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 Stadthuis is one of the three buildings which really stand out on Haarlem's Grote Markt (the others being St Bavo and the Vleeshal). It stands on the west of the square. Originally, from around 1100, there was a wooden building on the site which was used as a hunting lodge by the Counts of Holland. William ll (who preferred to live in Den...

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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

    The Alkmaar Kaasmarkt (Cheese market). During the summer the traditional cheese trading is being performed. The market is held every Friday from April through early September from 10AM till 0:30PM on the Waagplein. Time line of the market: 09.50: - Welcoming the visitors 09.55: - Introduction of the bell-ringer 10.00: - The bell is rung and the...

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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

    The Grote or Sint-Laurenskerk church is the biggest church in the center of Alkmaar. The building was constructed from 1470 to 1498. The church is dedicated to St Lawrence. Inside is the grave tomb off Floris V, Count of Holland. The two church organs re world-famous. Opening hours: Summer: Tu-Su: 11AM - 5PM

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  • Canal Boat Tours

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    The best way to see Amsterdam is taking your own boat out, so you can see the canals in your own time and pace. We rented a boat at www.canalmotorboats.com and it is the best thing to see Amsterdam from the water, forget the big tourist boats. Simple and easy booking online and they got pillows and blankets and also a map of the canals, to easy and...

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  • Hofjes

    Haarlem Things to Do

    Grote Heligland is a fascinating street, full of history and with many registered national historical monuments (including all the 'pensioners' houses' mentioned below). It formed part of the complex belonging to St Elisabeth Gasthuis (hospital, in the Medieval sense as well as the modern sense). The long row of gabled houses dates from around...

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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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  • 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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  • 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

    As wonderful as a bag of tulip bulbs from Amsterdam/The Netherlands sounds, I would not recommend buying any bulbs in a bag, which cannot be open. We bought several of those typical bags (black bag, selection of tulips depicted in front of white background) to give away as souvenirs to family and friends. Too much space in our suitcases was taken...

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  • Streets / Canals

    Haarlem Things to Do

    At the Kruisstraat 26 a remarkable house is located. Although it looks centuries old, it was constructed in 1932. The building was made on order of pharmacist Nolf by architect C.C. van Beaumont in a Flemish style. On the front are the portraits of Lieven de Key,Hans Memling, Hubert van Eyck, Jan van Eyck, Dieric Bouts and Frans Hals made by local...

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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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  • St. Bavo Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Haarlem Things to Do

    I really liked this ancient church. Its entrance is not obvious at all. Basically, you go right round the back and enter through a small shop in a small attached building and then through an even smaller doorway. The Grote Kerk was completed in 1538 (it took 150 years to build). It's a soaring, airy space, with its floor comprised of numerous...

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  • Van Gogh Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    No doubt this museum has the largest Van Gogh collection (200 paintings) but… - here I might sound somewhat iconoclast - the dark paintings of his early period in Den Haag or Drenthe are not necessarily his highlights. Not everybody has to be fond of his potato subjects. It is clearly written in the welcome leaflet of the museum: "His evolution...

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  • Museums

    Haarlem Things to Do

    The Ten Boom Museum or the Corrie ten Boom Huis is the house of the Ten Boom family, a clock- and watch maker house. During the Second World War the house was a hiding place for jews and members of the local resistance. The house can be visited as part of guided tours that start every half hour (see the website). The tours are alternating given...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Churches

    Haarlem Things to Do

    The Janskerk is a church original belonging to the Commanderij of Sint Jan. The building and the adjacent cloister were constructed from 1310 to 1318. Till 1587 is was a Catholic church, but after the reformation it became a reformed church. In 1930 the city archives were housed in the building and nowadays it is home to the Procincial...

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  • Begijnhof - The Wooden House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    The Begijnhof - Beguinage in Amsterdam is certainly a pleasant and quiet part of the old city but as a beguinage I felt surprised by the architectural heterogeneity of this ensemble! Maybe I am too much accustomed to Belgian begijnhoven-beguinages (there are a dozen only in Flanders) with their great architectural homogeneity. In Amsterdam I found...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Koninklijk Paleis - Royal Palace

    4 out of 5 stars

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    Let's stir up the aesthetical controversy about this so called "8th wonder of the world" !!! No doubt it was a large building for its time, no doubt that the architect Jacob Van Campen was not fully satisfied of his work as he met important ground stability problems, no doubt Louis Napoleon Bonaparte was not fond of it, no doubt there are many,...

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  • Sculptures

    Haarlem Things to Do

    Haarlem's huge Grote Markt was once the scene of regular jousting, a Medieval activity where 'knights' on horses rode towards each other holding long lances with which they tried to hit each other and, hopefully, unseat their opponent. At that time (1200s and 1300s) the Grote Markt was called 't'Sant' (the sand) and was much larger, with no...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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