This area is the canal quarter, "Rembrandtplein" and "Munt Toren"
You can see a typical canal scene with a canal trip running along.
A flower market near the Munt Toren
And bustling cafes in the Rembrantplein
The Gothic Town Hall in Gouda was built in 1448 - 1459, additonally you can see a sandstone scaffold which was added after a complete renovation in 1697. You can set the bells in motion which causes the knights above the balcony to move.
On the square in front of the Town Hall there is a market including a fish stall and a bag seller.
There are still markets here today and you can see the real building on my Gouda page
Is Dam Square always so full of people, stages or scafolding you struggle to get good pictures, well come here to be able to get a decent picture of this bustling square.
The Royal palace is built on 13,659 piles the first being driven into the ground on 1648. It has been the City Hall of Amsterdam for one and a half centuries until such time as King Louis Napoleon furnished it as his palace in 1808 and it has been a palace ever since. Nowdays the palace is used by Queen Beatrix for official receptions and foreign heads of states stay here when visiting. Queen Beatrix has her royal residence in Den Haag. The Royal Palace is open for visitors at various times.
The National monument on Dam Square was erected in 1956 in memory of those who died in World War II. The stone is very porus and had to be restored in 1997, it was a German company who carried out the repairs. Every remembrance day on May 4, Queen Beatrix lays a wreath at its base.
This Basilica has taken a long time to get to its present size, construction started in 1380 but it reached the size it is today 200 years later.
The ground plan of this gothic church is the same as the Cathedral of Amiens with the exception that St Jon's has five naves.
My apologies for not photographing the Basillica but I was fascinated with the moving possession who will move along with the help of your 10c coin
It is hard to appreciate the details of something you have never seen or experienced, but as best we can tell from the ones we knew in Amsterdam and den Haag, the models were remarkably precise. So these are most of the pictures we took.
Plan to spend at least 2 hours wandering through the layout. A marked path and a numbered brochure help. The more of Holland you have visited or illustrated guides you have read, thr greater your experience will be. Even the living shrubbery and dwarf trees are in scale. Only pieces of most sites are reproduced and the vistas are rarely continuous unlike the real situation. If there are children with you, it is hard to guess how they will enjoy the experience. It depends upn their age and background knowledge and curiosity. We do not think Madurodam would be much fun in inclement weather (or in the bitter cold of winter), so factor weather into your plans.
Madurodam is a miniature city located in Scheveningen not far from The Hague.
It is a miniature town of Dutch buildings and landmarks and everything is perfectly replicated on a 1:25 scale.
Throughout the year, there are spaecial exhibitions in Madurodam. I had the chance to see one about indonesian miniature buildings from the early 20th century. They were used to show the different building types of the tribes and ethnical groups in Indonesia. The houses of Toraja (Sulawesi) remind me of early childhood memories (I spent half a year in Indonesia when I was five years old).
Due to my background, I like Schiphol the most. Although it could have some more detials, it is nice to see the planes (some of them are even moving, although not flying :) ), the apron vehicles and the miniature workers. Due to space problems, only a part of the airport is shown.
Madurodam is a miniature city with many dutch buildings and monuments at a scale of 1:25. There are far over 200 buildngs to see and every year more items are added. Entrance is 12,00 EUR for adults, discounts for children, groups and 65+ are avaiblable. The buildings show many details and you have also moving items like ships and cars. A booklet, available in 13 languages, gives you information about the real buildings. Madurodam is worth a visit, especially when you are travelling with children. Anyway, you should consider a day with good weather as almost the whole museum is an open air area.
The historic Binnenhof (The Hague) is a collection of buildings were built around the hunting lodge of the counts of Holland. The oldest parts of this medieval complex, the Ridderzaal (Knight's Hall) and the Rolgebouw (Roll Building) situated at the rear, date from the 13-th century...
The lay the foundations of the castle Nijenrode near Breukelen on the river "Vecht" date from circa 1275. In 1657 it was bought by the Amsterdam merchant Jhr. J. Ortt.
In de period of 1907 – 1930, Michiel Onnes led restored the castle. Since 1946 it is the house property of the foundation Nijenrode, Institute for Business Administration. In 1988 the Institute vested the status of University...
This double waterwheel mill in Haaksbergen exists out a flourmill with two wheels and an oil mill with one wheel. This mill is constructed in 1548 and after a restoration in 1998 back in use...
Here you can see the charming renovated town church from 1635 in Allingawier. You can find the church on the Aldfaers Erf Museum Route in the triangle Makkum – Bolsward – Workum in Friesland...
This station in Groningen is constructed in 1893. Characteristic are the galleries on both sides of the mail building. Those have three arches, what was unique in the Dutch station architecture...