Provincie Noord-Holland Off The Beaten Path

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    The small port of Marken
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Provincie Noord-Holland Off The Beaten Path

  • Zaanse Schans

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    We loved the Zaanse Schans. We're in Europe now with to married couples and no kids an we looked for a place for a nice walk. At www.dutcmills.eu we read that you better avoid Zaanse Schans on Mondaybecause most 'attractions' are closed and the mills close at five every dat.....but you are free to walk around 24/7. ;) So we did. Only cost we had...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jordaan

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    A small sidestep South to the former Plaatboef at ROZENGRACHT 40; nowadays it's called VELVET MUSIC. Return to the PRINSENGRACHT. You will see the Anne Frank House across the canal and De Westerkerk in the rear. Proceed East towards the Leidsestraat. There's one more store at the Prinsengracht: SECOND LIFE MUSIC at Prinsengracht 366 (South-side)....

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  • Hofjes

    Haarlem Off The Beaten Path

    Founded 1489 Address: barrevoetestraat 7 The Almshouse founded by the Van Loo family was originally intended for “Thirteen poor or needed people, be it priests or others who lead a good life.” The van Loo family is not only known for founding this almshouse. According to folklore, one of the van Loo’s took part in the crusade to Damiate in 1219...

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  • Statues and Sculptures

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Besides graffitti, statues and sculptures are usually the only form of public art in a city - but not in Amsterdam! I discovered the first truly public and free art gallery is located in the center of Amsterdam, on a street corner near the Dam square. Located at the corner of "Spui straat" and "Paleis straat", It looks like a regular painting...

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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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  • Red Light District

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    I am not sure what I am supposed to comment! This is a topic with room for debate. I will therefore look at it from a tourist perspective. Generally as a tourist, we look for something different to where we live. For that reason, walking through this district was rather interesting. I also learnt much from the walking tour.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Canals & Boat Tours

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Go North to the REMBRANDT PLEIN; through the HALVE MAAN STEEG to the AMSTEL river. At Amstel 100 you'll find AMSTEL ANTIQUES, a shop half filled with records. The owner is selling records on Saturdays at the nearby Waterlooplein market. Goto the East and cross the river via the BLAUWBRUG. Go along the city hall (STOPERA) to the WATERLOOPLEIN...

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  • Vondelpark

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    The park was somewhat a deception because there were nearly no flowers although it was begin May and in the country, from my train, I had seen many huge fields with flowers, late tulips and other flowers. What is certainly fine with this park is that everything is allowed. You can walk and lie down on the grass, cycle on the asphalt paths, make bbq...

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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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  • Zandvoort

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Many Amsterdammers like to spend a warm summer’s day on the sandy expanses of the North Sea coast. The seaside resorts of Zandvoort and Bloemendaal are very popular, and both can be reached easily by train or bus. Bloemendaal aan Zee has some of the more trendy beach pavilions – varying from the bohemian Woodstock 69 to the elegant Bloomingdale....

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  • Walking

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Riekermolen is to the south of Amsterdam... there is no direction placards to it but if you are walking alongside Amstel river from Martin Luther King Park to Amstel Park anyone will tell you how to reach it. There are two ways to reach close to the place.. 1. Get to President Kennedy Lane by tram and then walk alongside the river with a lovely...

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  • Street Art & Graffiti

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    I take pictures of these kinds of creations in every city I visit. This one is a huge snake at the façade of whole building. It was colorful and attractive, although I haven't noticed it since I walked the sidewalk across the road. It was on the Spuistraat.

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  • Volendam

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    A beautiful town which still retains much of its "fishing village" past, although it now relies on the tourist trade and the shops, restaurants and cafes focus on satisfying the demands of the 21st century traveller. The original village buildings are very attractive being painted in bright colours maintained well. After walking through the...

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  • Muiderslot - Naarden

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    A few km from A`dam is Muiden. Nice typical village with the river and boats all along. On its edge you find this castle now, after many years, open to the public. April up to and including October: Monday to Friday from 10:00 - 17:00 Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 13.00 - 17.00 The Castle can only be visited under guidance. The conducted...

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  • De Gooyer Windmill

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Molen De Gooyer is (I think) the last surviving windmill in Amsterdam. It is an extremely impressive sight, though you can only view it from the outside. It dates from the early 1700's and was restored in the 1920's. There is a bar and a large cafe next-door to the windmill. Zeeburgerstraat (east of the city centre), Tram 14

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  • Amsterdamse Bos

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    In the weekends a ferryboat connects the North bank of the Nieuwe Meer (Oude Haagseweg near McDonald´s and the beaches) with the South bank (close to the pancake restaurant Boerderij Meerzicht, see my other tips). A fast and exciting way to reach the Amsterdamse bos from Amsterdam West, or to reach the beaches of the Nieuwe Meer from the...

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  • Cycling

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Always try to go attended to the most famous city of the Netherlands, ..no need to suggest to take nice walks along roadsides. Lovely view of the main capital , just not as bad as it seems . The centre is more reliable . ** Beware of your own safety by entering the outside 'ring' of Amsterdam , cause of the criminal activities ** .

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  • Edam

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    If you are looking to spend a day outside Amsterdam to see Dutch landscape and traditional villages, probably the best choice is to take a trip to villages Edam, Volendam and Marken. All of them are easily accesible by Bus. The bus ticket for entire day which cost only 7.5 Eur is valid for all buses in that region for one day and can be bought...

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  • Heineken Brewery

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    A note: If you are looking for RECORD MANIA, that used to be in the Jordaan area at Hartenstraat 9, you have to go to the Ferdinand Bolstraat 30 instead (Beyond Heineken Experience). Record Mania is a great shop; the only one with a good Jazz selection and some other gems. Basement bargains. Now go South (I prefer via the PRINSENGRACHT) and go...

