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In the Netherlands you can of course not ignore the province of North Holland with the capital Amsterdam. In Amsterdam you will find many tourist attractions. The city therefore receives many tourists every year. But North Holland is of course more than just Amsterdam. For example, you can visit the cities of Volendam, Zaandam, Haarlem and Alkmaar. You also have a number of nice coastal towns such as Bloemendaal and Egmond aan Zee. The Wadden island of Texel also belongs to the province.
Amsterdam is the country's capital and is also the city with the largest population. The city is getting busier and that scares some. Fortunately, the city is big enough that you can also do other fun things. For example, visit the IJplein or the Port area. You can of course take a walk through the Vondelpark or visit Artis. The shopping streets of Amsterdam are also popular, because you will find a lot of different brand stores and boutiques.
Attractions in Amsterdam
You can probably name one of the tourist attractions of Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum, for example, is the most famous museum in the Netherlands. With historical highlights in Dutch art culture that can be seen here. You will see, among other things, the Night Watch and the Milkmaid. You can visit the Anne Frank House, this is the Secret Annex, where Anne Frank wrote the world famous diary in the Second World War. You can also visit NEMO, where experiments and science shows are central. At This Is Holland you can experience a unique flying experience and at WONDR Experience you can go to a playground for adults. Make the best Instagram photos there.
Many people think that Amsterdam is immediately the capital of North Holland. However, Haarlem is the capital of this province. The city has many monumental buildings and old buildings. It is also called the most Flemish city in the north. This indicates the Burgundian atmosphere in the city.
Alkmaar is known for cheese. A cheese market has been held here for 400 years. You will also find the Dutch Cheese Museum there. The Stedelijk Museum, the Beatles Museum and the National Beer Museum are other museums that you will encounter in Alkmaar. Alkmaar has a beautiful old center with nice terraces and shopping streets.
Volendam is the most famous fishing village in the country. You can visit the old harbor with old Dutch ships. You can take a boat trip to Marken with the Volendam-Marken Express. Or let yourself be photographed in traditional costume. Other places worth visiting are Edam, Monnickendam or Marken.
Beaches in North Holland
North Holland is one of the provinces with beautiful coastal towns. Zandvoort is also called the Pearl by the sea. The city has miles of clean beaches. Zandvoort is surrounded by beautiful dune areas. Other coastal towns worth considering are Bloemendaal, Egmond aan Zee, Bergen aan Zee and Julianadorp. For Ibiza atmospheres you can best go to Bloemendaal and Bergen aan Zee is the place to be for great art markets.
Texel is the largest island of the Dutch Wadden Islands. You will find 30 kilometers of sandy beaches. Furthermore, you will not be disappointed by the range of nature, birds and even seals. To get to Texel it takes twenty minutes by boat from Den Helder. It is not without reason that the Wadden Sea is on the list of UNESCO. You can enjoy walking, cycling, mudflat walking or even skydiving.
Drainage de Beemster and De Schermer
De Droogmakerij de Beemster and De Schermer together form a unique polder area that has earned a place on the UNESCO list. More than 400 years ago, the Beemster changed from an inland lake to a beautiful landscape. This was done with the power of 43 mills. The Beemster has been an example for many other reclaimed land, including the Schermer. Today you will also find many windmills in the Schermer. The area is now inhabited by unique marsh birds. You can cycle beautifully or you choose to go on an organized boat trip.
A visit to the Zaanse Schans gives you a good impression of life in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. You will come across authentic windmills, traditional houses, a cheese farm and other crafts. You will find several museums, such as the museum shop. This is a store from before the big supermarket chains existed. You can also discover the Zaanse Schans by boat.
Transport in North Holland
The entire province is easily accessible by public transport. Most cities have a train station and trains run regularly. You can also travel by bus, tram or metro.
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