the recreation area of Spaarnwoude. It lays in between Haarlem and Amsterdam near Halfweg. You can picknick here, go swimming in the clean water, go rowing in a boat on the water, go kiteflying or just take a lazy day in the grass surrounded by trees and nature. It's also possible to go cycling, walking or...

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  • Surrounding area

    Utrecht Off The Beaten Path

    In and around the city Utrecht, there are 8 stone forts (small fortresses) to be found, which symbolize some of the history of the city in the Netherlands. 5 of these forts can be found in the city, 3 are outside, easily accessible by rental car or bicycle (30 minutes). They are: - Fort aan de Klop. North of Utrecht between the city quarters...

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  • Coffeeshops

    Eindhoven Off The Beaten Path

    Lots of coffeeshops in Eindhoven, in every district as well in the center. In our district Gestel close to my home isIndian Dylan On the Stratumseind 95, there is a pub called "De Bakkerij", in the summer with a terrace outside. When walking by u can smell people smoking ajoint:-) I went here several times with some younger people who love to...

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  • Museums

    Breda Off The Beaten Path

    Stanislaw Maczek was a Polish general who liberated Breda in 1944. He was made an honorary citizen of the city. When he died in 1994 at 102 years of age, he was flown to Breda to be buried at the Polish Military Cemetery at Ettensebaan, Breda. If you're interested, there is a small museum for him, www.maczekmuseum.nl. It was set up by Kees...

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  • Surrounding area

    Tilburg Off The Beaten Path

    Not far from Tilburg (between Kaatsheuvel and Drunen) there is a very beautiful and exceptional area. It's part of a national park (2400 hectares). In summer and during the weekends many people go out there to have a stroll through the large dunes that are surrounded by woods. Only 25 kilometres from Tilburg! If you stay nearby and have a day off...

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  • Rokkeveen

    Zoetermeer Off The Beaten Path

    Rokkeveen was built from 1981 by a new generation of planologists. The suburb is planned in geometrical pieces around the water tower (which I did not photograph although I drove past it). Each sub-suburb circles around this water tower and each of those sub-suburbs has it's own building style. Click the link to see the water tower.

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  • Canals & Boat Tours

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Cross the 'IJ' behind the central station with the 'ijplein'-ferry. When you get off, walk along the waterside to the east (right) untill you arrive at the orange building called 'wilhelminadok' to enjoy a lunch, watching the ships sail in and out. A lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon without the hustle of tourists in the centre.

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  • Kinderdijk (around Rotterdam)

    Rotterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Whenever you will get the chance, you could pay a visit to Kinderdijk/Childsdike. Here you may watch the best of many windmills together in Holland. The same windwills Neil Diamond sang about ... The about 19 windmills are all over in a beautiful landscape and I love the legends behind these windmills. The first windmill has been built around 1738...

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  • City landmarks

    The Hague Off The Beaten Path

    Having just gotten off the train at Centraal, and left my bag in the left-luggage lockers there, I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the twin parks of Koekamp and Malieveld as I exited the station. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed this intriguing Art-Deco building at the far corner and so wandered in that direction to find out what it...

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  • St. Pietersberg

    Maastricht Off The Beaten Path

    Grotten St. Pietersberg-Noordelijk gangenstelsel Address Luikerweg 71, 6212 NH Maastricht Entrance fees Adults € 3.25 Children (-12) €2.25 These are the caves of the St. Pietersberg just outside of Maastricht. People just these caves as a shelter in earlier days. Here you can get guided tours through the caves. If you strawl on St. Pietersberg...

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  • Zandvoort

    Haarlem Off The Beaten Path

    Not really off the beaten path, since millions of people go to Zandvoort every year. Zandvoort is one of the most important seaside resorts. It is famous for it's long beach (9 km), it's casino and its circuit. Zandvoort also has a very large bungalow parc called Gran Dorado. It is great to go to Zandvoort and walk along the beach or the promenade...

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  • Old architecture

    Utrecht Off The Beaten Path

    This castle is build in the late 19th century, it replaced a old former castle. In the grounds used to be a village, but it has been rebuild, and the village, called Haarzuilen is a nice little one. There is a café there, where you can have lunch. The grounds are great too, but be awere, you have to pay to get in, and no sorry I do not how much.

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  • Parks

    Eindhoven Off The Beaten Path

    Look closely in the parks!! Day or night, you'll often see ducks and rabits having fun!! :) I have never seen so many rabits..they just run all ver the place.. I just thought it was cool. Specially that they look quite different from the rabbits we have in Quebec

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  • Castle

    Breda Off The Beaten Path

    Our guide a real "Bredanaar" (person who lived all his live in Breda) here in the picture, told us that this is the original castle door, in the old days it has two stairs beside each other, because when the bishop and the king went upstairs together there could be a large discussion about who let who go first, to avoid this discussion they build...