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  • Street Markets

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    The Dappermarkt in the eastern part of Amsterdam was chosen as 'Best market of The Netherlands' in 2006. It's a good place to see the different cultures of the city side by side. There are Dutch, Turkish and Moroccan (the main ethnic groups in this area) stalls here and some others as well. It's mostly food, daily products and clothes you can buy...

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  • Diamond District

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    This may not be much 'off' the beaten path, as Holland is known for its diamond trade, but visit a diamond house - many of them offer tours and demonstrations of polishing & cutting. Some will require reservations, so be sure to check ahead. I stopped at amstel diamonds (www.amsteldiamonds.nl) but missed the scheduled time, and didn't make it again...

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  • Sex Museum

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    A city like AMS with its big and famous red light district must have a "sex musem" as well, I guess. There is also an "Erotic museum" right in the red light zone, but we didn´t visit that. The sex museum gives some quite funny and nice impressions of sex in the world through the history. address: Damrak 18 2012 LH Amsterdam

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  • Central Station

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    THE AMSTERDAM RECORD TRAIL: If you missed the intro, I like to take you on a walk along Amsterdam's second hand record shops. This is becoming harder as these shops more and more move outwards in search of cheap rental spaces. From the Central Train Station we walk to the South but before entering the DAMRAK we go a liitle to the right into the...

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  • Alkmaar

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Visit a windmill, some are open to the public and you can see how they work which is very interesting. The family used to sleep on the ground floor. I visited one near Alkmaar Entry is usually few Euro’s

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  • Ijmuiden

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    We used the hydrofoil to connect with the DFDS ferry to Newcastle @ 5 euros each. You can avoid the main canal road & head under the bridge half right in front of the ferry. The walk into Ijmuiden shopping centre took 20 mins. There is lots of sub-urban shopping with cheap drinks & snacks. See how out of the city Dutch live. Turn right before...

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  • Aalsmeer

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Aalsmeer (very close to Amsterdam) Flower Market it's the biggest flower market in the world. Every day auctions take place in there, flowers are bought and then distributed worldwide. And if you want you get to see the process! You can see how the flowers are stored and the site where auction takes place. The center is massive and the sooner you...

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  • Chess at Max Euweplein

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    this chess game you can find outside on the max euweplein near the leidseplein the hard rockcafe and casino are also here. i cannot tell much about this. it start at 9.30 and the pieces will be taken away at 21.30. i took this picture on a sunday. Het Max Euwe-Centrum is open from tuesday till friday and every first saturday of the month from half...

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  • Kinderdijk

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    If you want to see traditional Dutch windmills there is a small group of them just north of Amsterdam and these are a better choice to make over the windmills at Kinderdijk if you only have time to visit one windmill heritage site. These windmills were built from 1633 onwards and until 1929 when electric pumps came in to operation these had drained...

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  • Brouwerij t' IJ

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Belgium may be the beer capital of the world, but the Brouwerij t'Ij (Ij Brewery) in Amsterdam produces some very respectable hand-crafted brews worthy of standing alongside some of those that it's neighbor to the south can offer. In a land utterly dominated by mega-production beer(Heineken, Amstel), its nice to know that the art of brewing is...

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  • IJburg

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    I always look for things I like to do (go to fleamarkets, visit secret shows, eat with the locals) so I spend hours scouring the net. In Amsterdam, now you don't have to. The best kept secret for fleamarkets? You travel all the way to the new IJburg area, every month you can find locals selling their stuff next to the city beach. A perfect...

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  • Rembrandt's House

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    I (and you) may refresh our memory about Amsterdam and Rijksmuseum even without leaving Moscow. We should go to the Main Building of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and see “Portrait of an Old Man”, “Portrait of an Old Woman”, “Ahasuerus and Esther”, “Incredulity of St Thomas”, "Christ Clearing the Temple”/ Every time I visited this museum...

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  • Maritime Museum

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    It seems to me that the museum is hesitating between functioning as a playground for children with the rooms of the West wing and the VOC replica and a scientific-historical approach in the East Wing with a display of an extensive collection of navigation instruments, globes (for specialists), a collection of maritime models of Dutch yachts old and...

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  • Ferry Boat

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Something fun and free! Most people arrive at Central station and go out the front doors. If you want to do something fun and free go out the back. There you will find three small ferries. Each one will take you to a different location. The trips are only 5 to 10 minutes each, but give you a great chance to see things from a different angle. Also...

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  • Nemo Science Center

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Within the harbour and along the route of most canalboats is a monstrous structure of green metal, floating in the water. This is the New Metropolis, or short NEMO. The building is created by Renzo Piano, which is also responsible for the Groningen museum (equaly ugly building in my opinion). The huge green block is situated on the Southern part of...

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  • Stadsschouwburg

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    People keep going on and on about what a lively theater scene there is in Amsterdam, which I don't doubt but since it is mainly in Dutch it is unfortunately Off the Beaten Path for those of us who don't understand that language very well. The first photo shows the Stadsschouwburg (which in German looks like it should mean City Show Castle) at...

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  • Rotterdam

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    Rotterdam is 65 minutes from Amsterdam Centraal and this will soon be down to 35 minutes with the new high speed line opening soon. We went for the day and went to the Euromast Tower and a harbour tour. Despite lots of building work outside the station (just like Amsterdam) the tram station is nearby and its a 10 minute ride to the Euromast...

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  • Westergasfabriek

    Amsterdam Off The Beaten Path

    From what I've read, the neighborhoods of Amsterdam are following a global trend in experiencing "gentrification" and renovation. Some of this can be found in the "Westerpark" neighborhood, about a twenty minute walk from the city center. Here, an old industrial "brownfield" - disused factory sites and railway switching yards - are being developed...

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