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The Capital - Netherlands
The Capital

The capital city. Although packed with tourists, it still has its charm. A lot of people see the Red Lights District as a major attraction of the city, while it has much more to offer. Th most recommended spots: The Rijksmuseum, The Anne Frank house, The Heineken Factory, a cruise along the canals, The Royal Palace.
Don't forget that this city has a great atmosphere and offers different types of tourist activities. Its tourism board works hard to introduce the tourist to its vibrant lifestyle. It is the city of canals, museums, events, music and entertainment and it changes every year surprising people with something new, unknown, and unexpected

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  • Updated Feb 4, 2008
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De Waag - Netherlands

De Waag

The Cheese Kingdom

Gouda- the name we all know because of the famous cheese. But this is not the only reason to visit this beautiful city located in province Zuid-Holland, not far from Rotterdam.

There's a belief that Gouda was the first city to produce Stroopwafels. They have their own, special type, which tastes even better than the one many of us are used to. A nice, small shop in the middle of the Grote Markt sells the Goudse Wafels which are abolutely delicious.

Another rumor says that Desiderious Erasmus of Rotterdam was a native of Gouda. But I couldn't find any proof (another reason to return and explore more).

Gouda is also known for its candle industry. Several stores offer tourists the possibility of making candles.

And if the above info about Gouda is not enough, the town also produces rope and pipes.

Notice, almost every city in the country has or had a brewery. People of Gouda, however, produced pretty much everything but beer.

Gouda is not a big city and it won't take you more than a day to explore it. If you still looking for cheese, then visit it on Thursday, when the famous cheese market takes place. Quite an interesting show, which I unfortunately missed.

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  • Updated Jul 8, 2006
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My current home - Netherlands
My current home

Breda - was my home for two whole years. So first of all, if you have any questions about this city feel free to drop me a line (if you don't find the answer in my Breda page)
It is called the city with a character, and indeed it is. It has a very young character, since many students live and study in the city. It is a small town, but sooooo beautiful. On VT Breda known as a city where the biggest Netherlands meeting took place, on Oct 11, 2003 having Hansje and Lori (Waaleweiner) as honor guests.
Historically, Breda is a very important city. Did you know that this is the city in which the decision to trade New Amsterdam for Suriname was made? This signed, in the 17th century, agreement is known as the "Treaty of Breda"
Breda has also was a birth place for many world's famous people such a DJ Tiesto and Colonel Tom Parker (Elvis Presley's manager)
Besides the historical facts, Breda has many places I'd recommend to visit. It has 2 castles (closed for public, sorry), museums, the biggest amount of bars in the Netherlands (per square meter), and of course the beautiful midieval architecture. And if you're tired of cultural attractions you can always visit the forest Mastbos, located in the Ginneken area of Breda.
You're invited to check my Breda page and read more about this great city.

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  • Updated Jan 21, 2006
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The old walls of Amersfoort - Netherlands

The old walls of Amersfoort

The Stone City

Amersfoort is a stone city of the province Utrecht. It got its nickname because of the 17th century's story of a rich man who convinced people of the city to carry a huge boulder into the city center, bribing them with beer and pretzels.
The city is really beautiful, especially its architecture. The old houses seem to live in harmony with the new modern constructions, that do not spoil the medieval look, but only add to it. Many of the old buildings and walls of the town remained the way they were centuries ago, which is also quite unique nowadays.
They seem to have a church on every street, but then again, this is the Netherlands so it is quite normal here.
Amersfoort is a home town to one of the only two in the world Carillonneurs school. It is the hometown of world's famous painter Mondriaan. And it's a city whose specialty was beer brewing. One, out of 300 breweries, has survived and surves its traditionally brewed beer until these days.
Indeed a wonderful and interesting city to spend a day or two

Directions: Province Utrecht

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  • Updated Jan 13, 2006
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Leiden - Netherlands

Leiden

Leiden

Leiden is situated within 15 minutes by train from The Hague and 20 minutes bus ride from Keukenhof.
The city is known as the birth place of the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt. Here he grew up, went to school, became a painter and created some of his works.
Leiden is city of students and you'll see a lot of young population on the streets. Many music perfomances take place on the streets.
Canals are running throughout the town and you'll find yourself crossing bridges all the times.
Among the city's attractions are numerous museums, churches, historical buildings and bridges. The most unique thing about Leiden is the poetry on the walls. While walking around the town pay attention to the wall of the buildings you'll see many poems written in different languages.

