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Madurodam, Miniature City
This miniature town was defenitely the highlight for me. It is just outside the city "Den Haag" and there are many bus tours from Amsterdam. The miniature town is a small area, but is so packed that one could spend half a day there. You will find 2 pictures of me, they were taken about 20 years apart!
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Madurodam was quaint, all the miniatures looked very pretty. I didn't know that it was a war memorial built by Mr Madur in fond memory of his son who lost his life in WW II. reaching Amsterdam only at 8 i just straight headed back to the hotel for another delicious meal courtesy Kiruba (our Srilankan friend who supplied Indian food to our Hotel)
Visit Madurodam, The Hague
Madurodam is an extensive scale model (1:25) of Amsterdam and it's vicinity. It opened in July 1952 as a monument to George Maduro who served in the Second World War and died at age 29, a prisoner of Daschau. His parents erected it to honor him and raise money for the Dutch Student Sanatorium Foundation to support ill students. It displays the most impressive examples of Dutch architecture and dates from many time periods - from the canals, churches, parliament buildings and 17th century facades of Amsterdam and the Hague to modern day wind turbines and Schiphol airport. Allow at least three to four hours to stroll through the complex to see all 170 models displaying Dutch history and heritage - they are numbered successively so you can follow along with the explanations for each in the leaflet provided upon entrance. Take ten cent Euro coins along if you have children for some interactive fun at certain models: for example, at the confectionery factory a lorry will drive out with a miniature chocolate bar for you; the organ grinder plays at another.
There are two restaurants (although one is not open all year) that offer a splendid view of the miniature city. Adult admission through the end of 2007 is 13 euros with a 20% discount if you have the City Card The Hague-Delft
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In between De Haag and Amsterdam there is an excebition of miniature buildings and other stuff that is really really nice. You can take lots of pictures just by walking in that park for a couple of hours...
We went there for half an hour and we ended up staying for more than 4 hours!
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