Provincie Noord-Holland Things to Do

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Provincie Noord-Holland Things to Do

  • Grote Markt

    Haarlem Things to Do

    This is certainly the most elegant building of the Grote Markt. The Haarlem town authorities wanted a rich decorated meat market, a real prestige building and that is what the town architect Lieven de Key (one of the many Flemish immigrants) provided in 1604 by using much natural stone in combination with bricks. The style of the Vleeshal is...

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  • Cheese market

    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

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    There seems to always be a line outside the Anne Frank house. We found out too late that you can pre-purchase your tickets on-line. This allows you to avoid the line - you show up at your designated time and you are allowed entry through a separate door. During the summer the museum is open 9a-9p and if you don't have tickets already, your best bet...

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  • Frans Hals Museum

    Haarlem Things to Do

    In my opinion, the number one place to visit in Haarlem - at least if you like art. The museum grew out of the city's collection which was exhibited in the town hall. It was moved to a 17th century building complex, a former almshouse for old men, in 1913. The garden is preserved and can be used for a short break in summertime.   Hals takes a...

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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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  • Canal Boat Tours

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    It happened that the Bleu Boats cruises were at moorings in front of my hotel near the Leidseplein. From a cruise years ago I remember that as these boats are low on water, so that they can pass under the bridges, the view on the houses along the canals is not best. The first thing one sees are the walls of the quays and the cars parked on these...

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  • Grote Kerk

    Haarlem Things to Do

    Haarlem's main church has a history dating back to at least 1307. Back then, it was a wooden building which burned down later in the 14th century. The present building dates from 1479 and became a Cathedral for a very short time in 1559. In 1566 iconoclasm swept through the church destroying many altarpieces and all statues. You can see the marks...

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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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  • Hofjes

    Haarlem Things to Do

    This former hofje (a caritative institution, for poor and/or elderly, often with a hospital connected) has a beautiful façade with a couple of details to discover. Indeed, the façade is the only thing remaining of this former institution. The inscription is a so-called chronogram. If you count all the capital letter as Roman ciphers, you will get...

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  • Coffee Shops

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    Hey, its aallllll good man.... most are pretty good... While I was there, I went to Bulldog, grey area, blues brothers, grasshopper.... all were good... Grey area might be my favortie, and by far the smallest i went to..... Best thing about it, they can lone you a piece, and you can sit there and watch tourists go by 10 feet in front of you, while...

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  • St. Bavo Cathedral

    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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  • Rijksmuseum

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    Since hotels ask 20 - 25 € for their breakfast I found a better way to satisfy my - small - appetite when starting a new day. I found this in the museum by looking at these still life paintings called "ontbijtgen" (breakfast) showing bread, fruit, various cheeses more or less old on a table covered with a costly damask tablecloth. This painting is...

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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

    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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  • Teylers Museum

    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

    On my first visit, I destroyed a couple of cactus flowers which was a little embarassing. Still, I would very much recommend a visit. The Amsterdam flower market is located along the Singelgracht, roughly between the Muntplein and Koningsplein area. Its unique feature is that the market stands actually float on the Singelgracht. As tulips are...

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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

    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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  • 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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  • Dam Square

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    This is where the River Amster was dammed in the 13th century. Before the Damrak canal was filled in in 1672, boats could sail down here and unload their goods. The name Amsterdam derived from Dam square. A village grew around here as boats could sail right up the canal to the square and trade their goods.

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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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  • Koninklijk Palais - Royal Palace

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    This architectural beauty, adding Baroque touches to Neoclassical style and imposing over Dam Square, is the Royal Palace, known in Dutch as Koninklijk Paleis. It was completed in 1655 by the architect Jacob van Campen as the city hall of Amsterdam (and to me still looks like one), but was converted into a royal palace in 1806 by the brother of...

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  • Museums

    Haarlem Things to Do

    One of the best movies I have ever seen is the Hiding Place - the story of Corrie ten Boom. It still shows occasionally on TV in England , and presumably other countries, and is the story of how the Ten Boom family sheltered Jewish people in their flat above their Haarlem clock shop. The museum is free entry and volunteers take visitors around the...