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  • Train station

    Zoetermeer Off The Beaten Path

    there's the superb entry to the pedestrian bridge again. Halfway there is the train station running along the motorway A12 between The Hague and Utrecht (passing Gouda which is another of my special VT pages!).

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  • Jordaan

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Cross the Oudezijds Voorburgwal and head for the Prinsengracht. Forget about BRUTUS that used to be at MOLSTEEG 8. We go west perpendicular to the canals via either the LELIEGRACHT or HERENSTRAAT/PRINSENSTRAAT to the PRINSENGRACHT west-side and take a right to the WESTERSTRAAT. Sometimes there is market here and in the weekends there is enough...

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  • Delfshaven -

    Rotterdam Off The Beaten Path

    In the 3rd floor you can see the houses and shops of workers and simple self-employed persons. All you see are replicas in every detail. On the attic you enter the....of the shadowy figures and ghosts and shadows... There is an exhibition of shadow-showing and working with light and shadows...You may join and play..... Off December 2003 they will...

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  • Scheveningen\Kijkduin

    The Hague Off The Beaten Path

    One can walk to Scheveningen, bout a half an hour walk. One then passes through the Scheveningse Bosjes, a parc like area. There also runs a tram and if you aren t into walking you can take tram 10, 17 or 1.

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  • Hofjes

    Haarlem Off The Beaten Path

    There are several hofje (what we would call 'almshouses' in the UK) in Haarlem (as in other Dutch towns/cities). Basically, they were created to provide housing for the elderly from the 1600s onwards (in both countries). What we in the UK would now call 'sheltered housing'. Because it was so cold and snowy I only managed to seek out one in...

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  • Canals

    Utrecht Off The Beaten Path

    Just a tip, there are a few operators who can give you a great time if you try one of those "party boats" you got to be with at least a few people, but then in summer you will have a great time on such a boat. I mean not the normal tour boats, but the boats the Dutch take when the celebrate something. Especially Utrecht is known for this kind of...

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  • Pihilips Factory

    Eindhoven Off The Beaten Path

    The Philips Incandescent Lamp Factory of 1891 In the oldest Philips factory building an impression is given of how incandescent lamps were made over a hundred years ago. It is probably the only place in the world where you can see what went on in this branch of industry, which was very modern for those days. Whoever says Eindhoven automatically...

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  • Ginneken / Bouvigne castle

    Breda Off The Beaten Path

    The neighborhood called Ginneken, south of the city centre, is a former village, annexed by the city of Breda after WWII. It's still has the village-type atmosphere, however. Tree-lined streets and a nice market square make it a nice neighborhood to stroll around, and the bars aren't as crowded and frequented by 'strangers' as in the city centre.

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  • Haarlem

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Quite frankly I prefer Haarlem to Amsterdam for two reasons, one from the past: Arts in Haarlem, especially painting, preceded Amsterdam and Haarlem was often at the top of arts and culture in the Netherlands. Around 1600 started in this town what would be called nowadays an "art nouveau". Painters started painting canvasses with dimensions...

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  • Schiedam (around Rotterdam)

    Rotterdam Off The Beaten Path

    BTW: ... you want to see the tallest windmills of the whole world? Go for a travel to Schiedam. When in Rotterdam you donot need to go far away. Schiedam is between Rotterdam and Vlaardingen and it is really worth a while to visit the area of Schiedam. There is a nice little centre, some beautiful canals (it is possible to cruise the Schiedam...

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  • City fun

    The Hague Off The Beaten Path

    Every year, The Hague celebrates an event that's called Haagse Koninginnenach (Queen's Night Of The Hague). On this evening there's a lot of live music on different stages (music squares for this night) in the center of The Hague. Over 100.000 people dance their night ... For Tourists who love music and are able to visit the Netherlands in the...

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  • Grote Markt

    Haarlem Off The Beaten Path

    Who it is, standing here all by himself, Erasmus maybe? Dunno, too long ago! But maybe one day I will know again! Well, the mystery is solved!! Thanks to Sandravdp! who told me that this is Mr. Laurens Jansz Coster, and oh dear, not sure, I think it was one of the men who invented the skill of bookprint. There was one in Germany too, rather...

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  • Museums

    Utrecht Off The Beaten Path

    The Catharijneconvent is a former monastery which today houses a museum of religious art. As the website states it: 'Get acquainted with famous pictures, ancient manuscripts, books, statues, altar pieces, ecclesiastical robes and relics. This remarkable museum is housed in a medieval monastery close to Utrecht's Dom.' What more can I say? I've...

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  • Local artist

    Eindhoven Off The Beaten Path

    Harry Van der Heyden, artist: I was lucky enough to have Carin take me to her friend Harry's house. He was gracious and didn't mind Carin bringing a stranger from NJ to visit! He gave us a tour of his house and garden.. Better yet, he described the meaning behind many of his paintings and works of art. You can see some of his paintings in the...

