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    Dwarsgracht - bike or boat trip

    by vtveen Updated Nov 30, 2014

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    The hamlet of Dwarsgracht is a real alternative for the famous, but very touristy, town of Giethoorn. Although just 3 km's away it is a complete different world.
    The same canal(s), small bridges, boats and thatched roof houses. But in Dwarsgracht you will hardly see any tourist.

    There is just one café restaurant ('De Otterskooi') and this is an ideal starting point for either a boat trip with a so called 'whispering boat' or for a bike tour along the canals and lakes. At 'De Otterskooi' you can rent them both.
    Or just walk along the main canal through the village and enjoy the views over the water, the houses, the flowers, the birds and further away waving reed.

    Dwarsgracht: main canal and bike/foot path Dwarsgracht: still punting Punt 'out of order' Dwarsgracht: side canal to a lake Dwarsgracht: reed land
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    Zaanse Schans

    by margaretvn Written Aug 28, 2005

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    This area on the river Zaan has typical Zaan houses, windmills and buidlings. In some of the windmills you can still buy their products - I really like the mustard mill. All the houses are built from wood and coated in tar. Stone houses would have sunk into the peat earth. Here is also the very first "Albert Heijn" shop which dates from 1887 - nowadays there is an AH in almost every village in the country. There is also a cheese making factory and a great pancake restuarant- My favourite pancake is always apple and bacon and then topped with syrup. While wandering around you are often breathin in the heavy sweet smell of cocoa from the chocolate factories along the Zaan.

    Zaanse Schans
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    De Rijp

    by margaretvn Updated Sep 7, 2008

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    This beautiful little town in North Holland is a gem. It was once on Schermer Island in the Zuiderzee. Many of its buildings date back to the 17th century. It was then that the town flourished - that was mainly due to the whaling. It is the birthplace of Jan Adriaansz. Leeghwater who invented a system that used windmills to drain a lake after a "ring canal" had been built around it. This meant that is was quite easy to pump dry deeper and larger lakes and getting the first areas of reclaimed land.
    "In 't Houten Huis" shows the history of Schermer island and also has an exhibition about Leeghwater.

    De Waag, De Rijp
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    Kinderdijk

    by margaretvn Updated May 8, 2005

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    Kinderdijk with its 19 windmills is a World heritage site and protected area. The 19 windmills were used to drain the Alblasserwaard in the past/ It is were the Noord and Lek rivers join. As the land settled new “Boezems” (drainage pools) and mills were needed to span the height difference as the land settled. It is not far from our home and we often go as there are several lovely walks through the area. It is beautiful in all seasons although you do really need warm clothing on the colder days as the wind can really howl here. I remember so well first seeing them on one of my first visits to The Netherlands - the waters were frozen and there were so many people skating – it was just like a painting from one of the “old masters”
    It does get very busy in the tourist season and parking at weekends is sometimes difficult. Parking very near the mills is limited and it is nearly always busy – try to go in the week when it can be a little less crowded. At the parking area near the mills is a little cafe and gift shop. There are several restaurants along the road through the village. Be careful walking along the road through the village as it does get very busy with traffic.

    Kinderdijk
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    Frans Hals Museum

    by margaretvn Written Jun 27, 2004

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    The museum is housed in a 17th century building which is in the centre of the historic area of the city of Haarlem. This is where the Dutch Golden Age started to floourish. The Frans Hals Museum shows the art of that period.
    There are 11 paintings by Frans Hals and wonderful paintings by Ruiddael, Jan Steen (I love his paintings) Van Goyen and many others. The wonderful paintings hang between oak tables, and cabinets full of silver and porcelain. It really is a wonderful museum.

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    Van Gogh Museum

    by margaretvn Written Jun 27, 2004

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    This museum houses the world's largest collection of Vicent van Gogh - with more than 200 paintings.
    Van Gogh relied on financial help from his brother Theo during his career. Theo was an art dealer. When Vicent died in July 1890 his brother owned nearly all his paintings. Theo died just 6 months after his brother and the paintings passed to his widow (Johanna van Gogh-Bonger) and then on to his son Vicent Willam van Gogh (1890-1978).
    In 1962 the works that were still in the family were bought by the newly established Vicent van Gogh Foundation. Funds for the pruchase were from the Dutch state which also constructed the museum to house the works. The museum opened in 1973, the collection is still growing as works are bought, donated or lent to the museum.
    On the day we went there was a long queue to visit it by the time the musuem opened at 10.00.

    view of Amsterdam
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    The Rembrandt House and museum

    by margaretvn Written Jun 26, 2004

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    Rembrandt bought this house in 1639, when he was already famous. Unfortunately Rembrandt also collected in a great scale (often using the attributes in his paintings) and in 1656 he went bankrupt because he could not pay all his debts. We can be thankful for that really because it meant that lists were made of everything in his house before all the valuables were sold at auction. That has meant that is has been possible to know how his house was furnished when he lived there.
    The house has been restored to its former glory and it has been furnished with things from my favourite artists time. There is an almost complete collection of the Masters etchings - they are wonderful, you could spend hours looking at them. there are demonstrations about the way etchings were made which are very interesting. There are also demonstations on how paint was made in his time.
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    mon-sat. 10.00 - 17.00 sun 13.00 - 17.00