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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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  • Canal Tour

    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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  • 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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  • Churches

    Haarlem Things to Do

    The first thing I noticed walking into Haarlem was the impressive gothic St. Bavo's Cathedral which was built in the 14th-15th centuries, in the so-called Kustgotiek ("Coast Gothic") style. A treasure chamber containing religous artifacts is in St Bavo's cathedral's annexe, but we did not visit it.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Begijnhof - The Wooden House

    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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  • Leidseplein

    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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  • Vondelpark

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    One of my all time favourite things to do, the moment the sun comes out is have a BBQ in vondel park. There are only two places where you can now do this in this park but it's still one of my favourite things to do. My friends and i bring a disposable bbq from the Albert Heijn (local supermarket) some meat/veg and a baguette and we are happy as...

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  • Scheepvaart - Maritime Museum

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    The Scheepvaartmuseum (Maritime Museum) is housed at Lands Zeemagazijn, build in 1656 as a storage building for the Navy (still present at the neighbouring Marine Etablissement at the Kattenburgerstraat). In the water next to the museum you can visit the Amsterdam, a replica of the former ship that sailed to the East Indies. Along the Oosterdok...

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  • Old Church - Oude Kerk

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    The "Oude Kerk", indeed the oldest church of Amsterdam, is only a church on Sunday; the other days it is an exhibition hall (the church stands in the "Wallen" the brothel district proposed by this website as Nr 1 to visit in Amsterdam, before The Anne Franck house and Rijksmuseum ! ). On my visit there was an exhibition of photos "World Press...

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  • Nemo Museum

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    We continued our tour via the “Teen Fact” section where we learned about body heat, the heart and all hormones. After looking at a peep show we came at a very interesting section of NEMO: the journey through the mind. Right here you can analyse your own facial expressions, try to unravel optical illusions and learn about ten tips for a fit brain....

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  • Canals

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    A "gracht" is by definition a small artificial canal, especially typical in Dutch and Belgian City planning. The Amsterdam "grachten" were created between 1612 and 1652, serving several purposes: goods could be transported easily and directly to merchant`s houses, and in turn wealthy merchants settled in the prestigious locations along the...

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  • Artis Royal Zoo

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    Artis, the zoo. I visited with colleagues on 13 June, 2013. We saw both the library and the animals. It was not my first visit to this well-known zoo, I'd been here before, at a time when I was just a toddler. The library is generally not open to the public, but colleagues made an appointment for this visit since we are all librarians.

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  • Rembrandtplein Area

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    Rembrandt Square, also named as Rembrandtplein, is just in walking distance to Dam Square, which serves day time to tourists as a historical area and for photo shoots and as its gets darker turns to a place of full entertainment ... Originally known as the Botermarkt (Butter Market), was established in 1668 and built from the remnants of the old...

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  • Westerkerk - Westertoren

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    The protestant Westerkerk between Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht was built in 1631 and - with the highest bell tower of all Amsterdam churches - is a true landmark of the city. The interior is rather plain, but a hike up the church tower stairs will give you a great panoramic view of Amsterdam. Rembrandt and his lover Hendrieke Stoffels, and...

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  • Diamonds

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    Visual information centre, which shows all aspects of the diamond industry with the attention on the history of the diamond industry in Amsterdam. A permanent exhibition aobut diamonds where you can admire several famous diamonds as the Koh-i-Noor, the cullian and the Rembrandt. Centro de información visual que quiere exponer todos los aspectos de...

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  • Central Station

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    The architecture of Amsterdam CS is remarkable as well as its location along the water. The works on the square are now nearly finished and travelers, trams, busses, metro, taxis, all are dancing their ballet on what is the central transportation point of Amsterdam. I added here a map of the station and square. You can see in front of the station...

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  • Zaanse Schans

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    This is a very nice museum that has well preserved old houses and few fully functional wind mills built after 1574 that you can visit. There are plenty of stores here from where you can buy cheese, clogs and lots of souvenirs. The cheese sold here is packed so you can take it on the plane without a problem. I also recommend buying a cheese board...

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  • Damrak

    Amsterdam Things to Do

    This was a main canal until it was filled in 1672, it is now a shopping street with bars and restaurants. When I visited Amsterdam in 2004 this street was virtually a building site due to the building of an underground. it is still under construction, due to be finished in 2017???

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