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  • Begijnhof

    Breda Off The Beaten Path

    We have one of the oldest 'Begijnhofjes' in the Netherlands. This is a place were nuns live together in small houses with their own gardens etc. You'll find it in the Centre. Second, there is the Bouvigne Castle in the Mastbosch forrest.

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  • Keukenhof

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    “Guarded within the old red wall’s embrace, Marshalled like soldiers in gay company, The tulips stand arrayed. Here infantry Wheels out into the sunlight. What bold grace Sets off their tunics, white with crimson lace! Here are platoons of gold-frocked cavalry, With scarlet sabres tossing in the eye Of purple batteries, every gun in place. Forward...

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  • Culture and arts

    The Hague Off The Beaten Path

    I didn't realise Den Haag has a 'Chinatown' and it was sheer luck that I spotted the rather nice gateway as I wandered along Spuistraat. Through the gate, on Wagenstraat and the surrounding streets, you'll find a variety of Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian restaurants and eating places as well as shops selling all types of Asian goods. Worth...

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  • Statues

    Haarlem Off The Beaten Path

    In front of the Amsterdamse Poort (Amsterdam Gate), which is the only remaining gate in Haarlem you will find this sculpture. People are looking up to the gate, which was there to protect them for many years. Unfortunately thee gate couldn't protect them from the Spaniards in 1573. At that time Haarlem had only 18.000 inhabitants. The Spaniards...

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  • Dom church and tower

    Utrecht Off The Beaten Path

    Just behind the Dom Tower is a very small garden. People usually just walk by the gate that gives acces to it. But do enter, it is small but has some really nice objects left from the time it belonged to the abbey gardens.. It also has a very interesting old house on the corner from the 16th century.. I have forgotten the story about it but i'll...

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  • Crazy local

    Eindhoven Off The Beaten Path

    When you're in Eindhoven you're likely to meet Arnol Kox who spends most of his days in the centre of the city and will want to talk to you (yes, you!) about Jesus and God and Important Stuff. Don't worry, he is very friendly, perhaps only a bit dificult to get rid of. You can recognize him by his beard and the pamflets he surrounds himself with....

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  • Marken - Monnickendam

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Marken is a former island, that is now connected to the mainland by a dam. It is a small fishermen's town with characteristic wooden houses. Other people already wrote interesting tips about Marken. Here I would like to draw your attention to the possibility to do a nice walk around the island. The hike takes 2 or 3 hours, depending if you walk...

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  • Internet café

    The Hague Off The Beaten Path

    Ookiedook, ... don't worry, The Hague got Cafe Internet, and some Internet "cyber-shops". You can find these here >>> Public Library Spui 68 2511 BT Den Haag Phone/fax: (+31) (0)70 353 44 01 Open: Monday 12:00 am - 21:00 pm Tuesday 10:00 am - 21:00 pm. Wednesday 10:00 am. - 21:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am - 21:00 pm Friday 10:00 am - 21:00...

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  • Teylers Museum

    Haarlem Off The Beaten Path

    Teylers Museum is the oldest Dutch museum (as shown on the top of the boat across the canal). It took its name from the collectioner Pieter Teyler. He died in 1778 and he leaved his fortune and collections to a foundation. These collections became the basis for Teylers Museum. The building that stores todays collections (books, engravings,...

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  • Evoluon

    Eindhoven Off The Beaten Path

    Yes..this is a UFO! Not a real one of course..but this Ufo used to hold a free museum containing new technologies! Unfortunately, it's closed now..but the weird lights emanating from it at night make it still interesting. It's situated in a parc (with rabbits of course!), so you can take a nice walk and kiss under the moonlight..with E.T. watching...

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  • Madurodam - The Hague

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    I went in February, and it was still fun! Cold enough that they had a huge ice house set up you could walk through, and a miniature to match the rest of this fun park----most in 1:25 scale. The Dutch above says "All of Holland in just one city!" and all in miniature. You can get down and look deeply into the buildings and the little people inside...

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  • North Sea Jazz Festival

    The Hague Off The Beaten Path

    When the North Sea Jazz Festival was in The Hague people came from all over to join this true music happening, ranging from traditional New Orleans jazz to AvantGarde jazz, from gospels to Latin and world beat, from R&B to funky soul. It was a Dutch jazz promotor who brought the first edition (North Sea Jazz Festival) to The Hague, July 1976. NSJF...

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  • Amsterdamse Poort

    Haarlem Off The Beaten Path

    De AMSTERDAMSE POORT (AKA SPAARNEWOUDERPOORT) consist of a high rectangular gate-building with 2 OCTAGON TOWERS on the outside. This oldest part dates back to the 15th Century. The lower gate between the 2 lower towers in front of the higher one is connected with the main gate by means of "weergangen" , a closed corridor. In this way a little...

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