    Rembrandt House
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    Gouda - not to be missed

    by margaretvn Written Sep 7, 2008

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    A really lovely little city close to our home is Gouda and we often go there for a day out. We have walked to the city from our home a couple of times - it takes a couple of hours but is a nice walk and we are ready for a cup of coffee when we get to the centre! The best place to park is at the station (paid parking) especially during the summer months and the weekends. Of course Gouda is famous for its cheese and every thursday during the summer months there is a cheese market behind the city hall and in front of "de Waag". I love the fairytale like stadhuis (townhall) which dates back to 1450 and is one of the oldest in the Netherlands. You have to wait there until the hour to see the little figures came out of the side wall when the clock chimes. The St Jans church dates from 1485, it was rebuilt in 1552 after being struck by fire. it has some beautiful stained glass windows which were donated by rich catholic benefactors between 1555-1571. One of them was Philip II of Spain. After the reformation though the church became a protestant church. Also worth visiting is the pipe museum and the Stedelijk museum. The Stedelijk museum is in the former Catherina Gasthuis (St Catherine's hospital) and it has paintings from the Hague school. The Catherina Gasthuis dates from the 14th century.

    Gouda Gouda - townhall Gouda - townhall (detail) Gouda - townhall (detail) Gouda
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    Breda

    by MATIM Written Sep 20, 2004

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    The history of Breda dates back to the early days of the 12th century. Gradually the fishing village developed into a small town surrouded by walls. It was a small market town in which the harbour had a very important role. Merchandise was shipped to Breda from the surroundings to be sold near the port.
    In the 14th and 15th centuries, Breda grew into a real royal residence. In the 16th century, during the reign of Count Hendrik the thirth, Breda prospered. Under the leadership of the count, the city expanded considerably. After Breda had completed its fortifications, the town could develop into an important economic centre. Periods for over six times, first by the Spaniards, then by the State army and eventually recaptured by the French.
    Last century, the city finally developed undisturbedly. In that manner Breda grew into its present shape.
    Now, Breda is a medium sized town with a population of about 126.000

    Big market Breda
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    The 4th largest city

    by Nathalie_B Written May 1, 2004

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    Utrecht is the 4th largest city of the Netherlands and it is situated right in the middle of the country. Utrecht is famous for its canals not less than Amsterdam, but what makes them unique is terraces close to the water. The 112 meters high Dom Tower is the symbol of the city and can be seen pretty much from everywhere. Canal cruises and water bikes are very popular in this city as well and it also has lots of museums to choose from. In other words this city has a lot to offer all you have to is is visit.

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    Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam

    by hopang Updated May 10, 2009

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    Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is located at Dam Square in the heart of the city of Amsterdam. It is a very popular tourist attraction in the city of Amsterdam. The wax museum was founded by Marie Tussaud (1761 - 1850) in 1835. The world famous wax museum consists of hundreds of life size wax figures of the rich and famous as well as political leaders from around the world. Some of the famous wax figures that are exhibited at Amsterdam Madame Tussauds are Boris Becker (tennis player), Ayrton Senna (Formula One racing driver) and pop singers David Bowie, Britney Spears and Elvis Presley (as depicted in our photograph above).

    You may also e-mail to the following address for more information regarding Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam:- info@madametussauds.nl

    Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam

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    Windmill at Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse

    by hopang Updated May 19, 2009

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    The large old windmill located inside Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse is one of the major and prominent tourist attractions at Keukenhof Gardens. Visitors can climb up the steps inside the old windmill to the viewing platform located on the first floor. The 360 degree viewing platform has a commanding and spectacular view of Keukenhof Gardens and its surrounding areas. Well-known large wooden shoes are placed on the road near the entrance to the windmill. Don't miss the old windmill when you visit Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse!

    Windmill at Keukenhof Gardens
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    Canal Cruise, Amsterdam

    by hopang Updated May 19, 2009

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    Canal cruise along the famous canal in the city of Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city of Amsterdam. Visitors are looking at the city of Amsterdam from a very different perspective, i.e. from the water. You will be passing numerous bridges along the canal with the view of lovely architectural buildings along the way. In our opinion the canal cruise is a "must-travel" attraction when you visit such beautiful city like Amsterdam. It is fun and shall be considered one of the highlights of your trip to Amsterdam.

    Canal Cruise
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    Architectural Buildings, Downtown Amsterdam

    by hopang Updated May 19, 2009

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    The streets of downtown Amsterdam and the banks of the canals in the heart of the city of Amsterdam are dotted with many lovely architectural buildings. Amsterdam can be considered as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe! We are certainly impressed by its many beautiful architectural buildings especially along its canal. Please flip through our photographs on the right to see the numerous architectural buildings in Amsterdam!

    Downtown Amsterdam
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    Scheveningen Pier, The Hague

    by hopang Updated May 19, 2009

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    The Scheveningen Pier (De Pier) is located on the shore of North Sea at Scheveningen Beach near The Hague in South Holland province in Western Netherlands. Scheveningen Beach is a very popular seaside resort and fishing centre. The Scheveningen Beach extends over several kilometers long. De Pier is the largest pier in the Netherlands. It was constructed in 1961.

    The promenade at De Pier is a platform extending from the beach out to the sea supported by pillers. There is a tower at the end of the promenade. The platform is also known as Van Der Valk Amusement by the locals with several restaurants and amusement parks. Admission to the platform costs only a token. The top of the tower has a spectacular and breath-taking view of Scheveningen Beach and its lovely skyline as depicted on our photographs above.

    Van Der Walk Amusement, The Hague
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