Provincie Noord-Holland Things to Do

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Provincie Noord-Holland Things to Do

  • Grote Markt

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Haarlem Things to Do

    The Haarlem Grote Market is a big square in center city. In its early days the square had no pavement and was called Het Sant (The Sand). The following buildings are located around the square: -Grote of Sint-Bavokerk church (80 meters high and the landmark of Haarlem) -The city hall -De Hoofdwacht -De Vishal (Fish Hall) -De Vleeshal (Meat...

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  • Panorama Terrace

    Schiphol Things to Do

    The Schiphol Panorma Terrace is great place to spend some time with children and watch all the activities on the platforms below. The terrace stretches over most of the terminal building roof at the platform side, so there always is room enough. Expect some school classes visiting and the sounds and smells of airplanes are obvious. 2011 Update: A...

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  • Cheese market

    4 out of 5 stars

    Alkmaar Things to Do

    Originally a chapel for the Holy Ghost, this 14th century building was converted to a weigh house in 1582. Today it houses the Kaasmuseum (Cheese Museum) and is the backdrop for the cheese market on Fridays (10am – noon), April through August.

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  • Anne Frank House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    The Anne Frank House - located at the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in Amsterdam, is a museum dedicated to the Jewish girl Anne Frank who hid here with her family and other people from Nazi persecution during the German occupation of the Netherlands. Anne wrote a wartime diary about her life in the refuge; the occupants were later...

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  • Grote Kerk

    Haarlem Things to Do

    The Grote Kerk or St. Bavo church is the landmark of the old center of Haarlem. The construction started in 1370 and was finalized in 1520. The 75 meters high wooden tower in the middle of the building is the highest point in the area. Original the church was a Catholic church and became the cathedral in 1559. Later the church was transformed...

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  • Rijksmuseum, Schiphol branch

    Schiphol Things to Do

    I find all airports mind numbingly boring. They are usually expensive and as there is more often than not no way of escaping the high prices they really have got you by the balls. Thankfully Schipol Airport have come up with a brilliant idea of putting an annexe of the excellent Rijksmuseum in the airport departure lounge. Now there is something...

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  • Laurens Kerk (Laurens church)

    Alkmaar Things to Do

    This prominent and attractive church in the middle of the town as you head up to the main canal and cheese market past the Town Hall is a 15 th century church which contains the tomb of Count Floris V (ruled 1256-1296) and - the oldest church organ in the Netherlands!

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  • Sex Museum

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    The Sex museum has been going for over twenty years and offers a real insite into the sensitive area of human sexuality.It has hundreds of interesting pieces of art,sculptures,exhibits,paintings and books of sex through the ages,approaching the subject through historic,scientific,cultural and humerous ways.There are lots of tiny rooms to explore...

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  • Frans Hals Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Haarlem Things to Do

    I always imagined the Frans Hals Museum as being a big building like the Rijksmuseum at Amsterdam. Nothing could be in greater contrast when I saw the real museum for the first time unexpected. It was almost pittoresque and it must be one of the finest Dutch museums. In the museum collection you will find many paintings by Frans Hals, who lived at...

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  • Canal Boat Tours

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    Amsterdam is defined by its waterways, so it is only fitting to see the city from a boat. There are plenty of tour operators, who usually offer 1 hour round trips for a price between 10-15 €. Often, an audiosystem allows you to follow the explanation of a guide in your language of choice via headphones. When choosing a boat, I would advise to book...

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  • Hofjes

    Haarlem Things to Do

    The history of the Haarlem hospital goes back to early 1400. At that time the Saint Elisabeth Gasthuis was started. The building was known as the Gangolf Gasthuis and was located at the Verwulft. After the big city fire of 1572 the hospital was re-started in 1581 in the former cloister. The building now is home to the Haarlem Historic Museum.

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  • Dam Square

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    I didn't visit much in Amsterdam, and the main images that I caught were this central square (and the smell of the canals...). My kids went there recently and enjoyed it, which means that I need to plan another visit.

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  • Teylers Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Haarlem Things to Do

    The oldest museum in the Netherlands is a wonderful trip back into the 18th and19th century. It was founded in 1778 with the fortune of the cloth merchant Pieter Teyler who also possessed an art collection. The Oval Room, opened in 1779, is still the core of the museum and was once used for public demonstrations of scientific experiments. It...

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  • Flower Market - Bloemenmarkt

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    New Year's is certainly not the season to visit a flower market, so Bloemenmarkt was not super exciting when I was there in late December 2014. There were definitely flowers being sold along with bulbs and seeds (see attached photo), but I imagine it would be fantastic to see the market during tulip season. It has existed on this site since 1862...

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  • Streets / Canals

    Haarlem Things to Do

    This historic building was designed in 1597 as a Weigh House for grain brought to Haarlem by ship along the adjoining Spaarne River/Canal. The building is now used as a tavern/restaurant and I believe some of the original weighing equipment remains.