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  • Updated Jul 4, 2005
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Delft as seen from the Neuwe Kerk - Netherlands

Delft as seen from the Neuwe Kerk

Delft

Delft - beautiful historic town, situated about 15 min drive from The Hague. This is the place where William of Orange was murdered, Veermeer painted, and the members of the Dutch Royal family burried .
Delft is also known for its famous blue porcelain- the Delft Blue. Besides many stores that sell the porcelain, you can enjoy the terraces, shops, museums, and churches. One of them, the New Church is the place where William the Silent is buried. If you're brave enough you can climb up to the Church's tower and get breathtaking view on the city.
Other recommended places to visit are the Old City Hall, The Prinsenhof, and the Old Church, and the East Gate.

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  • Updated Jul 4, 2005
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the Grote Kerk - Netherlands

the Grote Kerk

The oldest in Holland

Dordrecht is known as the oldest city of Holland. Don't confuse with the Netherlands. Holland is only a name for the two provinces North - and South Holland.
Dordrecht is a little city located 15 minutes train ride from Rotterdam, and it is not less interesting than the other well known cities in the Netherlands. It's old church has the biggest carillon in the Netherlands, with its 67 bells it makes enough noise :)
The city has a very rich history and many interesting historical buildings and monuments. Situated on the river Maas it even has a water bus station.
It was the home town of Johan and Cornelis de Witt, famous historical figures in the Dutch history, who were assasinated in The Hague.
Dordrecht has one of the longest shopping streets and many restaurant and bars to spend time in

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  • Written May 29, 2005
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Tulips - Netherlands

Tulips

Keukenhof

Keukenhof is the famous garden with fields of tulips. At least this is what we, mostly, see on pictures. But not only tulips are growing at this beautiful place. Keukenhof is a huge recreational area with different kinds of parks, lakes, flowers (not only tulips), exhibitions, and even birds and animals. The air is fresh and clean all you smell is flowers. Flower exhibitions in five of the pavilions of Keukenhof are neatly designed and really interesting to visit. So change every now and then and some remain the same as long as the park is open.
It takes around 3-4 hours to see every single corner of the park and you can also walk outside the park across the road to take a look at the castle. You won’t be able to go inside, but if you have money to spend you can actually rent it for a day or so. Literally Keukenhof means the Kitchen Garden that was a part of the land on which the Teijlingen Castle stands.

It is easy to get to Keukenhof from the Leiden Central Train station. Take bus #54 and it will take you there in just 20 minutes driving along the flower fields. Don’t forget to purchase the bus ticket (“strippenkaart”) it takes 5 stripes each way.

Keukenhof is only open 2 months a year. If you want to see it during your visit in the Netherlands then plan it in the months of April and May.

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  • Updated Apr 11, 2005
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Erasmus Bridge - Netherlands

Erasmus Bridge

The most modern city

The newest look of the Netherlands. Rotterdam was completely destroyed during the World War Two and was rebuilt after the war. So what you see is the very modern buildings and even skyscrapers (not as high as New York’s one though.
The Erasmus bridge seem to be the main attraction, not to mention the port, but my recommendation, see it when it’s dark. The view is fascinating when the bridge lights are on.

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  • Updated Aug 25, 2004
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Sassenpoort - Netherlands

Sassenpoort

Inroducing another capital

Zwolle is the capital city of the province Overijssel. This is the place where you'll have to go in case your resident permit didn't arrive on time or your visa is about to expire. But of course the Dutch INS (called IND) is not the main attraction of the city and I wish you never travel there for this reason ;-)
Zwolle is a very old city which stands on the hill that is surrounded by 3 rivers: Ijssel, Vecht, and Zwarte Water. It was the only land safe from frequent floodings.
The city center is pretty small and most of the attarctions are concentrated there. The most known one is the Sassenpoort, the old city gate. Many music festivals are taking place in Zwolle during the summer time.
As the boat building industry is also connected to Zwolle you'll be surprised to see how many boat houses this city has. Just walk along the canals following the street signs, which are very helpfull and even tell you how much time it'll take you to get to the center.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2004
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