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  • Van Gogh Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    Dedicated to Van Gogh, this museum contains the world's largest collection by the artist. It also exhibits works by some of Van Gogh's contemporaries, such as Manet, Gauguin, Seurat, and Monet. I would consider this to be the best museum in Amsterdam, but unfortunately, so does every visitor to Amsterdam. Getting into the museum was a bit of a...

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  • St. Bavo Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Haarlem Things to Do

    St Bavo Cathedral and the Grote Kerk Haarlem are the same church what explains that I wrote twice my review: The tourist visiting the Grote Kerk St-Bavo is most often unaware that the interior of this church, as many other catholic churches in the Netherlands, was victim of the "Beeldstormers" or protestant iconoclasts. This Catholic Church had...

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  • Heineken Brewery

    4 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    heineken is a local brewery and the Heineken Experience is located on the first Heineken brewery building. Inside you will see Heineken's brewery history , facts , pictures , equipment and of course DRINK !!! The visit is very nice and tasty. The place is open daily from 11:00 till 19:30 and an adult ticket will cost 17 Euro.

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  • Spaarne

    Haarlem Things to Do

    This small bridge over the Spaarne River is the ideal place to take photos of the river activity. The bridge also has the facility to open up and let the larger riverboats and sail craft through. We were lucky to be nearby by when the 2pm bridge opening happened. An accumulation of 15 or more boats came through, the colour and beauty of this scene...

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  • Rijksmuseum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    There is no museum in the Netherlands without landscapes and quite logically the Rijksmuseum displays some of the best Dutch landscapes in the rooms of the Eregalerij - Gallery of Honor on floor 2. Landscapes were one of the major themes of the Dutch 17th c. paintings. The Dutch Golden century produced hundred thousands of landscapes of all kinds:...

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  • Flower Parade

    Haarlem Things to Do

    We didn't get to see the parade at the start, sort of difficult with a 4 year old in tow. When he needs to nap, he naps! Spent the Sunday morning walking around the market and marvelling at the work that went into the displays. We were blessed with gorgeous weather so the perfume form the3 flowers was fantastic. An amazing amount of work went...

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  • Coffee(Cannabis)shops

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    Coffee shops are establishments in the Netherlands where the sale of cannabis for personal consumption by the public is tolerated by the authorities.Under the drug policy of the Netherlands,the sale of cannabis products in small quantities is allowed by licensed coffee shops.The majority of these also serve drink and food but no alcohol and...

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  • Museums

    Haarlem Things to Do

    The Hallen Museum is the museum for contemporary and modern art. The museum is housed in three historic buildings, the Vleeshal (Flesher's hall) from 1605, the Verweyhal and the smaller old fish house with the present entrance to the museum.. The collection is around 10,000 pieces. Admission: € 7,50 (Adult) Opening hours: Mo: Closed Tu-Sa: 11AM...

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  • Madame Tussaud's

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    With only a little time to pass in Amsterdam doing the DFDS "Mini-Cruise" we had 4 hours or so to kill in Amsterdam midweek and neither myself or my friend are particularly into the stoner culture so we decided to buy tickets for Madame Tussauds instead. It is quite expensive for what it is. We paid around 20 euros each for tickets purchased...

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  • Churches

    Haarlem Things to Do

    I looked at the Nieuwe Kerk for the first time through the narrow Kerkstraat (Church street). It looked like I just got a view to a tower. The New Church however is much more than just that tower part. The tower from 1613 is the most historic part of the building as it's the remaining part of the former Saint Anna chapel. Architect n Jacob van...

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  • Koninklijk Paleis - Royal Palace

    4 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    The Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) is right on Dam square, so easy to find and “iconic”. It dates back to the 1600s, and now it is only used rarely by the royal family. Entry was €10 for an adult. I’m glad went went in to see it. It surprised me. Whilst the structure is grand, the interior is not lavish and almost utilitarian by royal standards....

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  • Surroundings

    Haarlem Things to Do

    well if you want to get the teast of Haarlem you need to walk around of course if the weather lets you... there are alot fo coffe or tea shops with weed for those who are interested and the atomospher is different then in Amsterdam, more calm.

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  • Begijnhof - The Wooden House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    First, when asking for directions, make sure you pronounce the name correctly (Bee-guy-n-hof) or else the locals will look at you quizzically and shrug. Next, once you get past the endless rows of tourist shops and enter the artplein-spui (square) close to Begijnhof, look for a row of attached homes with a large wooden arched door. Enter, walk 20...

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  • Amsterdamse Poort

    Haarlem Things to Do

    Whilst walking along the canal admiring the old wharehouse conversions we eventually stumbled upon the Adriann Windmill. A beautiful mill located on the River Spaarne, it dominates the district. The sky was covered with heavy rain clouds which marred what could have been a beautiful photo. The mill was built diring the early 18th century, but...

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  • Leidseplein

    4 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    Leidseplein is a most popular square of Amsterdam. There are a lot of cafes, bars, restaurants on that square and in the surrounding streets. Most of the restaurants are not Dutch so that I sometimes wonder if there is something wrong with the Dutch cooking! Last time I stayed near the Leidseplein, but closer to the Rijksmuseum, the atmosphere on...

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  • Canal Tour

    5 out of 5 stars

    Haarlem Things to Do

    As we walked along the the embankment of Spaarne River/ Canal we found there were several small boats offering tours. These were mostly open boats offering a similar service to what is offered on the Venice canals. My thoughts were that this would be ideal for small groups who want to do their own thing. The skipper of the small boat spoke to us...

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  • Artis Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    This zoo surprised me. I had heard a lot of things and positive things from friends about it and when i saw on the map it was in the middle of Amsterdam close to central station, i thought sure lets check it out. My reality is that it is a very small zoo and the exhibits themselves, were small. Some far too small in my opinion. Lions need space...

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  • Streetmarkets

    Haarlem Things to Do

    On Sunday, when the decorated cars of the annual flower parade are parked at the Gedempte Oude Gracht, you can visit the special flower market. When Caroline and me arrived there in the morning (close to 10 am), most people were busy putting up their stand.

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  • China Town

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    He Hua Temple or with it's full name Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple is located in Amsterdam's Chinatown. The temple is the largest Buddhist temple in Europe built/designed by Dutch architect Fred Greven. The temple is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00-17:00 and on Sundays from 10.00-17.00

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  • Vondelpark

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    The park was somewhat a deception because there were nearly no flowers although it was begin May. Probably the fault of the long winter but in the country, from my train, I saw many huge fields with flowers, late tulips and other flowers. The park has several ponds because it was constructed in a dump area. The park is 2 m lower than the...

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  • Erotic Museum

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    Once an old warehouse,this museum is situated in the heart of the Red Light District.Set on three floors there are various exhibits of Erotica such as paintings,photos,sculptures,waxworks and animation.A extensive display on the Red Light District,old condom machines,John Lennon's lithographs and a section on bondage are just a few of the...

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  • Old Church - Oude Kerk

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    This was unexpected; I could not imagine a church with 2500 gravestones, often real works of art. With age I developed some interest for gravestones, monumental tombs and especially what we call "gisants" and "pleurants" in French. The Oude Kerk was built on a cemetery; presently more than 10000 persons are buried in the church. The gravestones...

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  • Walking

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    When walking through the old Amsterdam I find the city quite typical but not monumental. I miss the monumental buildings, palaces, one sees along the avenues of Paris, Rome, Vienna, Prague, Budapest or Venice. The houses of Amsterdam are very "middle class" for the simple reason I think that they were not build by noblemen who wanted to show their...

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  • Diamonds

    3 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    It is not advisible to visit the Diamonds factories specially with your wifes ,fiancees,girlfriends etc.etc. You can take this suggestion as a warning tip. During the war Amsterdam losts 2000 diamond workers.After the war the diamond trade was in part returned to its former glory due to the efforts of the diamond merchants and help from abroad.Most...

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  • Nemo Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    I didn't get to visit this centre whilst in Amsterdam, but the very sight of the building that I had from the canal cruise was enough to impress me greatly. Set in Oosterdok on the water it looks for all the world like the bow of a huge ship. Apparently it has five floors of very interesting science displays covering many many different areas of...

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  • Bicycle Tours

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    The Yellow Bike shop was right next to our hotel (Hotel Inntel Amsterdam Center) so it was a no-brainer for us to just rent from there, and we did not regret it! This outfit is run by a bunch of really cool, easy-going and friendly people, who made sure that we were satisfied customers. Our trip to Amsterdam was definitely memorable due to the fact...

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  • Scheepvaart - Maritime Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    Visiting the Amsterdam Museums like the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Museum, Scheepvaart (Maritime) Museum and many other museums, churches or monuments it is difficult to avoid the word VOC. So what is the VOC? VOC is not Volatile Organic Compounds (lol) but the VEREENIGDE OOSTINDISCHE COMPAGNIE (United East India Company) established in 1602 with a...

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  • Rembrandtplein Area

    4 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    The Rembrandtplein square was named after the famous dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn who actually owned a house nearby from 1639 to 1656. A statue of Rembrandt was erected in the center of the square in 1876. This is a popular tourist area with many restaurants, cafes, street artists and other entertainment.

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  • Magere Brug - Skinny Bridge

    4 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    One of the most beautiful of Amsterdam’s many bridges is the famous Magere Brug or Skinny Bridge across the river Amstel. The name originates from the first bridge to be built on this site which was indeed very narrow but the bridge has since been twice rebuilt. At night, the bridge is spectacularly illuminated by over a thousand light bulbs.

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  • Canals

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    Undoubtedly, the Canals of Amsterdam grace the city with its unique character, a Venice of the north of sorts. Not only do the canals provide a scenic backdrop to the city, but they also serve as an efficient means of transportation. A boat tour is a fantastic way to see the city, but a stroll along the canals can be most enjoyable and peaceful....

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